In other words, we are here very briefly. It goes by quick. If life, and God teach us anything, they teach us to prioritize. For a follower of Christ time may be measured differently, in that our priorities should include sharing our faith…but so often life becomes about money. We forget what really counts, often.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. –Proverbs 23:13-14
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. –Proverbs 20:30
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. — Proverbs 13:24
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! –Psalm 137:9
Backward people who are not psychologically sound can misinterpret and misunderstand scripture. For example, would Jesus Christ dash one of your kids against a rock? Can you picture Him beating one of your young children or switching them until they bleed? There are Christians today who swear by this kind of brutality, who believe this is the will of God. They cite scripture to back themselves up. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”
Well, how do we tell them firmly, “no, no thanks?” And why should we not beat our children in the name of the Lord? Some claim this is biblical. They swear it’s what God expects us to do. The bible doesn’t promote child abuse, however; the bible promotes law-abiding behavior. Child abuse is against the law. We are to honor our government leaders and law-makers and obey the laws of this land.
Gotquestions.org tells us:
“Some people believe in discipline, but not in physical discipline such as spanking. However, the Bible is the final word on what is truth; it is not mere opinion or theory. The word “rod” indicates a thin stick or switch that can be used to give a small amount of physical pain with no lasting physical injury. A child should never be bruised, injured, or cut by a physical correction. The Bible warns that parents should never abuse the power and authority they have over their children while they are young because it provokes the children to righteous anger (Ephesians 6:4;Colossians 3:21). Physical discipline is always done in love, never as a vent to the parent’s frustration. It is also just one part of discipline and should be used when the child shows defiance to a clear limit, not in the heat of the moment.“
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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.
I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.
Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because; as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because; as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.
For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…
1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.
My children won’t…
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Listen carefully to songwriter Randy Newman’s parody that points out what most bigoted Americans can’t admit. Newman gently prods the tender underbelly of those good Christian, God-loving folk who insist that Barack Obama is the worst president we’ve ever had.
“Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.”
George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven
I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a
I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land
In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”
“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”
How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?
I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?
I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
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The above expresses my frustration and my feelings perfectly. These days, I feel that I can recognize real Christians by how they treat the president of the United States. God has given us explicit instructions about our leaders in government and what is expected out of our behavior, public and private, where they are concerned. Many Christians do not give a hoot what God has said in that bible they allegedly read.
I’m certainly not perfect either in my daily life, but I am continually seeking others wiser than myself in the ways of the Lord to learn from and model myself after as I grow spiritually. People who mistreat our president are not people I want to emulate or learn from.
There are Christians who do not understand why I defend and stand up for President Barack Obama. I could write lengthy posts about various reasons, but the most important reason is because I have always treated the president of the USA with respect; I treat the office with respect and I trust that God has allowed the leader in office to guide our country for whatever His reasons — I don’t question that.
This particular president has affected my life personally, and the life of my daughter. He created a health care policy that saved our booties when her father died and her medicines cost thousands of dollars that we didn’t have. Her health insurance was cancelled because my ex husband had died, but Obamacare picked up our slack, thank God, and right before Christimas too. My child now has an excellent Humana policy that I am paying for and am able to afford thanks to this president! He cared. He really cared about US.
I see this president expressing concern, love, and positivity about moving our country in a more compassionate direction for all. He cares about all of us, not just the one percent or the half that suits him. We all count with President Barack Obama, even the hateful, mean, ugly-acting people.
This president is honorable, ethical, compassionate, and he does what he says he’s going to do. He keeps his promises. No matter the good he does, though, it’s not good enough for half of America. What’s really odd is that at least a quarter of those who hate him struggle financially just like I do. Go figure that they support the side that loves the rich and promotes the rich and could care less about the poor! This just seems illogical to me, unrealistic, and impractical.
It infuriates me when I see people I love and care about picking on this president, when he can do no right no matter what he does. I am sickened by this behavior, especially from alleged Christian people who claim to love the Lord. At any rate, I know I must contain my anger and simply pray for these people because it is up to God to judge them, not I. They are spreading hate, not love. They have bought into the darkness of this world and don’t even know it. It makes me very, very sad to watch their behavior, read their posts, and listen to their lies. Examples:
Obama is a closeted, secret Muslim.
