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For Christians, Everyday Is A Holiday

Posted December 14th, 2013

Well, here we are, another Christmas season is upon us; and with it, comes more of the predictable attacks, by Atheist groups, on Christ and our Christian faith. Most recently, is a billboard, hung in Time Square, by the group, “American Atheists,” which states: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody,” with the word Christ crossed out.

It would be one thing, perhaps, if they wanted to point out that, The Winter Solstice is what was originally celebrated this time of year by the Pagans and Secularists; and that, there is much evidence that Christ was not even born around this time of year. In doing so, they could easily, and more politely, make the point that this season can be enjoyed by all Americans, regardless if we are Christians. But, when they go to the next level, and claim that no one needs Christ, and explicitly cross out his name, they have elevated it to a much bigger and broader place, which is to, directly, and explicitly, attack our faith, and The Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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Charity, Economics, And The Bible

Posted July 27th, 2013

Being an American, and having grown up in our predominantly Capitalist country, I have never really had the occasion to ponder economics as it related to my faith. I had always worked, gone to church, and, for the most part, like millions of other Americans, have taken for granted the economic system that we have grown up with.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began hearing some fellow Americans citing Biblical verses in a manner that was tacitly, if not explicitly, promoting Socialism and Communism. For a Christian person, like myself, who has always cherished the freedoms we have had in this country, and felt blessed for the standard of living that we have had in this country, it is beyond disconcerting.

Over the last year or so, I have had some informal conversations with some fellow Christian friends, in regards to this subject; but, for some reason, over the last few months, I have felt compelled to try to understand God’s true intentions, as written in The Bible, in regards to how Christians should be conducting themselves, economically, charitably etc.

Recently, I began discussing economics with my fellow Christian friend Kori, as it related to our faith. In the past, myself and Kori have collaborated on the subject of Christianity and Marriage, which, with her permission, ended up as an insightful post on this site; and, to which we were fortunate to have many great comments. Since she did such a wonderful job at researching Scripture, and Biblical history, in regards to that subject, I was inclined to ask her to collaborate, once again, with me, on this subject.

With Kori’s permission (and a few editing liberties on my part), I would like to share her recent e-mail correspondence to me:

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What Is The Separation of Church and State?

Posted May 17th, 2011

The words “Separation of Church and State,” were a metaphor used by Thomas Jefferson, in his correspondence between himself and The Danbury Baptists, in 1801. His exact words, were, “thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

These words, by Jefferson, to The Danbury Baptists, were used to demonstrate, and confirm, that, Constitutionally, our “Federal” Government was removed, legislatively, from the establishment, and prohibition, of any religion in the United States. Jefferson’s metaphor, not only is nowhere in the Constitution, but even in his letter, the metaphor was never intended to apply to our respective states. He was reassuring the Danbury Baptists that our Federal Government would not, and could not, make any laws that would abridge their religious freedoms.

It is the [Federal Government] Supreme Court, who, nefariously, used Jefferson’s metaphor to lead people to believe that there was no role for even state Governments, in our respective states, in the area of religion.

The Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment, was intended to ‘protect’ our individual liberties, in our respective states. In the Everson vs. the Board of Education case, members of the Supreme Court used the case as a way to begin removing some of the state’s and the people’s [First Amendment] religious liberties – which, traditionally, would have been a matter for the citizens and their state constitutions to address.

Prior to that decision, state and local Governments did have some role, in our respective states, in the area of religion. It was after this Supreme Court decision, that public schools started removing prayer from schools etc. And, this is the same Federal Government that, for the last 30 or so years, many Conservative (likely, well-intended) groups have been working to ‘further empower’ with certain powers that, Constitutionally, have always belonged to (and, should always belong to) the states.


Further Reading:
Everson vs. the Board of Education
10th Amendment

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Is The United States A Christian Nation?

Posted July 19th, 2010

For many years there has been a debate in The United States as to whether or not we are a Christian nation. While there are many different opinions, there may not be a definitive answer to that question…

For example, The 1st Amendment of The United States Constitution contains these words:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

Therefore, it is pretty clear, The Federal Government can not establish any religion for The United States. However, traditionally, in The United States, this amendment also meant not prohibiting the states from making their own laws and decisions as it related to matters of faith.

These words are from Article 6 (clause 3) of The United States Constitution:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Which basically allows for all United States citizens to serve in public office regardless of their religious beliefs etc.

Thomas Jefferson, in his studies, discovered what he referred to as The Ancient Principles: The Ancient Israelites, under Moses, created the earliest recorded form of representative government, which our founders also referred to as People’s Law. These same principles were later used by The Anglo-Saxons, in the early years of England’s history. These principles helped lay the foundation for The United States Constitution, and were highly influential to Jefferson, as he wrote The Declaration of Independence.

Therefore, it is irrefutable: The United States’ Republican form of government is based on principles derived from The Old Testament of The Bible. Thus, the foundation of The United States of America, most certainly, was built on Judeo-Christian principles. And, our founders, by in large, were very much of The Judeo-Christian faith – which is confirmed, over and over, by their written words and speeches.

