Living Christianish

After the election, someone sent around a complaint because two Muslim women had been elected to Congress by our Christian nation. They compared it to the fox being in charge of the henhouse. What these people who posted don’t seem to realize is that the reason this country is becoming an anti-Christian nation is that Christians don’t live a Christian life, including some of those posting against these two Muslim women.

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Like most Christians today, they live Christianish. We are prideful, puffing out our chest when President Trump says a prayer, bragging about how great it is to have a Christian president. Yet, we don’t call him out for his un-Christian behavior like calling a woman a horse.

We are hypocritical. We quickly point fingers at celebrities who berate the Christian lifestyle like Joy Behar, yet we watch television shows that are unChristian or show Christians in a bad light. On Law and Order, it didn’t take much to figure out the guilty party if the show had a diehard Christian or priest involved.

And don’t get me started on those Christians who are shacking up.

That’s the hypocrisy the rest of the world sees when we say we’re a Christian nation. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Yet we allow the world in all the time with the movies and television shows we watch, the books we read, and the friends we hang with.

And then we complain when our Christian nation doesn’t act very Christian.

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You don’t have the right to hold somebody accountable for standards you refuse to apply to yourself. – Steven A. Smith, sportscaster

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Our Christian nation starts with our own homes, not the neighbor across the street.

If you want things to change, fill the churches with more people than you fill football stadiums on Sunday. Stop living with some guy just because it’s the twenty-first century. Basically, stop saying you’re a Christian and then only living the parts that make you feel comfortable. Until Christians live a Christian life, this country will continue on its downward spiral of becoming a sinful nation instead of the Christian nation it once was.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know. I’ll be happy to pray for the situation.

Thankfulness

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I thought I’d have Award-Winning author Gail Pallotta stop by and share her wonderful blog on Thankfulness. And if you need a break from the holidays, check out her book Hair Calamities and Hot Cash below. Nothing like laughter to give you a break from stress. I pray for you all a wonderful Holiday. Please stay safe.

 

Thankfulness

The word thankful was originally thancful in Old English and meant grateful or obliged.

Most people treasure family, friends, good health, economic security and fun times. When we enjoy these things, we often take them for granted as though they’re a part of life. Also, nowadays we hear a lot about entitlement as though we have a right to happiness, and our purpose is to take hold of it.

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man.” The answer is “A man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

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The grateful heart is a happy heart. – Dr. George Simon

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Also, as Christians, we read about people in the Bible who were believers, but many of them had trials, afflictions, and heartache, so we see our belief doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free life in this fallen world. When we’re in the midst of hard times, ill health or sorrow, it’s extremely difficult to think of much else, let alone be thankful. That’s when we need to look for our blessings. They are there. For one the blessing may include a caring family; for another, a loving spouse or a faithful friend. Most of us have food on our tables, homes with heat and shelter from rain and snow. Clothes, churches for worship, gyms for exercise, and I could go on. These aren’t just a part of life. They’re gifts. And, there’s more. We’re even told in Matthew to ask and “it will be given to you…”

When most of us receive an unexpected present, it lifts our spirits and makes us glad. Perhaps, we got something we’ve wanted for a long time, or maybe we’re touched because someone cared about us. Whatever the reason, it was something we didn’t think we were due, and we were thankful for it.

This Thanksgiving think of “Count Your Blessings” by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

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“A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop…on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash…and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

Buy links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J63WXR6

Paperback available at Barnes and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hair-calamities-and-hot-cash-gail-pallotta/1129740945?ean=9781522397915

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