Archive for September, 2015

A Breath of Fresh Air?

Christian Living, Encouragement, judging | Posted by Inpulse1
Sep 21 2015
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

There are times, I kid you not, that I completely lose it. My temper. I’ve already lost my mind, so that’s not an issue. 🙂 Sometimes I don’t like the things I see. I see the world going to hell in a basket. I see one government going downhill, while another crawls its way back to the top. I see a poor mother living out of her car begging for diapers for her young child. I see another mother yelling at hers.

The fact that our worldly language hasn’t changed troubles me, because behind and on top of our mouths lies a brain, apparently one that hasn’t been transformed by the love of Christ. I truly believe that’s a case where we haven’t been born again…we haven’t had the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Yes, I am judging this one area.

As a Christian a BIG part of our lives is centered on what we say, just as much as we do. There’s been a couple of times where I haven’t gone off audibly, like when the kitchen has been left untouched after a meal, or the trash hasn’t been put out. Also, when I come across a person who has been smoking the funny stuff or not the funny stuff. (I’m highly sensitive to ANY and ALL smoke). In each case, among many others I’ve kept silent, but my demeanor is screaming a mixture of sheer bloody murder vs. mercy. I think that walking into a closet, shutting the door, and screaming would be a better option. I’m not going to mince words here and water it down: taking a drag means that you must, at some point, exhale. Yet if you are smoking and witnessing the gospel to another at the same time there is a 50/50 chance that what you exhale will turn the people off…to you and the Gospel.

Think about it: you know that many are sensitive anyways. Some will be turned off by the gospel itself. But many are turned off  by the deliverer. How many of us are totally turned off by a drunk soul?

Pot smoking, something that our country is now making legal is another story, but still falls under an offensive act…one that a Christian should not take a part of at any time.

Straight talk: Pot smokers have a rather harsh, careless attitude. They will deny it at every chance, but it’s there just the same. I realize that for most people smoking is a crutch. But a Born Again Christian should have no other crutch but Christ. Besides the horrible, enduring side effects of smoking, there is also the fact that we are called to a higher degree of living a godly life, presenting ourselves before God as a living sacrifice.

And I can tell you one thing: if you are a heavy smoker you need to quit. First, because it does harm your body, which is made to serve God. Also, whether you realize it or not, smoking can harm those living in your house and those that you have in your life. Second hand smoking is not a myth!

Second quitting will strengthen your witness before others.

Remember, God will give you the strength to do what you must do, and the courage to endure.

America: the Free and Easy, or the Brave?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Sep 18 2015

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I got the bug from Rob’s post here:

Here’s the deal America: you’ve gotten soft in your old age. It used to be that you would instinctively know that you needed to struggle. You were like a monarch still stuck in its cocoon, gnawing and clawing, eating your way out. But all of sudden, during the past couple of years, that hasn’t been the case anymore. It’s not about , gnawing and clawing, eating your way out anymore. Lately you’ve had a voracious appetite. It’s like a violent reaction to being born. You’ve overstepped your own boundaries. Boundaries that weren’t ever made to be broken. Yet within those same boundaries, you’ve developed an attitude of “I don’t care what anybody thinks except me!”

A big part of it was the homosexual revolt in the country. It used to be just like every other life: the only ones who were actively aware were the people you were in personal contact with: the people that you surrounded yourself with in your daily life. But that’s not the scenario anymore. Now it’s come down to gay marriage and gay rights. Now as a Christian let me say this: I may not agree with it, but I understand about the gay marriage thing. You want to do what you want to do. If you want to be reconciled and intimate with your honey, then that’s your legal right. Obviously, you fought hard for it, and it’s now law.

But not everybody agrees with it. Yet we are bombarded with it on a daily basis. Is this just the homosexual opportunity to piss off some Christians? You know, there are some similarities between gays and Christians. The most important thing for both parties is that we will not always be accepted, even from those close to us. And this is a very important thought that I had: when it comes down to it I don’t even view your homosexuality as a major issue. That is: if I am involved with you on a day to day basis.. say work related, or out in the public eye  the chances of me referring to your sexuality as a major issue is not going to be an issue. Because quite frankly, the only place your homosexuality is ever put on display is behind closed doors anyways (Unless you travel down to and display your sexual preferences in the yearly New Orleans Mardi Gras) What I mean is that I will treat you just like I treat anyone else: with human respect and kindness. What is it that you are always fighting for anyways? Equal Rights? You’ve had that for a while now..actually since the day you were born.

