Friday, October 12, 2012

RANT.

I'm tired of the dung heap belief that “caring for the poor” is giving other people’s money to the poor. That's crap and that's what politicians do. Dear Joe B. politician, if you truly “care for the poor”, take your hand out of my wallet and stick it where the “sun don't shine”, your own dang wallet. Taxes are taken from individuals through the threat of force. Stop forcing people to give to your favorite cause. How about giving away some of your own money!

What's crazy, I mean really crazy, to the point of being crazy stupid, is thinking that Mr. Joe B. politician is compassionate. Come on, it's real easy to give away someone else's money. How compassionate is that?

How do you care for the poor? By caring for your neighbor! If you let your neighbor’s house get repossessed and you didn’t help, shame on you. If your neighbor is going bankrupt from medical bills and you didn’t help, shame on you. If your neighbor can’t put food on their table and you didn’t help, shame on you. If you don’t know your neighbor . . . well, you know the rest.

"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:2-4 NIV

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Matthew 19:21

They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Acts 2:45

Notice how Jesus taught, "when you give", "sell your possessions".  It's about YOU doing.  Come on, let's stop looking to big brother government to do what we should be doing.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It raining, it pouring . . .

We've has some ferocious rain this morning. Flooded streets are everywhere. I can't leave work. The home street is flooded, and my home has a leak in the roof! Yuck.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Conspiracy

"Don't call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don't live in dread of what frightens them."
Isaiah 8:12

I love this verse for several reasons.

First, it reminds me that "conspiracy" has been used for thousands of years, probably for all time, to frighten us

Second, it reminds me that everything is NOT a conspiracy.

Third, it reminds me to live differently, not "like they do".

Verse 13 tells us how to live.

"Make the Lord of Heaven's Armies holy in your life.
He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble."


Thanks brother Peter for sharing this verse with me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Love and Justice

So far, I've only seen reports, in the news media, about Americans rejoicing over the death of Osama Bin Laden. I find those reports troubling. I understand the desire for justice. I understand rejoicing at justice, but justice is not God's greatest and highest cause, redemption is the greater cause. Like my wife said, and many others of my church family have echoed. We rejoice over God's redemption. We morn death.

“But love your enemies, do good to them . . .” Jesus (Luke 6:35)

I don't think you can rejoice at the death of someone you have been called to love.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sweet

Sweet, lovely, new snack, at least for me.  Ya gotta have the red pepper.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Use money to make friends. (aka Being Generous)

With most Christians that I've used this line with, they are very leery, even offended by that statement.  I admit, I phrase it this way to make them think.  To shock them, because it just sounds wrong. Kind of like buying friends and everyone “knows” that's wrong, don't we, yet Jesus said it. Not only does he say to use money to make friends, but if you do there are eternal benefits.  

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9

When you think about it, it kind of sounds like what Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18. In that passage Jesus said,

You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22

Use wealth to gain friends → eternal dwellings.
Give everything away → treasure in heaven.

I'm beginning to think that Jesus wants his followers to be generous! It's also a little interesting in how Zacchaeus responded to Jesus. He didn't give it all away, but he gave away more than half.

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 
 
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” Luke 19:8-9

I don't propose to suggest that Zacchaeus' giving away so much of his wealth earned him salvation, but I do suggest that his salvation prompted him to give away his money. Meeting Jesus made him generous.

Go forth and be generous.  Help your fellow man.
Blessings,
Byron