Five Reasons I Hate Blogs, And Why I’m Writing One

The Christian Remnant: Loving God In A Godless World

Never, in a million years (or to be true to my Christian faith, six-thousand years), did I see myself writing a blog.  Even the word “blog” just sounds unintelligent.  It’s as if the definition of a blog is in its very name- blaaaaaaah ugh.

In fact, if my friends and family knew I was beginning my very own blog, they would look at me in disbelief and wonder where I was hiding my Oxycodone.  They would also wonder how, in my constant state of procrastination, I intend on ever writing more than half a post.

Well, my hopefully-soon-to-be readers, let me just say I have one amazing reason to hold myself accountable to writing to you every-so-often.  But first, you must understand why this is such a major undertaking for me.

You see, I have five ingrained, heartfelt, passionate reasons why I hate blogs.

1.  They are (mostly)…

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“I Tolerate You”

Gee, thanks.

That’s every girl’s dream.  To hear those three little words:  “I tolerate you.”

Yep, women love Tolerance Stories.

Forget Twilight, we want So The Sun Went Down Once; No Big Deal.

We don’t want Fifty Shades of Grey; paint our bookshelves with It’s Still Black…

And for my wedding song, I would like you to play, “You Had Me At ‘How You Doin’?”

Ahhh… satire.  And yet, “tolerance” is toted as the highest tier of social morality.

I find this ironic.  We have so many campaigns for this noble virtue.  Everybody with a controversial label is begging for it.  You’re gay?  You want tolerance.  You’re pro-choice?  You want tolerance.  You’re a Cowboys fan?  You want tolerance.

Is that all you’re worthy of?  Tolerance? 

Is that really what’s missing in your life?  To hear someone say, “I tolerate you”?

God doesn’t tolerate you.  He loves you.  He didn’t send His Son to die out of indifference.  He wasn’t so full of complacency that He wrote a book about it.  His greatest commandment didn’t center on neutrality.

He finds you worthy of so much more than to not be hated.  You’re the child of a King!  You are worthy to live the life of royalty!  He wants to shower you with blessings.  He wants you to know a love so deep and fulfilling, that you literally jump for joy.

For those of you who believe Christians aren’t tolerant, you’re absolutely right.  We don’t accept such low standards.  We want so much more for you!

So please, put to rest the desire for neutrality.  We are called to something much deeper.  We may not agree with what you do, but we love you right where you are.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

   I Peter 4:8

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Maybe He’s Born With It!: Excuse To Sin Debunked

We’ve all heard that excuse.

“He can’t help that he’s a homosexual.  He was born that way.”

“His drinking isn’t his fault.  Alcoholism runs in the family.”

“She was predisposed to murder.  It’s been genetically proven.”

Now, in case you haven’t noticed, this post is going to be wildly controversial.

Fair warning.

The most tossed-around verbage I’ve heard to excuse homosexuality is that, “they were just born that way.”  There was no choosing.  There was no moment when their body decided to abandon tradition, and follow the not-so-straight path.

The same excuse has been used to pardon those with substance abuse issues, or lately, even serial killers.  “My genes made me do it!”  Solidly placing blame on chemical reactions instead of a person.

These arguments raise the question, “So if they’re born that way, how can their actions be wrong?”  I mean, it’s not like you designed yourself.  You didn’t pour a gay mold.  You had no choice!  It was forced upon you!  People can’t blame you for something you have no control over.

Ironically, they’re right.

However, they need to share the spotlight.  I was born that way too!

Yep.  I was born a sinner.  I was predisposed to lie, cheat, possibly rob banks, and indulge in a few bottles of bourbon.  I was born with the desire to fall into temptation, and sometimes, the beds of scandalous men.

So were you.  And your neighbor.  And your grandparents.  And your uncle’s sister’s stepdad’s golf coach.

Every.  Single.  Person.  Is born into sin.

We are all quite literally cursed from birth.  The urge to fall away from what is right, and cling to what is wrong, is an innate desire we cannot escape.  Our flesh wants nothing more than to follow those urges straight to the depths of Hell.

     For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

Romans 7:18-25

     This natural lust for sin is exactly what we are called to avoid.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

     We cannot avoid sin by our own will.  We must daily submit our fleshly desires to the Lord, and ask that we are instead guided by His will.

