I don't think that's judging as that's really my first reaction to those extremes you mention. I think its what we do next that determines whether we are being judgmental. If we proceed to act like we are better than them and somehow more holy then I think that is judgmental. Our next action should be to be in earnest prayer for their soul! Imagine the afterlife they are headed to! That alone should move us to prayer for them. They are obviously miserable and are looking for happiness inwhatever they can find. They are trying to fill a hole in their heart that only Christ can fill. It becomes judgemental when we say that God doesn't love them because of their tattoos or whatever. Remember that man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. I'm not saying we endorse ink but i am saying that God is looking on the heart. And aren't we glad for that!
I brought An unsaved friend of mine to church with me this past week and she has a few tattoos. She felt so nervous the whole time she was there because someone told her that religious people don't like tattoos. I am trying to convey to her that we aren't judging her because of her ink. I think as Christians we should be careful not to act judgemental toward people who have ink because I think it has a negative effect on our witness toward them. Now before you get crazy, I'm not saying we should embrace it and promote it, but I am saying we shouldn't judge them based only on their ink. You can't judge a book by bits cover
Christopher000 from Rhode Island writes: Any of these guys who carry machetes usually kill with them, indiscriminately...he is very fortunate. Maybe I will look into this organization and send them money. I am very careful with who I help because it's a rare thing that most of the money isn't taken by middlemen before reaching its final destination; advertising, paying employees, etc. I would want the money to go directly to securing this camp, but would it? I guess it's between the organization and God once they have it...
Mr. Christopher, first I want to say that I follow here and I enjoy learning along with you. You bring a nice element to the forum here.
These people are from our church. I have personally met Joann Greer and I can assure you that every dollar sent for this effort goes straight to where they say it does-the missionary compound. We have been collecting money at our church and it goes straight to them. Its very encouraging to see the video updates that they send to us of the work they are doing there and the souls beingsaved. Mr. Dave dicanio actually helped hand make the bricks used to build the compound there. These people are 100% legitimate. I'm thankful for your generosity in considering donating to them. Your donation will not be wasted! I pray y
Sorry Jim, I was referring to the post right before yours. US- I agree that we don't want the war to be on our soil but I also agree that we need to be more careful about who we go to war with and why. also, a very good post on heathen things. It makes perfect sense! Can there not be christians employed in heathen companies, jobs etc,? I doubt John Beechy is employed as a minister or some other christian occupation...are you Mr.Beechy?? If we all left the heathen companies and only shopped at christian places how could we evangelize?
I agree with you Rufus. My main point is that there are Christians in the military and we need to be appreciative of their willingness to put their lives in harms way, no matter how crooked the military as a whole has become. the christians there i assume are not as in the know as we are about the armys ineffectiveness. I dont support the army itself or the crooked way its run, but i do support the troops that are in the middle of riflefire trying toserve our country. The troops who aresadly blind to the militarys illusion. These are the people i support.
That's true. But its no good reason to hate on our troops. They didn't decide that the feds did. The troops are in the middle of it all. They follow orders. We need to support our troops, not spit on em as they come home as happened during Vietnam.
with all due respect I'm thankful for our military! I'm thankful for all those who put their lives in danger so that I can enjoy what little freedom we have left. If it were not for our military, we would not have the free and prosperous nation that we enjoy. (I say this tongue in cheek since for other reasons our nation isn't near as prosperous as it once was) There are many Christians in the military, I know several. I say that removing the scripture references from the scopes should be a personal decision to be decided by each soldier who carrys the weapon. God bless our troops!!
Our church is silent on the issue. They don't expressly prohibit guns but they also don't announce that its allowed. There are some who carry in our church but people keep it quiet. They aren't afraid of guns by any means, they just don't broadcast to all when they are packing. My grandmother's church has a security team made up of trained members. My grandfather was on security team there. They have even started having them there during the week for the office staff (large church) there are lots who carry there too.
They used to cower in their closets and look how far they have come...they are now writing the rules and changing the laws. -- Christopher000 One would wonder what they have done to get to such a place, and how we could get them back where they once were not so very long ago. We should find out how they are getting such influence in the governments and then how we as Christians can become as influential as they are.
You've gotta give these folks credit for at least trying to change a policy that is offensive to Christians. I'm a homeschooler and i agree the easiest way to get rid of the problem is to homeschool, but someone needs to stand up to these schools and say enough is enough! I don't like proms anyway and i wouldn't go but i say right on to those people who are trying to make a good change in the public school system.
I believe Christians should have the right to bear arms just as much as unbelieving sinners. Why shouldn't we? just like i have no fear that the Lord will not supply food and shelter for me, that doesn't mean i do not work to earn money to buy food. I trust in the Lord for protection but that doesn't mean I dont arm myself against insane criminals.