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Is Wright Right?

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.”  

Your Best Life Later

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  

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour my friend, whether Atheist, Hindu, Muslim, Jew or whatever, the Word of God is crystal clear on the issue: 

“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. 

If God is a God of Love…

First, “Why is there a Hell?” and second, “Why does evil happen?” (Probably the two most frequent questions.)

I suggest that God would not be a God of love without Hell. What kind of a loving god would allow the evil and the injustice in this world go unpunished? That wouldn’t be a loving god. But God loves us so much that He has created a very terrible, inescapable place to punish evil and injustice—FOREVER. 

And why does evil happen? Because evil is a mirror that shows us ourselves. It shows us who we really are. It shows us that we need God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Each of us is lost in our sinful nature. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 NKJ). God loves us enough to provide a way to be redeemed from our sinful natures through Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16 NKJ).

When tragedy strikes, remember that God loves each of us deeply. He loves us enough to avenge evil. And He loves us enough to free us from the same sinful natures that make us capable of evil. God is love. And in Him we find hope.