As previously reported, for nearly the past two years up until last August, Zapata, a Columbian-born Christian who lives just outside the town of Englewood, has posted Scripture and other messages on his vehicle as a means to witness to the public about Christ.
“Two years ago, the Lord said to me, ‘Start praying. Go out into the streets and go preach the gospel. Put signs on your car. Tell everybody that I’m coming soon,’” he recalled.
When people are faced with what they consider to be religious persecution there are biblical teachings that instruct us in how to handle it. First, make sure it is actual persecution and that you are not breaking the law or violating someone’s privacy. By privacy, I mean if they have told you they are not interested then back off and do not force your beliefs upon them.
Russell Wilson has an opinion about God and football so naturally the HuffPo wants to know what you think…
I think if you’re getting your theology from a football player or a journalist or an actor or your podiatrist you should just quit it.
Please, for the love of God, just stop it.
He can and will use the right podiatrist or journalist to teach us something, the trick is for us to use discernment and make sure those people are actually being used by God. God does not limit himself to theologians, pastors or missionaries because a lot of them do not listen to God and preach their own ideas. When God’s full-time people are dropping the ball, others need to step up and fill the void.
Jesus pointed out that if the people were silent on his triumphant entry then the rocks would sing out. If God will use rocks, he will use the least of people to get his message to the masses. Their trick for those people is to listen and get it right so the population is not deprived of what God wants them to hear. The trouble with people like Jim West, theologians, pastors and missionaries, is that they think they get to edit what God says and put their own spin to his words.
#3. Don’t Use Twitter— https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/twitter-theology-that-makes-me-sigh-63/
Highly visible superstar theologians ought to be better communicators than that.
Twitter does not allow enough characters to present a fully thought out message to others. Discernment applies to communication and good use of our communicative tools is vital for getting people to listen to the gospel. Using Twitter because we can or it is cool isn’t listening to God nor using good discernment. It is okay to NOT use Twitter for religious communication.
Christians do not need to leap on the social messaging bandwagons to get their message across. Usually it is better to meet people’s needs in person and show them that you actually care instead of posting a message anonymously for a generic crowd to read. There are many ways to plant the seeds for the gospel–pay someone’s food bill, utility bills, drive them to where they are going, paint their house or help with work around the house. You do not always have to preach a message to plant a seed. Sometimes showing that you care goes further.
#4. American Sniper, Fox and the Believer— http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2015/01/fox-news-american-sniper-jesus-and-well-i-cant-even/
I don’t like picking on Fox News when they talk religion of any sort, including Christianity. It’s too easy and it gets boring.
But I can’t help myself here.
According to the Fox News website, Michael Moore–who really hates this movie, I mean really, really hates it–tweeted about how inconsistent this movie is for Christian faith–hardly a sign of Moore’s Paul-like blinding light conversion, but more a dig.
Fox News took the bait. Correspondent Todd Starnes, after telling us twice that he’s “no theologian,” nevertheless makes a rather hefty theological claim in response to Moore: Jesus would be saying “well done thou good and faithful servant” to snipers plucking off Muslims, thus sending them to hell where they belong.
The good thing about living overseas in a non-western country is that I do not have to put up with western news programs or movies. I have not seen the movie but I have to call into question Mr. Moore’s assessment of the Christian faith. Peter owned a sword and used it and when the people of Israel demanded a king God told Samuel that a king would call their men to serve in the army (slight paraphrase) and God did not condemn nor forbid that service in that discussion with Samuel and the people
Service in the military is not the issue but HOW one serves is. Is one following biblical teaching with humility or not? Is one following the lead of his fellow non-believing soldiers or following the lead of the HS? We need to be careful in our judgment of our fellow believer’s employment for we may not be privy to all of their communication with God and God may have led them to serve in the military.
We can look at their attitudes to see if they are following God’s ways or not and reprove them if they are not or encourage them if they are. We need to keep believing people in tune with God’s ways so that they do not become lost and then destroyed by evil. I am not going to say if the American Sniper was Christian or not for that is not my place, but what is my place and what I am going to say is that believers must treat him and all others like God would want and leads.
We do not mistreat others simply because they do not view the military or its personnel in the same light as we do. I am non-military but I know that my calling is not the same as another person’s thus I need to treat them the right way that reflects well on Christ and the Bible. I do not have the right to force my calling upon others nor treat them in an unbiblical manner. This goes for every believer.
First, I am very glad to see the authors make a point that needs to be made over and over again, namely describing the biblical accounts of the Canaanite extermination as “hagiographic hyperbole” (a term borrowed from another philosopher, Nicolas Wolterstorff).
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
Both internal literary patterns as well as external parallel evidence indicate quite clearly that we should not expect literal historical accounts from the biblical writers–at least when they recount their military exploits.