When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.
Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.
I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated. I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them. Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left. She does not have anything good to say about it. Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group. I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions. Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”
It confuses me. As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously. Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people. Do I like it? Of course not. Was it predicted in the Bible? Yes. Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith? NO NO NO! If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion. As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible. I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven. I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell. NOT ONE. So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you. I will still be friends with you. I will not drop you because you leave my church. I would think every religion would feel this way. What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”? It baffles my mind!
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
Marriage used to be sacred, used to be taken seriously, used to be forever. It should be. It is called to be. It isn’t anymore.
I (sadly) often wonder how many brides and grooms go to the altar these days pledging to love and adore their spouse until death do they part, or someone better comes along. I wonder if brides and grooms these days expect forever. It is heartbreaking. I expect forever, my friends expect forever, but forever isn’t always what occurs.
So many of our friends now are experiencing the pain of affairs and divorce. It is horrendous to watch and be up close and personal with. There are so many pains in this world, but I cannot fathom facing one where you lose your best friend, the one who is supposed to carry you through the bad times or at least bear them with you. God of course is ever present. It is still so hard.
I blame the selfishness we as a people have acquired over the years. So many horrible decisions are made in the here and the now. “This feels good now, I should do it. My kids, wife, family, friend, etc all come in second to how I am feeling. It is all about me. I should be able to do anything I want and not deal with the consequences.” This way of thinking causes issues in marriages, in unplanned pregnancies, in drinking and driving, in drugs, in every sinful area of life. I despise this way of thinking. And I say that knowing I am not perfect and my thoughts are not perfect.
Whether or not you are a Bible believer (of course you know I am), the rules and laws of the Bible do prevent a lot of pain if they are followed. And they don’t prevent a lot of fun as many tend to believe.
I am thankful for my faithful husband. I am more thankful for my faithful God! And I pray all the time that my children may grow up caring for others over themselves and that they may spend eternity with their Holy God.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
It is tough to be a dad…especially today. Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there!
Hosea 11:10 (NIV)
They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him,because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Someone recently told me the true litmus test on your relationship with Christ is obedience. If you love Him you will obey Him. This may sound easy, but it is not. Every thought, every action, every attitude has to be Christ centered. We will fail, but we must ask Him to give us the grace and the strength to do His will. He will bring us closer to Him and closer to how He wants us to be. We cannot do it alone, we must give it all to Him, trust Him and obey.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
– Proverbs 22:1
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.