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I turned 50 earlier this month. There were no earthquakes, no wake up calls, no cakes, no fires. It was rather just another day.
Thank God for movies! As my celebration went for the day I finally saw Suicide Squad. It was an unusual treat as I never actually go see movies in theaters. Usually I just wait for them on DVD. But this was different. First of all, it was a movie that I had no real interest in. I mean, I knew the Joker in the movie was going to be a LOT tamer than in the comics, and other Jokers in the movies. The other characters were also not my favorite. Although they were all good actors, I just wanted to be able to say â€śYeah I saw it.â€ť
The only interesting moments in the movie were when Batman and Bruce Wayne were on screen. Mostly very briefly, but enough to charge me up for next years Justice League movie. Iâ€™ve written about superheroes before. I was a typical kid growing up: I loved comic books. I used to save up my pennies and walk (actually more like hopped the fence) to get to the 7-Eleven where I would buy at the most perhaps five comic books a week. They were really cheap back thenâ€¦I remember prices of perhaps 15-25 cents each. Then they rose up to 50-75 centsâ€¦then $1.25. Boy those were memories. I ended up with quite a few boxes. Today the comics are priced at about $3-$4.00. However, those are a lot of pennies I donâ€™t have!
Thinking back, there was a LOT of action in the comics back then. There still is, but you kind of got a glimpse into the personal lives of the heroes (and some of the villains as well). One thing I got from all of the stories is that every single hero was trying to find themselves. Find out who they were, and most importantly, trying to find their place in the world.
It really occurs to me that we all on that path. Some of us are more focused on it than others. Some of us arenâ€™t as concerned about it as others. Myselfâ€¦I am more than satisfied (most all of the time), in just living one day at a time. As I get older I am more aware of the things I failed to do, and I am even more aware of the things I canâ€™t do! I can get down on the floor just fine, but my body has a rough time managing to get up. But get up I do. Itâ€™s one of the things that we must do. I will admit though, I am the type of person who is down more than I am up. But I alwaysâ€¦always look up! Because I know that My Redeemer is up there somewhereâ€¦watching over me. Heâ€™s found this lost sheep, and thatâ€™s the kind of hero I need!
Fair warning: Political thoughts ahead!
The political race is almost over! In 20 days the rants between the presidential candidates will be a thing of history.
I’m not one for politics at all. The possible lies and all the harsh words really make a Christian stand out from the rest of the world. Or does it? This season especially I’ve actually seen Christians go in with the rest of the world. Choosing sides…either of which can be caught lying or poking bitterness at the other. Social media, especially has been overrun with political trappings with Twitter seemingly the forerunner to all the hype.Â Â …thank God I’ve managed to stay off the media sites by a very large degree.
Still, my long standing questions: If Christians are called, by Christ, to unite, then why are we divided in politics..an area that is NOT Christian friendly.
Frankly, this is where I am actually angry with the Political chasing Christians…not steaming angry…but more as a “shaking my head” angry. This is nonsense to prefer one candidate over the other, especially given all the “proof”… Yes indeed: it’s one thing that Politicals love to do: dig up the worst on their enemies…digging up the raw dead man’s bones when Jesus clearly instructs us to let the dead bury the dead!
All of politics (both sides)Â carry lies…some very small lies, and some very big ones. Yes, all the lies are exposed of course…but then Christians jump on board and they support the lies…
So what do we do? We support the lesser of the two evils.
Unfortunately it’s a cycle that we have repeated for a good long while. I am sure there are Christians out there who pray to the Lord for a godly leadership for the nation. But God still instructs us not to chase after men. Men are godless if they do not show a Christ-like attitude towards their fellow men…whoever that may be.
What I’ve noticed during this season is that even more few Christians are preaching the Word of God. They have stuck to the canvas and trenches of the politics of the time. Always dedicated to spreading who says what…who does what. Basically they have become little more than gossipers.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter who is running our nation. The truth shall be revealed. Repentance is required when injustice is done.. Let’s just remember that we have ONE Lord, One God, and we are accountable only to Him!
