Friday, December 2, 2016

Throwing Stones Blind

There are all kinds of Christian blogs out there.  Which can be good and bad.  I have recently read some crazy blogs that just seem to bash on other Christians.  I'm not here to bash on the bashers, but I believe I can speak truth through the hate.

When we sink our teeth into someone we sure do feel knowledgeable and mighty.

I understand that there are false teachers out there and we should hold them accountable when they go off the narrow path.  With this blog I am aware I have an obligation to not misrepresent the Bible.  If I have an opinion I try to say so, but not to confuse it with scripture.  This is why I write out all the scriptures at the top so we can see what the Bible says.  The rest is what I think or quotes from others and helps me understand.  I have no intention of leading anyone away from God.  I will be held accountable by God for what I say.

When I see so much hate towards someone I always look back at the person saying it and wonder why they are thinking that.  These blogs decided to pick on one person although looking at other topics on their blog they seem to be the "Christian Judge" out there making sure that nothing slips through the cracks.  This almost always sends up red flags for me.  The hate, judgement and condemnation are so targeted as to leave no doubt how they feel.

God did not call us to judge others.  We can call out sin, hate, evil, indifference, injustice, abuse; but not people.  I believe if someone is saying things that are against God's word then that is different.  There are many examples of beliefs that run against the Bible; there is always someone who says they know when the world will end, some think there is no hell, some thing Jesus is not God's son, etc.

In my last Bible study there was a girl who said she did not believe in anything that has to do with visions or experiences that are from the spirit realm.  I think most people that say that have never experienced anything like that so they just assume that there is nothing out there like it.  I think both women would think I was a loon hearing some of the things I have seen or felt.  Everything I have seen has made me more in awe of God.  Anything I have seen is not because I'm such a religious person, it's actually because I have been just as stubborn as the Israelite's in the Bible.  I'm also a visual learner so He uses that sometimes.  I will eventually share some of that on here.

If someone is trying to follow God and live for Him and they say something that isn't etched in stone then some will vilify them.  This is sad to see.  I think the core of the issue is pride and/or jealously.  Pride can blind us and jealously can corrupt the soul.  

This example is of someone who thinks that God can only speak to you through prayer and the Bible.  He can speak through anything; dreams, situations, people, in our heads, soul, prayer, scripture and beyond.  This person said the teacher was false because they said God spoke to them.  This right there puts up a wall trying to filter people who are not up to their standards, but it also can keep God out with a lack of wisdom.  I don't always respond to blogs, but this one I did.  Here is my response:

If you are throwing stones at others then please check yourself to make sure you have no sin.  After reading this post I think that you have never had an experience with God besides prayer and reading the Bible.  Which is OK, except when you use it to dismantle someone else.  Anytime anyone says they have seen or heard something that is not "normal" then you should look if what they are saying brings glory to God.  If not then it's self, but what if you are so busy judging others that you miss what God is trying to show you through that experience?  I wonder if you think God is different that the God of the Bible?  He has not changed.  I think He may not always do those big signs, but often we are not paying attention when He does.  He has many ways to speak to use not just in prayer or through reading the Bible.  All you have to do is look at how He interacted with His people.  It's funny how people try to limit Him and put Him in this neat little box while explaining others away.  I hope you will do a heart check because when we push ourselves up we end up pushing others down.

Those who throw stones blind only end up hitting themselves.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Post Election View

I was sad to see the outcome of the election.  This has been a complicated election and hopefully there will never be anything like this in the future.  There is such hate on both sides.  I have seen pictures from schools that kids are writing white power and other hate messages in the bathrooms.  There are protesters who have signs that say "Trump is not my president."  This is really showing that as a nation we really haven't grown much due to this kind of thinking.  It always seems that when someone in power chooses to share their hate that brings people out of the woodwork and they are not afraid to share these thoughts with the world.  

I do not think that everyone who voted for Trump agrees with his hateful thoughts.  We have a short memory and think that since a party is in office for four or eight years that we then need the other party to fix America (neither side seems to do much of anything for the people).  I really hope that Trump does change things in Washington, but if he doesn't then I'm still turning to God either way.

