“Racism is Odious” note by Victor P.

“Racism is Odious” note by Victor P.

Racism is odious and should be an unconscionable stance to all true Christians.
If you call yourself a Christian but you’re a racist, then you’re contradiction, a pretender.
You can’t claim to love Christ and hate people of different skin color or believe you’re superior just because of your skin color or where you were born.
Your concept of Christianity is a parody, a travesty, and would be laughable if it weren’t so disgusting.
Spew out your pathetic superiority complex and embrace a spiritual and mental purging that you desperately need, even if you don’t think you need it, you really do.
God’s not amused with your perverted idea of Christianity that allows you to be a racist and still call yourself a Christian.
God doesn’t care about your bag of ready excuses; He demands you change your ways, repent, or stop calling yourself a Christian because you’re really not.
There’s no such thing as Christian racists, just lukewarm pretenders who deceive themselves thinking they’re something they’re really not.

“Adam4d Web Comic and my Comment” (1)

“Adam4d Web Comic and my Comment” (1)

I decided to use the image/Adam4d comic from the link because it provides the context for my comment. It’s not a long comment but I hope it helps someone if they encounter a similar objection to the mentioned doctrine. I just might come back to the comment to expand on it later, maybe.

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from https://www.facebook.com/adam4dcom/photos/a.200310343465526.1073741828.200307070132520/813330695496818/?type=3&theate

My comment:
Indeed. It says “For God so loved the world…” not “For God felt like killing His Son…”
Jesus wasn’t a helpless child, one with no say in the matter; He was a grown man who willingly went to the Cross because of love, to save sinners because they can’t save themselves.
Jesus knew what He was doing, what had to be done.
There was no child abuse, there was a necessity; only His blood would do; only His sacrifice would be acceptable; only His death would accomplish what it did; only His resurrection would be victory over death and the grave and the world and the devil and sin.

Thoughts For Men (2). Nice Guy or Godly Man.

Thoughts For Men (2). Nice Guy or Godly Man.

