Wash, Rinse, Don’t Repeat

Regurgitate-repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it
This is the problem politically in this country but most importantly it is also a problem spiritually. A lot of information and words are floating around these days, but they are hollow. If we want to find restoration it will require change in our hearts. If we want to see revival in any facet of our life or the world around us it will require repentance and coming to know Christ for ourselves.
Why has racism flourished? Why is the U.S. flag in our churches to the right of the speaker and hoisted above all others outdoors? Why are people so concerned about abortion yet unwilling to build a relationship with that young lady? Why is the immigrant despised? Why do people complain prayer is not in schools but ignore it in their daily life? Why does injustice fill our neighborhoods and flood our courts? WHY?
Dusty bibles.
Rusty swords.
Numb minds.
Hardened hearts.
Fat hearts.
It’s time to think. It’s time to know what you believe and why you believe it. It’s time to put action to your words. It’s time to see for yourself what Scripture teaches. Listen to the teachers, read books and blogs but use the filter of Scripture and let the Holy Spirit guide you and speak to you…then apply those principles to your life. It’s time to live and love as Christ has called us…like Him, not the world.
Regurgitation is useless and births nothing but more of the same. Christ is the solution, overflowing with light dispels the darkness. That is what has angered us, isn’t it? The darkness. The injustice. The cruelty. The lack of accountability. The way we always see more of the same. The pain. It is tears us apart and the world we live in is fractured and broken and hopeless because of it. If we want change it starts with Christ, it starts with Light. God is Love, He created in Love, He sent Christ to die because He loves us, and it is love that endures.
You want to fight the brokenness of this world? Jettison the regurgitation, give your life to Christ, follow Him, and shine with His love and light…you’ll see the transformation in you and the world around you. With each candle that flickers in the darkness less darkness fills our eyes, with each flickering flame the darkness is dispelled.

The Ol’ Trump Card

Calling it “Two Corinthians” happens often in the UK and in Scotland where I believe Donald Trump’s mother emigrated, though, this gaffe was likely due to his false faith. I say false faith and hope I am wrong, but you can tell a tree by its fruit.

Trump’s clear betrayal of biblical morals and teachings displays very clearly this man is a wolf– to anyone looking that is. His racism, xenophobia, chauvinism, and love for division show us he is a coconut tree claiming to be an apple tree. Jesus has called us to live wise like a snake and innocent as a dove, Jesus called us to love our neighbor as our self. None of us are perfect but our lives should personify the teaching of Scripture, I just don’t see it in the life of the Donald. If he owns a bible it is probably covered in dust, if he has the app it was probably downloaded the day he announced his candidacy, if he’s ever prayed it was likely during one of his divorces.

Oh, one last thing…Trump believes he is the solution to the problems in this country. He believes he can be the savior Americans are looking for, the savior of the church–sorry bub, that’s the role of Jesus! He quoted Scripture with no regard for its context, though many do this and it is equally horrifying; where is the outrage, where is the coverage? People want to talk about the “Two Corinthians” but forget about the rest. A problem is, many who follow this man don’t read their bibles either, many believe exactly as he does…our hope is in man and his solutions, America is the world’s greatest hope, and our liberty is found in safety and comfort.

When Paul wrote 2 Corinthians 3:17, the Liberty he reminds us of even still today is  one that frees us from slavery to sin and the guilt it brings, a freedom filled with the transforming power of the Gospel, freedom from condemnation. Jesus said we will be hated and persecuted because of Him…in His name we will endure hardship and we are to live as sojourners in this land. Donald Trump thinks he can fix that, he thinks he can save us from this, he believes he can bring an end to persecution and obstacles we face in the name of Christ and give us all the comfy and safe life we deserve. Someone should tell Jesus America has a new savior and he’s starred in his own reality show.

I mourn for our country and pray she wakes up…I served this nation proudly in the military but I serve my God, Father, Savior, Redeemer, with greater esteem. I serve Jesus Christ supremely. The Red, White, and Blue will fade, tatter, and at times be turned upside down but Christ died to give us more than finite comfort and escape from our trials. Jesus died to give us freedom from sin, He came to give us hope, and the Holy Spirit abides pointing us to Him; until America sees Christ and falls before him there will be many more Trumps, Sanders, and other wolves claiming to be our great hope.