Monday, June 30, 2014

Lets Be Biblical About This

Monday, June 30, 2014

Seriously, Facebook has a new trend where people are sharing their opinions via "memes." A few of them are really good, a few of them are funny, and a few of them drive me completely insane! I say this humbly, because sometimes I say, "Yeah, no kidding." But then the Lord convicts me that we share these things and they are not even true and mostly flat out unbiblical in their standards. It's subliminal but we as Christ followers really need to be watching what we think is funny or "deep."
The truth is, we represent Christ all the time. At least, we should be. Think about these things a little bit. Here are a few examples that sound good but really are not.

1 Corinthians 1:31
Therefore, as the Scriptures say, "If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD."

Happiness is when you find who you are in Christ without looking to yourself to feel good enough. Other's approval isn't needed, neither is ours. God approves of those who trust in Him and that alone should bring us true joy. We are forgiven without need to flaunt off our feelings for ourselves. Bring Him glory, not yourself.

  Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
 will continue his work until it is finally finished
 on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Sometimes sorry is enough. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We did not have to change first. We are all a work in progress and we need to remember that all of us should work on changing ourselves.
I understand here that we like to see change once someone apologizes. However, we need to avoid the trap that they need to meet our standards of change before we love and accept them. Change could happen. Maybe not over night, maybe never. But we should love without boundaries even to death when people do not deserve it.
John 8:7
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,
 He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Oh gosh where do I start? Yes, lets nail a man's sin to a sign and publically humiliate him. In fact, why don't we do it with all of us. "Promiscuous," "Porn Addict," "Drunk," "Druggie," "Emotional Eater," "Arrogant," "Judgmental," "Bitter." We would ALL have something staked out front. Though the idea begins with keeping everyone safe, it puts this man in the position of, "Your sin is worse than mine and I don't care about details or if God can forgive you, he forgave me. Stand humiliated."
This is like when an angry mob stood to stone a woman. Lets publicly humiliate this woman. Jesus stood between them and said, "Go ahead. Whoever hasn't sinned, toss yours first." I believe Jesus would stand between this sign and this man saying the very same thing. "Go ahead, post the stake. Only if you cannot post one of your own."
How about we give them a chance to stand forgiven? Loved? Accepted? God does. He died for them too. Take the sign down. Get to know the guy instead. All sin nailed God to a cross. Not just everyone else's. Even yours, even mine. 
1 Timothy 3:5
 For if a man cannot manage his own household,
how can he take care of God’s church?

Or, maybe because you are the parent and need to make better choices for your family? Yes, lets blame the system. Here is a thought, why not cook at home? Lets not eat out twice a day and be upset with a restaurant that has really unhealthy food. Water at home is free but I am sure we have soft drinks in our refrigerators. Salad is healthy but I am sure we make dishes with a stick of butter or two. Lets make a picture about that. This frustrates me because instead of taking responsibility we again pass blame. "This is your fault our kids are unhealthy." It has nothing to do with what they eat in the morning (Captain Crunch/Pop Tarts anyone?) and nothing to do that we all work harder to make a paycheck and decide to make eating out a regular habit. I believe as women, working outside of the home or not, it is so biblical to make sure our family is taken care of at home. This means extra effort to make healthy choices FOR our kids even if it means extra work in planning healthy alternatives. This means getting our kids off their electronics and out for a walk and making freezer meals ahead of time if your weeks get busy. We parents have to make the choices that teach our kids how to make theirs. It starts with us, not the restaurant. Let us own up to our parenting and be the best leaders in our homes that we can even down to our food.

1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink,
 or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.

Let's give to give God glory for changing our lives and making us generous. Not because of how it made us feel or makes other feel. For God. Not because of what we will get from being generous but simply to give because we love God. We are actually supposed to give in private to avoid self glorification. This makes giving about us when it's clearly not.
Psalm 64:2-3
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.

This screams, "I love drama but don't want you to think I do." These kinds of posts are arrows that slander people without calling out people by name. That's drama. Ladies, lets be uplifting and kind. Things that sound like this are not uplifting or kind. They bring out a negative vibe and make you look foolish. If we really are adults, even more so, Christian women, who have kids to take care of, a house to clean, and a life to live, we certainly wouldn't have the time to click "share" on a meme like this.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

We aren't afraid of making our kids mad. It's biblical not to. I get it. We need to rise up and be parents. However, we need to be careful about crossing a line where we become a chauvinistic parent. We can certainly raise, discipline, and nurture without provoking our children. We don't want to discourage our kids, we want to raise our kids. You can actually be your children's friend and parent at the same time if you make sure to instruct first, be a friend second. In fact, define friend.

Friend: "somebody emotionally close: somebody who trusts and is fond of another." Heck yes I want to be my daughter's friend. In fact, my three girl's best friend.

They will "get over" it? The way in which we parent our children sticks with them for the rest of their lives. Instead, parent better by being a better example. Parent with calmness, scripture, and prayer. Maybe instead this should say:

All parents need to learn to be a Godly parent
not a fraternity sibling.
Quit being afraid to challenge your kids to rise above.
They'll thank you for it.
Friends, lets really look into each thing we see and post. People are watching us, expecting us to have changed hearts, attitudes, and minds. What we agree with is a reflection of our lives. Let's make a direct statement without sarcastic memes.


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