(Hebrews 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We understand that our faith should be in Godâs Word, howeverâŚ It is nice to ponder the evidence that was left. Think about creation: nature itself has the thumbprint of God on it, and it is with excitement and all that we look at those things in creation that prove God. In the same way I enjoy studying the archaeological evidence that is left regarding the historocity of Scripture. As long as your faith isnât only based on archaeology, there is nothing wrong with looking at those things to firm your faith. Just saying
As I look through Scripture I see that God uses people for what they are: He can draw a straight line with a crooked stick anytime. When it comes down to it, this country was looking for one thing when it elected Trump. It was looking for a successful businessman who can fix the economic problems the Democrats have foisted on this country by their incredible level of spending. He chose, at least this time, to pander to conservative causesâ which is the only reason that Christians are even on the fence for a philandering whoremonger. Do I like what heâs done to back Israel? Absolutely. Do I like what heâs done to try to limit abortion? Absolutely. But we must remember that God also sat Darius and Nebuchadnezzar on the throne and they did some good some times. And if we really want to think about it, God even placed Nero on the throneâŚ Not so certain about the good there, other than Christianity thrives during oppression. My point: Trump has some deep-seated emotional issues that he has yet to contend withâŚ But heâs the president, and his office should be respected. But I am not going to raise him on a pedestal, because he is not GodâŚ And to be honest I doubt seriously if Iâll see him in Heaven. Just saying
I would suggest that the reason Jesus drove out the tax collectors was similar to the reason Ananias and Saphira (I probably spelled that wrong,) were killed. It wasnât about doing business. It was about trying to get rich while using God as your âbait.â I donât have a problem with a Church having a bookstoreâ(especially the ones who carry my books, Lol,) if they are trying to get good authors into the hands of believers, that is awesome. But people can always go to Amazon for a better deal. Conversely, the temple worship of Jesusâ day required the possession of a sacrifice, and they (in the name of the Lord,) lied to the people who were changing money for an animal, (in lieu of traveling 100 miles with a sheep, youâd buy one there.) The money changerâs sin was twofold: first, they were charging exorbitant prices for it to get rich, when the people had no other choice. Second, when some brought in a sacrifice, they would say it was unacceptable and force them to purchase a new one at a higher cost. Again, all for profit. Just a thought.
At the end of the day people need to realize that the phone itself is not a problem. 90+ percent of this issue is a result of social media addiction. Divorces up exponentially, porn addiction up exponentiallyâall related to social media. Screen Snubbing (One researcher called it Phubbing) is just a symptom.
Well, how many of you have ever endured a prayer by some well meaning individual who overused some words; âFather, I love you Father, and father, I want to father, ask you father to, please father watch over this, father gathering and, father bless this food father, and...â
âWisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?â (Proverbs 1:20-22)
In other words, how long are you going to be stuck on stupid?
I donât have a personal Facebook page, and I attribute it to an experience I had back in 2007. I was teaching at a Community College, and had just started a lecture when I noticed a student on his phone. I confronted him about getting off the phone and he said, âHold on!â Surprised, I stopped class, and asked, âPraytell me, what is so important that you are going to tell me to hold on?â (I sound less sarcastic typing this than I was at that point.) His response: âThis morning I had 112 friends, now I have 111. Iâm trying to figure out who I lost.â I stared at him, dumbfounded, for at least 15 seconds before kicking him out of class. The point being, social media has so infiltrated our childrenâs mindset that they cannot make a choice unless it is gaining them social credibility, so moment by moment they are checking to see how culturally and socially relevant they are.
I used to teach Sociology at a local college, and when the topic turned to the integration of Muslims, one thing I always liked to show was an old video I had gotten from a missionary friend of mine. It was taken in Mexico of a Catholic woman who was crawling across a cobblestone courtyard on her knees in order to kiss the feet of a statue. She left trails of blood as she crawled... Obviously in pain, but with the mindset that kissing that statue was of more importance than personal comfort. Most Catholics in America go to church on Saturday night so they wonât have to get up early on Sunday morning The correlation is this: NEVER judge an international religion by the American counterpart. Americans are lazy and focused on comfort, and donât take God seriouslyâŚ And as an aside, I would even place most believers in that category as wellâŚ Not just Muslims and Catholics. Just saying.
This is almost, but not quite, as sad as the who fired first debate between Solo and Greedo. And just as productive. Letâs sum it up: none of us were alive when it happened. The perspectives are varied and controversial. And NONE of us will ever really know all of the facts until we see Heaven, (or the other place for some... but letâs not start throwing names toward THAT destination right now.) So, letâs all go out and do something for Christ, and stop the ignorant bickering. Just saying.
Well Frank, Trump is a politician. To believe that he is genuine in anything is a stretch. That said, in the past God has even used heathen kings in His plan. Even if it is to usher in the end. Just saying.