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“What is it like to be a Christian?”
“It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.” — Anonymous
Soundbytes are not usually fair representations of significant issues and always inappropriate when used out of context. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what these two pastors are saying:
followed by this…
Now that you’ve heard more from these pulpits, does that change your perspective? One is Obama’s pastor. One is McCain’s spiritual advisor. If only Obama would change his position on abortion, then he would at least be consistent with the overall message given by these ministers. I’ve got to admit, that while I feel very blessed to be an American, I also don’t always feel that America deserves God’s blessing. I think most people can understand that distinction. After watching these longer clips, I’m reminded of the necessity for prayer on my knees, “God save America.”
Joel Osteen has an extremely popular book called “Your Best Life Now.”
But what about the next life after this life?
When it comes to our eternal souls and the next life, Joel bombed a huge opportunity on the Larry King Live show to share the Truth and the good news of Jesus Christ with all those viewers!!! Amazingly, Joel Olsteen, pastor of America’s largest evangelical Christian congregation, seemed downright afraid to speak the truth! (“But keep buying my books & keep those tithes, gifts, and offerings coming!”)
The Apostle Paul declared: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” –Romans 1:16
“Neither is there any salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” –Acts 4:12
You and I my friend, are both one day closer to kicking the bucket than we were yesterday. Certainly, this life is important and we should try to make the most of it, but your life will be only wasted if you are not prepared for the all-important life hereafter.
Sometimes it is difficult to find proper perspective in life. But every once in a while I’ll go outside and gaze at the stars. Have you ever done that? It’s a great way to readjust your perspective. And as I stare out into the vast creation, I begin to wonder why God loves us? Why does He even bother?
In many ways, this world and this life are insignificant. But when I look at this crazy old world, I’m so thankful for His Word, that I know Him, and that He has saved me.
God’s grace is truly amazing.