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Some Things to Think About!

SET thinkingWe love some liars so much, that we lie to ourselves in an effort to believe their lies!

The only people not in need of prayers are those below ground.

Time with God is no time at all unless time with God is all the time

Christians were never asked to have blind faith. It is not God’s fault that the biblically illiterate can’t see. Continue reading Some Things to Think About!


Remind us Lord

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Remind us Lord that you alone are our light and our salvation. That you alone created the heavens and the earth.

Remind us Lord that you grant us each breath we take and that you alone provides the air we breathe. Continue reading Remind us Lord


To Judge or Not To Judge: That is the question

Every now and then I hear people say that we are not supposed to judge others. Most of them love to quote Matthew 7:1.

“Do not judge,

  or you too will be judged”

 

This Scripture is usually presented after The Offending Party (judger) informs an individual or group of individuals that certain activities are sinful.

The Offended Party (judged) generally knows that the activity fits the biblical definition of sin. Seldom do they dispute the judgment; however, they reject the right of any person to make a judgment.

The demand not to judge isn’t just from some Bible readers; many non-believers hold this same belief.

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Is it proper to judge another person or not?

~I shall attempt to answer this question both~

Logically & Theologically

 Question: How do people form the idea that they are being judged? Answer: They make a judgment! Conclusion: It is impossible to accuse someone of judging without the accuser convicting himself of judging!

It is also impossible to live a normal rational life judgment free! Everyone makes judgments all the time. Without judging we would have the functionality of infants; therefore, we could not survive in our environment.

“We judge without thinking.”

We judge without thinking. We wait for the lights to change before crossing the street, because we judge that a car may hit us if we walk against the red light. We even wait to see if the driver of the approaching car is judging the stop light and acts accordingly.

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“We teach our children”

We teach our children to never talk to strangers, because we haven’t had the opportunity to judge them and we do not trust our children’s judgment. We avoid people who appear threatening, because we believe that it is better to be safe than sorry. We judge the bathtub temperature, because we do not want the water too cold or too hot. As parents, we judge the folks our kids bring into our house irrespective of what our own children say about them. Judgments are necessary and vital for our very survival.

Let’s take another look at Matt 7:1 expanded to include verses 2-5:

                                                           Matt 7:1-5
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)

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The warning is to judge correctly and not hypocritically. The person offering the judgment must make sure he or she is in a right position to make the judgment. There is absolutely no admonition not to judge wrong behavior; however, if our lives are unsound, we are in no position to tell others they are unsound.

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For example, two men have been drinking buddies for years. Both men meet every evening around the same time and share a few beers. They generally drink enough to get slightly intoxicated, but not drunk. One man started drinking liquor in addition to the beer. The liquor caused him to act belligerent. His friend noticed the change and tried to address it, but the other man said, “You’re a drunk too!” Even though the drinking buddy knew his friend was getting out of control, he should have sober himself up first (removed the plank from his own eye) before trying to help his friend. Those opposed to judging may be surprised to discover that the BIBLE commands Christians to judge!

 “Those opposed to judging may be surprised to discover that the BIBLE commands Christians to judge!”

                                                          Matt 7:15-20
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them (NIV)
 How do we watch out for false prophets? How do we recognize wolves from sheep? Do people eat fruit before looking at it? Jesus clearing stated that we must judge those who claim to represent Him! How many of you would give your life savings to a man offering you a 30% return on your money? Have you ever received an email offering you 10 million dollars from some lady trying to escape Africa? All she needs is to wire the money into your account. Once you provide your personal identification, she will send the money. Would you accept the offer?

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Conclusion:
Christians are called to be salt and light: to defend the faith and to give God all the honor and glory. We must live a life worthy of our calling and thus be in a non-hypocritical position to judge if and when judgments are necessary. However, we must also be kind and respectful.

 Final Thoughts:
It is always better to tell people what they need to know instead of only telling them what they want to hear. If we truly love people, we will honor that love with truth that helps and heals; instead of a placebo that pacifies, and leaves the person no better off than they were before we engaged them.

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Since I attempted to answer the question of judging

both logically and theologically,
I must ask ONE final question.

What is your judgment?

 


What’s Up My Nigga?