Obama hates America.
Michelle is a man.
Obama is gay.
Obama wants to destroy America.
Obama is the antichrist.
Obama has no plan, no strategy to deal with ISIS ….and other sundry blatant lies.
These people should be ashamed of themselves! They are dishonest. And as for the racist comments?
“Get that niger out of the white house!” (yes, someone I’ve known for years, on my friend’s list, misspelled “nigger,” — that right there should tell you something). It tells you that he is spouting PURE IGNORANCE and is UNEDUCATED and REDNECK. And I don’t mean these adjectives as something to be proud of.
I lost this friend because of his “nigger” comment the other day on my Facebook wall. I don’t think I can be friends with someone who is that racist; it just sickens me too much. What do I have in common that I can share with a person who hates an individual because of the color of his skin?
When I see alleged Christians lying and spreading falsehoods about the president, I know they’ve lost their way. When I confront them about this and they make excuses, defend their actions, or just blithely continue in their despicable behavior, I realize I am powerless to change them. Only God can change their hearts and I surely do hope He does so in this lifetime. I would hate to be in their shoes when they stand before Him.
Anyway, I could go on and on about why I respect and appreciate President Obama, but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying. I respect the office first and foremost, no matter who resides within it. I think this president has done a fine job as president so far and I stand up for him for all of these reasons.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
–Matthew 11:28-30 the message
Times have been really tough for me since my best friend, Donald, passed away on June 25, 2014. I always knew I would miss Don when his time to go came, but I hadn’t counted on the ugly drama appearing out of nowhere from people who were never part of Don’s life when he was living.
It’s amazing what happens to folks when they think they may benefit from a relative’s death. No matter how distant they were when their relative was living, when he dies, the vultures want to pick those bones bare. People will do quite literally anything for money — even Christians! Dons last wishes weren’t even considered. His “family” has been completely about taking everything of his that has monetary value.
It’s hard to honor the bible and behave like Jesus instructed us when we are mistreated by strangers and falsely accused. Having to search myself nightly to be sure I have behaved appropriately is emotionally exhausting. We have to remember what to do in these situations as Christians.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). We desperately need that reminder when we are under attack. Let’s face it. Unless we guard our own heart, we will soon be down in the gutter with our opponents. We’ll be tempted to answer in kind, to attack them as they have attacked us, to vilify them, to smear their reputation, and in general to do whatever we have to do to get even with them.” (Source)
I would love to completely embrace pacifism as a follower of Jesus Christ; unfortunately we live in a world that is evil to the core and growing more so every day that passes. It is time to put forth a proportionate response to the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. Journalist. ISIS threats to harm another American hostage must not be ignored. No, we cannot afford war right now, but when we are forced into war, we must engage so that America remains a significant force for democracy and freedom.
President Obama must listen to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who said:
“I don’t know why he used the word ‘justice.’ It’s not appropriate here. This is an attack on our country, we have to react to it,” an upset Chris Matthews reacted to a video excerpt of President Obama’s statement today about the beheading by an ISIS member of American freelance journalist James Foley.
“This is our country versus this group that’s declared war on us. What’s justice mean in this con– I don’t know why the word’s used, like we’re going to go to the World Court with this?!” Matthews sneered to guest Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post Media Group on the August 20 edition of Hardball. Later in the segment, an irate Matthews insisted “no American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it’s in our soul!”
President Obama must tear a page from Fox News commentator, Charles Krauthamer:
“The point here is the only response to this beheading which will be understood by ISIS is a vigorous air campaign against them, supporting the troops on the ground, not American, there are boots on the ground, Iraqis and Kurdish, who just retook the Mosul Dam, who have succeeded in pushing back ISIS from the outskirts of Kurdistan. They have had success, they need U.S. air power, that’s the proper response. It’s not sending a prosecutor over to gather evidence about the beheading.”
President Obama, it is time to put on your combat boots and get ready to stomp some ISIS arse.’ All Americans must unify and support our sitting president in destroying this threat until it is vanquished. Enough is enough; there is a limit and we have now reached it.
We must behead the snake that is ISIS.
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