Category Archives: Theology

Church Unity – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Last week I read a blog on the subject of church membership in whether it was biblical or not.   The writer did a good job laying out the benefits. I scrolled down to leave my comment when I stumbled across another blogger’s comment.  He was ruthless.

WRITER BASHING. The commenter slammed the blog writer up one side and down another challenging him on his interpretation of the scripture.  It was really sad and it embarrassed me to be a believer and witness another so called Christian assassinate the  character of his brother.

TO COMMENT OR NOT TO COMMENT. I read numerous blogs everyday, and not all do I bother to comment on, but I felt a need to let the author know that I thought he did an excellent job proving the case for membership.

The author’s entire blog post had a single scripture to prove his case  in that membership was biblical.  Yes, the author could have used any number of other scriptures to prove his case.  But did he deserve to be demeaned? NO.

SOUND THE ALARMS – WHERE’S THE CHURCH? In the wake of the shooting sprees in Colorado, Wisconsin, Arizona, Chicago, the alarms are sounding that  the church has lots of work to do – your church, my church, our church, the church down the road – ALL churches who witness Jesus as Lord.  The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few!

Folks, we do NOT have to argue over the petty things. That one scripture did NOT discredit all the other good stuff that was written.

We must be the light to a dark and depressed world.  How futile it is to spend time online showing us how smart you are as you gloat as being the self-appointed scripture watch dog.  Shame on you!  You know my position, “If the shoe fits…”

IS IT ABOUT HIM OR YOU? If the commenter had a heart for the kingdom, he could have comment on the subject at hand and added “I would have used this scripture to prove the point.” His backlash instead displayed his motivation in glorifying himself by demeaning the blog writer.

MY FLESH WANTED TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH. I must admit, I wanted that commenter more than a horse wanted hay.  Had I  been able to comment I would have certainly wrote out of my flesh. In hindsight I am grateful that I was unable to comment lest I had said some things and blown my own witness.

There are just softer ways to address people.  We need to be sensitive.  Let’s concentrate on the things that UNITE us and stop trying to prove to others that we are so much better than they are.

WHAT ABOUT THE DENOMINATION DEBATES?  You know what I mean .. the Methodist are better than the Baptist who are better than the Lutherans who are better than the Catholics who are better than the  Episcopalians and the list goes on. And let’s not forget the denomination of the Non-denomination.

The fact is, “We are all leveled at the foot of the cross.”

Unless we have a Jim Jones thing going on and we see where a person in power is trying to get people to drink poison or a David Koresh where he’s advocating people to be burned alive, or others who are trying to convince us of the date of the end of the world, let’s speak the truth, but in love.

MOST OF US ARE ON THE SAME TEAM. We all have work to do.  Let’s be the light and stop trying to snuff out other kingdom workers’ flame!


Chick-fil-A says “NO” to Gay Marriage

FUNNY HOW . . .  a company that is known for its chicken, office supplies, lawn furniture or housing supplies  finds themselves interviewed about their stance on a controversial subject like whether they support ‘gay’ marriage.

Evidently, Dan Cathy the son of  Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A restaurant confirmed the company’s commitment to ‘traditional’ values – the biblical definition of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.  Everyone is well aware that the Chick-fil-A restaurant is NOT open on Sundays honoring this day as the ‘Sabbath’ Day.  And in spite of its competition, they continue to gross profits, open up new stores across the nation and are loved by most.

It is NO SURPRISE to me and neither should it be to anyone to hear their position on Gay Marriages.  However, because they have openly made this stance, the Internet has gone viral in vehement speech against the company and its position.  Many people, in particular, gay activist have threatened to boycott the restaurant in an effort to either get them to change their minds or to force them out of business.  Chick-fil-A has now been labeled “Gay Haters.”

Chick-fil-A has had to deal with outrage over their biblical stances before yet it had not deterred them from standing for truth as they see it.  Regarding them hating gays, Don Perry, spokesman for Chick-fil-A states that their tradition is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of belief, creed and sexual orientation. Perry also states, “We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

MY 2-CENTS. Gay marriages and the homosexual lifestyle has certainly been one of our most heated debates.  Although, I know there are professing Christians who are strongly against this life style, are rude, non tolerant, abusive, offensive, arrogant, and even hateful, I don’t believe that is the stance of most Christians and I don’t believe that is the stance of Chick-fil-A.  I believe we can agree to disagree with a certain lifestyle, and certain privilege in accordance to what we believe is the Bible’s stance on the subject without having to assume the title of a “Gay Hater.”

Although there are certainly more scriptures on the topic, two scriptures that  leave me wondering about basic truths and how they can be redefined include the following:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

QUESTIONS: How do you reconcile these two scriptures? Should one really be called a ‘hater’ in standing up for what they believe truth to be?   In terms of supporters . . .  What if they are wrong???  Hmmm…….

