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Radical Christianity

Being a follower of Christ is not for the faint of heart.  However, you would never know that today.  You see we have taken Christianity and have made it into a moderate religion, which is just what the world likes.  However, Christianity in its purest form is a radical relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is radical in every sense of the word.  It is radical in love for God and love for others.

It is radical in that God became a man a dwelt among us.  It is radical in that God loves us so much that He sacrificed His one and only Son so that we can spend eternity with Him.  It is radical that Jesus not only died for our sins, but He rose from the dead on the third day.

It is radical in that Jesus said that in order for us to be his disciple we must take up our cross and follow Him.  He said that whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will find it.  (Matthew 16:24)

It is radical in that Jesus said that not only is murder wrong, but being angry with your brother and sister is wrong.  Not only is adultery wrong, but looking at someone and lusting after them is wrong.  It is radical in that Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

It is radical in that Jesus wants all of you and not just a part.  He doesn’t desire for us to follow Him half heartily.  He says that we must deny ourselves, we must give everything we have and are to Him, we must sacrifice ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him.

It is radical in that we must not only be willing to die for Him, we must be willing to live for him.  Pure Christianity is radical in that it Loves.  It loves those that are un-loveable, it loves those that are broken, and it loves those that are living in sin.  It loves all people, no matter of race, creed, or sexual orientation.

It is radical in that it is the ONLY way to heaven.  It is radical in that we MUST, (it is not an option) love God with ALL our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and we MUST love everyone, as much as we love ourselves.

We have taken this radical relationship with Christ and have made it into a moderate religion then we wonder why the world is the way that it is.  We are more interested in being accepted by the world, applauded by the world and being friends with the world that we have become just like the world.

Being radical means that you are very different from the usual or the traditional.  It means to be extreme.  The world doesn’t need another usual or traditional religion. It needs a radical relationship with the person who turned this world right side up, JESUS.

Be radical for Jesus!

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Racism or Choiceism

I am a minority and as a minority in this country, I know of and have experienced issues with racism.  Racism exist and will always exist, not only in our Republic, but it will and does exist worldwide.

As I sit and ponder the issue of the minority communities in America I have to ask the question.  What is the major issue facing minority communities?  Is racism the most prominent factor as to why so many people in minority communities struggle or is it other factors?

In our Republic all citizens are protected with certain unalienable rights and these rights have been placed into our constitution.  With this in mind, the system which is in place has given everyone an opportunity to succeed.  I realize that success may be more difficult for certain groups of people, yet the Constitution allows for the success of all.  This is evident in the fact that we now have a President who is black. We have minorities that sit in places of power and who are very successful in business, entertainment, athletics, government and other areas of our country.

Knowing that there is a plethora of minorities who are successful, makes me ask the question:  why do we have so many minorities that are successful and so many that are not?  If racism is so prominent in our nation and our government is so oppressive wouldn’t it be oppressive to all people of color?  How can we have a black man as President, the most powerful man in the world, if this country is so racist and oppressive?

So is racism the most prominent factor in the plight of minorities or is it their choices (choiceism)?

Choices we make affect our lives.  They affect us in the present but they also affect us in the future.  Now grant it, I realize that some choices for some people are easier to make and I realize that the environment someone grows up in can and does have an impact on the choices that are made.  However, at the end of the day the choice (s) belong to the individual.  The individual chooses how they will act, how serious they will take their education, how hard they will work.  It is the individual who chooses whether or not they will obey the laws.  The individual chooses whether or not he or she will put emphasis on their faith, their family and their job.  It is the individual who chooses.

The problems that perplex the minority communities can be solved by the choices we as minorities make.  Racism, although it exists and does happen, it is often times used as an excuse.  You see, it is easier to blame a racist country then to take personal responsibility for where you are at in life.  Choice is about personal responsibility, it is about taking your life and making it what you want it to be.  The choices you make in life can often times overcome any racism that is out there because the vast majority of this country are good people, going to work, taking care of their families and just living life.

My life experience has shown me that a kid who lost his father at the age of three, with six siblings, was raised by a single mother for many years, who grew up without many of the luxuries of life can make it in this country.  Even though racism exist my life experience has shown me that it can be overcome with the choices an individual makes.  Although I may not be the most successful person in the world, I’m not the most intelligent, I’m not the richest (by worldly standards) I believe that I have been successful.  I work, have my own home, raised my kids and I am doing well.  This success came not by what others did and said, but it came because of the choices I made, the hard work that I put in.

So to my brothers and sisters in the minority community, I implore you to teach our children to make better choices.  Teach our children to value faith, family, education, hard work, the rule of law and respect for each other and our fellowman.  If we, as minorities put more emphasis on choiceism we will have a bigger impact on the lives of our own communities.

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Hitting the Target

cropped-me-with-m16.jpgThe closer you are to a target, the easier it is to hit it..

One of my favorite pastimes is to go target shooting.  I have noticed, and most shooters will tell you that the closer you are to the target the easier it is to hit the target.  I may not always hit the bullseye but I miss a lot less.

When you juxtapose Christianity and target shooting you will see the similarities.  In Christianity, just like in target shooting, the closer you are to the target the easier it is to hit the target.  You see sin is nothing more than missing the mark (target)

We all struggle with missing the target (sin) in our walk with Christ so the way to correct that is to get closer to the target.  Getting closer to Jesus (target) doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never sin, but it does mean that you can miss the mark a lot less.

If there are areas in your life that you struggle with,  areas in which you are missing the mark, then get closer to Jesus.

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My Coffee Cup

Like many people this morning I came into work and of course one of the first things I had to do was get a cup of coffee.  Of course for me, unlike others, one cup of coffee is normally all I drink.  So I sat my stuff down by my desk and I saw my coffee cup sitting on my desk.  As I picked up my cup I noticed that the outside of the cup was nice and clean (spotless), however the inside of the cup was dirty with yesterday’s coffee stains.  Now before people think that I am gross, when I finish my morning coffee I normally just sit my coffee cup down on my desk and I do not wash it.  However I do wash it the next morning before I put my new coffee in it.

As I looked at the cleanliness of my coffee cup (the outside), and then how dirty it was on the inside, I thought to myself how this sometimes reflects our lives.  Many of us go around making sure that the outside of our cup looks clean.  We act the right way, say the right things, we often times act like everything thing is going great, but the reality of the matter is that the inside of our coffee cup is stained with yesterday’s stuff, and it’s often times dirty.

I thought about how much work we put into making sure that everything is nice, neat and clean on the outside but we often time neglect the inside.  Just like the inside of our coffee cup the inside of our lives are often time stained with sin and everyday life, yesterday’s coffee.

So as I took my coffee cup to get it refilled, I washed the inside of the cup to remove the stains and filth.  Isn’t that what we should do daily with our lives?  We get up every day and make sure that the outside of our lives (outside of the cup) is clean, but how often do we make sure that the inside of our lives (inside the cup) is clean.

The Psalmist David said “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2 NIV)

“Scrub away my quilt, soak out my sins in your laundry”. (Psalms 51:2 Message Bible)

Just like the water cleaned out the inside of my coffee cup this morning, God can help you in cleaning the inside of your life.  Let God scrub away your guilt and soak out your sins in His laundry, so that both the inside and outside of our coffee cup can be clean.

 

 

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