JAMES 1:26 ON 1/26

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Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.  – James 1:26

I’ve heard it preached from the pulpit my whole life – the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body – and the most deadly.  Is it just me, or are people using that little muscle more today than ever?  It seems to me that everyone wants to be heard, but nobody wants to listen!

Everyone has a RIGHT – but nobody has a RESPONSIBILITY.

A Christian is to hold their tongue – bite it to the point it bleeds at times.  I admit that it’s difficult for me to keep opinions about political views to myself, but I try to stay quiet about them.  Why?  Because God loves everyone and I don’t want something I say about matters that are not eternal or lasting that could act as a stumbling block to a person for whom Christ died.  No matter how wrong I may think they are, I have to look beyond the temporal to the spiritual.  If I start mouthing off with name-calling and so forth, who does that benefit really?  Admittedly, that may make me feel better at the moment, but God’s not pleased with that behavior.

We must learn to rein our tongue in…  it’s a spiritual discipline.  Is it easy?  Oh shoot no – but if you want people to see Christ in your life, you’d better ask yourself, what would Jesus Do (WWJD)?  I can’t imagine that my Savior would include a political endorsement in the Sermon on the Mount.  Um…  no, no not really.  Is it worth losing an opportunity to minister to a precious soul?  If you argue and get ugly, you have lost the opportunity to show Christ to them.  We belong to the Lord and we represent Him at all times.  We don’t get to wear a sign that says, “Out to lunch – be back at 1:00” so we can be more human and opinionated for a while.  And – this is true whether it’s face to face or online.  Just because you’re on facebook – that does not mean your tongue can be any less bridled.  Keep a rein on it.

If you really want to make a difference, show quiet strength.  When Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus – that was quiet strength and courage.  It was not destructive or violent…  but look at the difference that one act of defiance made – for everyone! 

America demonstrated this quiet strength in the voting booth recently.  A lot of people have held their tongues – but showed up to vote.  It shocked the country – some in a good way – some in a bad way.  Regardless of what side of the political fence you sit on, we need to show respect for the office and for the man in the office…  no ands, ifs or buts.

I’m a city girl, so I’m not sure what a horse bridle actually does.  I assume, of course, that it is to control the animal, but I wanted to know exactly what it’s for.  Keep in mind that we’re to put one of these on our tongues – much like one is put on a horse to maintain control.

I’ll never have a horse or need to know this stuff…  but when applied to my tongue, it should definitely do the job.  Just kidding…  it won’t.  But – if I send thoughts through the Holy Ghost filter, as my mother referred to God’s Holy Spirit – the words that come from my mouth should be better than they would be if they came out unfiltered.

Nobody’s perfect and we all slip from time to time.  God’s forgiveness through Christ is there for those times.  I’m concerned when I hear some folks brag as they claim they have no “filter.”  They think that makes them so cool or something – when really, to my way of thinking, it makes them sad.  I’m sorry they don’t have regard for others in their comments, and I wish they knew God’s Holy Spirit and all that He could do in their life.

I hope you know God through Christ Jesus, and God’s precious Holy Spirit.  With His help, you can have a bridled tongue and His wisdom as you journey through this life.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE SPEECH WEEK

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Free Speech Week is a yearly even to raise awareness of the importance of free speech in the United States.  So far our government has not over-reached to the point where they tell me I can’t talk about God, Jesus, the Bible and Christian faith.  I wouldn’t say that’s something I take for granted, because I still read articles about the Ten Commandments being removed from the wall of a courthouse in Oklahoma – or Wichita State University removing all the Christian religious symbols in the chapel to make it more Muslim-friendly.  So, I would be mistaken to say my religious freedom and freedom of speech will never be threatened.  In my opinion, it has been threatened.  I don’t like it – go figure…  duh!  I’m offended because the core of Christianity is the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection is what my faith is all about – yeah – removing the crosses and pews in the chapel really chaps my hide!

Do you agree?
Do you agree?

While all people should be equal no matter what, to infringe on other’s religious rights is not fair – I’m free to say that…  and just did.

