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What We Don’t See With Cultural Morality

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What We Don’t See With Cultural Morality
I used to talk a lot of junk and carry a pretty big Bible. It was a parallel Bible incorporating the KJV, Amplified, NAS, and NIV into one thick 3,000 plus page Bible. I stopped using mine because the print was so small, or I was getting so old I couldn’t see the print (toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe); that plus I had used it so much the pages were falling out. After getting reading glasses I began using my wife’s parallel Bible for my morning study time. As I was reading through 2 Corinthians chapter 5 I can came across some notes she had written in her Bible. They were likely 7 to 10 years old but they speak volumes about what we are seeing in the world today. I have reprinted them here, with my insights after each one. However, they are likely from a Bible study or a sermon she heard preached somewhere so I cannot take credit for them. The title she had over the notes: Dangers of Cultural Morality…
1. Not our commission-we have not been mandated by God. The we being Christ followers and although true some Christ followers have embraced cultural morality more than the Gospel.
2. Wastes precious mounts of resources – is a distraction by the enemy, Eph 5:16. If we are Christ followers then we should devote all resources (time, talent, & treasures) to doing what Christ has called us to do: share & show the love of Christ, invite people to be recipients of Christ’s love.
3. If you don’t change the heart you will redirect the sin. Only God can change a person’s heart. Anything else is merely a bandaid on an eternal wound: sin.
4. Fails to understand the kingdom of God, John 18:36. Just as Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John chapter 3, without the Spirit of God one cannot understand the things of God. Cultural morality moves people away from understanding God’s overwhelming love for humanity.


Who is the Offender?

Posted in Christian, Community, Devotion, God, Jesus Christ, Life, Love with tags , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by BigPhatPastor

I know this is a rough topic but here it goes…as a follower of Jesus Christ I have had many conversations with people of differing religious beliefs. I’m sure many of you have had the same conversations.  What amazes me is how some people of differing beliefs are scared to discuss their beliefs with North American Christians (obviously this does not apply to everyone; I’m making a generalization).  There is this realm of thinking that says anyone who is not a Christian that engages in a conversation about God, His existence, or spiritual matters with a North American Christian will likely have their beliefs trashed by the North American Christian.

Surely there must be some mistake.  I know that Paul told the church in Galatia in the Bible that the cross was an offense but he didn’t mean we as followers of Jesus Christ were to be offensive in how we present the Gospel to others.  Can you imagine spending your entire life being taught or raised to believe in a certain way to interact with or know God and then along comes someone who trashes or bad mouths your entire beliefs?  I’m sure there are some people who no matter what you discuss with them would engage in aggressive conversation: Coke vs Pepsi, Giants vs Jets, Football vs Baseball, Marvel vs DC, Star Trek vs Star Wars, tastes great vs less filling.  That’s just people being people.  But Jesus Christ paints another picture when presenting the message of the life we can have with the One True Living God through His Son Jesus Christ.

When Jesus Christ engaged others in conversation about their beliefs He was not demeaning or condescending; He did not belittle their way of life or thinking; He merely presented them with His message in a way that challenged them to seek truth.  In fact, the only ones who Jesus did speak to aggressively were the Jewish leaders who claimed to follow God but didn’t and those followers who claimed to live their lives for God but were living a lie.  Kind of makes you wonder who is the real offender, the cross, or the few Christians who try to beat others with it.

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