Christians in Social Media

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I have stated before in my blog how cruel social-media can be; also, if you have a heart for Christ, God will reveal himself to you in everyday living by teaching you and helping you live out the gospel.  Unfortunately, living the gospel isn’t always pleasant and can actually cause suffering.

Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10: 32, 33 (NIV).  Now, you may wonder what these two bible verses have to do with social-media, specifically because it is the most popular one right now, Facebook.  Most of us have at some time in our lives experienced being intentionally ignored by another.  How did it make you feel?  Jesus though God himself, he took on flesh and bone and became a human being.  As humans, we own emotions.  Who gave us those emotions?  Those emotions were imparted to us by God.  God made us in His image, therefore, we can definitely say God also has feelings.  When there is a genuine kinship among friends, it goes beyond what is seen into what is unseen, the HEART of the relationship.  God says, “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1Samuel 16:7 (NIV).  In a genuine friendship there is reciprocity.  So when Jesus said, “whoever disowns me before men,” he is speaking about those whom are embarrassed to be associated with him.  How can there possibly be an authentic friendship if you only express that relationship away from the public eye?  How can you expect a blessing from God if you do not even admit a relationship with his Son?  The same could be said regarding Facebook “friends”.  If the only time a person acknowledges their friendship is in private, via emailing or texting, you can bet the relationship is not based on honesty (heart issues) but noticeably, a friendship of convenience.

While Jesus was on earth, there were some individuals who followed him around not because they particularly liked him but rather, they were wanting to see what he was going to do next or they just needed something from him.  Ostracizing, whether through social-medias or face-to-face, it still stings!  While connecting on Facebook or other social-medias, if a person is a true friend, they will express to you if they do or don’t appreciate your comments.  Through deleting comments, filtering an individual’s name so they are unable to leave a comment or blocking them from your timeline yells out that you do not consider that individual as a friend, and you are embarrassed to acknowledge them as such.  You are censoring their comments therefore, censoring their feelings because they do not match your own opinions.  They are unacceptable to you.  So before you decide to “friend” someone, make sure they truly are a friend rather than trying to rack up numbers to prove ones’ importance.

Heritage and Treachery

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Although, I am one-quarter

My identity swings on the border.

Knowing what the white man has done

My spirit weighs a ton.

Stealing land, identity and culture

They are not human but vulture.

Raping our women to destroy a nation

The Great Spirit calls it abomination.

Genocide was practiced through starvation and disease

All the red man could do was appease.

Shame and sorrow are mine to bear

Because in my heart, I sincerely care.

~Aho!

A Walking Contradiction

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Contradiction, “a difference or disagreement between two things which means that BOTH cannot be true”, Merriam-Webster, Encyclopedia Britannica.  What a perfect illustration of a secular lifestyle and a Christian lifestyle, right?  If contradiction is present in a person or in a government, then there is an incongruous aspect to the character of that person or government.  Nothing to me is more unsettling than seeing someone who calls themselves Christian yet exhibits the total opposite of Christianity.

Through self-evaluation, I can make certain whether I am walking straight or with a sidewinding influence.  It’s this sidewinding influence I wish to address because it is the walk that can either help others to Christ or send myself and others straight to hell!  The world is full of grey areas, and the Christian unfortunately, can fall in too.

I’ve heard other Christians say that it is not their place to tell a sinner that they are wrong (specifically, homosexuals) but we are to have unconditional love for everyone.  How can we bring others to Christ if we don’t give the WHOLE truth?  I totally agree with unconditional love Jesus taught.  However, he also taught through unconditional love, we are to teach and correct with the truth.  Who as a parent, would intentionally leave out information from their child to save their child’s feelings but because they left out some vital information, that child ends up losing their life?  Is that TRUE love? No.

What makes sexual immorality so destructive, and why do some Christians avoid speaking the truth regarding homosexuals?  The bible is very clear about sin and leaves no room for interpretation.  I honestly don’t know why Christians would avoid speaking the full truth, unless maybe they think if they just tell them a little to peak their interest, they’ll find out on their own that homosexuality is wrong.  I do know, how controversial this topic is; maybe that’s why some Christians avoid speaking on this hot topic.

In 1Corinthians 6:9-11. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the SEXUALLY IMMORAL nor IDOLATERS nor ADULTERERS nor MALE PROSTITUTES nor HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS nor THIEVES nor the GREEDY nor DRUNKARDS nor SLANDERERS nor SWINDLERS will inherit the kingdom of God.”… (Here’s the hope)!  “And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”(NIV)  These sins are all equal in God’s eyes but there is one particular that goes against the very structure of our relationship with our Lord!

Let us look at each sin listed from Corinthians.

