Didn't they take the pledge of allegiance to the US flag out of schools? Why are we saluting any flags any way? Too much like "heil, hitler" Of course,we have so many aliens here now,that,we might just be more "mexican",population wise,any way. Press 1 for spanish or if you need an interpreter.
So,he's a spokesperson for all with higher melanin levels? Never say "never",especially on behalf of others unless you may live long enough to eat your words. Apparently "they" have some kind of immunity. Here's a progressive idea-drop the "race" labels.
GS, I caught your remark about me judging. You might want to consider that judging ones heart and judging their actions/words/associations are two different things. We are not to judge hearts as lb did when she said that I would be in the same group of people who receive the "I never knew you" comment in Heaven. How some get away with bold-faced condemnations on here,while others don't is a little suspect. I have also noticed that SteveR is deleted a lot but others can accuse people of being portly and the like and have their comments stand. Poor moderation. We are not to favor one above another.
Maybe GS,or perhaps something else considering all of the modified food. One used to be able to go to the local grocery and buy fresh vegetables that tasted delicious...like tomatoes,lettuce,corn,etc. Now one has to grow them or find a farmer's market stand.
I know of a few people who have diabetes but do not "...Guzzl(e) coke and pig out on little deb(b)ie snacks" They also work out daily. I also know of health nuts who die because they drink too much green tea and the like.
6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
I don't announce what I do as I don't believe that we ought. I have a clear conscience. What about you?
You might consider James 4:11 yourself. I have not spoken ill of brethren.
I care enough to speak that professing Christians might consider who it is that they are truly lifting up. You all have "judged" these people to be model Christians. Who are you to judge their hearts? I am only judging the venue with which they have yoked themselves. Andrea,I doubt that when Jesus went to sinners' homes,that he partook of pagan rituals. I'm sure that He would not have gone to a temple of prostitutes,for example. One can witness without going to pagan "temples".
Incorrect conclusion,John UK. Unprofitable,how does excelling at a sport glorify God? Which gift of the Spirit is being employed in such? If all of these activities are so God honoring,let's all get on board. What we're we thinking,feeding the hungry,taking care of orphans,etc?
There are no celebrity Christians...not really-very self-serving to consider oneself as such. When we get to Heaven,the medals that we accrue down here,aren't going with us. And we won't be exalting/applauding any "athlete" there either. Yes! No pagan activities in Heaven!
Wayfarer,a little harsh,maybe? The adjectives probably could have been avoided. Perhaps Trump truly has compassion. It's hard to say. It's better than being aloof. Of course,the present Commander,has expressed his concern but only to further break down "race" relations. It's usually a black and white thing for him but,ironically,being black and white himself,is not something which he owns.
I wonder which version it is? If this guy had done his research,he too might be condoning some perversions of the Bible like the message,for ex. The bibles which remove ideas like gender distinction or which make abominable sins into reasonable lifestyles seem to just,essentially,line up with the latest cultural tide.
In short,Christopher, the concept of "celebrity Christian" is an oxymoron. Exercising the gifts of the Spirit and exercising the body are two different things. Singing,swimming,playing football,etc. are not gifts of the Spirit. None of these lift up Jesus or does any good for anyone else but those who make merchandise of them for themselves. There are also no "celebrity preachers"...or shouldn't be. Are we to pump up our bodies and gain exposure in sports and entertainment venues or,rather,to be the hands and feet of Christ reaching out to those who are in need? The ecumenical bridge is being built by those who are compromising and embracing the world's celebrities,who are all kissing Rome.
Dave,since you seem to be the most level headed and more serious- I have not judged anyone's eternal destination. This,yet another,medalist stated that she wanted to be "THE" athlete,not "A" athlete...considering that so many have been quick to "give God the glory"...perhaps she just used the wrong article. I said that she would have to get in line because of all of the others preceding her that had already "given God the glory". If she is saved,perhaps she is just young in the faith. I just don't see how God truly gets the glory here. Just because someone accomplishes a feat,doesn't mean that God is in more favor of them than any other. That's just ridiculous. These people have had the luxury of time (4 years) to dedicate themselves to honing their physical skills. Seems like a waste. Automatic respect from the Christian community for mentioning God seems contrived to me and is simply a means to their publicity. Hopefully,they will grow up and truly glorify God in their endeavors. I don't buy into worldliness. I have,by accident, just happened on Ralph Ovadal's site and am seeing,sadly,this phenomenon of "neo-calvinism". ..seems many are following suit. Pastors and posters. An ecumenical bridge.
I'm not in a pickle,first of all and I expect as much out of the mouths of those who would so say. Popularity is not the goal when speaking truth. U S,not every Christian would choose to go to a lot of the worldly places which you mention...no comparison. My point,since it was missed, was the hypocrisy of accusing J Y of not being a Christian when he attends an RCC which has baal rituals (albeit mostly disguised to the congregation) and totally supporting other Christians who "give glory to god" in comparable places. Of course,the Christians who choose to stay ignorant or compromise with such are not so unlike the Christians who attend RC churches. There is a double standard in suggesting that one can attend/participate in dark venues and then renounce others who do the same by going to a different dark venue.
All of the dark venues are just bridges for ecumenism....maybe that's the objective. Christians who are double minded have little credibility.
If she wants to be "the Christian who..." then it sounds like she'll have to stand in line. John Y,who says "...Yes a Born Again Catholic can remain in the Catholic Church as long as they ignore the doctrine of the Mass being a sacrifice and the other false parts of the Mass." ...as long as Christians can participate and be in heathen events,what's the difference,right? There certainly is a lot of darkness in the RCC.
I was responding to U S' question as to why one pales as a credible witness when wearing a swimsuit if you hadn't been so quick to chime in. Eager beavers,you are. Lurker,you misjudge me as well. Perhaps,however,you might consider where your Christian and other Christian's liberty ends. Charity is the correct answer...according to the Bible,not me only. There are principles in the Bible. Not everything goes. The worldly loves the world. Christopher,there are strippers and porn actors for Jesus too. They praise Him... They certainly don't glorify him. And many Christians who used to be self absorbed and athletes themselves are often the ones who see the vanity in it and have more discernment as to what better serves the Lord. Many of you would find that to be totally dull though and would call them,as you do,"pharisees". Any one who disagrees with you qualifies. Andrea, you are blindly going along with the others when you refer to me as "sister" because that was never revealed. People can't just use a moniker though,they have to use it the way they wish,assigning the gender and assigning motives too even though we're not to do that. "s c" suffices as you would like me to be blessed. Thanks