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Are Christians, particularly Christians in America, sociopathic?
Christian… Sociopath… These are two words that on the surface seem completely incompatible. Acts 11:26 tells us that the term “Christian” was first used of disciples in the Antioch church. This was initially used as an insult in that people were saying they were “little Christs”. In other words, they were just like Jesus, who because of His great love for people, voluntarily died to pay for the sins of the world. On the other hand – the dictionary defines sociopath as “a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” Another says that “Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others.”
How can someone who is living a life that is reminiscent of a man whose critics admit was at least a good person and moral teacher exhibit behavior or attitudes that are patently selfish and apathetic to others? However, in spite of the apparent contradiction, I think if we are truly honest with ourselves, the answer is closer to “yes” than any of us who call ourselves a Christian would like to admit… And it tears me up inside… Let me allow this clip from Atheist Magician and Comedian Penn Jillette to begin to explain what I mean:
“How much do you have to hate someone to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” There is the rub… Way too many “Christians” fall in a daily routine and are comfortable to coast through life without a broken heart for their friends and family who, if what we believe is really true, are destined for an eternity without God… Well… to be honest that is the essence of selfishly living life “without concern for the effects of their behavior [or lack thereof] on others”, isn’t it???
We certainly shouldn’t be comfortable with it… But sadly I think that may just be the problem… our comfort. Because we are relatively comfortable, especially in comparison to most of the rest of the world, we just get into auto pilot and unintentionally slip into apathy. It’s not a conscious thing, but it occurs anyway… and it’s tragic.
Penn said “There comes a point where I tackle you… and this is more important than that.” Because people’s eternities are so important, our “social conscience” should remind us that we have a “moral responsibility” to love those around us enough to take the risk of offending them or losing a friendship to in a sense “tackle” them by sharing the truth about Jesus…
Let’s pray to God for forgiveness for our sociopathic tendencies and begin to live a life that actually reflects our name-sake, Jesus… and refuse to scoot through life uncaring and unaffected by the many people we know who do not yet have a relationship with Him.
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Not that I am a doom or gloom type of a guy but I feel like we have reached that line in the sand as a culture. Rather than looking down at the line and pausing for a moment to contemplate what the next step should be, our culture has now jumped over the line and took off sprinting. Last month I posted a link to an article from Breibart talking about the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the military. Some of the verbiage used by the fellow who crafted the Department of Defense position was harsh. Now I stumble across an article which brings the President into play in the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Military.
According to this article (READ HERE), Congressman John Fleming offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would protect the religious rights of soldiers. To quote Fleming It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.” The Presidents response was that it would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
Weird how Christianity and the expression of Christianity would have a negative impact on morale, good order and discipline.
All I can do is sit and shake my head. How does it come to this?
Fleming offered several examples of persecution within the amendment. So check this out…
Fleming introduced the amendment after a series of high-profile incidents involving attacks on religious liberty within the military- including an Air Force officer who was told to remove a Bible from his desk because it might give the impression he was endorsing a religion.
He said there are other reports of Christian service members and chaplains being punished for their faith.
- The Air Force censored a video created by a chaplain because it include the word “God.” The Air Force feared the word might offend Muslims and atheists.
- A service member received a “severe and possibly career-ending reprimand” for expressing his faith’s religious position about homosexuality in a personal religious blog.
- A senior military official at Fort Campbell sent out a lengthy email officially instructing officers to recognize “the religious right in America” as a “domestic hate group” akin to the KKK and Neo-Nazis because of its opposition to homosexual behavior.
- A chaplain was relieved of his command over a military chapel because, consistent with DOMA’s definition of marriage, he could not allow same-sex weddings to take place in the chapel.
Folks, I have said it before and I will say it again. We are on the downward slope here. The persecution cat is now out of the bag. Right now the trend is persecution because it will be offensive (political correctness). At some point it will turn into a crime where we will be literally punished for our beliefs, when they (the world) see that we are more concerned about eternal life rather than the immediacy of this life and continue to evangelize.
We may not be very far from that based on the Breibart article . It is beginning to get real now. We have to be preparing ourselves mentally for the sacrifice that we will have to make in order to honor God and follow through on the Great Commission.
Good efternoon everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.
Persecution of Christianity has officially begun here in the Unitied States and it begins in the Department of Defense. This would include ALL armed forces that report up through the DOD. See the article… So here is the deal… According to the report the gentleman who is responsible for drafting the verbiage that would actually imprison a service member for sharing his faith has stated this “Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”
To see what he really thinks of Christians CLICK HERE
It appears that the official verbiage, as confirmed by the Pentagon states the following: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis”
And so it goes. The government has now made it illegal to evangelize in the Armed Services. This puts our Christian brothers and sisters in the armed services on another front line for Christ, as they risk imprisonment and dishonarable discharge for simply caring enough about their fellow soldiers to offer Christ to them.