These thoughts are directed at Christian men but I think they can also give non-Christian men something to think about.
This thought’s pretty much just a question: do you just want to be a nice guy or do you want to be a godly man?
At first it may seem like there’s not much difference, like being a nice guy and being a godly man is pretty much the same thing but such an opinion would be based on thoughts formed by only looking at the surface level of the matter and not taking the time to think about the differences and nuances involved in this.
I am not an authority on the subject of etiquette, manhood studies, male development, or anything like that so don’t take my words as absolute, fact or professional information. These are just my thoughts and opinions formed throughout my more-than-28 years of living on Earth. I’m just sharing thoughts and providing the males, the men out there, something to think about, to contemplate, to ponder, to provide something to get the thinking process going.
A mind not thinking is a mind that’s stagnant and dying. As they say “use it or lose it.” That goes for many things in life, in our possession and in our reach. Keep using your mind to think, learn, grow, better yourself so you can help others better.
Returning to the thought: who do you want to be – just a nice guy or a godly man? It may seem obvious that being a godly man is better than just being a nice guy and you’d be right to think that.
What’s a nice guy? Sometimes it’s synonymours with being kind, inoffensive, polite, helpful, soft, less of a man and more of a guy that just wants to keep the peace and see everyone get along. The nice guy might become a doormat for people, a pushover, the bullied, the one used and manipulated, the one who avoids conflict and tries to not offend, wants to appear tolerant, understanding, pleasant to be around, friendly. He’s a nice fellow and he’s just one of the guys who are like him.
That may seem like an exaggeration or extreme example but I think it’s accurate as a description. This raises the question – who doesn’t want to be a nice guy? Wouldn’t the world be better with more nice guys in it? I think in a way it would be a better world if suddenly many males became nice guys but it would quickly outlive the nice-guy effect because the world needs much more than niceness, the world needs more than nice guys. Nice guys don’t have what’s necessary to impact the world in the way that godly men can. History teaches that plainly for all who will see.
Moving on to the second part of the thought, the part about the godly man.
What’s a godly man, anyway? The godly man isn’t a synonym for a nice guy because the differences are stark, the contrast obvious, the similarities are not near enough to merit being called synonymous. Where to get an idea or definition of what a godly man is? I adhere to a Christian world view so that’s where I’m getting my idea and definition of who or what a godly man is.
Since this isn’t a lecture or lesson but just my thoughts shared and also an invitation for the men out there to share their thoughts, – men older and wiser, more experienced than I am, – I will just share my thoughts based on my knowledge and experience which I admit is limited compared to someone older and more knowledgeable than I.
A godly man is a true Christian, born-again and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, saved from condemnation to Hell, saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ. That’s the 1st and most important requirement to be a godly man. Without that you can’t go past being just a nice guy. You may not be a Christian but feel like you’re a godly man but your feelings are wrong because you don’t have the most important requirement met to start on the way of the godly man. It’s not some religious babble, it’s the simple truth.
Ok, you’re a born-again Christian but people don’t call you a godly man; they just call you a nice guy, a nice Christian. Are you ok and happy with just being known as a nice Christian, not offending anyone, not stepping on any toes or rocking the boat or taking part in or starting conflicts no matter how necessary they may seem? I venture to say you’re not satisfied with such a safe life; the man within knows this isn’t who you’re called to be, you’re not here to live a safe and peaceful life avoiding all conflict and basically being a doormat at worst, merely nice at least. You’re called to much more than niceness; you’re called to genuine manhood; you’re called to live according to the way God has called you to live which will require much more and usually pretty much the opposite of being a nice guy.
Just being a nice guy won’t get you as far in life as you may think. Plus, you probably already feel it’s not what life’s about as a man of God; there’s more to life than just being nice to people and staying out of trouble. Also, trying to be nice to everyone is practially impossible, anyway. Being a godly man doesn’t mean being nice to everyone all the time; if that were true then we couldn’t call Jesus a godly man since He did some pretty shocking things, things no considered nice by any means. But we know Jesus was and is the best example of a man, a real man, a godly man, and He always did what every godly man should do. Jesus is our archetype, paragon, epitome of mandhood and godliness. We won’t find a better example to follow, imitate or grow into the likeness of than Jesus Christ. So, then, look to Jesus, all you men, and grow into His likeness by prayer and appropriate action required to become more like Him in word and deed, to become godly men, not just become or remain nice guys.
God calls you to authentic manhood, to be godly men, to accept the challenges and responsibilities of godly men, to refuse idleness, passivity, laziness, and mere niceness, to be courageous, to grow into the likeness of Christ and live to serve others as Christ commands, invites, and calls each of us to do.

To summarize: don’t care about being a nice guy; care about being a godly man.

Thoughts for Men (1). Man or Guy.

Thoughts for Men (1). Man or Guy.

Are guys and men exactly the same type of people? Well, they’re both males but they’re different kinds of people. There are differences between them which provide contrast and distinction.
If you look at what men do and then at guys do, you’ll get an idea, a picture of the difference between the two.
What are the men doing?
The men are out there living, providing, protecting, leading, doing, fighting, bleeding, being, dying with a purpose.
What are the guys doing?
The guys are out there existing, receiving, leeching, hiding, following, slacking, playing, wasting away, dying without a purpose.
These may seem like arbitrarily-picked or just silly qualities or distinctions but I think they provide a good idea of the difference between men and guys. It’s a difference in character, values, acts, mindset, lifestyle, and other areas of life.
I’m not trying to make something up because I’m bored, I’m just trying to give something to think about, food for thought, to get the thinking process going, to challenge thinking, to seek insight for life as a man.
What sounds more appealing to you: just being a guy or being a man? To live as a regular guy or to live like a man?
I believe being a man is more challenging than just being a guy. Living as a man requires more effort, responsibility, and resolve; living as a regular guys doesn’t.
This is just something to think about. These are just some thoughts for the men out there.
This is the first of many Thoughts For Men I will post.

“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.