I am not your nigger. What ever gave you that idea? Is it that you were never taught? Don’t you know what it cost to kill that name? My brother, why resurrect the pain? Are you an emissary of the Klan? Some fool raping the land or just another dumb stupid uneducated black man?

That name was buried in blood. Not the blood of our Lord which was shed for the sins of all. Even His blood didn’t stop the unrelenting call of Nigger. But His blood gave us the strength to shed our own. And we did! We shed it gladly because we knew that dead we would be free, but alive niggers we refused to be.

Yet you continue to resurrect that insidious name! A name that reeks of degradation, self loathing and pain. Why do it? Have you no shame? How can you walk on the graves of those who sacrificed all they had to eliminate that accursed name? Would you walk up to Martin and say, “What’s up my nigga?” Would you tell Medgar the same? While you’re at it, reach deep down into that Mississippi pit and tell the blood of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney that they should have never came. Go tell Emmett Till too! Boy, you should have stayed up there in that Chicago school.

Don’t forget to pay homage to the countless trees from Georgia to Tennessee. Trees that held the disemboweled bodies of black men like me. Yes pay your respect to places like Stone Mountain and Pulaski where burning crosses darkened the sky, so evil men could lay plans for who must die.

Harriet Tubman didn’t accept that name. Frederick Douglass felt the same. Both fought and were ready to die, so that the word nigger wouldn’t survive. Yet you’d spit on the grave of Richard Allen and tell the 54th Mass to get out of your way. You’d call Sojourner a liar and Booker T a fool, because you can’t see that they saw you another way.

Then you confuse some white folks by the way you act. The racist cheer and shout for joy, because you proved them right when you fell for their ploy. To them a nigger is no better than a mangy dog. They point to your lack of self respect as proof to all. By calling your brother nigger, you have validated their sin and justified their reasoning that we are really nothing more than an error of creation in dark skin. So they take heart knowing their work is almost done. After years of lynchings, now they watch us kill each other for fun.

Yet there were others willing to sacrifice all. To prove that a black man wasn’t a dog. From Coffin to Garrison they stood in the gap and like our forerunners they too had to endure many a racist trap. They were called carpetbaggers, scalawags and nigger lovers too. And for many the cost of blood was due. John Brown took up arms trying to set our people free, and for his efforts he was hung from yet another tree. Many others joined the cause to remove that awful name. Their efforts too required much heartache and pain.

What do their descendants think when they hear you voice a name so cruel? In vain do they dread that their ancestor’s efforts failed and that black men are only worthy of hell. No they still hope and pray like me that one day we will all walk in dignity. Once you understand what hatred really means, you’ll learn that only love can set a man free. And in that day when you can finally see, out of your mouth the word nigger will cease to be.

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Abortion Believers?

“If there’s a hell below, we’re all gonna go!” stated Curtis Mayfield in the song of the same name. While Mr. Mayfield was speaking about racial harmony, American’s are killing over one million babies annually. Or as some may say, we are allowing women to exercise “their right to chose”. May I add chose to kill their unborn babies.

I understand the atheistic abortion supporter. A true atheist believes that he is only an accident. He just happens to be on a higher plane than an animal. He lives for this life cycle only. The hereafter is irrelevant, because life after death does not exist in his worldview. Therefore, he is only accountable to the morals and laws established by men.

The agnostic abortion supporter is confused. He believes that he came from somewhere, but isn’t quite sure where. He thinks there may be a God, but isn’t convinced. He realizes that if God exists, he will be held accountable. Yet, he throws the dice and just waits to see if he hits the point or craps out!

Abortion supporters who profess to believe in God are a different breed altogether. Especially so-called Christians! I do not believe it is possible to accept, condone or support the unjustified, unrestricted and unlimited killing of the unborn, and be a Christian. That is unless you can kill your child in the name of Christ!

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)

All that seek the saving blood of Christ must also submit to the Lordship of Christ. Salvation is free, but it will cost you everything, because you are no longer your own. If you fail to embrace this concept, you will continue to struggle between two worlds. The world you tried to escape and the world you failed to enter.

Once the Christian fully submits to Christ, he will constantly seek good and avoid evil. He will stop listening to compromising spirits and will become attuned to the voice of God. There will be no question of compromise or the tolerance of sin. God’s will, will become his will.

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