Out of the mouth of babes

By American standards, I live in a very modest home: About 1,200 square feet; vinyl siding; metal roof; nothing too terribly fancy on the inside; but I am fortunate enough to have two bathrooms. Bathroom number one is off the “master” bedroom while bathroom number two is on the other side of the house. This layout has basically determined that one bathroom “belongs” to my wife, leaving the other bathroom for myself.

“What does my floor plan have to do with wisdom?” you may be wondering as you consider the title of this post. I can easily explain.

My daughter was only two-years-old at the time when she shared this bit of wisdom that I’m about to share with you…a bit of wisdom that seems to be quickly disappearing from the American culture today.

One morning I walked into the bathroom (the one off the bedroom) while my wife and daughter were in there only to be greeted with, “You’re in the girl’s bathroom, daddy. You’re supposed to use the boy’s bathroom.”

It’s amazing to me how a two-year-old girl was able to show more wisdom and common sense than a two-hundred-year-old nation!

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

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What happened to separation of “church” and “state” here?

You can’t mention Jesus’ name in a prayer during school and political events. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t post the 10 Commandments on court-house grounds. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t celebrate pagan holydays (a.k.a. holidays) in the White House and on Capitol Hill. No way, because there’s separation of church and state! … wait a minute, never mind.

I guess it depends on what “church” you’re talking about when it comes to the separation.

#church-and-state, #current-events, #religion-and-politics

Out Right Wrong

There wasn’t much brotherly love being shown yesterday down in Philadelphia, Mississippi or in several other cities. Thanks to a glitch in the EBT system the true colors of many of the program’s recipients were revealed in a dark way. The financial limits on the cards became non-existent in the digital world and so did the moral compass of the card holders in the real world, all resulting in a scene that store employees in Springhill, Louisiana described as “worse than any black Friday.”

People who knew better (people who knew what their card limits were) ignored the better and whatever conscience they had by loading up their shopping carts full of food and heading right to the cash register; or should I say the EBT register because they weren’t spending their own cash! And when the glitch was finally fixed many of the people simply walked out the door without paying for it.

Now here’s the big question. What difference was there in the actions of the two parties mentioned above? The answer is none! One stole just as much as the other stole. One used stolen money to buy food while the others stole the food without money. It’s six in one hand and half-a-dozen in the other.

What happened was out right wrong. It doesn’t matter whose fault the glitch was – what matters is the way people responded to the glitch.

Let him who was a thief be so no longer, but let him do good work with his hands, so that he may have something to give to him who is in need.” (Ephesians 4:28 – BBE)

For even when we were with you we gave you orders, saying, If any man does no work, let him not have food.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10 – BBE)

#current-events, #morals, #news, #theft

Follow Up On Reaction in Scotland to Apologetics Press Children’s Book

Not too long ago Brotherhood News posted a story about the reaction of a Scottish newspaper’s writer concerning some books by Apologetics Press that were made available to the children of Kirktonholme Primary school.

Since then Kyle Butt of Apologetics Press has released a follow-up story concerning the situation and some of the unfortunate fallout which has followed.

#apologetics-press, #current-events, #news

That’s So Yesterday!

I watched a news story yesterday that said Rupert Murdoch was selling his yacht for a sum total in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars. That’s 30,000,000 big time bucks! It’s actually on the market for 29,700,000 big time bucks, but who’s counting other than Mr. Murdoch and whoever is going to buy it?

As the anchorwoman continued the story she mentioned that the yacht came with jet skis, a boat, contains a formal dining area, a Jacuzzi, and other luxurious amenities that justified the hefty price tag.

Well, besides the fact that I could only affect the last three zeros in the price tag, I would have still been interested if it wasn’t for one thing – the anchorwoman said the yacht was filled with plasma screen TV’s and, as I told my wife, plasma screen TV’s are so yesterday! I mean who wants to pay almost 30 million dollars for such an out-of-date boat!?

To me the story was another example of how futile it is to always try to be up-to-date according to the world’s standards for such a standard never sits still, and whatever is hailed as the fashion, as the investment, as the star or as the technology of tomorrow will one day be described with the word yesterday!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 – NKJV)

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 – NKJV)

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In the news…

Here are some stories that may be of interest to some. Just remember that I do not endorse all stories that appear on these websites; I only wanted to bring attention to the linked story in particular due to its content.

