Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hearing the words: "Well Done!" some day soon

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NIV)

Watch this short film clip!

Well, we all know that some day we have to stand in front of our Lord and give an account of what we did with this life. And I gather that some people will literally hear the words “well done good and faithful servant”. But I wonder if any part of that will be left out when my turn comes around. Did I do anything "well" and complete? Was I really "good", or "faithful"? Can I sincerely be called a "servant", or was I self obsessed and selfish? I know as an athlete, there were times when I finished a sport completely spent, knowing full well that I gave it my all. But what about my spiritual life? How hard did I train? How much did I give? What does my scoreboard reflect?

But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9:4 (NKJV)

I’m still in the game!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Gay people, seriously, just shut up!

So the people have voted, and a majority in California has chosen to ban gay marriage. I thought that was what the election process was all about. People have the power to vote; and then what the majority wants they get. Isn’t that what democracy is all about? Apparently not.

Here is the now famous video called Prop 8: the musical. Yep, there are some seriously funny people in this like Jack Black and John C. Reilly. But look at the amazing spin that is being put on social issues that have political ramifications these days. I hope you know enough of the Bible to see the absolute lies in this video. If you don’t, why not?

I don’t believe anybody in California is saying that gay people can’t continue to have civil unions. But I don’t even see where anyone has the guts to stand up and call the gay lifestyle what it is: wrong. The mastery of this propaganda is saying that someone who disagrees with your viewpoint is hate-mongering. I don’t see any hate in democracy. Actually, it looks like it is the other way around. Remember the old lady who gets the cross torn out of her hand and gets it stomped on? Or how about this:

Imagine if I went into a gay church and disrupted their service by handing out flyers about being straight. I’d be called a bigot and hate monger. There is definitely a double standard where political correctness is concerned in America. If I vote to pass a law mandating all illegal immigrants become naturalized citizens, I’d be accused of hating Hispanics. But when Jesse Jackson calls New York City “hymietown” or says that he wants to cut off Barack Obama’s balls, I guess that is OK. Greenpeace can torch Hummers to save “mother earth”. And PETA can throw blood on a celebrity in a fur coat yelling “fur is murder”. That is, of course…love. But when a Christian defends their belief system, they are considered hate mongers.

“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
The beauty of these times we live in is that we are forced to take a stand. You know the old saying: “If a man doesn’t stand for something, he’ll fall for anything”. As the falling away begins, we must decide what we believe, why we believe it, and then become impervious to scurrilous attacks. Whiney gays, victimized blacks, and angry liberals love to accuse you and call you names like “hate monger”. But remember what Jesus said:

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.” John 15:18