I posted this on Facebook tonight. Let’s do this!
A couple of times yesterday and today, I have posted the comments from pastor friends of mine who addressed common feelings about the ugly events in Charlottesville over the weekend.
And not just Charlottesville; the problem is everywhere and is rooted in sin. The only cure for the sin of racism is the same cure for all other sin: the Good News of the Gospel.
If you do not know the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I would love to tell you about it (and Him) personally!
Let’s really dialog over the *one issue* that matters for eternity as well as for the present. If you are interested in dialog (no arguing, no flaming, no hate-speech, no political-demonizing, no name-calling), please PM me, text me, or call me. (Note, I don’t run the FB Messenger app, so my response may be delayed) Or perhaps we should take this discussion to my blog, Psalm34-8.com.
God hates racism. God hates hypocrisy. God hates religion. God hates these things so much that He sent His Son to die to pay the enormous cost in order for His people to reconciled to Him.
I came across this video a bit ago. It describes a “healthy church member”. Are you one?
Have you ever sat down to read your Bible and nothing happened? I mean, you read the words on the page but the words don’t leap off the page. You didn’t get goosebumps. You didn’t see what you were reading as being very applicable to you. It didn’t seem to connect. It seemed so …boring. I know I have!
You’re in good company! It happens to all of us from time to time. Take a couple of minutes to watch this helpful video.
As I prayerfully prepared a sermon a few years ago, a random thought came to my mind about Easter, which was over a month away. That week’s sermon had nothing to do with Easter.
Sacrifices, though bloody, were relatively clean and simple, consisting of plunging a sharp object into the heart or slitting the throat with a sharp instrument…. Death came quickly, lasting only a few seconds, if that long. (If you’ve ever witnessed the slaughter of a goat, chicken, or some other animal, you know that there’s no suffering.)
The ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, however, was different. Very different.
Hours passed from his arrest until he breathed his last breath on a Roman cross.
He was beaten with sticks.
His beard was plucked out.
He endured scourging with innumerable lashes, His skin shredded with each blow.
A crown of long thorns was pressed into his scalp.
He carried a very heavy cross.
He stumbled under its weight.
Nails were driven into His wrists.
A nail was driven into His feet.
His cross was dropped into a hole with a sudden jolt at the bottom; He was already mounted on the cross at the time.
He hung there for hours in the blazing sun. Naked. Humiliated.
A disgustingly nasty sponge with vinegar touched His dry, parched lips.
All the while, bleeding.
Pushing against the nail in His feet, struggling for breath.
All the while, His lungs slowly filled with fluid. He was drowning.
It was an extended death. And it was ugly. Very ugly.
Perhaps the best depiction of the brutality of His torture was in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. And perhaps even this portrayal was sanitized for movie audiences.
To ultimately atone for sin required the ultimate sacrifice. Contrasting with a simple slash of a knife in a ceremonial fashion, Jesus’ death was carried out brutally by the forces of hell itself through a perfected brutal torture, designed to inflict the most pain for the longest period of time. Sadism at its worst — glaringly on display. As he hung there, He barely looked like a human being.
I confess that I rarely consider the immensity of that sacrifice. But for that sin, His death also atones.
Thank God for Easter: an annual opportunity to remember!
[Note: This is a revised reposting of a blog entry I wrote in 2010]
Yes, you read that correctly. Today, in the state of my residence, a transgender boy won the girl’s state wrestling championship. What?!
The Transgender debate has been forced into the open for all to see in its glorious absurdity. According to our local newspaper, seventeen-year-old Mack Beggs “was born a girl, yet from as early as 3 years old, his parents remember, he has considered himself a boy. Now more than a year after starting testosterone treatment that is transforming his physical appearance and increasing muscle mass to that of or near a boy of similar age, Beggs is required by the University Interscholastic League to compete as a girl and against girls.”
The UIL “exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests” in the Lone Star State. UIL rules require student-athletes to compete according to their birth gender. UIL rules also state that students can be on testosterone if prescribed by a physician. So what we observed today is a girl, who is on testosterone therapy (in order to transition to a boy) snatched the state wrestling title away from girls who are not on testosterone therapy.
Words cannot describe a more unfair athletic competition, all in the name of Transgender Rights!
Today’s events highlight just one issue in an entire Pandora’s Box of claimed “Transgender Rights”. Tucker Carlson rightly identified just a few of the issues that demand a response. He posed the question to Zac Petkanas, a DNC senior advisor, “What constitutes male and female?” In the back-and-forth, Carlson asked his guest to provide the name of one credible scientist who agreed with Petkanas’ assertion that “Gender identity determines gender.” In other words, you alone (independent of biology) decide if you are a man or woman. Of course, Petkanas was unable to do so, although he claimed that this is “settled science”.
If this is the direction our Culture is taking, buckle your seatbelts; we’re in for a very wild ride!
- Biological males can sue for being denied a Small Business Administration loan for women-owned businesses.
- Women-only colleges must admit biological male students.
- Biological males cannot be denied being sent to women’s prisons.
Yes, the debate has been forced into the open for all to see in its glorious absurdity.
“Transgender advocacy is not just opening the door to the women’s locker room for men confused about their identity; it’s opening the Pandora’s box of metaphysical subjectivism and unleashing on the world a horde of unintended consequences that we cannot even imagine.” Please read the source of this quote and to watch the clip from Tucker Carlson
God, please forgive us!