Below is David Barton, historian and founder of Wallbuilders, giving a lecture (America a Christian nation?) from Intouch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. His lecture is extremely informative for those who are interested in the founders of The United States; and more specifically, how our great country has been shaped by Judeo-Christian principles.

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I Can Do All Things

Posted April 27th, 2009

The Apostle Paul declared in his letter to the Phillipians in a matter of fact way that indeed he could do anything through Christ’s strength. I had heard that said many times and over the years, I have even quoted it myself in a misguided effort to gain assurance in my desire to complete a task.

It is interesting how perception changes when it is realized that what Paul was talking about wasn’t his ability to actually do anything, or everything for that matter, if it were, surely Paul would have exited the Roman prison where he was being held, or would have called upon His name to relieve him of his lot. No, this was about so much more. It was about being able to live daily, to gain spiritually and to rise above the demands of daily life and all of the pitfalls we endure. It was about being at peace with the task at hand and through the strength of Christ, accomplishing what is required of you.

Too often I hear people quote Phillipians 4:13 as a prelude to embarking upon a mission to accomplish something, maybe flying for the first time or running a marathon. While it may be comforting to quote, I think the real message is missed. By backing up a bit, we can see what Paul was actually saying. In verse 4:11, he wrote, “I am content” … and further commented that regardless of whether he was full or hungry, whether he had riches or poverty, that it was through His strength and His comfort that he could be satisfied.

Paul was seeking out a deeper relationship with God, to learn to trust Him with all of his needs, and he was trying to impart that to the Phillipian church. How much better could our lives be if we would but trust Him to provide for us and be content with the strength given to us by Him. Paul endured many hardships, yet he maintained faith in the God that delivered him and provided for him time and time again.

Jesus once said “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow nor reap nor gather away into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” I don’t think this was meant to say that we should just sit around and wait for someone to bring us sustainence, but rather to elicit the trust we should all have in the power and strength of the Lord to supply all of our needs.

I am slowly and steadily learning to allow His will to be done in my life, instead of trying to direct my own desires above what He has in store for my life. This has produced some remarkable results and without His guidance, I could have suffered considerable hardship during the recent economic crisis. While it may seem amazing to many, even with a significant reduction in pay and a layoff, all of my needs have been met and my obligations are being fulfilled. I have been blessed to be able to give to others at a level I would have never dreamed. God is at work in my life and fulfilling my needs and I am trusting in Him to continue. It is through His strength that I can do anything, but that “anything” must be within His will for my life. I am learning to be content with His sustenance, just as Paul was … and God wants the rest of the world to learn to do the same.

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What Is Good Friday?

Posted April 10th, 2009

In a fast paced society, we often view holidays as a time to rest from the grind of work and the demands of people. We find ourselves looking to capitalize on a day off from work to relax. Often times without thought we move through these days without a care of why or how these days became the symbolic remembrance days they are currently.

Today is Friday, April 10, 2009. Most people in the workplace look forward to this day as another day off, an early beginning to a long weekend or the day when they can get something done that isn’t already bogged down with other responsibilities. But Good Friday is so much more than that.

For the better part of the last 2000 years, the Christian religion has observed the Friday before Easter as Good Friday. The origins of Good Friday are mostly unclear, but it is apparent that early Christians brought together in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus began observing Good Friday annually on the day of His death on the cross. This tradition became entrenched in the Christian religion and today we observe it annually 3 days before Easter. The reasons being the same as the early Church, but without the same knowledge of the why behind the day.

I’ve often heard people say, “Have a Happy Good Friday”, and while I appreciate the genuine nature of their salutation, I also cringe when I consider the reason for the day. Certainly this day holds more meaning than another day off from work, it is the day set aside so many years ago, by people we have no remembrance of, to observe the somber occasion of the crucifixion. Certainly this day is not a day to be happy about, unless perhaps you don’t hold Jesus in the high esteem that the Christian faith does. Even then, when we have other days of the year where we commemorate the sacrifice of people for the good of the world, seldom do we observe those days as a happy occasion.

Now that we know why we have Good Friday, you don’t have to go about with a somber face throughout the day, Instead you should take the appropriate time to reflect on the sacrifice made so many years ago, in order to save a Godless world.

Remember, even though the occasion isn’t celebratory in nature, on the third day Easter comes, and that is indeed a day of celebration, a time for commemoration and a time to rejoice the resurrection following the tragic events on this day in 33AD. So while I dare not bid you “Happy Good Friday”, I do heartily wish you a Blessed day on this holiest of days.

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When To Burn Your Bridges

Posted January 10th, 2009

Many times in life we are faced with circumstances that put us in a position that require us to break ties with a current employer, spouse, friend or business partner. When those times come about, our first instinct is to cut the ties and cut them clean leaving a trail of destruction behind us. In other words to burn our bridges.