 We Christians are called to pray for our leaders.  1 Timothy 2 says that we are suppose to pray for our leaders so we will live in peace, this pleases God.  God gave us the Ten Commandments, but everything else He said is a command.  He doesn't offer suggestions timidly, He is I AM and does not ask things from us that we are incapable of doing.  We are expected to follow His commands whether we want to or not.  I believe we have the right to our opinions and can disagree with a leaders policy, but we are not to bash on them.  I can't believe how many Christians I know that have bashed on Obama these last eight years feeding right into the fear machine.  Our media doesn't help, leading sheep to the slaughter by using fear.  I think that in some cases there must be some prejudice underlining those comments since they were the worst comments that I have ever hear of any president.  But no one would admit that.  Hiding behind a political party to spread hate is no excuse.  We are called to a higher standard no matter what party is in office.  OK, I have let my Facebook friends know how I feel about Trump because I don't agree with the hate that he so causally spreads.  When he takes office I am called to pray for him and our country so are you.  God knew Trump was going to be president before we even were a country.  He has got this, that I am sure of.  God is calling us to turn to Him instead of another leader.  God is the only one who can take care of this country and He keeps showing us that by the leaders that we have, but we are too busy focusing on what the other party has done wrong to see the real issue.

This is going to be a big test for a lot of Christians besides me over the next four years.  I hope you will join me in giving this all to God.  I assure you that when this happens, I mean giving 100% to Him, you will be peaceful facing the unknown.  This my friend is not a drill, this really is the unknown.  Maybe we need a support group for this sort of thing!

I am now stepping down from my soap box.

If Christians would stand up for God then who knows what would happen in the world.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

US Vote 2016

I hope you will go out and vote today if you haven't already voted.  Thankfully Tennessee had early voting so I got to vote a couple of weeks ago with no lines.  I hope the polls will stay open as long as there are voters in line.  Hopefully in the future all states will have early voting, it is crazy that some don't have this option.  We are four years away from one hundred years since women got the right to vote in America.  It is a privilege and a right that we have.  Women were arrested and beaten, Emily Davison in England died for this cause just so we could cast our opinion in the world of politics. 

I know this election is unlike any ever and it is historic.  Either a woman will win for the first time or a business man who has never held a political office will win.  Many women I know didn't want to vote for either and everyone has the write in option. 

I hope this election will start a conversation of what is acceptable and unacceptable to say while running for president.  Both sides have said things that they should not have, but Trump definitely was worse. 

Women are judged differently, I think even more so by other women.  If Clinton was a man this would be different.  I have seen so many women defend Trump, I guess it's because they are a die hard Rep.  The women who came forward to accuse Trump are vilified, by other women.  Yet if that happened to their daughters (more than likely at some time in their lives it will happen) they would be furious.

I think in one hundred years this election may be remembered differently than how we see it today.  I think God is trying to get the attention of Christians.  With this election and the last election I think He has put before us two Saul type of nominees.  Remember the Israelites wanted a king in 1 Samuel 8:7 and God said "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king."  We should not look at leaders to fix everything, we should look to God.

Brace yourself this may rock your world - God is not a Republican.  If you look at the platforms for both parties they both fall short of the Bible.  I know Christians usually vote Republican and I'm not saying to change parties, but if both parties fall short of the core of Christianity then who should we vote for?  I don't know, but I believe God is trying to get our attention and putting Romney a Mormon 2012 and Trump 2016 as the nominees has been very frustrating for many Christians I know. 

I do know that some people in our country have gone crazy or maybe they were always this way, but because Trump has spoken freely about such hatred they are going off the deep end.  That behavior should not be American in an way.  Although I know our history is steeped in that way of thinking.  We should be civil to each other even if we have different views. 

Personally I voted for Clinton.  I am not a charity or church so I can freely say that.  Why?  Look I'm not happy with the Dem platform, but neither am I happy about the Rep platform.  I voted for the person who I thought would be the best fit for our country and could do the job.  I couldn't fathom voting for someone who seems to have such hate for women, blacks, Latino, war hero's and the disabled.  Did I miss any group?  Not to mention, no experience in politics.  If you are a Clinton hater that is OK, I'm not happy with some of her decisions either.  She is in the spotlight so it's easier to see her faults while we keep ours all to our selves and judge from afar.  No one is perfect, except Jesus!  My kids especially my daughter will take it for granted that a woman could get the nomination and possible the presidency.  So many other countries have already had women leaders.  It seems like no one is talking about the possible first woman president, which seems strange to me.  We are independents and until a party follows the Bible I think we will stay that way. 