We have a small open window (or door)Â of repentance…let’s use it! It’s almost over and we will be going home to a righteous and enduring government!
Just a short post for today:
As you can tell by now, I am on a Halloween kick this season. Yes. I am on a roll, so let’s let it roll….
Ok, so if you are a Christian, and you have been one for a while now, then answer me these two questions:
Does God ever take a vacation?
DoesÂ evil ever rest?
Now I know you know the answers, because the answer to both questions are
God took his day of rest on the 7th day after creation. But ever since then He’s been very active. Based on the level of God’s interaction with His creation, you would be hard pressed to believe that God rests. Frankly, there’s too much for God to do! He’s busy correcting His children, leading them, guiding them, even punishing them at times.
God is at it 24/7 man! He doesn’t have time to waste.
You know as ChristiansÂ we spend so much time downing the 2 hour or so events of October 31st/Halloween that we sometimes forget that October 31st is a creation of God. We take all that is evil about the world (witches, demons. goblins, and ghosts hauntings) and roll it up into a nice little package that last for less than 2/24ths of a single day!
Are we forgetting that evil doesn’t rest? Why are we actively pursuing a witch hunt on just a single day?
Just a short thought for today.
No doubt about it: clowns are scary! For some reason encountering a clown at a lone street corner under a street lamp at night, or even in an abandonedÂ back alley during the day is something that a sane person doesn’t want happening to them.
I like circus clowns…. you remember the kind right? The ones that would come pouringÂ out of the mini car inside of the circus ring. The ones that you would typically see only at the circus.
But clowns have gotten a bad rap lately. It’s not that they have committed anything that is not clown like…but come on…there’s something not funny about a clown carrying a machete around with them. Especially not in your neighborhood!
I remember watching the movie Killer Klowns from Out of Space. That’s when the creepy nest of clownsÂ fell on me. Today whenever a clown is around I tend to watch them…more like stare at them…like a hawk does it’s dinner. If that clown makes any sudden moves, or even changes it’s facial features even slightly, or even if there is a maniacal laugh surrounding him/her/it…I tend to run…very fast.
Most young children tend not to like clowns at all…they start crying when a clown is around. I am not sure if this is a built-in reaction.
I can’t imagine God liking today’s clowns at all. Especially the ones that have no makeup, and yet their inwards are just pure evil, up to no good. This is a good reason to watch people…because not everyone you meet is going to turn out OK! Sooner or later they all disappear into their tents and come up with their makeup on.
Sometimes however, we may find a type of clown in a crowd…you know the type: the one that hides their true feelings with a smile instead of showing it with a frown. The kind that makes you feel better about yourself by encouraging you, even though they themselves are at the bottom of the totem pole, or deep in despair.
So maybe, just maybe a freakin’ clown isn’t such a bad omen at all!
I’d still watch where their hands are going though….
God still honors a fool when he delivers the Word of God no matter what he chooses to wear.
Yesterday I posted about Halloween. I went into detail on how Halloween is the modern day equivalent of acknowledging Hollywood’s presence in our culture…a far cry from what the original pagan rituals were all about.
In today’s post I’d like to present other reasons not to fight Halloween. Besides the fact that we spend a whole heck of a lot of money on Halloween, there is a common theme that is not so evil about the eve. That theme has to do with sharing.
Think about it if you will..behind all the costumes, all the spooky lawn and porch decorations, and all the frightful scenes of this “pagan” holiday lies the joy of going door to door and picking up sweets from your friendly neighborgood spider man…
Ok…ok, that’s creepy. But most people do end up having parties for the kids where they (and their parents) can munch on food, and have otherwise good company that they wouldn’t have at other times of the year.
Basically a Christian could provide fellowship and service behind all the ghosts and cobwebs that can get in the way….without resorting to casting spells or sacrificing their children.
I mean, how many times have you avoided a black cat, or have one cross your path?
After all, we can be apart of the world while being a part of the world.
I know most Christians don’t celebrate Halloween because of the witchcraft which it was supposedly associated with. I personally don’t believe that today’s Halloween has any resemblance to the Hallow’s Eve thatÂ many celebrated decades ago.
