The Pendulum of Truth

Pendulum.jpg (800×800)I have discovered that people tend to swing to extremes on just about any subject. Take the church for example. People take a Biblical teaching and if the pendulum swings too far left; people will tend to be legalistic. Galatians 5:4 On the other hand, if the pendulum swings too far right; people will tend misuse their freedom to live for themselves. Galatians 5:13

The fact is that the truth is usually found in the middle. The subject of same-sex marriage is the perfect example. Those who swing too far left; may become hateful toward those who see nothing wrong with it. After all, homosexuality is a sin! Right? Leviticus 18:22; 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Those who swing too far right; may not want to look the other way and condone sin.

How should we respond? The answer is in the middle. The truth is..

  1. Sinful behavior must not be condoned. Sin must be dealt with but not with a hateful, critical spirit. It is possible to hate the sin while loving the sinner. Ephesians 4:15 Isaiah 5:20
  2. Show the person involved in this life style love and acceptance. God loves ALL people. People who protest against gay with hateful banners will never get the opportunity to share their hope. 1 Peter 3:15
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I am sure that many of us are experiencing a range of emotions due to the recent ruling by the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage legal in all states. To be honest, I am struggling to put my thoughts down; trying to leave my feeling aside and respond objectively. It is almost impossible to shed fresh light on this issue, as most of the news commentators have explored it in just about every angle. So, pardon me if I am repetitive.

There are many aspects of this error of jurisprudence that are clearly not within the realm of the Court’s duties and responsibility. The most glaring fallacy is the Justices believe it is their “duty” to create new laws not just interpret the law. The 1st Article of our Constitution gives powers to make laws to the House of Representatives and the Senate; not the Supreme Court! It is ludicrous to say that our Constitution guarantees gay people the “right” to marry.

Do laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman violate the “fundamental right to marry?” 

The Supreme Court has said that there is a “fundamental right to marry” but only in cases involving opposite-sex marriages, and often by explicitly linking marriage to procreation and child rearing. There can be no “fundamental right” to marry a person of the same-sex, because such a “right” is not “objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation’s history, legal traditions, and practices.”

The Supreme Court, however, is far from all-powerful. Its power is limited by the other two branches of government…The Supreme Court is like a referee on a football field. The Congress, the President, the state police, and other government officials are the players. Some can pass laws, and others can enforce laws. But all exercise power within certain boundaries. These boundaries are set by the Constitution. As the “referee” in the U.S. system of government, it is the Supreme Court’s job to say when government officials step out-of-bounds. Scholatics.com

But no one has the courage to challenge their misuse of their office.

I Don’t Do Windows!

Last weekend my wife and I decided we had put off cleaning our exterior windows long enough. The reason we hadn’t cleaned them sooner was the fact our house doesn’t have those modern double-hung windows. Oh no, we have OLD, wooden, painted windows. The previous owner(s) had put “ample” paint on them insuring that no one without God’s help would ever raise those windows again.

But with the Lord’s help we did get them open! We decided that assigning tasks would be the best way to attack this task. Sherry took the inside and I took the outside. [I never figured how she got to do the inside where it was air-conditioned.] And this is where the conflict began.

I will be the first to confess that I did not take window-cleaning 101 in college but I thought I was doing a rather good job! As I stepped back admiring my work, my wife (who has a degree in cleanliness) dutifully pointed out a place I had overlooked! No problem, I went back and cleaned it. But then, she saw another place and another place, and so on. At first I thought, what’s the big deal? They are so small! To be fair, she did not point these “faults” with a critical spirit but she was only  interested in “perfectly” clean windows. Still my frustration level was increasing.

The question is should we point out other people’s faults? As Christ followers, we have a duty to speak to those who have erred in the faith. But we should do it in a spirit of love with the purpose of helping. Ephesians 4:2; 4:15. So the next time someone tries to help you by pointing out a hidden “fault”, don’t be angry, be thankful.

You can trust what your friend says, even when it hurts Proverbs 27:6 ERV

Brothers and sisters, if a person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should help that person turn away from doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. Galatians 6:1

Ban On Bathing?