God knows every single leader we will ever have in ALL countries and in Daniel 2:22 He says that He rises up and disposes leaders.  He knows what He is doing, even if it looks like chaos to us.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Quote - William Penn

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."

~William Penn

What if we acted right then instead of waiting for a later date?  Good intentions are wasted on false sincerity.  

God will align people on our path to either help us or to be helped and if we ignore what is in that moment then there are blessings that will be missed by all involved.  If you have a habit of saying you will pray for someone later, but forget when you are away from that person then just pray that moment or while you are moving on to the next place you are headed.  If you say you will bring a meal to someone, do it.  Nike has the simplest motto that is sometimes difficult to do yet should be on our minds through out the day, "Just Do It."  This coming from a major procrastinator, I am working on it.

The end of the quote shows such urgency since even if you walk the same path every day the scenery, people and your outlook may differ greatly.  That single situation may never present itself again.  Even if you see the same person every day for ten years the missed opportunity may create a void for any further interaction and who knows what could come of it if you only had followed through in the first place.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Question For You - Women's Bible Study 2017

I was thinking about starting an online women's Bible study next year.  I am not sure of the study or when, but wanted to see if there was anyone interested.  I'm not sure of the format either.  I am starting to check on different platforms I could use.

I know you are probably very excited since I have no details for you! ha ha

This would be for women who:
  • don't go to church
  • may not even believe in God
  • have been hurt by someone in the church or their family who say they are Christian
  • seasoned church ladies
  • can't find time to go to a local study
  • are in the middle of nowhere/have no study near them
  • have young kids at home and don't dare venture outside the house (I've been there)
  • who just want to stay in their PJ's at home (no judgment here!)
  • think God does not love them because of what they did in their past (He love you so much!)
If there is only one of you besides me then I call that a group!  Every year I do a study with women at church and even though I meet some new people it is mostly people I already know.  How fun would it be to be in a group with women from all over the US, France, India, Russia, etc?  I know time zones would be an issue for "live" chats, but maybe I can set up something so everyone can visit when they had time.

Bible study can be a great way for seeing a point of view that we have never thought of.  Some people choose not to share in a group in case they have been hurt, but online there shouldn't be anything stopping us from sharing how we feel and what we think.  I would like to have a "place" we could go to chat and discuss the Bible.  It would be a positive place so no room for bashing on others.

I am praying about this so I will see if God wants me to do this.  I know I have not been consistent on here and I need to do a better job.  Maybe this is something to keep me in line:)

Sitting down with my Bible, a cup of coffee and having a meeting online with some sisters in Christ sounds good to me.  How about you?  

If you think you may be interested email me at: beautyforashes88@outlook.com (blog email) and let me know if there is a topic that you want to know more about.  If enough people bring up the same subject then that may be what the focus will be on.  Thank you for your time.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Throwing Stones - Ryan Lochte on DWTS

It's sad that some men rushed over to Ryan Lochte on Dancing With The Stars last night, not sure if they wanted to hurt him or just protest.  He messed up, apologized, got banned from swimming for 10 months and lost sponsors.

No one is perfect and we all mess up, the only difference is our mistakes are not on international TV for the world to judge.  People are so harsh towards forgiving others.  So apparently these men have never sinned before because they felt justified to judge Lochte, insert sarcasm.

John 8:7 "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone." I left out the "at her" part since this applies to men here.  When we look to judge another all it should take to humble us is to look at any number of mistakes we have made and this should stop us in our tracks.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote - Paulo Coelho

"The world is changed by your example, not your opinion."

~ Paulo Coelho

You can quietly lead by example or you can push others away by being so opinionated that you alienate yourself from the world.  Those who choose the latter will often find themselves on a very high pedestal so far up that they can not see the people that they are trying to change.

The pattern of a river will change over time.  The water will erode the rocks and it will start to look different or a new path will be created.  The river does not plot to change the earth, it just does what it is suppose to do, flow.

If we live out our lives with intent, love and compassion it will make more of an impact than that person yelling from their pedestal way up high.