Vote for the person who will do the best job and/or most closely lines up with your convictions. Just make sure your convictions line up with the Word of God. My husband and I will probably be voting for different people, and yet, both believe we are voting for the best (available and actually has a chance of winning) candidate. It's weird, yes. But I take comfort in this -
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4.
We are in a very small minority of couples that do not agree politically. It is NOT fun sometimes, but we
And so my point - Be watchful that you are not being swayed only my men's arguments but by the Love of Christ. Here's to hoping that we can all find what the Lord wants us to do so that there may be unity.
- Subcategory: Abortion:
I have an incredibly deep compassion for those facing this decision today. I truly believe that the Lord has given me a special burden for this. I believe that we should always strive to protect life, especially those that can't protect themselves. If it comes down to the choice of letting the either the mother or the baby die, I leave that terrible awful decision to the mother. Thankfully, this is a tiny percentage of all abortions. (I don't have the numbers right now.)
Recently there had been been much talk about rape as an exception. One idiot (even if he had good intentions) said that it can be God's plan for a life to begin that way. WRONG. So very wrong. No wonder so many people think God isn't a very nice guy. While I believe that life is precious, how many of us are pretty sure that sometimes we can take our lives into our own hands. God may have plans for our lives, but that doesn't mean they will automatically happen. This is especially true when a rape occurs. The rapist has decided that his plans are more important than anybody else's including God's. If a woman gets pregnant as the result of a rape it's horrible, awful, and I don't even want to imagine it: but it isn't God's will. He wants all babies to born into loving families. Rape is not His will; therefore, a resulting pregnancy is not in His will/plan. There is still purpose for that child though, because God has plans for all His children! Just because the conception wasn't in His plan doesn't mean that He can't bring about great things in that child's life. He gave humans the ability to procreate, but sometimes that glorious process is abused.
Now, attention Christians! I cringe at the thought of you standing outside an abortion clinic holding an "abortion is murder" sign and yelling at scared, confused women. I don't mind your standing outside holding a sign as long as it says, "I will adopt your baby if you follow through with this pregnancy. I love you!"
Because if Roe v. Wade ever does get overturned, there are going to be a lot of women out there that will need you to be there saying that with arms open wide.
Now imagine farther... What if we could get to a place in this country (even the world) where it doesn't matter if abortion is still legal because? How/why?? Because no one is having them!! Because Christians are acting out what they believe in real ways, not just checking a box off at the polls every four years.
The Bigger Picture:
I don't think we give God enough credit for all the greatness He can do through us. I'm not even sure we have ever been taught about it.
WE ARE HIS HANDS
WE ARE HIS FEET
WE ARE HIS BODY
WE ARE HIS REPRESENTATIVE
We have been given the right and the responsibility to act in Jesus' stead here on earth. Why? Because He's in heaven. He gave us all the tools to be whatever He needs us to be to help others (and ourselves, frankly), but we aren't using them!! We sit around and complain that we're only frail, faulty, pathetic humans... Pathetic is right!! GET UP AND DO WHAT HE SAID WE CAN DO!!!
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2
This isn't some future event. It's in the past tense!! I guess it could be some more convoluted crazy tense that no one has ever heard of - I'll ask my mom later. Point is, Paul is talking about something that we are - in a heavenly position of authority the exact same as Jesus!!!
Some of you may be thinking I'm nuts... Well I probably am, but that's not the point right now. I'm writing only the truth here.
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
And earlier in Chapter 1
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
We are to be Jesus to the people on this planet because we are "His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way."
I could spend a very long time talking about spiritual authority, and perhaps I need to, but today is not that day.
I blame the devil and this fallen world for disagreements, non-unity and the generally evil things that occur in this world. But I also blame Christians for not realizing all that we have been given by the Lord to help the world overcome these things. I'm preaching this to myself today too - I realize that I have not yet arrived. I throw myself pity parties way too frequently. I wallow and eat too many potato chips and simply hope the world will be better without me having to get up off the couch. Anybody else?
OK, new topic.
I don't like Halloween. I know, I know... sue me. If you do, well then I'm praying for your eternal soul. Just kidding. :) Seriously, this is a personal decision, but I'd like to explain it a bit further.
Fear. Good or bad? Some say, that we need a healthy fear, especially in children, so we don't hurt ourselves.