As freedom of speech is a right all American’s share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article38035449.html

This is more like it
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I’m not using my freedom of speech to unite – sorry.  I’m tired of being pushed around because I am a Christian.

There must be middle ground.  Why do Muslims have to be so offended when they see something that does not line up with their beliefs?  I mean, I have to drive past a Muslim place of worship practically every day – and yes, they drive past several churches.  But to remove the crosses and pews from the chapel at WSU to make Muslim students more comfortable???  Why can’t the Muslim students just deal with it – they are in a country that is predominately Christian.  Those crosses and pews will not jump out and hurt them.  They need to be just as TOLERANT of my Christian belief as I am of their Muslim faith.  I drive by their place of worship – I’m not going to say it offends me and demand that it be torn down.  I won’t go inside, but I understand they have a RIGHT to worship as they please – in their own place of worship.  Leave my Christian chapel alone.

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Why can’t WSU build a separate little place to pray JUST FOR THE MUSLIM STUDENTS instead of taking away all of the things the remind me of the sacrifice that my Jesus made for all the world?  If the Muslim outrage is so overwhelming – get the money from the Muslims to build it.  If we are offending them so much – give in – but don’t desecrate my Christian chapel to make it more user-friendly for Muslims!  I’m not trying to be ugly – I’m just disappointed in WSU because once again my faith is being squashed on campus.  Do Christian students not matter to WSU anymore?  We used to matter.  Maybe it’s about money.  I don’t know.  I’ll bet if I went to their homeland – they would not make such changes if I felt uncomfortable.  What is wrong with us, people???  Do we as Christians not have a backbone?  Are we just going to sit back and let this stuff keep happening?  I’m thankful that in America there is a week when I can let my opinions be known.  I’m so thankful for my FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

No true Christian wants to offend anyone on purpose.  Most of us try to walk humbly with our God and just get along with those around us – and we usually bend over backwards to make things better.  All we want is for others to let us be – leave the pews in the chapel and put the crosses back up on the walls.  If it’s a chapel for Christians – then those things are appropriate in there!  I don’t expect everyone to believe just like I do, but Christians – we need to find our voice or we’re gonna get run over!  It happened on our university campus – it can happen anywhere – trust me.  Don’t we care?

Well, I’ve had my say because I’m celebrating Free Speech Week.  🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

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There are two words in today’s society that set my teeth on edge. The first one is “change”. Well, this is not a political blog so I’ll just leave that one alone. I have my opinions on the subject but I’ll hold my tongue. The second word that makes me crazy is “tolerance”. True tolerance would work for everyone. The tolerance that I’m seeing played out equals snuffing out traditional values in favor of something much less traditional. If tolerance really worked the way it should, there would be more for Christianity and core values and a belief system that is based on Biblical principles. Tolerance is a crock unless it cuts both ways.

So – How can we as Christians send out Christmas cards that say “Peace on Earth” when there is a “War on Christmas” in our country? If you choose to ignore the sweeping trend to bash Christianity, you are not facing the problem but hiding from it. The answer is in God’s Holy Word, The Bible. We can hope and pray for peace on earth because we serve a mighty God and He holds the answer to every question. The battle – ultimately, the war – is His. We need to stay awake, alert, and know what’s going on. Don’t sleep through it – but there’s no reason to get your sword out either. Don’t fight God’s battle for Him. He’s got this. Know who you are in the Lord – be a good witness to those around you.

They will know we are Christians by our LOVE. Love has turned more hearts around than war ever has. Let God work on those you are witnessing to through your actions of love. The ones who are waging this war just do not know Christ, therefore they do not understand Christmas. Ignorance is not a reason to hate anyone, but a reason to show compassion and pity. Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath. God is still in control. The facts about Christmas will never change – Christ is still the reason for Christmas, no matter how much the secular progressive movement squawks around about it.

It’s just my job to LOVE everyone. The war will continue to worsen I imagine. In the meantime, I pray you find peace – from Christ, not the kind of peace the world offers. Seek Him while He may be found. The first time, He came as an innocent little baby. Our coming Lord and Savior will come back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will not be an innocent little baby when He returns for His own.

Peace be with you and Merry Christmas!