     The battle between flesh and spirit will be fought until the day we die.  We will constantly be tempted to fall back into our natural, sinful ways, and sometimes, that’s exactly what we end up doing.

     However, we are not allowed to use that as an excuse.  We are clearly given instructions to stay on the straight and narrow path.  By renewing our mind in God, we are able to choose righteousness, even while our flesh is pulling us in the opposite direction.

     So, yes, it’s true.  If you’re a homosexual, you were born that way.  If you’re a serial killer, you were born that way.  If you’re an alcoholic, you were born that way.

     However, you have no more right to sin than your neighbor, who was born to smoke pot, or your tax accountant, who was born to steal, or your grandma, who was born to manipulate.

     We all fall short.  Only by the grace and forgiveness of God are we saved.  If you sin, all you can do is acknowledge it and repent.  This means recognizing that even though you were born to sin, you are not a slave to it.  You have a choice.

     Thoughts?  Comments?  Raging retorts?  Please comment below!

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Completely Off-Topic: Poetry

If I had a dollar

For every dime I’ve spent

On taxes, gas, and other countries

I believe I’d be quite rich!

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Completely Off-Topic: Poetry

From the top

This poem reads

Almost like

This poem reads

From the bottom

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God And Lemonade

I used to hate that God had plans for me.  I knew He had given me abilities, like crocheting.  He gave my sisters the ability to sing.  He gave my brothers the ability to shoot Nerf guns with deadly accuracy.

I used to dream of living in the country in a little log cabin.  I would have a worn out typewriter next to a blackened coffee pot.  Right in the middle of the room would sit a huge stuffed rocking chair, with all of my crochet projects sprawled out.  Next to a warm, stoked fire sat my deep red guitar.  While I was playing, I could look out the window at my bountiful garden, and watch butterflies dance from flower to flower.

Yes, this is where I saw all of my God-given abilities leading me.  I wanted nothing more than to write poetry and music that would bring hope to the hopeless.  I wanted people to decorate their homes with my dainty little crochet trinkets.  I wanted people to wonder so much how I kept my flowers blooming, that they would come to my house so I could teach them.

Now, growing up, I was always told that God had plans for my life- that He gave me those talents so He could use them.  I was told to pray for His will, and not mine.  I was taught that no matter what I planned for my life, God’s plan was better.

If I hadn’t been so worried about being spanked, I would have called bullshit.  Tell me, how does God’s plan even compare to my idyllic little scene in the country?  I suppose I’m just expected to give up on ever enjoying my hobbies!  God didn’t care about doilies, or love songs, or flowers.  He probably had something more practical in mind, like… dishcloths.  And hymnals.  And carrots.

I had this fear that surrendering my gifts to His will was the equivalent of sacrificing my firstborn.  As if I had put so much effort and time into developing them, and He would rip away any enjoyment for His own satisfaction.  I envisioned becoming a slave to my own skills; forced to perform them, but as a mindless drone.

Imagine all my fears soothed by lemonade.

My dad has a way of explaining things.  I remember one morning we were sitting in our living room -our entire family- talking about trust.  We did this alot.

Usually, it started as one kid making a joke.  Mom would take that joke, and turn it into a theological discussion.  Then, I would chime in with my twelve years of wisdom.

This time was a little different.  My dad pitched in.

The discussion on trust had led from trusting Him to answer prayers, to trusting He will bring you through hard times, to -surprise- trusting that His plans are better than our plans.

I think I asked if I had to follow His plans.  I mean, I go to Heaven if I believe in Jesus.  And I do.  So, what if I just want my plans instead?

My dad then told me a story I will never forget.

“You see, it’s like this.  Imagine you’re outside, working hard in the garden.  It’s hot, and you’ve been sweating for hours.  Once you’ve finally pulled the last weed, you’re exhausted.  All you want is a glass of lemonade.

So, you sit down on a patio stool, and ask God for a glass of lemonade.  You tell Him that you’ve finished in the garden; your work is all done.  You explain that you’re very hot, and would like nothing better than an ice-cold drink.

Now, you’ve hit a crossroad.  You know you want a lemonade.  You can’t see any other option that will make you happy.  You can either hold to that, or trust that God’s plan for you is better.

If you choose to give up your own wants, and ask for His will, it can seem scary.  What if He tells you to get back to work?  What if He gives you a glass of flat Pepsi?  What if He doesn’t do anything, and just leaves you there thirsty?

