Monday, February 15, 2016

WITHSTANDING THE WINDS OF TEMPTATIONS

We sometimes tend to think of a person who is a priest as one who lives a somewhat cloistered life, often largely secluded in monasteries or rectories and apart from the daily living situation of most people. Of course, this is not always the case, but I would like you to notice the difference between the offices of the priest, as we have set up in some Christian church organizations, with that of the Great High Priest, as is mentioned in the book of Hebrews. Listen to these words: 

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NAS). 

The Temptations of Jesus

There are several things about this passage that one could mention, but I am going to concentrate on one aspect only. That is the fact that the High Priest from heaven is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He is able to do this because he had been tempted in every way that we are....

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I COULD BE MORE LIBERAL IF IT WEREN'T FOR LOVE

(Full title)
IF IT WEREN’T FOR THIS PESKY THING CALLED LOVE,
I COULD BE A LOT MORE LIBERAL 

I recently saw this post on Facebook. It was preceded by a comment to introduce it:
"Ah...common sense ?? Too much for many people to understand...”

Here is the post:

Don’t like gay marriages? Don’t get one
Don’t like cigarettes? Don’t smoke them.
Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink it.
Don’t like drugs? Don’t do them.
Don’t like porn? Don’t watch it.
Don’t like sex? Don’t do it.
Don’t like abortions? Don’t get one.
Don’t like your rights taken away?
Don’t take someone else’s away.

When I read it, there were two additional comments, both agreeing with the post. One of them simply said, “truth.” 

Usually, I do not quickly comment on a post that someone makes. Facebook people are often pretty touchy, and if you make a comment that in any way disagrees with what was said, you very soon find yourself in a discussion, and sometimes a rather testy one. I don’t like to be in one of these. Besides, these back-and-forths seldom lead to anything constructive. I am actually just a peaceful man. I’m not looking for a fight.

Because of this, I at first did not comment, but the problem was that this post really began to bother me. In some ways, it is a commentary on the direction that our culture is heading. Actually we have already traveled a good ways down this road.

After about a day I went back to it and made a comment. I tried to make it non-confrontational....