A Christ-like Approach to the World We Live In

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When looking for a Christ-like approach to everything that has been happening since Cain’s murder of his brother Abel up to the recent ISIS attacks in Dallas, Yemen, Kuwait, Libya, Copenhagen, Chattanooga, Brussels, Ankara, Egypt, Beirut, and Paris, what should our Christian response be?

I’ve seen everything from “kill them all”, to “close our borders to any and all refugees”, to “just love and be happy”, to “just concede and don’t bother them and they’ll leave us alone.”

There is so much I want to say – starting with my belief that each of these statements is based on either ignorance, fear, or naïveté.

I want to make 5 seemingly unrelated points, yet when combined, form a solid policy for moving forward:

1) We Must Stand with France, As They Have Stood by Us

Just to start, I want to point out that as Americans we have seriously underestimated and mercilessly bashed the French ever since they refused to back President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s ill-advised 2003 foray into Iraq, when, in fact, they exhibited a much more mature understanding of foreign policy and cultural awareness than our leaders. The French, our oldest ally, without whom we would not exist as a nation today. The French, who have many times firmly stood shoulder to shoulder with us in the face of threats and hostilities. The French, who gifted us one of our greatest symbols of liberty – the Statue of Liberty, which stands tall in the New York Harbor – even in the midst of the 9/11 attacks. The French, who despite our rude and petulant behavior and attitude towards them, still love, appreciate, and stand with us.

French President Francois Hollande states that this latest attack will result in merciless retribution on the part of France. It is time for us to once again stand with our French brothers, as we once did. In our abdication of leadership in this area, they will now necessarily step into the void to lead the world against this cancer (as interestingly, Putin has as well – despite his ulterior motives). The least we can and should do is stand with the French.

2) Islam Breeds Violence

There are many good, kind, and wonderful nominal and moderate Muslims, and I count many of them as dear friends and a few as family. However, as a religion, Islam is a religion of death, violence, and subversion whose intent it is to conquer the world by the sword mercilessly spilling blood until all bow the knee to Allah and Muhammad. We can deny either of these seemingly conflicting points because of fear, ignorance, or naïveté, yet all one must do is really get to know some of the gentile and kind-hearted people, and then also study and understand the Koran and Hadith to understand that both statements are true. What we then understand is that many times Islam is not truly a religion followed, but a cultural and societal agreement that binds people who are otherwise peace-loving and generous. However, when followed as a way of life and religion according to the Koran and Hadith, Islam turns into a destructive bloodthirsty world-conquering strategy straight from the pit of Hell.

3) Problems with the “Kill Them All” Philosophy

The call to “kill them all” is frankly ignorant and hateful and not at all reflective of Christ or responsible world leadership. Check your motives and your heart. It’s seriously off-kilter and dangerously reminiscent of the same worldview we claim to fight against. This is yet another philosophy straight from the pit of Hell.

4) We Can’t Just Ignore the Problem

The admonitions to “just love and be happy” or even to “just concede and leave them alone and they’ll leave us alone” are very naïve. Ignoring the problem or pretending in a Pollyannaish way that it doesn’t exist is just as dangerous and ill-advised as the above. Concession never results in peace – it results in oppression and subversion.

5) We have Always Been at War

We were born into a world at war. It is a war of God versus the forces of evil lead by Lucifer and played out by his demons and human forces. The only hope is Jesus.

As Christians, what should our response be to these recent incidents?

We love and pray, and open our hearts and homes to these who are suffering under the sword. We help those who are homeless and driven out of their homes by war. We lead them to the foot of the cross and pray that the light of Christ is revealed in their hearts and minds.

Yet we maintain vigilance and are prepared to stand in the gap to resist the Devil and his forces by fighting evil and warring against the culture of death. This is not fear. It is wisdom and responsibility.

We do not live in paranoia and fear. But we do live in a state of alertness and vigilance, loving and living with kindness and goodness, yet prepared to meet out wrath to those who come against us with intent to maim, kill, and destroy.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other. It can, and must be, both.

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25 Verses Men Need to Read

Men. Put down your phones. Turn off the TV. Grab your Bible.

Did you know that it’s predicted that this year, an average American will consume 15.5 hours of media per day? Smart phones, tablets, television, radio, the Internet… there are so many avenues speaking into our lives.

Through these we learn what to eat, what to wear, what to look like, how to act, how to speak, you name it.

What’s worse, is that just because you think you have it figured out one minute, all of these questions and their answers can, and will, literally change within minutes. One minute the media is portraying manhood as soldiers rescuing refugees, the next it’s handing out awards to Caitlyn Jenner.

What men need, is a firm base that tells them WHO they are, and WHOSE they are. They need an unwavering, pure, infallible, place to rest their heads and seek truth. They need scripture to tell them how to act, how to speak, and how to love.

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Let the Word of God shape you and mold you into the man God desires for you to be. Build your foundation on the rock of scripture, not the sand of the world.

  1. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:13-14
  2. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. -Titus 2:6-7
  3. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
  4. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:11-12
  5. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17Depositphotos_26725747_original
  6. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. -James 5:12
  7. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
  8. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4
  9. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. -Colossians 3:19
  10. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. -Proverbs 21:3Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.
  11. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:13
  12. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58
  13. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalm 23
  14. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. -Ephesians 5:23
  15. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro Brazil South America The statue stands 38 m (125 feet) tall and is located at the peak of the 710-m (2330-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, overlooking the city. As well as being a potent symbol of Christianity its open arms seen by many as a testament to the warmth of the Brazilian people.
  16. Blessed is the one  who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,   and who meditates on his law day and night. -Psalm 1:1-2
  17. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. -1 Corinthians 11:3
  18. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:9-11
  19. The Lord makes firm the steps  of the one who delights in him. -Psalm 37:23
  20. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8beach, wave and footsteps at sunset time
  21. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
  22. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. -Philippians 2:3
  23. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. -Colossians 4:6
  24. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. -1 Peter 3:13-17
  25. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. -Proverbs 18:10Depositphotos_9000768_original

The 10 Most Misunderstood Concepts in Christian Theology

With all the Christianity stuff being thrown around social media over the past couple of years, I wanted to clear up a few general and widespread theological misconceptions.Continue Reading