There is no way to know what His plan is, until you ask Him for it.  That’s where the trust comes in.  You just have to believe that He loves you, and that He knows best.

So you pray, and you ask Him that His will be done.  You tell Him that even though all you want is a glass of lemonade, you know His plan is better.

Now you’re sitting there, on the patio stool, and you just finished your prayer.  You’re still hot, sweaty, and exhausted.  Before you look up, you are filled with a peace in knowing you are in His hands.

Now you open your eyes.  There, sitting on the table in front of you, is not a glass of lemonade.  No, God can do better than that!  Before you rests a huge, frosted pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemons, swimming in the perfect solution of sweet and tart.  A minty garnish lies on top, and He has already filled the first glass for you.”

(My dad’s actual story went a bit like:  You can pray for a glass, but God wants to give you a pitcher.  He doesn’t actually talk like a hippy, that’s just my desire to write in flowery words kicking in.)

Basically, it’s like this:

God knows the desires of our hearts.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4

    He created us.  He gave us the ability to enjoy the gifts He gave us.  He desires to bless us with peace, contentment, and joy.  He loves us unconditionally, and is just waiting for us to ask Him to show us.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

     That is what His plan is.  It’s His way of showing you just how much you can be loved.  There is nothing to fear when it comes to His will for us.

     Fear is just the Devil’s way of convincing us that God won’t keep His promises.

     So, did I give up on my little log cabin dream?  Not exactly.  I just prayed that He would put me exactly where He wanted me.

     And now, as I sit in my cozy little apartment, it’s not espresso I’m drinking, but hot tea.  I don’t have a typewriter, I just have a very slow laptop.  My rocking chair is not huge, and it’s more like a glider, but it’s perfect.  My crochet projects are actually neatly organized in a storage closet.  I have one flower sitting on my countertop that I’m hoping I can keep alive.  Ironically, my degree is in growing vegetables.

     And my music?  I don’t have a guitar.  In fact, I haven’t played in years.  Music is an integral part of my daily life, though.  My favorite time of day is setting down whatever project I happen to be working on, so I can sing a little song to my newborn daughter.

     I’m so glad I let God plan my life.  At times, I thought He had no idea what He was doing.

     “I just graduated college, and you want me to work the graveyard shift… at a Denny’s?”

     I actually had to fight for that job.  I had over ten years of experience as a waitress, including a year at another Denny’s, and a college degree.  I had more teeth than any of the other girls, and the only vice my paycheck enabled was dark chocolate.

     My first night, I met my future husband.

     I get it now.

     My prayer for you, is that you can put down the glass, and trust that He has a pitcher.  It’s truly a wonderful adventure to live in the blessings of our Creator!

     Do you have a glass/pitcher moment in your life?  Please share the encouragement below!

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On A Lighter Note~ An Interview With A Guardian Angel

We all have one.  Unless you’re my dad- then you have five.

Guardian Angels.  Those invisible -almost forgettable- creatures we bless with a lifetime of mini heart attacks.  Oh, the stories they could tell!

Being the lucky, fictional journalist that I am, I happened to run into one at the local Starbucks.  His name was confidential, so he told me to call him Joe.

Joe agreed to a short interview.  I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I did.

Me:  Joe, thank you for agreeing to talk to me today!  I have always wanted to learn more about Guardian Angeling.  Is it Angeling?  Or Guarding Angelicaly?

Joe:  Actually, we just call it guarding.

Me:  Got it.  So, tell me about your job.  What’s it like?  How did you get started?

Joe:  Well, we’ve modernized quite a bit.  Back when it was just, you know, Adam, Cain, and the rest of the old crew, all we had to worry about was snakes and rocks.  Now, you’ve got falling buildings, machine guns, drugs, riots, and all sorts of people with no common sense.

Me:  Forgive me, but that just put an image of something like the Matrix in my head.  Like, slow-motion bullets whizzing by.  Is it anything like that?

Joe:  Sort of, just without the sunglasses.

Me:  (I was disappointed about the sunglasses)  So, you have been guarding since the beginning?

Joe:  You could say that.  There isn’t really a beginning or end for us.  We just are.

Me:  My job can feel like that too, some days.  Who’s the hardest person you’ve ever been assigned to?

Joe:  Jonah.  Hands down.

