Got a response from a different publisher, in a different organization, in a different state, in a different time zone but the exact same attitude and message. No one wants to teach believers. That is the impression I am left with by their words not their rejections. The latter comes with the territory of writing and provides the reason why I do a lot of self-publishing.
The editorial direction of many current Christian magazines leans towards entertaining the troops than preparing them for spiritual battle. I am not upset about the rejections, I am not everyone’s cup of tea but I am disappointed that the quality of education in the Church realm is so lacking. How can people do what Paul said about growing up and being a Christian adult if no one teaches them what they need to know?
Now I am being very general here and I am sure there are those doing proper Christian education, I just do not see it nor find it.
In a feature titled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the Black Church,” Al Jazeera questions why the black church isn’t playing a central role in the movement for “LGBT rights,” as the institution did in the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
There is a lot of confusion about what is civil rights. Allow me to present a definition.
First, the actual and true civil rights movement pre-1970s was addressing sins against a group of people who were being clearly discriminated against and treated in an unjust manner. Their only crime was the color of their skin which is NOT a divine, biblical sin, but a human declared wrong. What was done to them came from sin and were sinful actions not from divine guidance.
Second, the term civil rights does not belong to the homosexual/same-sex issue because those people are practicing a divine, biblical sin, one which is clearly stated to be an abomination and sin. Depriving homosexuals from marrying a same-sex partner is not a violation of their civil rights nor is it discrimination because they still have access to the institution of marriage. It is the homosexual who is doing the rejection of that access not the rest of the world.
Third, homosexuality/same-sex marriage i snot limited to one group or nationality. It is an international infestation that affects all people and all nations. There is no real discrimination here because the homosexual community is not a national minority. The opposition to their ways is because they practice sin and perversion. Blacks cannot influence others to turn their skin black but homosexuals can deceive young vulnerable children and people to become homosexual and then carry out their lusts on those unwary victims.
There is a vast difference between the real civil rights issue and what the homosexual community is demanding. The black community was seeking justice, fairness, equal opportunities, a life and so on; while the homosexual already possesses those things. They are simply demanding a new avenue to practice their sinful sexual perversion.
The blacks know the difference in this issue I wonder how many whites do?
The main reason for the neglect, of course, is the narrative’s overtly secular nature. It is unclear to what extent God is involved in the course of events, let alone the lives of the individual characters. This absence of God stands firmly in contrast, for example, to the Exodus narrative or the tale of Daniel in the lion’s den. So what is a book like this doing in our Bibles?
I will disagree that the book of Esther has a secular nature to it. The interview you can discard or use as an example of how not to think about God’s word because he misses the point of the example set in that book.
The absence of God or the failure to mention his name does not make a work wrong or secular. The problem lies with those looking at the words and who fail to follow the HS to the truth about the book. I have no problem with God not being mentioned because we can see God work through timing, different decisions and behaviors, we see a good example of how women should behave towards their husbands.
What we are seeing in the book of Esther is how believers should act in their daily lives. Mordecai gives wise counsel which is tested and confirmed then obeyed. Esther follows the proper way to approach her husband, and making her request and so on. These are all very biblical actions
We do not have to have a direct command of God for every good work we do. We are already commanded to do good and do not have to pray very time. Romans 12:21 tells us
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NASB)
When we see people unjustly treated we can step in and right wrongs being committed against them. Here is another teaching that shows us that we can do good acts without direct push from God:
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? (1 John 3:17)
We are not robots and God wants us to think. If someone needs our help we do not have to call a quorum of the board and discuss the matter, we act. Here is a link to 190 verses containing the words ‘do’ & ‘good’, they let you know that Esther is a very spiritual and biblical book because they are practicing what God teaches
Just because we do not see the prayer, hear God’s answer to the person involved, or see the correct Christian words doesn’t mean God is not involved. He has laid out lots of verses giving us permission to do good without first obtaining his permission.
Just over a week before the steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie opens on Valentine’s weekend, controversial founding pastor of the popular Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, Ed Young, says he will baptize copies of the book on which the movie is based, calling it a “perverted attempt to trap readers.”
of what I am talking about when I wrote I Am Disappointed 2. Pastors are going too far in their words and actions and they need to be reigned in then guided back to the proper boundaries and told to be careful. This just makes Christ and that pastor look foolish. Certainly he does not appear Christian, wise or understanding.
Churches in Jordan have offered their prayers and condolences to the Muslim family of the fighter pilot burned alive by ISIS earlier this week, and have urged for peace, religious harmony and unity. King Abdullah II has promised, however, that there will be a “relentless” war against ISIS in retaliation for the murder.
when such calls make you look naive, out of touch, and insane. If any church thinks that they can reason with ISIS then I wish them well but I expect to mourn at their funeral. The people of ISIS are not truly religious, they are depraved sinners with blood lust and probably past the point of reconciliation (in general as there might be a few who could be saved) but the Bible warns about making deals with evil.
These people have no problem with lying to your face, making agreements then turning around and stabbing you in the back when you are not looking. Those churches just do not get it and they do not read the people of ISIS very well.
In issuing its first report on the plight of Iraqi children for the first time since 1998, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child painted a horrifying glimpse into how the Islamic State terrorist organizations is beheading, crucifying, and even burying alive religious minority children.
why God repented of his creating man before sending the flood. They also wonder why God could kill so many people, including children. This story should serve as an example to help you understand why God did what he did. The pre-flood world makes ISIS look like girl scouts.
#7. Let’s Not Forget About Dad— http://www.christianpost.com/news/bobby-jindal-on-common-core-trust-moms-not-bureaucrats-133725/
Local parents, local teachers, local leaders need to make these decisions,” Jindal asserted. “The idea that through Common Core, that we would allow for the first time the federal government to be making curriculum decisions, in violation of the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and violation of long-established federal law.”
I know it (the headline) is just political rhetoric but for years now Dads have been given the shaft and left out of the conversation. I have to disagree with Jindal in part because the federal government does have the right to establish standards to ensure that their people are being properly educated. They may have implemented a wrong method here but it is not unfixable, if cooler heads prevail and this is where wise, knowledgeable men need to step in and calm things down.
For too many years education has been a political football for a variety of people and the only success has been the dumbing down of everyone. The only victims are the students as their parents and leaders are letting them down with all of this educational revision talk. Forget the games, just educate. If that means going back to the 3 Rs then so be it but anything is better than what adults are offering the students today– from Bill Gates on down.
Men time to step up, do it right and be counted
Yesterday, Islamic State (ISIS) released more photos of executions of a man they said had a “homosexual affair”, showing photos of a man being thrown from a seven-storey building, and then stoned to death when he appeared to survive the fall.
I do not know if he was being humorous, or making fun of the homosexual community or not but he does have a point. Homosexuals have it easy in the West.