|Apathetic or Involved?||Acts 25:11 says, “If then I am a wrongdoer, and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.” |
A while back I had a conversation with two Christian men, one of them was a pastor. Both of them told me that we Christians were not to be involved in politics, that we were not to try to change the laws, that we were to be meek, and that we should accept whatever persecution comes. They told me that Paul never tried to change the political system. They told me that he only preached the gospel and that is all that we should do. I was dumbfounded by this attitude.
The two men are wrong. God does not call us to be passive, uninvolved, and meek brethren who were so unseen that we are not salt in the world. Instead, Christ calls us to let our light shine before all men (Matt. 5:16) and to oppose evil (Eph. 6:13). Yes, we are to take persecution, but there is nothing in the Scriptures that says we are to sit around and do nothing when evil arises.
In Acts 25:11 Paul appealed to Caesar. This means that he took advantage of the law is a Roman citizen. He was under threat of being killed for preaching the gospel and he used the law to his advantage. Likewise, we Christians can also use the law to our advantage. We should be praying for our leaders, paying attention to what they do, to how they vote, and to what they say. When people who are supposed to rule over us act in an ungodly manner, we need to oppose the evil. This does not mean that we are to become militant and violent. On the contrary, we are called to peace. But, we can write letters, we can send e-mails, we can assemble in protest according to law. Though not necessary for every Christian, these are options that we have in order to oppose evil.
Unfortunately, when we become so comfortable with a regular paycheck, and regular TV shows, and our comfortable routine, we sometimes forget what it means to face unrighteousness and to stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones. But this is what Jesus requires of us to walk the talk. He said that we are to take up our cross and follow after him (Matt. 10:38). Remember, Jesus overturned the tables of the unrighteous Jews. He opposed unrighteousness with deeds. Paul went to the unbelievers and tried to correct their thinking. Both opposed evil and stood for righteousness. And so should we.
|Updates and Info||I went to a wedding at the Grand Canyon last week. My wife and I drove down there with the kids and we spent a few days seeing the sights. For those of you who have not been to the Grand Canyon, let me tell you that it is an amazing sight. I always thought that I would be impressed when I first saw it, but I did not expect to be impressed as much as I was. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, please do. Your eyes will bug out and your jaw will drop when you see how deep and vast the canyon really is. By the way, I saw a Condor. Cool!|
We will finally be starting video shooting this week. Whew! Lots to prep for. I plan to start with an introduction to CARM and that can be viewed on the homepage. I will have to learn how to embed video, shoot and edit video, compress, and make it all seamless for the viewer.
I'm for building a new computer. I have two 24 inch monitors in tandem. They are for video editing and for filming (The IMAC is the main video editing computer). The monitors can turn vertically and I can fill the screen with text so I can read it while shooting video. The only problem is that the video card can barely keep up. So it's finally time to get a new one. Only, my computer is so old they don't make video cards powerful enough for it anymore. In order to get a new video card I need a new motherboard, which means a new CPU, which means new RAM, which means its time to build a new computer. I've been doing a little research on this (core 2 duo, quad, 512 pci express video card, hdmi, etc.) and will peace one together over the next few weeks or months.
The radio show was doing well even though the donations have slipped. This is to be expected at the beginning of the summer months.
Ryan Turner will be here in about two weeks. He had to delay coming out here from North Carolina to work with CARM, because of a situation with his old employer. He needed to stay a little Ingres to help them out. Nevertheless, when Ryan gets here a few days afterwards he and I will drive to Salt Lake City. We will stay with Bill McKeever (mrm.org) we will all drive down to Manti, Utah. The Mormons have an annual festival there. LDS and Christians both converge. The former to learn about their history and their church, the latter to witness to the people lost in the Mormon church.
What do you want to see done on CARM? what would you like to see CARM do? Please e-mail me and let me know [email protected].
|Debate Videos||The DVD's for the Pensacola debate that I had with an atheist in April are finally here. If you are interested in getting the video DVD's, then go to http://shop.carm.org/shop/?shop=1&cat=35&. We will provide the MP3 (audio format) for download later. |
On May 12 and 13, 2008, I was involved in two debates: "Is the Trinity biblical" and "Is water baptism necessary for salvation?" (Click on the links if you are interested in reading my opening statements in each debate.) The DVD videos are almost ready. Another week or two should do it.
|Please Support CARM||http://www.carm.org/online.htm is where you can get something for your support of CARM.|
As summer approaches support usually dwindles. I just wanted to remind you that if you're not already supporting CARM financially, which please consider doing so? All we ask is a commitment of five dollars a month. If you are interested in giving up a large Latee once a month for this ministry, please go to http://www.carm.org/goods/donationscarm.htm. Thanks
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This feature is not so we can make fun of anyone. This is serious stuff. Instead it is to show what kind of thinking is out there. I regularly get stuff like this. Pray for me.
|CARM Needs Staff||How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge; you get ridiculed; there's spiritual attack; sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially; you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them Scripture? |
If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate; this is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge and it is not for the fainthearted. Interested? If so, contact me at [email protected]
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