Forgiveness

One of the hardest things to do sometimes is forgive. I am not talking about forgiving someone for a small infraction like cutting in front of you in line, or stealing your pen. I am talking about real forgiveness when even a judge and a jury says that you have a right to hold a grudge.

I was going to write this blog myself but Matthew West and Renee Napier did a far better job than I can.

This is heroic forgiveness!

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians – Raymond Ibrahim

April 24, marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the genocide of Christians—mostly Armenians but also Assyrians and Greeks—that took place under the Islamic Ottoman Empire, throughout World War I.  Then, in an attempt to wipe out as many Christians as possible, the Turks massacred approximately 1.5 million Armenians, 300,000 Assyrians, and 750,000 Greeks. Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide: More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse.  A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century.  At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000….

Read more at: Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day: Revisiting Islam’s Greatest Slaughter of Christians – Raymond Ibrahim

Don’t let people stop you from seeking Christ.

Woman praying

Matthew 20:29-34
And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.  And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.  And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

King James Version (KJV)

Have you ever had people try to get you to quit following Jesus, or tell you that you are too Christian? I have. I have even been told that I read the Bible too much while I was in Church, by of all people a preacher! As much as that situation hurt and confused me as a new Christian, I can’t imagine how much it hurt to be told to shut up when I was begging for my eyesight like these men were. These men, regardless of what the crowd was telling them kept calling out to Jesus, and their deepest prayer was answered.
Don’t let anyone stop you from calling out to Jesus. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what Jesus clearly wants you to do!

And if your preacher tells you to quit reading the Bible so much, get out now and find one that encourages Bible reading!

Romans 8:31
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

How can God’s commands change?

I have a long time friend who is not a Christian. On a couple of occasions, he brought up laws from the Jewish Testament that he thought were silly. Laws like the one in

Leviticus 19:27 (KJV)
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

The then known world at the time had the custom of sacrificing part of their beard to their ancestors and other idols as a mark of worship. I don’t think that God was really concerned about beard trimming. His focus was on keeping his people from idol worship, and even the appearance of idol worship. A full beard was a tell-tale mark of a person who worshiped the God of the Bible or at least did not worship idols.
Since few if any people still use the hair in their beards in idol worship anymore the command no longer applies, but the principle to stay away from idol worship does apply, in much the same way we were once not allowed to cross the street, but now we are encouraged to do so in appropriate situations.

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Wisdom & Insights of Ben Franklin


In 1749, Benjamin Franklin stated in his Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania:”History will also afford the frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion, from its usefulness to the public; the advantage of a religious character among private persons … and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”

Read more at: Wisdom & Insights of Ben Franklin

Changing terms

Pregnant woman with ultrasound scan

If you are an older reader you know that the term gay wasn’t always about sexual preferences. At one point in time it meant happy, or brightly colored.
The word now days is so easily conflated with sexual preference it is unwise to use it when referring to someone’s clothes.

The word tolerant used to mean that you disagree with or dislike something a person does, but you will treat them with respect anyway. Now according to the younger generation it means agree with politically correct dogma 100%, or be branded as a hate monger.

The word pro-life has been poisoned in much the same way. Many people when they hear the term pro-life, they don’t hear that babies deserve the right to life, they hear that you hate woman, that woman should die in back alley abortions, that you are a dictator…. The term isn’t half as useful as it used to be. While replacing a word with an entire phrase isn’t practical all of the time, I believe that as often as possible it should be replaced with “Preserve as many innocent human lives as possible”.

One confusion people have with the term pro-life is that many of us also believe in the right to keep and bare arms, and believe that we are being inconsistent. But it is perfectly consistent with the term protect as many innocent human lives as possible. You see when someone breaks into your house, it is often a choice of kill or be killed. You see the intruder if they get away with stealing everything you have and maybe even killing you, they are unlikely to stop there. The will often continue committing the horrible crime until someone either kills him, or locks him up for a long time. If you are forced to defend yourself and your family, you are likely protecting their lives, and the lives of further victims so you are being perfectly consistent.

You don’t want woman having back street abortions any more than the people who made heroine illegal want others to take back-alley drugs. While yes there are still illegal drugs on our street, there are many more lives that have been saved because they could not get the drug legally.

Changing the terms used can clear up any societal misconceptions, or at least invite conversations that culturally poisoned words would not.

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