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#JesusWins

Christians have been known for their message of "love," but lately they are starting to be known for their message of "hate and intolerance".  The Christian message is indeed about love, but it also about judgment. The two cannot be separated. 
In our culture of micro-aggressions very few people are able to handle differences of opinions. Every perceived slight is taken seriously without ever giving the benefit of the doubt or assuming the best about another person's intentions or actions. Unfortunately, this leads to an intolerant society of hate. Differences are required for love to operate. People who think the same don't have to practice love because everything is exactly like they want it.
Christians are in a very a difficult position in our culture, where love is letting people do what they want even if it harms them, because love requires us to be a voice of warning when we know there is danger to the people we love. Perhaps the best way to explain t…

Dividing Line

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Is. 5:20-24).  Yesterday, the supreme court of the United States of America struck down the definition of marriage for all 50 states of being between a man and a woman. This has brought to the forefront a dividing line between Christians and non-Christians. Anybody who claims the name of Christ cannot support the decision of court, if they do…

Observations of Human Beings

Trying to understand humans has been a lifetime hobby of mine and I don't think I will ever quite understand. Not only do I not understand other people, but I also don't understand myself. Here are some observations of other people and myself. Expecting forgiveness: Forgiveness can never be expected. The whole point of forgiveness is admitting that you are wrong and putting yourself at the mercy of the other person. If the other person doesn't forgive you, you are not entitled to get mad at them. This essentially just doubles the original problem that required forgiveness.Feeling judged: Most people who feel judged are actually the ones judging. People who just "know" what other people are thinking only betray their own thinking.  Of course people are judging that something is wrong when the person themselves knows they are wrong. Very few people feel judged when they have a clear conscience.Taking offence: Being offended is a professional occupation for some but…

Strange Stories in the Bible: Strike Me, Please!

The Bible is very interesting because the lessons are not always explicit. There are strange stories that leave you baffled as to what was the right thing to do in the story. However, these mysteries often have important messages that we urgently need to understand.

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And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his fellow at the command of the LORD, "Strike me, please." But the man refused to strike him. Then he said to him, "Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as you have gone from me, a lion shall strike you down. Then he found another man and said, "Strike me, please." and the man struck him - struck him and wounded him. So the prophet departed and waited for the king by the way." (1 Kings 20:35-38) This story jumps out because of its seemingly disproportionate punishment with regards to not doing something that doesn't seem right, but there is more to this story. Israel and Syri…

Don't Judge Me

Justice Sheilagh O'Connell, a Halton judge, ruled that a child should be able to discover their own gender. In her ruling she stated,
If the mother is forcing S. to be a stereotypical girl against his wishes, then this no doubt will cause him emotional harm. If the father is forcing S. to be a stereotypical boy against his wishes, then this no doubt will cause him emotional harm. Justice Sheilagh O'Connell did not specify why the child would suffer emotional harm, but it would be interesting to find out. There cannot be any grounding of this argument other than the judges own opinion. Biologically S. is a boy. Statistics show that pretending to be the opposite gender results in 41% of those people attempting suicide. It is hard to imagine what could be more emotionally damaging than that.

There are a lot of child wishes that we should not accommodate. Children in Ontario are not allowed to drive until they are 16, drink until they are 19, or be considered an adult until they ar…

Bruce Gender

There has been a lot written about Bruce Jenner and his name change to Caitlyn. Matt Walsh wrote an insightful article that is well worth reading. Doug Wilson also made some astute comments about the problems in our society.

Bruce Jenner will never be female, because he does not have the chromosomes to be female. He can pretend to be female and make himself look female, but he will never truly be female. It is a biological fact.  There are serious consequences for denying this biological fact. A study that came out three years ago found that 41% of people who pretend to be the opposite sex attempt suicide. Even accounting for discrimination the numbers are still considerably higher than the general population, which makes it a very serious choice to make.

The fact that our current society is so supportive of Bruce is indeed alarming; There seems to be no concern for his well being, which seems to be our malaise in general. Everybody just cares about making more money and getting what …