IDOLATERS, back in the biblical times this was referring to statues MADE by men that were worshipped and held in high esteem.  Their lives REVOLVED around it!  Today, “the idol” is the same but appears differently.  “Progress” has moved us forward in technology, but has repelled us backwards and away from God!  Today’s idols are also MADE by man which are money, entertainment, material things, popularity, anything that preoccupies ones’ mind.  (Not a crime).

THIEVES, a person who steals another’s property.  (Considered still a crime in the United States’ judicial system).

GREEDY, a character flaw that has an intense and selfish desire for something.  It does not always relate to money.  (Not punishable by manmade laws unless the greed moves one to do unlawful things).

DRUNKARDS, a person who is constantly drunk; having disturbing behavior and is mentally function impaired due to alcohol.  (Buying and consuming alcohol is legal in America but public disorderly conduct is prohibited).

SLANDERERS, someone who creates false statements about another, lies.  (Only a crime If proven a law has been violated).

SWINDLERS, people who cheat another person or business for their own gain. (Also, a crime If proven a law has been violated).

SEXUALLY IMMORAL, ADULTERERS, MALE PROSTITUTES, HOMOSEXUALS, these are all sins committed with a person’s body.  (Sexual immorality through adultery and prostitution while illegal in the United States, the law tends to look the other way).

HOMOSEXUALS, by now most everyone knows what this lifestyle is about.  It’s having sexual relations with the same sex as yourself.  (Not Illegal).

The reason sexual immorality is so condemning is because it is a sin against the very temple of God. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are OUTSIDE his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV).  Through sexual immorality, the other combining sins become interconnected.  Idolatry presents itself when an individual becomes consumed with lust which leads to becoming a thief because now the sinner has stolen another’s spouse away and possibly torn a family apart.  When a sexually immoral person is living this lifestyle, their desires becomes selfish desires and so, that person is now guilty of greed.  The wickedness then becomes like a drunkard because now the habit has led to disturbing behavior that impairs good judgment.  Living in guilt will cause the sexually immoral to become a slanderer because they are now lying to themselves and others.  Lying will lead to becoming a swindler because in order to lie, you are cheating on the person you are lying to.

…Which brings us back to “a walking contradiction”.  If I am to live a Christian life, I cannot intentionally withhold any of God’s word to save feelings, nor am I aloud to live a doubled-life that contradicts the very impact of being a Christian.  So which is true, the secular lifestyle or the Christian lifestyle?  Contradiction, “a difference or disagreement between two things which means that BOTH cannot be true.”  The only one who can answer this question is yourself but God will have the final say.

Christians, Loaded for Bear but Shooting Blanks

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There is a trend that is quickly unfolding in the United States.  In 2013, an Oregon Christian couple owning a bakery refuses to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.  They were sued and were ordered to pay the plaintiffs up to One-hundred Fifty thousand dollars.  A year later, a Christian photographer in New Mexico was sued also by a lesbian couple because she refused to photograph their wedding.  New Mexico ruled that the Christian photographer had violated the state’s Human Rights Act and was ordered to pay close to seven-thousand dollars for the couple’s attorney’s fees.  There are three bible verses that come to my mind when looking at the notoriety of what is perceived as Christian businesses being targeted, and those that are legitimately in the crosshairs of an immoral society.  The first bible verse says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2; second verse, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1; and the last verse, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant (yes, even the homosexual) than yourself.” Philippians 2:3.  As a Christian, here’s where it really becomes jaded when standing for your Christian principles and thus the title above.  When I speak about “legitimate” attacks on Christian businesses, I’m speaking of proprietors such as the photographer, the baker, an adoption agency, any business that if they participated in a life-event that PROMOTES homosexuality, they MUST deny serving the homosexual community. To not do so, would be like a Christian owning a bar or strip club!  However, when the Christian business is a general business that in no way services to promote homosexuality it becomes moot point.  We are ALL sinners!  Can a “Christian” business owner refuse services to a homosexual and yet offer services to a pedophile, rapist, alcoholic (unless he’s inebriated at the time), an adulterer, thieves (unless stealing at the scene), swindlers….you get where I’m going with this.  Unless a homosexual walks into your business and commits sodomy right there in public or a pedophile/rapist commit their ugly deed right there in your place of business, you cannot deny them your services unless you’re not in the business of making money. However, there is one ‘business’ all Christians should be involved in, it is bringing the lost to Christ.  How is a homosexual, pedophile, rapist, alcoholic, adulterer (name your sin of choice) to see the face of Christ if we alienate?  The difference between a homosexual and all the rest of humanity (Christian/non-Christian) is that most of the time, we can recognize ‘the sin’ upon engaging with a homosexual, and not with others.  So then it becomes a witch hunt.  Even though we Christians are experiencing persecution more than ever before, it doesn’t make it any less wrong if we persecute the unbeliever.  To me, it makes our actions worse.  We should know better.

 

For you were called to freedom, brothers.  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word.  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14