Why would I hold to my belief(s)? It’s simply a matter of time. Except for God of course: nothing todayÂ is the same asÂ it was before we were born, or even afterwards. For instance: Gas is nowhere near 10 cents a gallon. Pompadours and poodle skirts are highly not in fashion, and there is a greater evil that is present every single day, not just on one evening out of the year.
Think about it if you will: the legend we have become so afraid of has it’s origins not in the past â€Žearly 20th Century…but actually much, much later..in fact Paganism has been around almost later than the old black and white TVs that our grandparents had. You know the ones: the TV’s that were around before cable. Modern day paganism could even have started earlier: say around the radio age.
The only problem is that we weren’t there…so none of us know what exactly pagans did to paganize something…or anything.
Let me give you an example: for many of us, Frankenstein was probably among the first monsters that we were introduced to in our youth. We probably first encountered it in a cheap movie theater back in the 50s. Yet the story itself of Frankenstein actually started back in 1818-1820. Of course, later on it made it’s debut as a stage play in 1826. while Universal’s Studio’s Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff debuted in 1931.
You canÂ already discern where I am going with this. Halloween is now all about Special FX and Â movies. Something that happened waaaay after the Paganism that most if not all Christians are familiar with today.
Now many Christians will disagree with me on my next point, due to everything they have been taught from some less than credible sources: but I’ve watched The Harry Potter movies and have actually enjoyed them. Yes, they are filled with perhaps man-made (Hollowood)Â signs of paganism: witches hats, spells, and monsters. The character Voldemort in fact looks suspiciously like Count Orlok.
All of this Halloweenish…is nothing but made up stories of man that has been passed down to us through the media. In fact, todayÂ it’s based on commercialism and not on paganism at all.
Yes, it’s very true that the Bible tells us to abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22). But I object to the fact taking in a horror/monster movie is a form of evil. I also object to the fact that putting on a piece of cloth, or rubber/latex/makeup is a form of evil. If these things are truly evil, then women wearing makeup are exactly like evil clowns (as if there were any other kind)
Evil only comes from within a person. Pharaoh was an ordinary looking man. Hitler was an ordinary man. BeyoncĂ© is more or less an ordinary looking woman. Obama is an ordinary looking man. Most likely if we were caught face to face with each individual today we would just see a man…not a monster. But each of these peopleÂ has presented evil to the masses in their own unique way.
Now if we were to take October 31st, and actually use it as a night to sacrifice children, scare someone to death,Â worship the moon, or satan himself, then that would naturally be a sin. But when was the last time that you even meant, or saw satan in the flesh…enough so that you could mimic the devils appearance? After all, satan was one of God’s beautiful angels, wasn’t he? (Biblically in order to worship something, or someone it would take a lot more than dressing up as that something/someone else.)
I’ll say this contrary to enjoying Halloween: One of the things I don’t like about the celebration is the adult parties at the dance clubs…there’s way too much drunkenness, lewdness, and even sometimesÂ barely there clothing. But such parties are only good for one or two years, after which you tend to mature away from such. That kind of atmosphere is…ghostly.
Speaking of ghosts….I find nothing to fear from a person who covers themselves in a white bedsheet. Except what would happen to them if they didn’t have holes in the sheets where their eyes could be. Ghosts can’t touch you, norÂ possess you. They certainly can’t kill you either! They may be able to talk to you, as was the case with Saul and the ghost…but when was the last time you heard a ghost speak?
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
“One problem with emphasizing the appearance of evil is that it can make us slaves to the perceptions of others. There will always be someone who thinks that something you are doing is wrong, or that it looks wrong to him. So, rather than spending our time getting to know God and serving Him, we worry about the possibility that someone, somewhere, might misconstrue our actions. In the same letter that he wrote about avoiding evil, Paul wrote, “Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Our goal is to live righteously before God, not to comply with othersâ€™ arbitrary standards of conduct.” (GotQuestions.com)
I’d like to hear your thoughts.