I am sorry if you face unlawful workplace discrimination because of your lifestyle. I am even sorry that a Christian Business owner has denied your wish to a gay wedding cake. But putting a Christian Bakery out of commission is not the right thing to do. For one thing: it shows how horrible you personally are. You just put a whole family out of their livelihood because you didn’t have the energy to go and look for someone who caters to you personally. You’ve spent all your energies and all your finances on making someone really miserable. Who ever said that Christians and Gays go well together anyways? I mean, does it make sense that Gays don’t want loud Christian Evangelist disrupting their Pride fests, yet you choose to willingly turn right around and walk into a Christian Bakery and demand to have it “Your Way?” Newsflash: This world isn’t your Burger King: sometimes you just can’t have it your way.

There’s so much violence against the Christian today…and yet many accuse us the Christians of setting off the 200 year of violent crusades. Newsflash: it may not be as physically violent today, but the Christians aren’t the cause of it today. Instead it’s the general population who have grown sick and weary of the true Christians who stand up for a Godly righteousness. Or do you, the homosexual believe that you are the only one who has the freedom of speech? Oh, and speaking of freedom of speech: nice try, but there is no actual law Hate Crime that actually and specifically targets the Christian. That’s just something that you came up in order to save your skins. Besides that, there is not a Christian alive that will actually support you in that. You see we don’t threaten your life, and we surely don’t go around killing you because you’re gay. We may have a strong viewpoint of your homosexual lifestyle, but if you stand by your Hate Crime law, then you are a hypocrite yourself. The problem is that you, along with many others can’t seem to separate true Christianity from the false Christianity.  Of course, I don’t entirely blame you for that…no one does. It’s because there are some Christians who will pat you on the back and comfort you in your sin. Shame on them…they shouldn’t comfort you at all…they should love you enough to lead you out of it. Whether you choose to turn around and look back is entirely up to you. (I don’t advise doing so, but it’s your pillar of salt, not mine).  If a Christian hangs around and waits for you to step out of the gay lifestyle, then that Christian is a hell affirming Christian…they will lead you straight to hell…not away from it. They don’t love you at all. And what is up with the whole Black Lives Matter movement lately? It seems we have moved beyond what Martin Luther King Jr.  fought for: a peaceful protest.  More on that on my next post…

What good am I?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Sep 11 2015

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It’s funny how reading and posting a reply on a blog can get me going.

In this case it was over at Floyd’s blog here.

I think and read over his post, then I chuckle at my own input. What good am I?

Ever since I left the workforce for the final time back around the year 2000 (as far as I can remember it was 2000, it may have been later or earlier) I’ve been in a place where I have asked myself that same question.

Even though I no longer work because of a sleep disorder caused by weight issues, I was at least active for a little bit. I helped out my mom when she got sick, and I even worked under the table doing some graphic projects. But those days are long past. Mom went to be with the Lord, and as much as I try, I can’t seem to get back into my artistic talents. Not that I expected to start making money out if it, but it was one of the few pleasures in life I had. I live on a tightrope between being anti-social, which I truly despise and being actively-social, which I long to be. I came to the conclusion that being an artist meant that I was pretty much isolated while painting my canvases. But my muse isn’t what it used to be.  Now I’m even people-less.

I try to relieve myself daily comedy wise and even faithwise on social media. I know people on there that I’ve known all my life. Many still live in the area. I try and reach out, but for some reason it fails. I try really hard to get out and mingle with the public. All I get is small talk. I try church, and it’s even smaller talk. So the question lingers. The answer to the question is actually two answers, and they can be found directly in God’s Word:

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Luke 18:19

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31

Suddenly I don’t feel that bad anymore.

By the way, I am in no way despressed. This thought just keeps popping up every now and then. No matter what..I know I can be of some use sooner or later. In the meantime I wait…