Me:  YOU were with Jonah?!  Why was it so hard?

Joe:  First off, I hate fish.  Also, I’m claustrophobic.  I know the story says he was swallowed by a giant fish, but the stomachs of those things are surprisingly small.

Me:  I guess I never thought about it.

Joe:  Yeah.  So there I am, sitting in a stomach, which by the way is full of half-eaten fish, and I’m trying to make sure this guy doesn’t get digested before we get to Ninevah.

Me:  Sounds like a mini torture chamber.

Joe:  Felt like it.  Anyways, that wasn’t even the worst part.  We’ve been sitting there for days, and then God decides that this thing needs to throw us up!  I thought the stomach was small… try being squeezed out the throat of a fish like the last bit of toothpaste.  And we didn’t have showers back then.

Me:  I’ve suddenly lost the desire to eat my sandwich.  I guess that whole experience could make an angel resent the person they’re guarding.

Joe:  We aren’t perfect.  We get frustrated.  Like with Jonah, I knew he could have avoided all of that by just doing what he was asked to do.

Me:  I can see where that would be frustrating.  You see someone disobeying, and bringing all of this hardship on themselves, and you’re thinking they could have avoided it all by just listening.

Joe:  Exactly.  But, we’re still there when people are stubborn.

Me:  Lucky for me!  So, I know a lot of people wonder why bad things happen.  I mean, don’t guardian angels prevent bad things?  How come sometimes you guys save us, and sometimes you don’t?

Joe:  That’s a tough question to answer.  I guess I could see where you can take it that way.  Remember, we aren’t here just to protect you physically.  And I can’t control you.  There’s also always more to a situation than you realize.  Like, say you fall off your bike and break your leg.  Sounds like a bad day, right?  But what if I told you my job was to keep you from turning left at the last intersection so you wouldn’t get hit by a bus?  You never know what we’re protecting you from.

Me:  So, on my bad hair days, where I’m cursing my curling iron, that could be you making me just late enough to avoid some major accident?

Joe:  It’s possible.

Me:  Interesting.  Now, I don’t know if you can answer my next question, but I have to ask.  What is Heaven like?

Joe:  Hmmmmm.  I can’t really give out details.  Plus, it’s something you really just need to see for yourself.  But it’s like this.  Imagine you really love Legos.  Whenever you get the chance, you buy a new little set, and go home and play with them.  It’s the best feeling in the world.  Then one day, when you’re very old, and have collected tubs and tubs of Legos, you die.  You have to leave them all behind.

So you’re sad, because, you know, you can’t take what you love with you.  But, Heaven is like Legoland.  Only better.  Because not only do you get to be in Legoland for the rest of your life, but you get to live in the house of the guy who invented them.  And nobody will ever make you put them away.

Me:  And I’m assuming Hell would be where Legos go to melt?

Joe:  (Chuckles)  Somewhat.

Me:  Well, if that’s what Heaven is like, I know my grandpa is very happy.  Ok, Joe, I only have one more question for you.  I know you probably have some guarding to get to.

Joe:  Ok, fire away.

Me:  Ok.  So, you get around quite a bit.  You’ve seen pretty much everything.  If there was one thing you could say to humans, what would it be?

Joe:  Hmm…..  That’s a good question.  Let me think for a second.

Me:  Take your time.

Joe:  I guess… I guess it would be this.  I see a lot of people who don’t believe in God.  For whatever reason, they think their lives are much better without Him.  I just want you to know that He’s still watching you.  You still have a chance to go to Legoland.  And don’t put off getting to know Him.  If anyone knows how quickly a life can end, it’s a Guardian Angel.

Me:  Wow.  Thank you, Joe.  That was powerful.

Joe:  Of course.

Me:  I’m going to let you go.  But real quick, who do you think will make the Superbowl this year?

Joe:  It’s not really fair to ask me, since I know who all will be injured this season.  I’m a Cheifs fan myself, so I’m hoping they make it.

Me:  Really…?  Why?

Joe:  To restore people’s faith in miracles.

Me:  Well, that’s a reason, I guess.

And that was it!  By the time I had thrown out my five-dollar coffee cup, and turned around to thank him for his time, he had gone.  I’m sure he had some very interesting work to do, and some very interesting people to guard.

Or, maybe he just wanted to get back to his Legos.