The Great Commission is our single charge directly from Jesus. Because we love Jesus we obey His command, which is to go forth and to make disciples. We cannot go forth and make disciples without proselytization. Because we love our brothers and sisters we tell them about the salvation that awaits them. To ask a Christian to not evanglize is to simply ask them to not be a Christian, and to disobey an order from God Himself.
We are no longer protected, and are now officially a persecuted group from our US Government. It is time to be prepared mentally for the sacrifice that we are going to be asked to make here in the very near future.
This week the Supreme Court will be hearing two cases regarding same sex marriage. Now before the “equal rights” fan crowd goes crazy I just want to clarify. This piece is not about the political game being played with the institution of marriage. This piece isn’t interested in the benefits of civil union versus marriage. Rather, I wanted to take a moment to reflect historically on how our current culture compares to others in history. You see, this Supreme Court ruling may re-define marriage. Regardless of the ruling, our nation has been moving away from traditional, biblical marriage under the guise of equality and justice for some time now. Even Christians are in support of this move and sit off to the side clapping their hands as our society becomes more “evolved,” “caring” and “enlightened.”
That being said a comparison can be drawn between our society and others throughout history. there is nothing unique about American society historically speaking. To illustrate this point, I am going to throw some adjectives out and let’s see who they seem to describe…
Haughty (acting superior and disdainful in case you were wondering)
Do the words above describe America? I would think that on this point an Atheist and a Christian can agree. America is often described globally as an arrogant nation full of haughty people. Neither, is there any doubt about us being overfed – We are incredibly overweight and by and large a lazy nation. We are more prone to not help someone in dire need than we are to help them. We are a sexually permissive nation that was “freed” by the sexual revolution – to the point there are very few taboos any more. Homosexuality…well that is just part of the freedom that we allow here in America. We are indulgent, often act in immoral ways, and are generally unconcerned with anything that doesn’t directly affect our own bottom line unless it is so incredibly shocking that it basically jumps up and slaps us in the face.
Yep, that is the America that I am an adult in and the America that my children will grow up in.
But why does this matter – Why am I concerned? Well, because these adjectives are the very words used to describe Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible.
Let that sink in for a while….. Still sinking in?
The American society in which we live has now become a nation almost exactly like Sodom. Don’t believe me? Here is a sample scripture… you decide for yourself:
Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
Liberal theologians are quick to point out (or at least they try to point out) that homosexuality had nothing to do with the destruction of Sodom. They go so far as to say that God has no problem with homosexuality at all. This of course is absolute foolishness and Christians should own the fact that God has rejected homosexuality both through His Word, and in creation. Read this BLOG POST
There is absolutely no doubt that the America we live in fits the biblical description of. The Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and DOMA may solidify that even more.
So I say…Welcome to the United Sodoms of America. The good ol’ US of A.
So what does this mean? I don’t know but it’s not good. A society that is going out of its way to rip itself from the God of the Bible under the pretense of equality and justice cannot be good. A nation that is ever increasingly turning its back on its Judeo Christian ideals…cannot be good. A nation that is now supporting the single religion of Humanistic Moral Relativism (Atheism) cannot be good.
If you believe that God doesn’t do judgment…you need to go read the Bible (more or again or for the first time). I believe it is just a matter of time before this nation is judged, and it won’t be pretty. The question is, what are we willing to do about it? Are YOU willing to carry the message of the Gospel to your friends and family?
What an interesting 48 hours from the Democrat Convention. First we have the platform being approved with/without the following items:
– God being completely removed from their platform
– Jerusalem not recognized as the capital of Israel.
– Total support of Gay Marriage
– Total support of Abortion
Then comes the incredible events of yesterday. Words can’t even describe this. Just watch by clicking here.
You have probably one of the most revealing and awkward moments in recent political history. A party denying God, and then…after push back from the people…leadership attempts to put Him back in, but the delegates apparently thought differently than the leaders. Politico reports that President Obama knew that God and Jerusalem had been removed from the platform and did nothing until republicans started to question why speakers were mentioning God…something the party did not recognize, and the heat they received for turning their back on Israel. Thus the vote on Wednesday.
The voting results now appears to be predetermined based on this photo:
This would explain the chairman’s reaction when the “No’s” were as numerous as the “Yay’s”. Needless to say this whole thing is a mess.
So what of all of this? I would argue the following. The original platform that was adopted that removed God and officially did not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the true heart of the Democrat Party. Not only does the first vote demonstrate that, but also the fact that they were willing to have a second vote due only to political pressure. This should not be a surprise to anyone that God has been removed. The removal presents a more consistent view from the Democratic Party which maintains that God must be removed from politics at all costs. Additionally, the platform supports two very big issues that the Bible does not, in any way condone (gay marriage and abortion).
