Salt and Light

The next section of Matthew is 5:13-16. Jesus is speaking the whole time concerning us and how we should be as His followers. And I love the fact Jesus uses everyday items to help us visualize what He is teaching. Sort of teaching without teaching.

First Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth.  We know we came from dust and will return to dust, but in our dust is the extravagant sprinkling of God:i.e. our salt. If salt is used for flavoring food, then what kind of flavoring is our salt from God?

Do we make the taste buds of others, who want to know about Jesus Christ, tingle and salivate for more?  Or do we make them feel like they are eating dirt?

Jesus also tells us that when salt looses its’ saltiness, salt cannot get the taste back.  And Jesus suggests that the salt should be thrown out and trampled by men. Wow, fortunately for us, we are covered with His Grace and can come back to Him to regain our saltiness.

In the next paragraph, Jesus calls us the light of the world. Jesus reminds us that we don’t try to hide a light, but we set it out to illuminate our rooms.  What if we, Christians, were like  glow sticks, waving through the darkness for others to find their way to Jesus?  And if we are a Jesus glow stick, our brightness should be powered by our actions and words toward others.

Let me ask you…”How brightly do you glow?”

The last line of Chapter five is important to mention.

The words of our Lord and Savior…

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

I wanted to quote this line because my study bible tells me Matthew uses the term “Father in heaven” or “heavenly Father” seventeen times in his gospel.  Mark and Luke use the term only once and John not at all. Just an interesting side note.

Well, here we are the salt and light to the world.  Except in our humanness there are times we are a robust flavoring of Jesus Christ, and other times we are dirt. The same with our light.  At stages in our lives we burn so brightly we could power New York City and other stages we are like a lighted match in a dark cave.

But through it all, we are covered by grace.  Amazing Grace! Which allows us to regain our saltiness and power boost our light.

If you feel like you have lost your flavoring and glow, talk to God.  He will wrap His arms around you and power charge your soul, while sprinkling you with His salty love!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

Imperfect Elections to Perfect Results?

I read an interesting article in the Huffington Post the other day.  It stated that Representative Glen Thompson (R. Pa.) was going to vote for Trump, despite the recent conversations and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.  Representative Thompson said his wife pointed out a fact to him.

“Her explanation to me was that God takes the imperfect and makes perfect for His purpose.”

And that is so true.  Look at Moses who was a murderer, and David who was adulterous and then a murderer to get the wife of a friend. And those are just two very flawed humans from the bible, who God molds into His purpose. But don’t be led to believe God overlooks those imperfections either. Usually in order for them to worthy, God has to raise them from the ashes in the bottom of the barrel of life.

Now, I would like to throw a monkey wrench into Representative Thompson’s wife statement.

The same words and theory can be applied to Hillary too.  God could take her greed and self-interest serving self,  throw her to the bottom of the barrel and roll her around and grind her into ashes.  And then raise Hillary up to fulfill His purpose.

Maybe that is where our statement, “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander,” developed.  And certainly God does not discriminate on who is ash worthy.

So, now we have two disgustingly imperfect human beings running for President.  Both stinking with bad decisions and flawed lives. Which one is ash worthy and which one is just slime lining the barrel?

I don’t know, do  you?

And I am about as sick of politicians as I am of this election process.  It has been filled with bribes, lies, lewd swipes, and probably a few butt wipes.  Sorry for the last comment, but I have come to view all of this as I would dog poo on the bottom of my shoe.

There is an answer though.  And it came from Jesus.

Jesus’ answer for the politicians in his day is just as good of an answer for today’s politics.  When the Sadducees tried to ensnare Jesus in a trap by asking if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar; Jesus had the perfect answer.

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Basically Jesus meant that if your faith is in God, then you owe everything to God. And if your faith is in Caesar (government), then you owe everything to Caesar.  It all depends on where your faith lies.

And I know exactly where my faith lies; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!

So as long as I believe God’s promises for my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren; everything is going to be fine.  For God has brought me through the fires of poverty, refinement, persecution, and my own bad decisions.  Each time raising me up to what He wants me to be and do.

Whether we have a good leader or a bad leader, God is always in control!  My faith is in God for our country to have a miraculous turnaround. Not in man.

Where does your faith lie?

Once again, my answer is prayer. May I suggest that as you pray, believe in God and His will for your life and the lives of all the people of the world. For this is but a brief moment in time here on earth, because our eternity is with Him.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

Christian Persecutions

You know, it does not seem long ago that being a Christian in America was not a bad thing.  And then, the wind changed as evil swept through our country.  But what are we being persecuted for anyway?

Our CEO perspective on church attendance? (Christmas and Easter Only)

Our treatment of others as Jesus treats us?

Our non-judgmental attitudes because to judge others means we can be judged by God in the same perspective.

Yeah, right.

Now, if we were persecuted because of our steadfast love of Jesus Christ and our relentless efforts to seek and know Him, while treating others with the same love He showers us. Then maybe, we would experience overwhelming joy when we read the last paragraph in Matthew, Chapter Five.

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ…

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who  were before you.”

Blessed, oh how blessed we can truly be, if we are true to Jesus!

So how can you look around and blame the fact that Christ has been taken out of Christmas and the family homes in America; for the destruction and chaos that has replaced Him? When we allowed it to happen!

The hum of the world was too alluring to our senses, our pride, and the way of life we thought we should lead.

If you want to change things, you had better clean your ears out. And change your daily ways.  Only then will we be able to put into motion a better tomorrow for our children.

Try attending church on a regular basis and join in the activities. Treat others the way Jesus treats you with love and forgiveness. And don’t judge a person or situation when you have not walked it too.

Then, when we are persecuted for being a Christian it will be a joy and honor!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!