They just can’t stand Jesus!!! Jesus’ teachings are not popular with them

As I launch into this, its not the heathen and the pagans that they aren’t popular with, it’s the western church.
As Christians we are not to follow the way of the people around us. The people around us have confused nationalism with Jesus, this is Idolatry for they have fashioned a god out of a culture of greed, comfort and entitlement.

Isaiah 8:11-13 (NIV)
11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:
12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread.

Religious Conviction? Really?

I’m watching this whole Kim Davis thing unfold in front of the world on social media and it is sad to see what people think, or thought, was the issue. The bottom line is not the same sex marriages as is being reported, it is the fact that her name is attached to the certificates they will receive. According to her lawyer that’s the issue. She doesn’t seem to have any problem taking tax money from gay people and Muslims and any other people group she disagrees with to pay her salary. Technically the very homosexuals that she is “standing up against” pay her and she takes their money, I can’t make that make sense in light of her supposed “convictions.”

She isn’t being persecuted for her religious convictions. She went to jail for not doing her job, and before you say, “because of her religious convictions,” remember, as the clerk, she is taking those same people’s money for taxes, her salary et al. She signed up to be the clerk of everybody in the county: Everybody. If there is a problem with that, we should note that Jesus didn’t work for Rome.

She should have stepped down

Why do I think she should have stepped down? Well, because if she says this is religious persecution, then I believe we should look to the very words of Jesus himself. The words she claims to be making a stand on. This is a very novel idea for her and those supporting her, but I think it is worth it.

“When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.” Jesus said in Matthew 10:23.

So, let me get this straight, Jesus said when you are persecuted, LEAVE, yet the politicians say, fight. Which one is THE Word of the Lord? Which one is the command of the Lord? Then which one should we DO?

Jesus’ teaching is not popular

That’s not popular with Kim Davis, her pastor, or now Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruze, who are all milking this for all it is worth. Why? Good question. The true gospel of Jesus Christ is not popular because it requires a separation of church and state. It ends the nationalization of Jesus by all western politicians, and any other nation on the planet. Jesus came and died for everybody.

The Jesus says in John 3:16 (written in red) that God loves the world, he is not mad. John 3:17 says that God didn’t send his Son to condemn the world but to save it. No, the gospel of Jesus is an invitation to come back home, not a hammer or sword to use to create a utopian, free, fair, society, that make everyone comfortable and rich.

God only loves wealthy people?

I actually heard a man that claims to be a Christian once say, that the fact that America is so wealthy is a sign that this is a godly nation, and God has his hand upon us over all the nations of the world. I wonder what that says to any other people or people groups in the world? If you have money, God loves you, but if you don’t that is evidence that God is hates you? So I guess the Christians on the African continent that are dying from drought and disease as well as war, God must hate them? And the children being sold in to sex slavery in micro Asia as well as other places around the world, God hates them. Evidently God just loves Americans, Oil barons, Wall Street successes and South American drug lords. If we chase this philosophy, (I won’t even dignify it by calling it theology) Bill Gates must be God’s man for all time and we should just have him preach at all of our churches? All this stands directly opposed to John 3:16-17. So who is right, this guy or Jesus?

They won’t hear it

No, it is the church that won’t hear the teachings of Jesus because, wait for it ……., his teachings are expensive, and they don’t make “common” sense, and above everything else, they are not FAIR! I feel like I heard something like that in the Bible, just a minute let me see. Oh, here it is

1 Corinthians 1:20-21 (NIV)
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Let’s do another shall we?

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (NIV)
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

It keeps going,

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Now, can it get any clearer? The devil doesn’t have to chase you down and go all “Hollywood exorcist” on you to get you to turn away from God, he just has to sell you to the world and it’s ways. He just has to detract you from actually believing all the words of Jesus are true. He just has to convince you that God wants YOU to have it all.

What are you DOING Christian?

Before you get all riled up because I’m not agreeing with you, let me ask you this, who did you invite to church last week? Did you tithe, give generously, or give at all when the offering was taken up on Sunday? Where do you DO the things Jesus told us to do? Have you done anything to feed the hungry this week? Clothe the naked? Visit the widows or orphans? Before you say they should get a job, work for themselves, or anything else, Jesus didn’t put any, not ANY, qualifying factors on those COMMANDS.

It’s personal with Jesus

Ladies and gentlemen we live in a world that wants it all “just and fair” and it won’t be. We are to struggle for it, but Jesus never went all national and political, he went personal. Personal.

