Monthly Archives: June 2013

Worship

“… give thanks unto to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations”(Psalms 100:4-5).

Church is a good place to do these things,don’t you think ?

 

 

 

  

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BAH HUMBUG!

“The country has changed” was the sales pitch for the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. To that, I say, “Bah humbug!”

Special interest groups are constantly working to redraw voter district lines and add requirements for voter eligibility that deny minorities, the poor, and the elderly the right to vote. One such leader of A.L.E.C. (an organization championing the goals of big business, big corporations, and multimillionaires) was heard saying to his membership that they didn’t want a large number of people voting. They could accomplish their goals easier with smaller voter turnouts. 

The country has changed slightly. It is not solely a race issue today, but more of a question of whether America will continue to be a democracy (a government of the people, by the people, and for the people), or will powerful, self-interest groups turn America into an oligarchy (a small group exercising control for corrupt and selfish purposes)?

Ask Ernest Montgomery if the Voting Rights Act is still needed. He is the only African-American city councilor of Calera, Alabama, where the lines of his district were changed from a population of 69% African-Americans to only 30%.

Supreme Court Decision

I am some what stunned and saddened by the Supreme Courts recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act. Are they totally out of touch with reality ? Have they been so politicized that they vote to please a political party or did they really believe that their decision was just and fair ? I’m some what at a loss. What do you think ?

FREE INDEED

 

 

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

 

 

 There are two types of freedom. One is external, the other internal. When it comes to external freedom, we thank God that we live in one of the freest countries in the world. We enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of mobility, freedom to elect our governmental representatives, or throw the rascals out, and freedom to go as far as our intelligence, education, and effort take us.

 

We enjoy freedom of religion and freedom from religion if we choose. The Declaration of Independence states these things with clarity and eloquence saying, “. . . all men are created equally, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

The good news is Jesus Christ can free us from all forms of evil that enslave us. He is the sinner’s Abraham Lincoln. If Christ has set us free, we are free indeed! We can be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, but we can be even more thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as Christians.

 

 Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

 

CONTROL YOUR EYES

“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away . . . (Matthew 5:29)

Was Jesus nuts? Why would he say such a terrible thing? Many people have seriously questioned his statement; however, Jesus wasn’t crazy. He was warning us about our eyes. Sin enters our bodies through our eyes, and sin can destroy us.

David is a good example of this. He became a hero in his youth. While only a boy, he killed a lion. Later, God gave him courage to stand up to a giant enemy soldier who mocked God and God’s people. David fought and killed the giant while grown soldiers cowered behind their lines. After that, God chose David to be king of Israel. He was a good king for a while. His people adored him, but he committed a sin that brought suffering and shame to both him and his people.

David’s sin began innocently enough. One evening, while walking on his balcony, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of turning away, he kept watching and soon he wanted her. He had her brought to him, and they began a long adulterous affair. Because of their sin, lies were told, a soldier was murdered, a baby died, and David’s kingdom began to fall apart. It all started with his eyes being in the wrong place. Today, we have a great deal of visual temptation. Sin can enter our eyes and our homes through movies, television, computers, magazines, and numerous other ways. We can stop it from happening, though. We need only to control our eyes—don’t look! Turn away!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

TOO MUCH TALK

 Today, our country is deeply divided and fragmented. It is Republicans versus Democrats, conservatives versus liberals, religious versus non-religious, and on and on it goes.

Some media have contributed to these problems. Certain television news channels, instead of reporting factually and fairly have become little more than propaganda stations. They add to the divisions and the hatred. Any time someone has to be on the air 24/7, there is too much talk. That leads to exaggeration, distortion of facts, and sometimes, just plain lying.

In addition, the media is constantly under the pressure of keeping up ratings and not losing market share. Some do this by sensationalizing the news, even when it is rather dull. Others stir up people emotionally in order to get or keep an audience. One of the largest broadcasters in Denver had a sign on their main microphone that read, “Make someone angry today!”

Call-in radio programs contribute to the problems as well. Anyone can get on the radio, no matter how ignorant, uninformed, or hate filled they may be. Sadly, some people believe that because someone is on the radio, they are an expert. Being on the air doesn’t make you an expert anymore than being in a hanger will make you an airplane.

Individuals often are caught up in these divisions and hate talk, making bad situations even worse. We can be thankful that we live in a free country, and that we have freedom of speech. However, we should always remember that our freedoms are to use, not to abuse.