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The opinionated Jesus…

Some people think I’m overly opinionated, well they have a right to their opinion! But I’m not about to hide mine because of theirs! I wonder if Jesus had any opinions? I think I’ll try to find out that answer during my next Bible studies. I bet He does; and I bet He wants everyone to know what they are.

We live in a world that is enslaved to the idea of keeping a positive image; this is really known as having a fear of man, and is a fruit of the sin of pride.

We have been taught to be so cautious in our choices so as to not “Offend” those around us that may have a different opinion.

We are told that tolerance is the highest form of a positive image, and that when we sacrifice our beliefs for the opinions and choices of others we are at our noblest.

Does this really make any sense?

I have grown very weary of hearing our elected representatives say something like this:
“I personally am against Abortion, Homosexual marriage, Pedophilia, Euthanasia, Legalization of drug use, Prostitution, (you fill in the blank), BUT WHO AM I to tell someone else how they should live, and what they can or cannot do”?

And just today, we are told that a long term Senator plans to change his party affiliation because he doesn’t feel like representing the people who sacrificed both their time and treasure to see him be their representative. When He, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania was asked if he owed his constituents who sent him to speak for them, an explanation for his betrayal, he said he didn’t owe them anything.

This may work for politicians who have been elected and are being financially sponsored by the constituents who elected them, to represent them, and put forth their opinions and WILL, but it should not be so FOR CHRISTIANS

Christians have been ELECTED and SENT to represent the One who OWNS US!

What IMAGE should the BELIEVER choose to put forth.

I am of the opinion that is should be one that Represents JESUS!

But alas, how can one do that, if they first of all do not value His Will?

Yes, yes, I know, I sure am opinionated. What’s Your Opinion?

The Danger of Sub Prime…

Posted by Greg on February 10th, 2008

Living in Southwest Florida has been for the most part great. In 1991 My wife Darlene, my daughter Heather, and myself moved from Amarillo, Texas (a place I still love to this day, but that is another story) to beautiful sunny Sarasota, FL. Everything for the most part was way above what we ever expected. Over the years ministry grew, changed, and honestly (at least in my humble opinion) improved. People by the gazillions it seemed were moving into Florida, most it seemed to SW Florida. It seemed at one point that every Home Builder in the world came to Florida to cash in on the boom. And then out of no where came the temptation to go “Sub-Prime” on your mortgage, something that once looked at from a scrutinizing position, really made little sense. The “Sub-Prime” had a lot of instantaneous very risky benefits, but over the long haul, which by the way is what home ownership is; appeared way too convenient and hazardous for the disciplined patient mind. But in spite of the voice of many wise counselors, and Financial Guru’s many people bought into the “Sub-Prime” plan hook-line-and sinker. Then it happened. One day many who had followed the lead of the S-P group, woke to find that they now, for no reason of their own, owed more then the could pay. They realized that the life-style they had been living really cost more then they had to give, and people began loosing their dreams by the droves.

This is a very loose look at the mortgage debacle many find themselves “Victims” of now. It is horrible that this could happen to so many good people, and cost them so much.
It makes me think of how easy it is to be deceived to believe that we Christians can live a Sub-Prime faith life. It is acceptable, and sadly by many, even desirous to live a life of halfhearted commitment. Get everything you think you want at a very low personal cost.

The New Testament warns us to count the cost before we build or go to battle, to make sure that we have what it takes to fulfill what will be required. Sadly many are finding out they are in default due to lack of Faith. I don’t know how others approach this life we are called to, but I do believe we see the plan for success in the parable “The Pearl of Great Price”. We need to sell out, give all we have, to get the one real thing that matters.

Just a Sunday afternoon rambling.

Because of Grace

Greg

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