So you think the days of people needing “signs” to believe are over? Unfortunately it’s not even close, as you’ll find out in this “tear jerker” of a story.

For years the homosexual movement has been claiming that their efforts revolve around tolerance, and for years I’ve been saying it has everything to do with acceptance. Read this story for another example of how their anger-driven agenda closed down a small business with their demand for acceptance while showing great intolerance towards those who disagree with them.

So you think if your state says that marriage is between one man and woman that settles the issue? Not according to a federal judge in Ohio who says the state of Ohio must recognize the “marriage license” of two homosexuals that was issued in another state. He thinks their “bond” should be “binding” upon the people of Ohio according to this story.

Need to read about some good news? Here’s a story about some people who got a “little tip” that helped to keep them going.

#current-events, #homosexuality, #miracles, #news, #politics

Why Ridgedale church of Christ Is Getting Slammed

In the greatest sermon ever preached, Jesus wrote, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Mat. 5:12-13).  Persecution takes many forms, but if you want to see one form of it simply go to Ridgedale’s Facebook page and look at the dozens of examples of tolerance from broad-minded people as they help that congregation face what the world thinks of them.

An article by Kevin Hardy in today’s Times Free Press online (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/21/repent-or-leave/), which reflects some basic ignorance of what the Bible teaches about church discipline, unleashed a firestorm of hateful response by readers who are on Facebook and who in turn posted their remarks on the aforementioned page.  My prediction is that things will get worse before they get better for the good people at Ridgedale.  Understanding that we do not have all the facts of the case and would not expect a person in the world to give them to us, what we should do is focus on what is alleged.  A professed lesbian’s family that attended Ridgedale was approached by church leaders after the woman’s mother publicly supported her daughter as she sought same-sex benefits from the city of Collegedale.  As the family’s support of their daughter was public, the church felt compelled by scriptural mandate to ask the family to repent or be subject to church discipline.  The family publicly made their exit and a congregational matter is now being splashed across news outlets.  But, why is this congregation facing such an outcry and disapproval?  The answer will differ from individual to individual, but here are some broad reasons evidenced from people’s responses.

Ridgedale is getting slammed because of the cultural sickness of subjectivity.   One woman writes, “I think the decision makers of this church will one day pay for their sins…” Another woman writes, “I think the Cooper’s will be far better off without a church who punish’s them for not turning their back on their child….” Another puts it, “In my world, my God accepts, doesn’t judge and loves all his children!” Still another says, “Wow! I guess we know different Gods. My God offers unconditional love and tells me not to judge others….” (misspellings and grammatical errors made by the original writers). Others’ subjectivity is more subtly expressed, but here is the common thread.  People think they get to co-opt God and make Him over in their image.

Ridgedale is getting slammed because of society’s warped view of tolerance.  Certainly, so many who commented on that page are not tolerant of anyone who interprets Scripture literally.  They are not tolerant of this congregation’s autonomy. They are not tolerant of the view that homosexuality is a sin.  It is abundantly clear from the comments.  You will read such slurs as “bigot,” “hoping the church burns in hell,” “Scumbag Church,” “group of horrible people,” and more.  This is dripping with irony.

Ridgedale is getting slammed because the average person does not know the Bible.   People speak of God loving unconditionally, Jesus accepting everyone, and that one’s sexuality does not matter.  There is a famine of hearing the words of the Lord in our land (cf. Amos 8:11). Such lack of knowledge will destroy a people (Hosea 4:6).  God’s unconditional love does not mean unconditional acceptance if someone lives in rebellion to His will.  Jesus will not accept everyone.  To the majority, He will say, “Depart from Me” (see Mat. 7:13-14, 21-23).  Apparently, one’s sexuality does matter (see 1 Cor. 6:9-11). But people are grossly uninformed about the only book that reveals the heart and mind of God.

Please pray for Ridgedale.  Encourage them and show them love.  The detractors are popular and validated by a world separated from God.  Let us have the courage to stand by God’s people who are willing to stand up for His will. – Neal Pollard

Neal Pollard preaches for the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, Colorado. His blog can be viewed by clicking here.

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