The Daily Post Interview

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True Lies: A Little Devilish Influence Seasons The Whole Church

It’s funny how the smallest things can have a huge influence on our life.  My mom taught me when I was very little that deception was, “A whole lotta truth with a little bit of lie.”

I think I had admitted to her that, while I did eat the icing off the brownies, I most certainly had help from my (innocent) sister.  She explained to me that half a truth is still a lie.

Her definition has helped me understand quite a few misconceptions in the modern church.  We have values and morals summarized by terms such as selflessness, love, forgiveness, trust, etc.  Our understanding of these words are based largely on how the world portrays them.

Selflessness- Putting everyone else before yourself.

Love-  A feeling.

Forgiveness-  Forgetting a wrong.

Trust-  Believing someone would not hurt you.

On the surface, these seem like reasonable definitions.  It’s a good thing to put others first, love them, forgive them, and trust them.  However, it is those very definitions, among countless others, that are crippling the church.

The Devil’s Toolbox Of Deception:

Duplicity:  For every pure moral or value expressed in the Bible, the devil has a slightly altered, worldly definition.  Example:  Love=Peace

Parallel Values:  For some morals and values in the Bible, the devil has a counter-offer.  Example- instead of forgiveness, practice tolerance.

False Negativity:  Some of our teachings, the devil has branded as evil.  Example:  Salvation.  “If Christianity were truly loving, then everyone would go to Heaven.”

On the surface, the devil seems to have a point.  However, a deeper understanding of love will expose his lies and reveal what he is trying to accomplish.

Why love?  Why not truth, grace, or forgiveness?  Because the underlying fundamental basis for the entire Christian religion, and every teaching associated with it, is love.  Even Christ Himself said the greatest commandment was to love God.

Love:  What It’s Not

Love is not tolerance.

The world has preached tolerance as the battle cry for many social justice issues.  How dare we call a sin a sin?  If a person believes what they are doing is right, then it’s right.  Right?

Furthermore, if calling a sin a sin hurts someone’s feelings, then it must be wrong.  Bringing pain upon someone is not loving, right?

Wrong.  We are clearly commanded to discern between right and wrong.  Remember, God loves those whom He corrects, and He can correct others through us.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Galations 6:1

     Love is not peace.

This is not to say that love does not bring peace.  This simply means that love can also cause division.  Love draws a very clear line in the sand between right and wrong.  If you feel called to reveal a weakness in a fellow believer, out of love, and they respond unfavorably, the outcome is not peaceful.

Peace is also used to usher in other beliefs as “ok.”  For example, Islam is wrong.  However, people are inclined to accept it anyways because it has been labeled peaceful.  Homosexuality is wrong, as is abortion, but if supporters are seen as peaceful, then they are seen as good, and therefore right.

     Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34

     Love is not a feeling.

          Again, love can elicit loving emotions.  However, love itself is not an emotion.  Love has nothing to do with liking someone.  Alternatively, acting out of like is not necessarily acting out of love.

          Jesus died for the sins of every human being that has ever, or will ever live.  He died even for those nailing Him to the cross.  I am NOT Jesus, but I don’t think I would be full of emotional love for that man with the hammer.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 5:44

Love:  What It Is

Love is forgiveness

          The ultimate show of love was Christ dying on the cross.  He was crucified to forgive us for all past and future sins.  Forgiveness does not equal forgetfulness, and it is also not a feeling.  Choosing to forgive sets us free from anger, and allows God to handle the situation.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Love divides good from evil

          When Jesus died, he drew a definite line in the sand.  He proclaimed that anyone who was not with Him was against Him.  This is hard for the world to swallow, as most people like to believe that if they are basically good and decent, they will go to Heaven.

 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9

Love is an action

          Even as Christ was about to die for our sins, He chose to deny His flesh and follow the will of His Father.  Love is not always easy.  Choosing to hold your tongue, forgive others, pray for your enemies, etc., is not a natural action.  Only by denying our own desires and choosing to act as commanded can we truly show His love.

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:39

     Obviously, a few paragraphs and bullet points are not even going to scratch the surface on Biblical love.  However, they do help us to form a basis to dissect the mistruths the Devil has laid on Christianity.

     Underlying all of the little lies is one big lie.  It’s a bit like the telephone game.  Just tweaking one word a little bit is enough to change the entire meaning, and gives way for people to leap-frog from one tweaked conclusion to the next.