We have heard it told many times that we should never burn our bridges. This comes from the idea that when the times have changed we may find ourselves in need of our past relationship and if we had severed all ties cleanly and “burned our bridges” coming back later wouldn’t be an option. Consider the married couple that has children and gets divorced. Presumably the couple had issues that couldn’t be resolved, but that doesn’t mean they cannot get along and rely upon one another amicably. In the end, when one parent has troubles, they can rely upon the other for support in managing problems related to the children. In this way, the children are benefitted and the children are not put at odds between parents. Clearly this is one of those instances where burning your bridges wouldn’t be advised. If for no other reason than to allow your children to grow up well adjusted and with two loving parents.

All isn’t roses when we end a relationship. There may have been personal tensions and problems. We may find ourselves in a position where we want to tell our boss just where he can stick his job and how far to stick it. Oh how overwhelming the drive can be, but in this instance, it is once again advisable to retain an amicable separation. How many times have people went out on a whim, desiring a better job, more pay, etc. and thinking they found it, told their boss “take this job and shove it” .. there was even a song written about it. Deep down, I think we all have a secret desire to inflict some sort of retribution on those who held us back or treated us like so much trash. This desire, no matter how good it might make you feel is typically not the best use of energy. Consider what happens when you find out that the greener pastures were astro-turf. Crawling back to your previous employer after burning your bridge isn’t a desirable experience and it certainly wouldn’t endear your ex-employer to give you your job back. Clearly, it is best to leave under positive terms, at least this way if you ever do need them for something else, they will be more likely to provide it.

After all of this, you have to ask yourself if it is ever appropriate to burn your bridges behind you. In a word yes. However it isn’t in the manner most people would imagine. In the 70’s I made a life change. I decided that I would put away all of my sinful ways and follow Christ. This was a particularly easy transition, the benefits were outstanding, the life I left behind was corruptible and I was headed down the path of unrighteousness … but I made a huge error in judgment. I didn’t burn my bridges behind me. This meant that when my Christian walk became tough, I could turn around and head back to where I came from … and I did. Even in 1990 when I turned back around and crossed the bridge in the right direction, I once again failed to burn that bridge and found myself headed back across it by 2002. It is now 2009 and although I don’t generally make resolutions, I have decided that 2009 is the year that I officially burn my bridges to my past sinful life. I have wasted many trips across that bridge to my past and while the trek back is easy, cutting ties to the past isn’t. How many times have we as Christians turned around and went back to our old ways … the answer is crystal clear … far too many. The good news is that even though we turn back, God will never burn his bridge to us and we are free to cross it. My 2009 resolution to burn the bridges to my old life will undoubtedly be painful and hard, but it is necessary. When I am faced with a remnant of my old life, I must have the resolve to turn away and keep from rebuilding those bridges. You are invited to join me, to burn your bridges to your past ways and live life in the fullness of Christ. Together we can support one another on our Christian path.

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Christmas With Christ

Posted December 6th, 2008

The time is upon us to give reflection to the meaning of Christmas. For most people, it is a time of gifts, celebration, family and generally having fun. There is nothing wrong with these things. They are part of life and I firmly believe we are supposed to enjoy life. My God has never said He wants us to be miserable, so why should we … ok that is a rhetorical question and it doesn’t really need answering, but some people seem to think that Christmas with presents, food, and fun is being irreverent to the Christian meaning of this time of year.

Of course as a family, we have not spent any more or less on Christmas this year than last. I know that with the economy in an uproar many people are cutting back, particularly with the uncertainty in their employment status. However, we seldom buy gifts at Christmas anyway, electing instead to help with food baskets for local families who are having a difficult time. Last year, this program delivered over 50 baskets to needy families. This year there are already commitments for at least 65 and it is quite possible there will be as many as 80 families helped this Christmas.

To me the joy comes from the giving, and not some trinket or electronic device that your child or significant other desires to have. This joy is much better. It is the joy that comes from within – from seeing the faces of those whose lives are directly affected by the generosity of a complete stranger. This isn’t unlike what Christ did for us. As a stranger in His own land, He gave the gift of eternal life to those who would hear His word and believe.

For me, Christmas doesn’t hold the wonder it once did, instead, my wonder has changed to reverence for the true meaning of Christmas. The gifts I give, although they pale in comparison, is my way of emulating my Lord. I have been asked so many times about being taken advantage of – people getting help who don’t really need it. Of course to decipher it all out and help only those who really need it is daunting, but failing to help those for fear someone may be taking advantage of the situation, doesn’t seem right. In Genesis 18, the Lord was speaking to Abraham and told him that if there were but ten deserving people in the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that He would spare them all … for the sake of the ten. Isn’t that what Christmas is about? We help those, as our Lord helped us, and don’t dwell on the wickedness for the sake of those we help. Sure we get taken advantage of, but if we can help just ten families out of the thousands in our town, then I believe it is worth it.

Christ gave everything He had … He wrote the ultimate blank check … and gave His life that we might keep ours. The fact that millions in this world rejected Him, doesn’t negate His generosity to those He has saved. Perhaps it is time we stopped thinking about the negative aspects of helping others and focus on the positive outcomes and those whose lives will be forever changed by a simple, seemingly insignificant act of kindness and generosity.

I am proud to have Christ in my Christmas – Perhaps it is time the rest of the world let Him in as well.

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