Anyone Can Find Crappy Christians – They Advertise Quite Effectively, But . . .

The only Christian we need to be looking at is Jesus.  I am always meeting people who justify their faithless lives with their sob stories of mistreatment by Christians.

Consider this:  Just because someone calls themselves Christian does not mean they know Christ, and that His Spirit has shed abroad the love of Christ in their heart.

And consider this:  Even born-again, Spirit-filled (yes that’s a thing, and I do mean a THING) Christians can really miss it and really be deceived and deluded (they can spout the BLASPHEMY that God does horrible things to people to “teach them a a lesson.”   See John 10:10).

And consider this:  If you let any person be your lens for looking at Christianity, you’re looking through a clouded lens.  Look at Jesus Himself.

The Christianity of the Bible is about love, hope, and victory through a living Savior, and if anyone presents it as a religious set of rules, they look suspiciously like someone who does not know Him.  Christianity is a relationship, not a religion.  It brings life not death, conviction but not condemnation, victory rather than victimhood.  Again, real Christianity brings life, because it is alive.

Jesus is alive, and He lives in the hearts of those who will invite Him in.

What a deal.  Don’t let any poor specimen of Christianity steal the deal.

Amen!

Casting Cares from thestream.org

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I am amazed at myself that I even EVER listen to mainstream news sources.  Why the lament about what they say and don’t say, the bias, the slant, the lies, the DIVISION?  Why give them the time of day, supporting them?  Why not, I ask, just go elsewhere?

I have discovered thestream.org, not where I agree with everything therein, but where I have access to thought-provoking, well-researched articles.  But I am looking for more than research, which is often little more than an effort to prop up a faulty premise with the words of someone else also operating under faulty premises.  In fact, the more well-known the writer, the more prestigious the publication cited, the more I question what is written.

Cases in point:  articles from The National Review and from a minister I know and love.  Both, I found a little lacking (a bit unscriptural).  But that’s not the point.

The point is making sense of all this information, knowing what to do with it, what to ignore, what to pay heed to, and most of all, what to pray about.  I have taken to spending a limited amount of time at thestream.org, clicking on the articles that speak to me (more on this), reading them, and then praying.

Perhaps an article fills me with grief (doctors prescribing pain meds to pregnant moms), or with consternation (Gorsuch’s words about Trump), or makes me rejoice (speeches at the March for Life).  Always, there is an appropriate response, and it is not a rant, a whine, or a lament.

The appropriate response is to seek the Holy Spirit’s leading on how and what to pray, to say, to decree and declare, and on any further action to take.

It’s high time we forsook fake news (establishment) spouted on TV by plastic people who can barely keep the sneers and smiles off their faces as they indignantly protest whatever they’re told to protest.

It’s high time we, as Christian Americans, take dominion over our hearts and minds and refuse to fill them with pollution and propaganda.

It’s high time we cast our cares on Jesus and ask Him what He wants us to be thinking and doing. 

Media-controlled puppets no more!