Racial divide

I had thought at one point that once we had an African-American President that Martin Luther King‘s dream would be realized. I am sorry to say that it has not happened. It actually seems to have become worse, from both sides. Blame is being thrown between people who don’t even know each other and yet it is always, or seems to be, the other guy’s fault.

Why are we so divided this way, by hate and anger over generations of abuse true enough but the understanding of the depth of hatred and bitterness escapes me. It is like the bitterness in the Middle East that has been going on for centuries, it is so deep until no amount of “peace negotiations” will ever work. It also seems that that is exactly what is happening in America.

We are allowing our racist pasts, on both sides, to cloud our judgement and our sense of morality. Where in the Scriptures does it say that we are to hate each other because of our skin color? It is not there, because I have read them many times and in no way or in any book from the Old Testament or the New is hatred for any reason encouraged!

We, as a nation not just certain groups of people, need to get back to God‘s Word and repent before things get completely out of control. Jesus is coming back and whether it is in ten years or in fifty it will happen. Yes, things are going to get worse economically before He returns but if we cling to Him and to following Him we will be the ones who triumph in the end.

God loves all of humanity, not just certain “races” of people. The Israelites were His chosen people, but with their rejection of Jesus they shunted their status aside. Not permanently, but God sent to us Gentiles the message and the blessings that they would’ve had in order to make them jealous enough to want Him back!

Jesus called the religious leaders in His day hypocrites because of their attitude toward the people that they were supposed to be leading. Hypocrisy is what we have shown to the world because we claim to be a Christian nation and yet we kill innocent children, unborn babies as a normal thing! Why is that happening? What purpose does killing an unborn child serve? We are going to be held accountable for this by God, so we should be considering this.

Many people in America as well as all over the world, don’t want to have much to do with Christians or church or God either. They want their own god, their own way of doing things, but He will hold you accountable, each of us! How can this be fixed in the religious climate that we live in today? Only by Christians doing what they are supposed to do by telling others about Christ and His love for them. Although, this would infuriate some peopleĀ it would help in the end. Read God’s Word, pray about the problems at home and abroad, pray about your own problems since we all have them, God hears your prayers and will answer them in His own way and time.

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If you believe in Jesus…

In may places in our world, if you believe in Jesus and what He stood for and in Who He is, then you are either not very intelligent or you are an infidel. Why should we be considered this way? If you are a Christian and not a hypocrite then you have the hope of one day being in Heaven with Him. There are many hypocrites in churches all over the world, which is why many people say that they don’t want to come to church. That’s OK, but you will be with them in hell for an eternity if you don’t learn and accept the Truth.

This is a hard lesson to teach and to take into your heart, but it is necessary in the times that we are living in. If people, regardless of their faith or lack of faith, are not told about the option that they have and the choice that only they can make then when they stand before God what can they say? I didn’t know, Lord? Maybe not, but it was still your choice to find out or not. It is also your choice which will condemn you to a place that was not prepared for us, but was prepared for Satan and those who rebelled with him.

TheĀ choice is yours, whether to believe in Christ or not. But God has provided a way for you to be in Heaven, if you choose wisely the way that is taught in His Word. It points toward Jesus from beginning to end and the choice is yours alone to make. It is the only choice that will give you eternal life with Him, because apart from Him is not life, at least not one that you would enjoy.

I have heard many people that I grew up with and worked with over the years say that they would rather party with the devil than serve God forever. The sad fact is that there will be no party in hell. Once you or anyone else arrives there, it will be torment forever. At this point in time, hell is not populated at all but it will be. If you choose not to believe in it, fine, but that won’t make it go away.

Just as not believing in fire or gravity, if you can convince yourself of these things, won’t save you from either one…it will be the same for those who make the conscious choice to do as they please just to find out which is right. You won’t have a chance to change your mind once this life is over so choose well!