It is amazing (and sad) the government can take a tragedy like the shooting in Charleston and use it to advance their agenda. Instead of trying to console the families that lost family members, they want to use this as a springboard to promote gun control. To be honest, I am fed up with government intrusion into our lives! They think that if they can control the sale of guns, they can reduce crime and violence. FBI research proves the opposite. The chart below shows that after gun sales attained record growth in 2006, violent crime rates began to fall in 2007. As gun sales continued to register records each following year, violent crime rates decreased at an accelerating rate.

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Many studies tell us that there are more deaths by drunk drivers than deaths by guns. But have you heard of legislation to ban cars? Ban Alcohol? Gun sales are legal. Drunk driving is not legal. Another study claims that more people die each year by falls in their bathtub. Anyone one for banning bathtubs?

Lets be realistic; the government wants control! They tell us what size light bulb we should buy. They want to control what kind of toilet (water saving) you install in your home. They want to ban sodas. They have banned Chick-Fil-A sandwiches from our schools. (Sacrilegious)

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.— President Ronald Reagan

Whose Fault?

shooterJust days ago,  Dylann Roof (21) walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and opened fire at a prayer meeting inside the church after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, killing nine, including the pastor.

As the investigation continues, more and more information will be uncovered. And as the news journalists receive the new information, they will try to answer the question we are all asking; WHY?  Which often leads to trying to assign blame for this tragedy. They will give us their opinion as to whose fault for this tragedy.

  1. The current administration is calling for stricter gun control. But you cannot assign fault to an inanimate object. We never consider that every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. But no one thinks we should ban cars. It is not the gun’s fault.
  2. I do not know anything about the shooter’s upbringing but inevitably reporters will research his childhood to see if the parents are guilty.
  3. Maybe drugs are at fault.  Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and it is not the weapon used. The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crime.

We may never know for sure where the fault lies but this I do know. Man was born with moral depravity.[ Jeremiah 17:9 John 3:19 ] and is capable of horrific things. We have taken God out of government, our schools, and our culture all together.  Then we wonder why people act like they do. Proverbs 16.6 says, “…through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.”

I cannot tell you how much the family’s testimony have touched me.

Sticks, Stones, and Other Power Tools

Someone once said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”  You will not find that quote in Scripture but the Word does attest that the power of words are amazing. I have seen an angry parent use hurtful words to crush a child’s spirit.  Conversely, I have seen a child’s face beam when they are praised.

Adolf Hitler was very talented at public speaking. He told the people what they wanted to hear, he told the German people that they were special and that they were a superior race that unites people most would have done anything he said because he told them what they wanted to hear, It boosted their confidence. The power of his words lead a nation into WWII.

Like power tools, words have the potential to do great good or tremendous damage, depending how they we use them. We can use words to damage a relationship or make it better. Proverbs 11:9 Unfortunately, most people use words to destroy more often than to build up.

Ever day we have the opportunity to use words negatively or positively. Remember that every person with whom you speak to today will be either better or worse off as a result of your words. Your words could make the difference..

Recently I looked back over my life and reflected how blessed my life has been. I have been blessed with

Friends I have had the privilege of making friends with hundreds of great people. I say they are great not because they are rich, famous, or have political clot. I say they are great for the positive impact they have had on my life. Rev. Glen Elsey showed me how to walk with God. He had the most infectious laugh that I will never forget.  Thanks to Rev. Denzil and Gerry Smith for being our friends over many years. I remember being in a crisis situation and phoned Denzil at 5 @m asking for prayer. He drove clear across town, came to my house to pray with me. Space does not allow me to mention all who have contributed to my life. 

Pastoring some great people. I was privileged to serve with people who loved God, were committed to the church and treated me graciously. We prayed together. We cried together. We sacrificed together. I served churches from New York to Florida. Thank you God for allowing me to meet some of Your wonderful people. 

A host of experiences. a] I will never forget the six-week revival at our local church. We had planned a seven-day revival but God had other plans. b] I saw people delivered from demonic possession. c] I was mistaken for a fugitive by undercover police. e] I have seen people healed from incurable diseases. f] But the greatest experiences was seeing people’s lives transformed by Jesus Christ.

I have to agree with Christian comedian, vocalist, and song-writer, Mark Lowry, when asked how he would describe the church, he replied, “Interesting!”