By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
In this day of Facebook, and Instagram I think we have all posted a meme or two. I am sure some would say that I post way to many memes. While short post like memes can serve a purpose, we should keep in mind that few things can be boiled down to a sentence or two.
For example: It could be said that we go to Hell because we don’t believe in Christ, and all Christians understand what that means. It also sounds really petty to non-Christians. The truth is that it is slightly more complex than that. We go to Hell, because we sin. We all deserve hell. Some of us avoid that deserved destination, because we are given the gift of grace by someone we know and love, and that is Christ. To non-Christians Christ is a stranger so they won’t accept a gift from him. To us it can seem nit picky to drag out the explanation for that long, but for non-Christians it can make a world of difference.
There is nothing really wrong with memes, but we should not depend on them along to do our evangelism. We need to be prepared to give bigger, and more detailed answers to our non-Christian friends.
Why, O Lord, does it always seem
That we often get no reply?
When we are so very desperate
For all the answers why
When we need a special touch
To heal all of our sickness,
A miracle that only you can do,
Restoring strength to our weakness
We do not know the reasons ‘why’
You don’t answer straight away,
We only need to have faith in you
And be persistent when we pray
You may choose to heal much more
Than our needs of the physical
So much more is the spirit inside
That may be in need of a miracle
For you care so much for us
And want to see us healed,
Not only in this body of ours
But in our souls as well
For healing is for every part,
Our body, spirit and soul
And God just wants to touch each part
And make us truly whole
We needn’t feel so downcast
As we wait upon the Lord,
For the answer will come in His time
Then we shall be restored.
© By M.S.Lowndes
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
“We cannot expect culture to do what the church was commanded to do–worship Christ! Our optimism and joy is not found in red cups, cultural traditions, and the like. Our joy is found in Christ. To stay optimistic, keep focusing on that God has done and is doing. Count your blessings. Focus on the reason for your joy which is Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Read more at: How a Red Cup Made Many Turn Blue | Pastor Brian Chilton