The demons and Satan know that God exists and they know Who Jesus is, but they chose not to bow down or serve them. It is our choice in this life to choose to give our life to Jesus or to “do our own thing”. If you choose this path, the easy choice for most people, your life will be the same as it would be otherwise, but what happens when you draw your last breath? You will stand before the Judge, God Himself who will ask you what you did with Jesus although He already knows. You will see your life and every decision that you made or should’ve made and then you will know, even though it will be too late to change your choice.

We. as mankind, are loved by God enough that He sent His Son to die for our sins, in our place, so that we can come to Jesus and ask Him into our life and our heart and be cleansed through His sacrifice. We are not worthy of attaining Heaven on our own merits, regardless of how good those “works” may be. If they are not done through the love of Jesus and with humble hearts in order to give Him the glory then they mean nothing at all! One dollar given through Jesus and in love by Him is worth more than billions given without any humility or Christian love expressed through it.

Think about your life and the things that you have done in it. If you have broken even one of the Ten Commandments, you are guilty of all of them. When you are convicted by these laws of God then you can see that you are a sinner, regardless of what the world may tell you. Think about it and let me hear from you.

Do you believe in a religion?

As it is noted in news media these days, religion is everywhere even where some people don’t want it to be! Let’s face it, you can truly be religious about anything from the ritual of putting on your jeans a certain way to following a certain team. Anything that you are passionate about, that you believe in in some way can be a religion or you can be religious about it.

Even atheists are religious in their belief that there is nothing to believe in and most are really passionate about that belief. There are those in society who don’t attend any religious service and yet they know right from wrong and are basically good people who call themselves “none’s”. When asked what religion they are they prefer none. Is that a slight on our society? No, I don’t think so. But, what will these people do when they die and find out that they will face God Himself as their judge?

The very being and person that they have chosen not to believe in and place their faith in during their lifetime is going to be the judge of their lives and what they did with it. The problem is that, regardless how much money you give to charity or how many times you have fed the homeless or visited sick people in the hospital, all good and admirable things, they will not get you into eternity with God.

Religion and doing things, good or bad, in the name of religion is the very thing that has given religion a very bad reputation. People have begun wars, put people to death, imprisoned people and other truly heinous crimes against people whose religion or belief did not fit in with the “accepted” one of the day or country in which you live.

Religion and the practice of it can be a true force for good or bad and it has been both in the thousands of years that we have had civilization or something like it on this planet. But, religion cannot save your soul from hell! There will be billions of religious people in hell, people who thought that they were doing God’s work. The problem with doing God’s work that way is that He is not in it!

There are many beliefs in our world that are called religions, even Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to name just three. These three are the “mono-theistic” religions and are based on texts from the Torah to the Koran and the Bible itself. Yet, people disagree between the three as to the identity of their Savior and the way to eternal life.

I know that we cannot change the viewpoints of those who are adamant about not believing in God or Jesus, because until they can see the error of their ways and beliefs it is useless. It is like hitting your head against a brick wall, the only thing that gets hurt is you and your feelings.

Christianity has had its dark times just as any other religion has, but most of that was caused by doctrines that either did not line up with Scripture or churches and their leaders who were so inflexible as to try to deny the Word of God to people in their own language. When Tyndale was translating the Word into English from Latin so that the common man could understand it, he was persecuted and eventually burned at the stake for his so-called crime.

The example above is only one of the black spots on Christianity, but the point of this article is that Jesus really is the only Truth and the only way to come to God. Belief in Him and the sacrifice that He became in order for us to have His righteousness and forgiveness for our sins is the only way to get a pardon that is eternal and will allow us to go to Heaven. Nothing else that we can do will add to our righteousness, because we have none apart from Jesus!

The work that we can accomplish here is nothing unless it is done in love through Jesus and the changes that He has done in our lives so that we might take Him wherever we go! Some people might never see anything that is good and right in this world if you are not the bearer of His wonderful message to them.

Did you know that most religions in our world were created or brought to life by Satan. He is religious too yet he knows Who is on the throne, he knows that the Creator is the One who is over all things, yet he won’t worship Him. Think about it before you decide to mark “none” or some other religion.