Regardless of what the platform says (or doesn’t say) this is what the Democrat Party has become. As Christian’s we must weigh this heavily as we begin to vote. Sides have been chosen and we now have a party in America which officially does not recognize God, but rather a generic faith in anything. In 48 hours this election has had yet another layer added to it…the election of the party which recognizes God, and the party that does not.
Okay gang…It is August 1st. Make sure you have plans to get out to your nearest Chick-Fil-A to support them. Chick-Fil-A is a very pro Christian organization. In case you have been in a cave: Chick-Fil-A story.
Folks, this comes right out of the…”what were they thinking” file. A church in Jackson, Mississippi told a couple that they could not marry in their church because…hold your breath folks….they were black. I wish I could say that I was kidding. I wish that this was some sarcastic play on modern times and politics, but alas…it is not. This is a true story. Here is a quick rundown of the story.
Charles Wilson and Te’Andrea were set to be married in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs. Shortly after the rehearsal, Rev. Stan Weatherford moved the wedding to another sanctuary. The reason that it was moved is that a small group within the church did not want the couple to marry there because of their race.
According to the Reverend the venue was changed to avoid conflict within the church. Additionally, Rev. Weatherford indicated to the Wilson’s that the congregation would fire him if he married them at his church. The Pastor did not confirm or deny this accusation.
My Pastor warns of not jumping to conclusions and to be weary where only one side of the story is told. However there are 4 sides to this story.
Side 1 – The Wilsons – They were scheduled to be wedded in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs. They were asked to change venues one or two days prior to the wedding by the Reverend of the Church.
Side 2 – Reverend Stan Weatherford – Asked the Wilsons to change venues of the wedding. He does not say the reason for the change. However, he does state that he was trying to maintain the peace in the church and to avoid conflict with the church.
Side 3 – the Elect few – These are the people that asked or told the Reverend to change the venue.
Side 4 – The Congregation – These are the people who found out that something happened through the news.
The odd thing here is that there is no denial from the Church that race played a role in the change of venue. Instead we get a hindsight is 20/20 statement from the Reverend.
We also have the Mississippi Baptist Convention praying for the church, and allowing the church to work through difficulties and disagreements of the church while making a statement that they reject racial discrimination.
I have no idea what really happened, but where there is smoke, there is fire, and gang there is a lot of smoke here. Now, we have national headlines about the Southern Baptist Convention being racists.
Baptists have a severe perception battle they are fighting on numerous fronts. I can attest to this first hand that people cringe when they hear the word Baptist. MANY will choose not to go to a great church simply because of the word BAPTIST! Which is a shame. I would be willing to bet that 90%-95% of the Baptist churches are God fearing bible believing churches. Every belief system has it’s extreme weirdo’s, Christianity is no exception.
The Church leadership seems to have forgotten that they are representative of Christ on earth! As a result, their actions directly reflect on Christ. Instead of putting Christ first they put their own personal hatred and ignorance ahead of the word of God. There is not one thing that is biblical about racism.
What is also pitiful here is that (assuming this is what happened) a Reverend WILLINGLY did something grossly wrong to protect his job and keep the peace. Rather than honoring the word of God he feared the condemnation of man.
All I can do is shake my head at this non-sense and pray that there is some side of this that is missing. That all of this is somehow wrong. However…I don’t think that will be the case.
In case you missed it Facebook recently changed their mission statement to the following:
What makes me say this?
I have been paying attention to the whole Chik-Fil-A thing that is taking place. If you need a quick rundown on this FOLLOW THIS LINK.
There is now another story developing. This one involves the censorship of a Facebook page that was supporting Chick-fil-A by having an eat in on August 1. Mike Huckabee is claiming that Facebook intentionally took down the page for 12 hours. (Story is here)
The point of the Facebook page was to support Chick-fil-A and its stance on Christian values. There is little doubt that Chick-fil-A is taking a beating regarding the gay marriage debate. Huckabee wanted to affirm a business willing to take that stand. Facebook apparently attempted to circumvent this by taking down the page. Huckabee called them on the carpet.
For some this may sound like a conspiracy theory only and that the page going down was just coincidence. I for one believe this to be intentional. Let me tell you why: Facebook pages simply just don’t go missing for any periods of time… for no reason. When was the last time you can EVER recall any of the pages you have ever visited on Facebook just….disappearing? This would have to involve a change in the code. Only two people have that access, a Facebook developer and a hacker and hacking has not been reported at Facebook.
If this makes you feel uncomfortable with Facebook because of what it did…it should. Not only is this type of move censorship, but it is also Facebook imposing it’s values and beliefs on you by restricting your access to this site.
I would like to encourage all of you to take part in the Chick-fil-A appreciation day on August 1. Show your support for a truly Christian organization. www.Isupportchickfila.com