Example #1: Teaching little kids to fear the stove so they don't burn their hands. I remember exactly placing my open hand, palm down, straight onto the still hot as Hades burner on the stove as a child. It was the front right burner to be exact. I can visualize the rings from the electrical burner seared into my hand. I was young at the time, so this could be a borrowed memory from a cartoon or seeing Joe Pesci burn his hand on the handle of the house in Home Alone. Either way, a trip to the emergency room (and thankfully a trip to Dairy Queen afterwards) taught me to be careful around a stove. I still burn myself quite frequently, but that's just from accidentally grabbing the paper thin potholder I keep meaning to throw out when I reach to take out a dish from the oven. I learned my lesson the hard way, but I still believe there is a better way to teach your kids rather than scaring them. Help them to understand consequences of actions, not scaring them into inaction.
Example #2: When my husband was little his grandmother, with good intentions, told him not to get too close to big trucks/semis because they could tip over and fall on him. It seemed like this would teach him to stay away from big vehicles for perfectly understandable safety issues (they're big - he was small). But here's what happened. More than once... Standing outside waiting for the school bus, he would hear a big vehicle approaching. Being fully confident that it was a semi-truck racing towards him only to crush him when it fell over, he would run and hide, miss the bus and have to beg rides from nice neighbors.
Was this fear healthy? No. It was instead faith that something bad would happen. Did you catch that? Fear is faith. It's confidence that something bad will happen. Fear of a bear is faith in the bear's ability to rip you to shreds. Which is quite possible. But faith in God's saving protection should trump fear.
We are told to fear something though in Hebrews 4.
1 Therefore, while the promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear so that none of you should miss it. 2 For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith 3 (for we who have believed enter the rest)
9A Sabbath rest remains, therefore, for God's people. 10 For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His. 11 Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.
God accomplished so much for us on the cross. Not only have we been raised up to sit next to Jesus, we have been given a Sabbath rest to claim as ours. You've heard the phrase, "let go, and let God." Same relative principle. It's not giving up, it's resting in the Lord. We still have tasks to accomplish, but we have confidence that we can rest and let God accomplish things through us. We are His body, but He is still the head. He needs us to move, but we move through HIM! We can rest in His power to accomplish what He commands us to do.
Be afraid only that you aren't entering into His rest. That is it. Everything else should be totally of faith (especially if we are truly resting in Him).
38 Now the just shall live by faith
Galatians 5:6 (Different Versions)
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
The only thing that counts is faith working through love.
But faith which worketh by love.
I John 4
12 If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.
The righteous shall live be faith. Faith works by love. Love casts out fear. So why should we who are the righteousness of Christ (II Corinthians 5) have anything to do with fear (which has to do with torment)??
Should Christians watch scary movies? You do what you think is right. But be fully convinced one way or the other.
everything that is not from faith is sin.
I generally choose not to watch scary movies. I enjoy mysteries and suspense thrillers. (I have a date with Alfred Hitchcock this weekend.) But, especially modern, horror/slasher movies honestly just don't appeal to me. Most are gross, bloody and full of coarse things I'd rather not subject my mind to. Now, no one has ever been sent to Hell for watching a horror movie - that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about subjecting yourself to that feeling. You know what I'm talking about - a good fright. There's good fun and tomfoolery, but then there's truly scaring a person. Just the same as pornography being generally accepted as deviant behavior, I believe anything that subjects our minds and emotions to something that is contrary to the Word of God should be avoided. This is my opinion. Disagree with me if you want. I won't be offended I promise. And my intent is not hurt anyone's feelings, I'm just expressing mine.
I don't want to get into pagan traditions such as carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples because I'd have to get into Christmas trees too.... For centuries, the Church has been trying to Christianize holidays. Creating All Saints Day to coincide with All Hallow's Eve was in my opinion a bad move. It had really good intentions (I think there's a road paved with those somewhere...), but didn't really have the desired effect in the long run. WAY TOO OFTEN Christians seem too content to monopolize the world's ideas. We paint a cross on it and think we've done something really creative. We gladly deceive ourselves. Halloween celebrations can be completely harmless and fun. Or at least seem that way. Call me crazy (I'm sure some of you are), but putting a tombstone along the sidewalk, skeletons hanging from the trees, and giant inflatable grim reapers on motorcycles in my front yard doesn't really scream Jesus. Do you think Jesus would have those in his yard?? Hold up a second. Let me go find my WWJD bracelet..... Found it!! :) Kidding. Though I'm sure I still have one somewhere. It's cliche, but isn't it still applicable on occasion?
I could talk for awhile longer, but I won't. I don't like Halloween. Feel free to like it if you want. Maybe you'll think a little differently from now on though. And then again, maybe not.
Abortion and Halloween. Betcha didn't think I had so much to say about them. Some of you are probably still wondering why I did...