Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This is obviously wrong, but it doesn't look like the Chinese government is going to stop persecuting Christians anytime soon.
How can Christians affect what's going on over there? I see a few ways:
- Pray! Pray for Pastor Zhu, who is going to be away from his friends and family for a while. He also has a heart condition, which makes matters worse. Pray for God's protection and comfort for him and his family.
- Pray! Pray for the leaders of the Chinese government. The most powerful force for change in the world is still God's saving work in a person's heart. We are one revival away from seeing the end of persecution in China.
- Inform U.S. government leaders that this is an important issue to you. We hold massive amounts of power over the Chinese if we choose to use it. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our politicians are more concerned with pocketing money from those who do business with China than they are with how Chinese Christians are treated. Maybe those politicians need to know how we feel.
- Remember that all that cheap stuff we buy from China comes with a heavy price, including the blood and freedom of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Keep that in mind while your doing that Christmas shopping...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have some mixed feelings about it, mostly because I think Christians are overly-focused on the evils of the homosexual lifestyle, while ignoring many of the other sins of society.
Since the election, relatively small groups of homosexual activists have been protesting, demanding tolerance and acceptance of gay marriage. Only, it seems that the tolerance only goes one way. Watch what happens when an elderly lady tries to express a differing opinion:
From KPSP news, Palm Springs, CA
Here's a story of one of these heroes: John Ripley
Ripley passed away recently, but we are richer because he was here.
His words at the end are profound. "When you know you're not going to make it, a wonderful thing happens. You stop being cluttered by the feeling that you're going to save your butt."
I wonder how different I would live if I really understood that I'm only here for a short time, and no one here gets out alive...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Also, are you a Christian atheist?
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Here’s a link to Wyman Richardson’s very thoughtful blog post.
Read 1 Peter 1:17-21.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
#67: Success is counted sweetest
Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory
As he defeated — dying —
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!
Monday, November 3, 2008
I also have a firm belief that God is totally in control of what happens. He is not bound by political systems, poll results, or voting trends. And there is no doubt He is at work, no matter who's in that fancy house on Pennsylvania Avenue.
That being said, there are a few issues that are important to me as a Christian (and not just as an American). I think they should be important to people of faith. The biggest question is one that is really foundational: what value do we put on human life?
It's an important question, and there is a portion of society that seems determined to lower the value we place on human life. (Don't believe me? Look here, here, here, and here for details.) And unfortunately, the guy who is probably going to win the election believes that unborn humans have no rights, even if they are born alive after a botched abortion.
Obama's views on life issues make it impossible for me to even consider voting for him, even if he was good on every other issue (which he isn't).
We'll know for sure what happens in just a few hours. Either way, we believers need to remember where our hope lies...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Also, are you trying to squeeze yourself into a life that doesn’t fit you anymore?
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Here’s the Christian Post article I read.
And, here’s 1 Peter 1:13-17 from Bible Gateway.