Thursday, August 18, 2011

What are we to do about politics?

I often wonder about this. I hear all the time it is our Christian duty to go vote. I have always believed this for myself but now I am beginning wonder this. What is my duty? Here's an example of what I mean. I DON'T like to pay taxes but the government requires us to. As much as I don't like it...I have to pay them. Jesus says in Mark 12:28, "And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him. Also Romans 13:7 says, "Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Another example. Romans 13:2 says, "Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves."
Now don't get me wrong. We are not to be disobedient to God just to be obedient to goverment. We do however have a responsibility to follow laws that the government sets regardless of stupid I think they are.

Now about the voting part. Our vote does count toward a particular person running for office. I remember the last election my vote went for the lesser of 2 evils. I thought about that. Is being wrapped up in that really Biblical. I don't believe it is. Our culture tells us to vote, vote, vote, but what if there is no one worth voting for. Do I vote for the ones with the less evil beliefs? No, that is absurd.

Now on to my main point. The election is coming up in 2012 and everyone knows that this country needs to turn from it's wicked ways. Does that include us as children of God getting involved by trying to turn our country into Christians by our votes? Maybe 200 years ago that were true, but going to vote, along with other bad choices is what got us into this predicament of big government.

Are we commanded to go and try to change socitey by putting in folks with the best morals, or are we commanded to preach the gospel in and out of season and to every person?

Something to ponder on.
David Stapp

Monday, August 8, 2011

Why is it so dark around here? Hey, where did my lamp go?

Everytime we turn around we see darkness engulfing our society. Here are a few instances:

1) Harry Potter. These seem to make witchcraft fun and harmless.
2) Clothing. Especially females. Even the clothes for 6 and 7 year olds are sleazy.
3) Out doing each other. Movies like jackass and such where people try to inflict harm upon themselves or others.
4) Language. You can go anywhere in public and here any given person speak a conglomeration of vulgar and nasty speech.

These are just a few amongst many of the actions and words of darkness we see in our culture. So why is it getting darker?

I recall some verses I learned and continue to remember but not fully institute.
Matthew 5:14-16 says:
14) You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15) nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16) Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

How can we as children of God partake in darkness and not shine the light upon it? We get into American idol, CSI, or any reality show of taste and it consumes our thoughts, time, and conversations. Why don't we meditate and speak about God's Word like we do tv shows? Why is Justin Beiber a hotter topic than the God who gave Himself to save us? Why do we speak more of desperate housewives than that which is Holy? It doesn't just stop there. The music and all. This dark world has encompassed us as believers, but the light we have should expel darkness. As a matter of fact His Light WILL shine through darkness if it is true light.

So let me get this right? I can't even watch jersey shore or listen to lady gaga at all? Let me ask myself this: does listening to lady gaga bring glory to God as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says? NO, not even the slightest. It brings glory to world and the world is where the darkness is.

So tell me this, how is adapting to, or becoming like, or partaking in the world and its things shinning the Light of Christ to them. When we do this we affirm their godless actions and we show so by partaking. We are to be different. Darkness hates light, remember that.

Let us not EVER forget the light we are. We CAN'T hide it.

This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine.
David Stapp

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is not rocket science.

You know, I find it hard at times to focus on the main goal when there are an array of things coming at me all at the same time. In other words it is hard for me to go between several different tasks at any given time.

I am wondering why we do this with the great commision? We bounce between theologies that really have no eternal impact. We are busy taking the specks out of others eyes before removing the planks out of ours. When we multitask around spreading the gospel guess what happens? Our weak frail minds loses sight on the main objective. Christ gives us this command in Matthew 28:19-20, "19)Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Why is it so easy to get distracted? We should be salt and light everywhere we go. Be willing and ready at all times according to 1 Peter 3:15, "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and

The bottom line is that to many times our minds are not set on seeking first His righteousness (Matthem 6:33). We are too busy seeking our own selfish desires rather His. How can we serve the flesh while proclaiming all the while we are doing God's work in building the kingdom? We can't. Why not just stick to the original plan of teaching the nations? Just what are we supposed to teach them again? I was busy catching up on CSI, or American Idol. OH YEAH I almost forgot, we are supposed to tell them about how much Jesus loves them and put very little emphasis on His coming jugdgement.

Jesus Himself showed the best way to spread the gospel in Mark 1:15, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

David Stapp