The Big Lie:  Good=Right

     I can see how this is easy to confuse.  If those things that are right are also good, then shouldn’t those things that are good also be right?

     Nope.

     Let’s use the telephone game logic on this.

  • God says to visit the elderly
  • Bob visits the elderly
  • Bob is doing something good
  • Bob is therefore good
  • Bob is a homosexual

How can a good person also be bad?  The conclusion the Devil has drawn for us is that since Bob is a good person, then what he does is also right.

     The world has defined anything that doesn’t cause conflict as good.  If Bob isn’t hurting anyone by being homosexual, then it’s not bad, which means it’s good, which means it’s right.

     The truth is, it doesn’t matter what Bob does.  He is loved and forgiven by God.  If he chooses to accept that, he is made holy.  If he chooses not to, then he remains a sinner.  All of the nursing home visits in the world won’t make up for him denying Christ.  Likewise, all of his sins are immediately forgiven, regardless of good works, if he accepts Christ.

     All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Isaiah 64:6

     In short, it doesn’t matter if the world has labeled you “good” or “bad,” all that matters is if you are saved.

     Now that we understand the fundamental lie, we can see how love truly exposes deception.

The Big Truth:  Love=Right

     The true test as to whether something is right is to see how it aligns with true, Biblical love.  Let’s take Islam, for example.  Many commentators in the news proclaim Islam is a peaceful religion, with a few radical wingnuts, and is therefore fundamentally good, and should be tolerated.

     However, when held to the standard of Biblical love, we see a different story.  Our God demands that we love no other God but Him.  Allah cannot be God, because the very definition of God lies in the Trinity, and Islam denies Christ.  Therefore, Islam is not loving.  If it is not loving, then it is not right.

     The same can be said for homosexuality.  Again, pop-culture holds fast to homosexuals being mostly peaceful, good people, who want to be free to love whomever they choose.  They claim to be born with the same desire to love as everyone else, it is just focused on those of the same gender.  They are a peaceful, tolerant group of people who just want to be happy.

     Again, when measured against Biblical love, we can see the lie.  The Bible clearly states marriage is between a man and a woman.  Any desires outside of that bond are a sin.  This includes adultery, premarital sex, and homosexuality.  All of these sins are based on the worldly, emotional definition of love.  True, Biblical love discerns between right and wrong and corrects those who sin.  If you are living in sin, you cannot live in love.  Therefore, homosexuality is wrong.

     Unfortunately, many churches have succumbed to worldly definitions of Biblical values.  Telling the truth, out of love, usually causes some conflict.  For example, if you’re reading this, and your son is gay, I’m sure you were offended by the fact that I believe it is wrong.  If I were instead to claim that being gay is just another form of love, you would happily read to the bottom and go about your day.

     For this same reason, churches avoid teaching a black and white truth.  They don’t want  to offend their members and lose attendance, so they mix in a little of the world’s teachings to soften the sermon and make it more palatable.  Is this avoiding conflict?  Sure.  Is it loving?  No.

     If we continue to conduct our churches in an almost loving way, where we pretty much tell the truth, we are still lying.

     As Christians in a dying world, we must realize that appeasement is usually a sign of accepting deception.  God clearly tells us, unfortunately, that if we are doing our job, we will be hated by the world, because we are not of the world.

     Ironically, if you are showing true, Biblical love, then worldly people will hate you.

     Accepting this fact, and loving anyways, is one true test of a Christian.  While the calling is not easy, and the path will continually be narrowed, God promises that those who endure to the end shall be saved (Matt. 24:13).

     I plan to have more posts delving a little deeper into deceptive, worldly definitions of specific Biblical values.  If you are struggling with deception in your own church, or have questions regarding discernment, please visit this page for more information.

     Of course, as always, please feel free to spur some discussion with respectful comments!

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Dear Ex-Christians: Why Did You Leave?

I actually want to know.  Think of this as the virtual comment box for the church you left.  What turned you off?  Was it the people?  Was it the service?

What could they have done better?

Please give me details.  I don’t intend on preaching or judging.  I just want to know your story.

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A few reasons why people don’t go to church

If you’re on the fence about attending church, please watch this short video. Remember, Christianity is a bunch of imperfect people who have a lot to learn, so everybody fits right in!

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