Did Creflo Dollar Cross the Line?

Okay I wasn’t going to go here, but find that I must as I have read too many commentaries, “Did Creflo Cross the Line? Parental Authority Taken too Far,  Creflo Dollar, Child Abuser.

Creflo Dollar, a famous TV evangelist was arrested and had to spend the night in jail after beating his child a couple weeks ago.  I read the police report and it did say that he choked her and beat her with his shoe.  Although I am NOT an advocate of abusing your children, I must say that in the average ‘African American’ household, who wasn’t beat with shoe or occasionally choked?  Sike, I was never choked, but I betcha my parents felt like it at times.  As a child I would have welcomed a ‘Shoe’ beating any time compared to a belt or a  ‘switch’ beating.

It’s funny to me because in the average ‘Black’ family we tell jokes today on how mom or dad beat us with shoes, spoons, rulers, belts, switches or whatever ammunition they had at their disposal. They beat us to keep us in line. And as a result of that beating we had a reverential fear towards them – a respect – a respect for authority.  There were some things you just did not do.  Beatings, whoopings, etc. were and are   very common to our families.  I mean, ask any ‘Black’ person what would happen if you were to roll your eyes, say something smart, talk back  and Lord help us if we ever raised our hands to hit our parents.  Guess what? Creflo Dollar’s daughter hit him.  All of this was because he said she could not go to a party.  All I am saying is this raising teenagers is no joke – especially teenage girls.  They will push you to the edge of where you think you will lose your sanity. I believe Creflo had to lay hands on her to exercise the demon that took hold of her as she hit him.

Today, the kids threatened that they will call 911 if you touch them. Parents are forced to use alternative ways of discipline.  If these ways  work for you GREAT.   Do you realize just how many parents would be doing time for hitting their children back in the day? I know mine would be the first on that list.  I guess what I am saying to my readers of non-African American heritage  is. . . this was and is still common place in our families.  That is why many of us were not shocked when Michael Jackson admitted that his dad beat him with a belt.  I mean who didn’t get beat with a belt?

So I am with Creflo Dollar in supporting his need to have to reach out and touch what society has stated as ‘untouchable.’ My advice to his daughter would be to keep your grades up so that next time  daddy will say, “Yes, pumpkin you can go to the party.”

6 MegaThemes Of Churches in 2010 – Barna Group (Church Trends)

The Barna Research Group did a research project resulting in finding 6 patterns developing in the church in 2010. I think it is important for pastors to keep up on trends that affect our churches. This will help us in our planning efforts to meet the needs of the church.

1. Less theologically literate – this means that we have wandered from the basics of our faith and have become biblically illiterate. The report indicated that our young people, although they recognize that Easter is a Holy holiday, they do not associate it with the resurrection of Jesus. What the ….??? Every Christian should know facts about the Birth, Death & Resurrection. Without the Resurrection, there is no Christianity.

2. Grown more ingrown and less outreach-oriented – People are not impressed with the contributions of the average church. Less people are inviting people to their churches even on high recruitment Sundays like Easter. The report even states that many people are becoming Christians as a result of personal crisis or fear of death; not because people are inviting them. Pastors, if people are not happy with their individual churches, they will not invite others to attend. I know of many churches where the members are very happy and satisfied and as a result they are all about evangelizing.

3. More people less interested in spiritual principles and more interest in learning realistic solutions for life. People are more interested in education, friendship, comfort, success and personal achievement than their faith walk. In fact, many consider survival in the present much more significant than eternal life. This is not surprising to me. I think the church needs to demonstrate realistic solutions for life which can be found in the application of spiritual principles. The church needs to do a better job in illustrating that the Bible is relevant.

4. Increased interest in community service activities. The more that churches and believers can be recognized as people doing good deeds out of genuine love and compassion, the more appealing the Christian life will be to those who are on the sidelines watching.

5. Increased tolerance. Our biblical illiteracy and lack of spiritual confidence has caused Americans to avoid making discerning choices for fear of being labeled judgmental. The result is a Church that has become tolerant of a vast group of immoral behaviors. CHALLENGE: There is a place for tolerance in Christianity; knowing when and where to draw the line appears to perplex a growing proportion of Christians in this age of tolerance.

6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible. Christianity has arguably added more value to American culture than any other religion, philosophy, ideology or community. Yet, contemporary Americans don’t really believe this. Partly due to the nature of today’s media, they have no problem identifying the faults of the churches and Christian people. The most influential aspect of Christianity in America is how believers do–or do not–implement their faith in public and private. Bad news about a thing always spread faster, deeper and wider than good news about a thing.

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