“When God Stirs Our Hearts” Note by me.
Sometimes God will stir our hearts to do something for another person, probably some small thing, not some grand act of generosity or charity but maybe just a simple act of kindness.
Then the enemy will whisper his own ideas in an attempt to get us to not do what God stirs our hearts to do.
The devil doesn’t want us obeying God’s will or doing good things for others; he wants us to do things for ourselves only, to limit our positive effect and a good impact on others’ lives.
Satan wants us to turn our focus from Jesus to ourselves, in subtle ways he sometimes gets us to do that and what happens is that our life will lose balance.
A life which isn’t based on a saving relationship with God will inevitably become bleak, empty, miserable.
This relationship is one where the person desires to do the will of God out love, not out of an irrational fear or fear of Hell and judgment.
The saved soul no longer fears Hell and judgment for God has saved them from that, nor do they obey out of fear of losing salvation or feelings of guilt if they don’t do what they should.
The actions of the saved done for God are done out of love, gratitude and honor.
The actions of the saved for people, for others, are also to be done out of love, in obedience to the commands of Christ and the desire to see the good of others, to see others benefit by what one says and does.
While it is easier to not do something for another sometimes, be it some small thing or not, we should resist the urge to forgo doing good for another for that is what God wants us to do, to do to others as we would have it done unto us.
It’s easy to come up with excuses but it’s better not to make them or use them.
In all things we do we should have the mind of Christ, doing what He would do, saying what He would, not letting laziness have its place, not letting our minds become factories of excuses.
We’re not called to run from responsibility, we should embrace it.
We should be accountable people though that doesn’t come naturally and must be learned and practiced before it becomes part of who we are.
When God stirs our hearts to action through His Word, we’d be wise to obey when He speaks lest we procrastinate and put it off until we miss and waste an opportunity to do what God wanted us to do.
When God tells us to do something for someone, even a complete stranger, we should heed His call and do a big or small thing for another.
We may not think it makes a difference when we do it but it may mean a great deal to that person.
We don’t know at the moment how our acts of kindness, charity or generosity will affect a person but God knows and that’s what matters; He knows how it will impact the person, He knows the ends, results, outcomes of all our actions.
Do good when you know you should; do good when God stirs your heart; do good when God speaks through His Word; do good and you won’t regret it.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

“People Who Exalt Sin” Note by me.

–This was originally posted as a comment on a social media site but I thought I’d share it here, too, and hope it will benefit those who read it. Glory to God Alone.–

People who exalt that sin, who sanitize it, exalt it and exult n it, either do so out of ignorance, spite, intentional rebellion against God’s laws and anything said by Christians to be wrong or sin. They clearly reject God’s Word as having any authority in their lives or are extremely selective when it comes to what sins they may consider calling sins and avoiding. Acts that God calls abominable, they call acceptable and normal. What God says will result in judgment and punishment, they consider tolerated, supported and sanctified by the god they’ve made up in their minds, a sort of all-tolerating deity, which doesn’t exist except in their minds, another false god, another idol that people follow. There’s mercy and forgiveness, but there’s also justice and judgment. Spitting at God’s moral laws and deliberately doing what he forbids will not result in blessings, joy or long life. Those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption, misery destruction, and excuses won’t do any good when they reap what they sow. Don’t blame God for what happens if you intentionally disobey His Word and reject His mercy and reject all calls to repentance.

“Of Fear and Courage” by me.

“Of Fear and Courage” by me.

–Note: this was orginally just a comment I made on a post by someone talking about the present-day lack of courage displayed by people, and I thought to share it here, too.–

Part of the reason could be a lack of role models, models of courage, examples worth following, people who live what they preach or believe, people who know
what real courage and how to exhibit it.
Another reason is that it just seems to cost too much to be courageous, too much at stake, too much to lose; easier to keep mouth shut and feet planted than to risk
what you own. Fear of loss of material possessions, job, house, status, and the like, keeps many people from showing courage at a time when it should be shown.
It’s much easier to sit down than stand up; much easier to remain idle than active.
It’s much easier to keep quiet and not be criticized or punished for speaking out or against something than to speak up against what’s wrong or foolish.
I haven’t lived that long but I’ve seen what fear can do in a life, my own included, and in the lives of those who should’ve shown examples of courage but didn’t.
Disappointment with self and others is pretty much guaranteed part of life since we’re all imperfect (yet that shouldn’t be used as an excuse) but it’s not something
that need be a frequent as it is.
If we are struggling to find any obvious examples of courage in the present, then looking to the past for shining examples of courage is a reasonable course of action and will avail us, I am sure, for the past is full of more than the present and stark examples of courage may be found, read about, without much difficulty. If we seek, we shall find. If we look at the examples of courage from the past, it will encourage us and give us help and insight into to matter of courage applied in our own life.
Just my thoughts on the matter.