This story is headlined with the words, “Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries.”
I know what they’re trying to say, but my first thought was, “Jesus’ tomb hasn’t been closed in nearly 20 centuries.”
Humanity has a habit of desiring material spiritual shrines (almost sounds like an oxymoronic statement there). We seek to make the intangible something tangible.
I’m not saying God has never asked his people to make something that is physically visible and spiritually important at the same time. God indeed directed the children of Israel (and several others before them when it came to altars) to build the Tabernacle and all of its complementing features such as the altar, the washing basin and the rest of the furniture that went inside the most important tent that fleshly Israel traveled with from the wilderness right into the promised land. But God had a purpose for the Tabernacle’s meaning that went far beyond what could be seen with the eyes. And that purpose was fulfilled after God-in-the-flesh came and tabernacled among his people in person, and then atoned for their’s and our sins, ultimately leaving behind an empty tomb that has refused to be closed two millennia.
My point is that when it comes to us (as spiritual Israel), God has not asked his people to make a shrine out of any supposed “holy-site” today. God has not asked for this because we do not need this. And the reason we do not this is because our holy-site is a sight that has yet to be beheld.
“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:6-12 -NKJV)
According to Yahoo Business, Target’s stock has taken a hit the last couple of quarters, and it appears the trend is expected to continue for a while.
Why is that? It’s because fewer people are shopping there.
And why is that? Well, here are the five reasons they listed:
- Prescription Medications
- Apple (electronic products)
So let’s do a real quick run-down of that list one more time: Groceries – check. Prescription Medication – check. Apple products – check. Fashion – check. Amazon – check. The national headline news boycott of Target due to their ridiculously PC, morally bankrupt, and dangerous bathroom policy – ???
I guess the boycott had nothing to do with it!
I’m not trying to do any damage to the direct context of Revelation 17, but when the beast and the harlot run this nation’s news media outlets, it’s not only important to pay attention to what gets mentioned – it’s important to pay attention to what doesn’t get said when it comes to the cost of sin on our nation.
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:3-5)
According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:
- female breast.
The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.
While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: Continue reading
According to this news story, one police officer practiced what I consider to be one of the toughest commands of following Jesus – hands down!
I don’t know if the officer was, is or ever will be a Christian, but I know that turning the other cheek is no easy task.
Turning the other cheek goes against every basic feeling that follows being wronged on whatever level you can imagine. Turning the other cheek calls for a level of self-denial that’s uncomfortable. Turning the other cheek puts us in a place that appears vulnerable. Turning the other cheek is counter-culture to practically every culture that has ever existed. To the world, turning the other cheek reeks of weakness.
But regardless of what the world initially thinks of the idea known as turning the other cheek, the world takes note of the discipline and patience that it takes to carry it out…whether the individual is in a place of authority or not.
Considering the last two paragraphs, it’s no wonder Jesus delivered his challenging command of turning the other cheek during his “kingdom of God outline” speech. I mean, what in the sermon on the mount is easy to follow when it comes to the way we naturally feel in many of life’s situations? And what part of Jesus’ sermon still doesn’t catch the world’s attention when it’s seen played out?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)
I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!
The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:
- The employee who killed the gorilla should be fired and sent to prison.
- They should have let the gorilla kill the kid. There are around 200 left of them on the entire planet and nearly 7 billion people. We’re a disgusting species that ruined our natural ecosystem. Now we keep animals in cages for our entertainment. Shame on all of us.
- They should’ve shot the child instead of the gorilla
- Hmm there’s only a handful of gorillas in the world left. There’s millions of little boys, this should speak for itself.
- Gorillas are endangered kids are not I think we know who should’ve been shot.
- I still can’t believe the gorilla had to die over protection of a 3yr old
- They shot an innocent, beautiful Silverback because of a BAD mother, how disgusting
- If someone forced me out of my natural habitat to entertain people and these entertained people managed to fall… i would have done worse than this gorilla.
On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.
Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.
“Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)
#abortion, #animal-rights, #animals, #human-life, #mindset, #news, #values, #western-culture
So building a wall to establish national boundaries equates to one not being a Christian?
Well, maybe if Trump drew a map of America and Mexico and then labeled the wall as a divider of “state territory” in the legend then all would be well.
Eh, when it comes to settling the question, I guess it’s as Jorge himself said, when he was asked whether he thought he was being used as a political pawn, “I’ll leave that up to your judgment….”
We’re (and by we I mean everyone in the west, especially America) living in a spiritually blinded culture. And I didn’t say blind – I said blinded.
Now, when I say “blinded” I’m talking about a condition that leads to a rejection of one thing on the basis of it being too restrictive, and this rejection becomes detrimental to the extent that something else is accepted in its place despite the fact that the “something else” is far more (whatever the “more” may be) than what the original thing actual was.
The above is why I say that America is in a spiritual stupor that has been increasingly worsened by “liberal-minded” agendas which tout that the ways of Christianity are oppressive to women, that Christianity is too narrow in scope of spiritual freedom, that Christianity should not be promoted in any way within any levels of the public education system, and that Christianity is a scourge to any culture that seeks to broaden its “enlightened” ways of life.
To all of that I would say two things, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…and it’s on its way out” and “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
True righteousness has been rejected throughout all levels of American government for a plurality of immoral reasons. But, regardless of the reason, when a nation, any nation, has seen the light of God’s righteousness but, in spite or in apathy, still decides to determine what their own standard of righteousness will be, then blindness to God’s true light follows. No exceptions! For there truly is a difference in being blind and being blinded (John 9:40-41, 12:37-41).
For an example (one amongst the many that purvey the headlines every day) of the totality of what I’m saying here, all you have to do is look at what recently happened at Continue reading