Hear me out. Christianity is Jesus – centered if it is as God intended it and written about it in the Bible. And that means conversations about Jesus, teachings of Jesus and the Bible, worship of Jesus, prayer in Jesus’ name, communion remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus and so on. But my deepest annoyance in so many churches I have attended or seen on TV or heard on radio stations or conversations have focused on this illegitimate hybrid of humanism (worshipping ones’ self or another human as god) and Christianity (worshipping Jesus as God – which He is). So you get concepts like “What has He done for me lately?” Or “I am angry at God” or even “God needs to answer my every whim and prayer in this way or I will not go out of my way for Him”. I have also witnessed many worship services where the songs are more about themselves (usually talking about the first person’s feelings) than Jesus or Jesus’ name not even mentioned.
This is dangerous territory. Here is why. It is based on a lie, a false premise, some stupidity that people want to buy to feel important. As much as we would like it to be, we humans are not God and can in no way every be as important as He is. In fact, our importance in its greatest form is entirely based upon God saying He made us and loves us and we matter. That is it. God is God and He is Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit and we are not Him. We cannot make a person except by the means He built into us when He made us. We cannot control the weather. We cannot even keep from catching a virus. See the problem? That we are on the same level as God is the stupid prideful lie that Satan himself believed to fall from heaven and God’s grace. And now this enemy is wanting us to land his same fate, eternity in turmoil being separated from God. But we can fight this lie by worshipping Jesus again, focusing on Him again, obeying Him again, just plain saying close to and focusing on Him again. He really is a big.deal, He is everything, in fact. All He does is perfect and true and loving, how He is built. Jesus needs to be the focus. ❤
We have wonderful constitutional rights in our amazing constitution. We have rights to be free, voice our opinions- no matter what that is-, be acknowledged as equal under law to everyone because God made us all (yes, that is in there), to carry weapons to defend ourselves, to follow the laws that govern, to vote, to assemble, to worship, to own property, to work, and so on. Those are the main ones. We have rights under the law and that assumes we follow the law. Those who break the law and thus violate another person’s rights, punishments are expected and should come through the judicial system and it should not matter the status of persons involved, they need punishment. Now that system seems to be broken, but this is how it should be, how it was originally set up. It was set up beautifully and quite successfully, but it assumed people would respect God and respect each other as they want to be reapected. And people seem to appreciate their own rights (and judges and lawyer’s rights to take money to make things happen) but not God or other people’s rights and that is messed up, sinful, flawed, etc., and I digress. It is truth but I yield to my point. Privileges are not rights. They are bonus extras that vary from person to person. Privileges are earned. It is our right to be free. It is our privilege to get a bonus check at work. That is not a right. It is a privilege to get a check to help a hurting family with food. It is not a right. It is a privilege to drive, not a right. My point is that people are sometimes uninformed or misinformed of those differences and perpetuate those misunderstanding. You have the right to be free but it is my right to be free also. Everyone has the same rights. So when one person demands that their privilege is their right, they need to be educated. I have to honor your right to be free but it is my privilege to disagree with your views, as is it your privilege to disagree with mine but you also have to honor my right to be free. When one person declares their privileges are rights and must be given, they need to be educated, not appeased. We don’t change the constitution. Judges are to enforce the constitution and not rewrite it. And education needs to be taught from elementary school on to refresher courses for adults who demand their privileges as rights and care not for other’s rights. We need education just as badly as judicial reform and criminal system reform. The truth will set our country free from tyrants who happen to have a LOT of money. Then we will have our country back and fair and focused on enjoying our freedoms alongside our fellow Americans. ❤
2 Chronicles 7:14. “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
All the signs and prophecies are pointing to it. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is returning soon. It is hope and so many people are talking about when exactly He will come. I have a secret. I know the answer. Shhhh, it is for your ears and eyes only. He is coming back… wait for it… when God says it is time. He will come at the right, perfect time, like He does everything. He will come at the precise hour, when as many are saved as are willing to be, in order to minimize lost souls who will regret not choosing Him eternally. God does not want anyone to go to hell. It was designed for fallen angels, now demons. But some people sure do prefer momentary pleasures than eternal peace and hope and all who are not saved choose to end up in hell. It is unnecessary and about the saddest thing ever. So, choose to be saved by God through Jesus Christ right now if you haven’t been and read your Bible and humbly pray and God will save you and we will party in heaven one day pretty soon. In thr meanwhile, know that God delays because He is patient and wants more people He made and loves saved. Do not worry about exact days, no one knows. I know He will come at exactly the right time and my job is to be ready. It is really a distraction. He wants us to know so we have hope and motivation to get right and obey. We have work to do up to the moment He pulls us out of here. Keep praying and reading the Bible and praising God and help others do the same. That is it. It is so simple. Do it now. 😄❤
So perhaps I am a little old, but I realize each year that there is nothing significant in a day unless you believe it is so and make it significant. Nothing happens unless you make it happen… one of Newton’s Laws. New Year’s day is just another day unless you want a change to happen in some way and need some excuse for that to happen. That is why resolutions generally don’t work for longer than your attention span. I believe that is not cynical so much as realistic. I believe you can’t make a wish things will change but refuse to commit to backing it up. I need to lose a few pounds, but vowing to stop eating or worse, taking a pill to make it magically evaporate, is pathetic and ineffective if in place of committing myself to improved health because I want to be a better, healthier, more energetic child of God. So, the resolution should be a deeper change, something which promotes lasting change and betterment. Something like praying every day, reading one chapter of the Bible every day, forgiving someone, wanting to please God, helping people every day, using gifts or talents to do good, etc. And we can make that change any single day of our lives and we must every day of our lives. I like how the singer Carolyn Arends sang it, “This will be my resolution, every day is New Year’s Day”. Every day, every hour, every minute is an opportunity to start again and be intentional. In fact, to be effective, it must be so.❤