Friday, October 22, 2010

Farewell

My days in this mason jar are over. I have been freed! Wanna know how? Go to my new blog- Life as a Free-Flying Lightning Bug. :) This is my last post here...it's been great, but on to bigger and better things!

The Unsure Cartoonist

I have a friend I have met here at UK that I sit by in my horrid Astronomy class. He is very laid back and easy going, and I have gotten along with him from the start.

Today, we had a nice discussion on religion. It started with discussing purgatory and Catholicism, a topic I said I knew nothing about, as I have been a Baptist my whole life. He said that he isn't religious at all, so we discussed this.

We talked about how it seems unlikely that things could be as perfect as they are by random, and how the American church, which runs on the view of "bigger is better," has skewed off of what Christ put forth for us to follow.

Materialism is not the focus of why we should follow our Lord and Saviour. The "Prosperity Gospel" is false. Instead, Jesus asks that we put aside ourselves and everything within our materialistic desires to focus on Him. After all, it is His stuff. He made it.

Anyways, my cartoon-drawing friend remains unsure about religion. I asked that if he had any questions that I would do my best to answer, or find someone else that can. Please pray that I have future opportunities with him. Thanks! :)


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ultimate Challenge for the Missionary

The cultural Christianity of America is the Kingdom of God's worst enemy. Like a flu shot, it inoculates people to the real thing.

This quote, which I received through a friend via Twitter, has sent my wheels turning. Americans are sending a bazillion missionaries overseas currently. And that isn't wrong. Lord knows those people need the Gospel. Yet, they are not the most challenging people among the lost.

Not North Korea, where Christianity is a jail sentence.

Not Iran, where Christianity is a hostage situation.

Not Somalia, where Christianity is an immediate be-heading.

No, the most difficult target is, in fact, the United States.

The US is considered one of the highest populations of Christians in the world. Between our high land mass, high population, and high rate of people who profess to know Jesus, we may even be the largest grouping in the world.

Yet, this is misleading. The very manner of which the American way of life is based has lead to our loss of the Truth. America values capitalism, money, and the self: some of the biggest enemies of God.

The focus in America of "bigger" is a problem that has drastically changed us from where we are supposed to be. The focus on self: I want money, reputation, sex and pride, is wrong. This is the opposite of what Jesus set a our example.

Jesus had everything up in Heaven- literally. Then He came to Earth and became a poor carpenter that walked every where, got sick and dirty, and was surrounded by people who didn't believe Him.

So let's do our best to start a fire here in the States: if Jesus could become the focus of biggest and baddest country on the block, those foreign lands are going to
take notice.

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Gotta Quit Faking

There's a reason people dislike Christians. Several reasons, actually.

We're hypocrites. Of course we are- no one is perfect. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus- all hypocrites too. What's the
difference?

We're not extreme. Every other faith group gets fired up, excitable about their faith. Let's do that. I believe that if Christians went completely nuts for Jesus, we would see a radical explosion of faith here, on US soil. Let's do it!


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