I’M BACK!!! To blogging. I’ll explain later why and how. This will be the first of what could be many Re-Thought blogs. I deleted some posts because I was just ranting heavily. I posted a blog about being a Christian and Democrat/liberal/moderate, but I want to revisit that. I’ll post the video below first.
This video was also interesting.
I find the second video…unsettling…disturbing…not just because of content, but because of what is said. One pastor came out and said, “I hate, Obama.” I can just stop there. Hate, is a strong word. As a Christian, it’s unsettling and disturbing to hear that. While some of the people say they question Christians for voting Democrat, and some Christians question if President Obama is a Christian, I wonder if they are Christian for saying they hate him.
Verses I absolutely LOVE!!! ESV Translation
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
I got into a heated argument about Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. The person constantly shared videos of John MacArthur, a Christian preacher. MacArthur’s sermons sound like they are for intellectuals only because he uses words the common folk won’t understand. Not everyone understands what an apostate is let alone a pagan. MacArthur also strays away from the topic and I get lost. I would never go to MacArthur’s church unless I wanted to purposefully fall asleep.
I was told that these verses in Matthew 7:1-2 isn’t saying we shouldn’t judge. Which, I agree, it’s not saying we shouldn’t. However, I argued on the fact that it’s also not saying we should. It does, however, say if we do judge then we will be judged the same way how we judge. I would have to say the most challenging thing about being a Christian, is not only when my Biblical interpretation is considered “wrong,” but being told I’m not a Christian. I have been told I am not a Christian just for my political views. That’s why I’m going to talk about Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage.
Same-sex marriage has erupted into the biggest issue among Christians who are involved in politics, even if all they do is vote. I will say that the topic does confuse me, and where there’s confusion, there is the enemy. Because I’m a Christian, the enemy is Satan. It has always confused me because in 1Corinthians 6:9-11 it says,
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
but then it says in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
So, it is considered to be a sin? I would say yes, it is. It’s just that sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. I could get into Bible translations and interpretations, the history of the Bible, Biblical meanings, etc. but I’m not. Instead, I feel as a Christian, it needs to be handled differently.
In Matthew 7:3-5
3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Not only is same-sex marriage a hot button issue, but it seems that out of all the sins in the Bible, homosexuality is THE sin. So, why nit pick one sin and not the rest? I for one don’t understand why to some, homosexuality is the most sins of sins, when in reality…Biblical sense, it’s not. I don’t think we should concentrate on homosexuality, and I also believe that Christians shouldn’t had of made it a huge deal. Sadly, it’s a big deal now. Being for same-sex marriage brands you as pro or for homosexuality. The stereotyping and generalizing set in. I’m still single and now it’s back where some think I’m gay. Whoa! No, I’m not gay. It’s a very touchy subject.
Of course, not talking about doesn’t mean that I refuse to stand up for what’s right, and I think another major issue on same-sex marriage Christians face is with other Christians. A lot of Christians are mean, judgmental, and unloving when it comes to homosexuality. It’s a fact, that people are mean and will bully. I do agree that Christians should act better than the world because there are atheists who are way worse.
So, is homosexuality a sin? Yes. But according to Jesus, it’s also sinful to take away the hope of Christ from others. It’s sinful to worry about someone else’s sin when we are in fact sinners ourselves.
This one is straight forward. It’s simple. It’s not a complex of an issue as same-sex marriage is. I’m pro-choice. If it comes down to choosing to have a baby, then I choose to do so. But I am a man, so what do I know? I’m not even in the medical field, so what do I know? I don’t know crap about having a baby. If you read the comments in the first video I showed, people will say I’m uninformed. Yeah, being uninformed is said a lot in the political world toward one another. However, I did do some research on abortion and there are some cases where there are pregnancy problems that leads to abortion. We live in America, but that doesn’t mean everyone is nor will have the same faith as I do. However, I still can’t make that choice. I’m not the one having a baby, she is. It’s a woman’s issue.
I think a lot of Christians have it wrong and men have the mentality that mean are the heads. Well, that part of the Bible is misinterpreted. See, Paul sent those letters to the church in Corinth because he was trying to bring order to chaos. Women are to submit to their husband, not to all men. Paul said that because there was a lot of crap happening in these churches to the point that everyone was no longer respecting each other. As long as there is respect, love, and kindness, it doesn’t matter who is “in charge.” That’s why I believe that men should butt out of the abortion issue in America.
I personally don’t believe that when a baby is aborted, it’s murder, but murder is the reason why I can never label myself pro-life. Why be pro-life only to care about if a baby is born or not? What about the rest of his or her life? Exactly. But that’s not the argument I choose. I’m pro-choice because we can’t make abortion fully illegal. I believe that any woman who is raped and then got pregnant should have a choice to have the baby or not. Why bash her, when the rapist did wrong? I’m pro-choice because pregnancy complications does happen. I’m pro-choice because I believe that instead of calling myself pro-life, I should just call myself a hypocrite. Caring about a person’s life isn’t just when they are a baby, it’s when they live until they die.
I do believe that God judges us based on what he sees in our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), and it’s something no human being will ever be able to see. I will never see it. Also, God understands every situation we’re in. People should just butt out on things they don’t understand.
Well, here it is. Politics in general is a cruel world. Not everyone can handle it. It’s a world where I have seen the most name calling and the most false accusations. I’ve shared scriptures above as to why I generally vote Democrat, and technically I always will. I can never vote for those who support an economic system where the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. We’re the United States of America and our government is to protect and to serve. Sure, each state is sovereign, but we can’t survive on our own. That’s why we have The United States. Issues like Education, programs and institutions for the poor, and reasonable healthcare are bigger issues I care about. Yet, lately, Republicans doesn’t seem to care about any of those.
Of course, not all Republicans are bad and not all Democrats are good. But, as a Christian, I refuse to belittle, antagonize, and bully anyone for making a choice. We still live in a Constitutional Republic with a Representative Democracy. I’m a Christian first, but I can never forget that I’m also an American. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is for all Americans. Homosexuality and abortion happens, but so does greed, lust, rape, and not giving a crap about the poor and the sick.