He personally left Heaven
He personally came to Earth
He personally lived a life of compassion, mercy, love and truth.
He personally called individuals to follow him
He personally invited sinners to leave their life of sin (he didn’t force them to obey)
He personally submitted willingly to death
He personally preached to those who died in the days of Noah
He personally was raised from the dead
He personally commanded us to make personal disciples
And, he personally lives to intercede on your behalf.
It’s all very personal with God; it’s not national anymore, I do not have to become a Jew to be a follower of Christ.

I love being an American

I want to live in a free country. I want to live where I can be comfortable. I want the opportunity to vote my republican values. I want to earn my way. What I won’t do is use Jesus to white wash my desires, my convenience, my politics or anything else to get what I want. Jesus didn’t come to make me comfortable, he came to save me and call me away from the world. He called me to live like a stranger and alien on this planet.

I am called to serve the Kingdom of Heaven, who are you serving?

#changetheworld

Do You Suck?

DREAMS MEAN SOMETHING

DREAMSSo I had a dream the other night. I really believe that people should pay more attention to their dreams. Dreams mean something. I for one believe the God speaks to people through their dreams. We write them off too much. Now I will say that you need to learn the difference between what is God speaking and what is last night’s pizza speaking. Maybe if you would choose to write down your dreams when you wake up and then after a week, read through them and begin to hear God speak to you.

THE DREAM

So I had a dream the other night and it didn’t make any sense to me at all. It was a bit funny and weird and I wrote it off until God sparked it the next day. So here it is. I was some place, who knows where it was a theatre though; I do know that. I do know that it was an important production of something. I’m aware that a young man was the star. He was the guy that was the center of all the attention. I was there with some people. Don’t know why, don’t know who. Somewhere during this production, I was asked to jump up and play a part. I apparently was good with it because I did. I jumped up delivered my lines and then came back to my seat with my friends and it was cool. When the show was over the waiter (where’d that come from) came over to my table, (what happened to the seats we were sitting in?) and brought me a large, beautiful piece of Coconut Cream Pie. (I knew this was a dream about heaven.) I can still see the Coconut Cream Pie, the rest of the dream is fading, but not that pie, What does that say about me? When I asked why I was getting a pie I was told that I did a good job and that all the cast gets pie. They said that, though my part was small, it was important. The pie was great. I woke up and the dream was over, the day began. I remember thinking, “What a weird little dream.” It meant nothing.

EASTER SATURDAY NIGHT

Fast forward to the next day. It was the Saturday before Easter: the very day before the biggest celebration in the Christian calendar. We were busy and things were hopping at the Church. This was going to be our first Saturday night service. The church has grown to the place of needing this service just to make room. Everything was set. The anticipation was palpable! Who would come? And they came in masses. It was overwhelming.

WORSHIP TEAMAs Jessie (worship leader) led us in worship I was so aware of God in my personal relationship. That isn’t always the case; sometimes it is hard to get out of the “job” aspect and into the spiritual aspect of a worship service when you are playing a part in it. Just being honest there. Not this time. I was crying. The music sounded like a resonance from heaven. The voices blended then harmonized and it was loud. People were lifting up their anticipation, expectations, dreams and hurts to God in heaven.

I GET PIE

Whaaaaaaam just like that and I was aware of the dream from last night. God was letting me know that, I jump up in the scheme of time to play a small part, but that he has coconut pie for me to tell me, “well done good and faithful servant.” I cried more. It was just God letting me know that this was the right thing to do. Just a small affirmation that Saturday night IS his will for us. He was simply reminding me that it’s not about me, I just play a little part, but that we share in the whole. Thank you God.

DO YOU SUCK?

Are you a sucker or are you a server? I mean, do you play a part in the kingdom of God or are you just here to perpetuate a self-gratifying experience? Is your life about Jesus or is it about you?

I think a lot of people go to church but never understand the concept of BEING the church. Instead they come to the church and get what they can: ministry, duty, guilt, endurance, singing, you know, check attendance off the list of weekend activities.

LAPREYThey come in, suck in what they can, and then head out. They enjoy the production, but don’t play a part. Kind of like a Lamprey that attaches to the side of a fish and then just sucks the life out of it. They take what they can, but don’t seriously contribute anything.

YOU GET PIE!

God has more for you than being a sucker. He wants to employ you in this production called life. He has a mission that is unfolding daily and his plan is not for you to sit on the sidelines. He wants you involved, plugged in; he has an important part for you to play. You get PIE!cocnut cream pie

When you think about being a part of a church, do you think of an institution or a gathering? Do you think of attending or investing in this gathering? The church moves forward through the giving, not the sucking, of the gathered believers. We come to GIVE worship to God: through financial offerings, service to the community, energy and time to the body of believers and not yet believers.

So, do you suck or do you serve?