Sunday, March 21, 2010

Miley understand this: THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN!

Today I was reading the Parade Magazine, which comes in our Sunday Press. It had Miley Cyrus (oh excuse me Miley Ray) on the cover. I read the article and was taken back first of all by how rude this young lady is, but second and most importantly how her "christianity" is that of the world. Here is the whole article if you care to read it.

“My faith is very important to me,” she says. “But I don’t necessarily define my faith by going to church every Sunday. Because now when I go to church, I feel like it’s a show. There are always cameras outside. I am very spiritual in my own way. Let me make it clear, though—I am a Christian. Jesus is who saved me. He’s what keeps me full and whole. But everyone is entitled to what they believe and what keeps them full. Hopefully, I can influence people and help them follow the same path I am on, but it is not my job to tell people what they are doing wrong.”

Is it hard being openly Christian in Hollywood?

“People are always looking for you to do something that is non-Christian,” she answers. “But it’s like, ‘Dude, Christians don’t live in the dark.’ I have to participate in life. If I wear something revealing, they go, ‘Well, that’s not Christian.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go to hell because I’m wearing a pair of really short white shorts.’ Suddenly I’m a slut. That’s so old-school.” (This is still part of the quote, I don't know why it's not green)

How sad it is that people will read this and agree. "Let those people believe the way they want to believe. Sure I wish that they believed like I did, but who am I to tell them they are wrong?"

Let's see:
  1. Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10)
  2. He has called us to make disciples (Matthew 28:19)
  3. He has called us to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15)
So why is she saying it's not her job. If she is a "true" Christ follower, it is her job; she signed up when she accepted Christ as her savior. None (and I mean none) of us get to say we have not been given a job to do by Christ. Not that the works saves us, but just by process of our relationship with Christ we are called out; we are a people set apart (sanctified); we are a Royal Priesthood!

I am about to type something that will shock some, but it is the TRUTH, and it needs to be said. If anyone, ANYONE believes there are other ways to heaven except through JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED, then they CANNOT (I cannot stress this enough) be a true follower of Christ. Christ himself says "I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME. John 14:6.

His words, not mine. Miley you need to take a good hard look at THE BOOK. Stop falling for this fallen worlds philosophies! The potential you have to do great things for Christ are being ruined (that is if you truly are a follower of THE CHRIST).

And girl don't even get me started on: Yeah, I’m going to go to hell because I’m wearing a pair of really short white shorts.’ Suddenly I’m a slut. That’s so old-school. Oh if I were your mother, first of all you wouldn't be wearing those really short white shorts, and I'd tan your hide for calling me dude so much!!!! Now that my friend is old-school, and I'm proud of it!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Abundant Life!

Hello Everyone, miss me???!!!! Lately it has been hard for me to put more then 420 characters together (because of Facebook), that I seldom blog. Only when God gives me something that truly speaks to me, do I sit down and type it out on here. He just recently showed me something that spoke to me and I hope it speaks to you as well.

Just the other day I was in a local store. I was 2nd in line at the cashier, and overheard he saying hello, how are you. The man replied "breathing". It seemed they knew each other and continued to talk. He asked her "how are you?" She said "I would have to say breathing as well". I thought to myself, how sad. Their live comes down to Just breathing! Where is the joy?! Now I do not know whether these two were Christians or not. If they are not Christians then I can see how their life would amount to only breathing. There is no joy, no hope, no peace, no passion without Christ!

BUT how often do we as Christians say something similar?! Oh I know I have! Complaints, worries, anger, whining. We all do it. Oh at least I do it! But God brought this scripture to mind right there in line:

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

"Have it ABUNDANTLY!" In the NIV it says to the FULL! Filled to overflowing!

Other verses that speak of what God has for us (and these are only a few):

Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.

Colossians 1:11-12
May you be strengthened with all power,
according to his glorious might, for
all endurance and patience with joy,
giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

God has not called us to a life of woe is me. God has not called us to just exist and breathe (even though breathing is an awesome gift he give us every second of every day!) God has called us to ABUNDANT LIFE! To a life lived to show HIS GLORY! To a life of beauty and thankfulness!

So the next time someone asks me "how are you doing?" what will my response be? What will your response be?

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