Coffee with Jesus

How many times do we do that? I know I do it more then I should, but since viewing this video I have grown to think about what He has to say to me. I will sometimes spend 5-10 minutes just sitting in a quiet area, listening. I’m always reminded of (Psalm 46:10) …“Be still, and know that I am God”. Sometimes during our daily lives we are so busy that we forget God is always there. We will put him on the side, when He should be the focus.

I challenge you, when you read this for the first time, to do this sometime during the day today and continue to do it to build a better relationship with Him. After all, who wouldn’t want to hear from the Creator of the universe?

Book Review: Climbing with Abraham

I was recently offered the opportunity to read a book that piqued my interest. It is a 30 day devotional that lets the reader follow alongside Abraham’s life and it is called “Climbing with Abraham: 30 Devotionals to Help You Grow Your Faith, Build Your Life, and Discover God’s Calling” by David Ramos. This book is especially interesting because there are so many things we can take from Abraham’s life of faith in God. Abraham had a life full of God moments, moments in which God made astounding promises and kept them. Each believer has God moments, times which God shows up and we are left humbled and in awe of His power to accomplish His will.

As mentioned above, the book is a 30 day devotional and it gives the reader some bits of Abraham’s life to think about for that day. At the end of each devotion, Ramos invites the reader to think about that chapter with a personal application and a prayer. The chapters are short, to be read in a couple of minutes each day so someone with a busy schedule would not have a hard time fitting this in. This book is also written so that it could be re-read the following month and the reader would find a something out of it that they didn’t get from the first time reading.

This book helps the reader gain some understanding from Abraham, a man which the Bible calls the father of all believers (Romans 4:16). There were some days that made an impact with me, more so than the others. Day 12, Our Promise-Keeper; this chapter gives encouragement to keep fighting the good fight and relying on God to keep His promises for our lives. God has a unique plan for each person that has long been established. It is encouraging to have reminders that God is in control and His Will will be done! The takeaway from that day was “Only God can fulfill the promises He makes.” That is true; we need only place our faith in Him and nothing else.

The second impactful devotion was on Day 15, Is Anything Too Difficult? Ramos pulls a pivotal God moment from Abraham’s life and directs it towards the reader. In our present difficulties, whether that is financial, physical, or emotional, God asks the same question: Is anything too difficult for Me? The answer was the same for Abraham as it is for us today: No, nothing is too difficult for God.

If you want some extra encouragement that helps you get closer to God, this would be an excellent book to try out. It has blessed me in my own reading and I believe it will do the same for you!

Book Review: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I here for? by Rick Warren

I recently finished reading The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?and I have to say, it is a great read. It is meant to be read a chapter a day for around 40 days. Now, before you flip out because you are asked to read a chapter a day, understand that the chapters are small. This book is meant to be read one chapter (usually 4-5 pages in length) everyday so you can let the ideas marinate and sink in before jumping into the next one. With the newest version, pictured above, there is also a QR code at the beginning of each chapter. You to scan the QR code with your smart phone and watch a video of Rick Warren talking more in detail about that chapter.

One thing that I think is essential is reading this book in a small group format. Yes, it could be read by yourself, but the real growth, the real grit is when you get into a small group and discuss the book and how it impacted you (and it will impact you). In the small group I attended, everyone read a chapter a day and talked with an accountability partner throughout the week. Once a week, the whole small group would meet, watch a video, and go over some discussion questions. I’m not big on small groups, but I did find that my small group brought up some interesting discussion during the 9 weeks that we met for this book.

If a small group is not your cup of tea, you may want to get a close friend or spouse and read this book together. The thought provoking ideas found within The Purpose Driven Life will encourage you to discuss it with someone. If you really don’t want to talk with anyone, the videos mentioned above will help you dig a little deeper.

Whether you are a reading this by yourself, with a partner, or in a small group, this book does a great job of providing some amazing ways to have a closer walk with God.

Thor’s Hammer and God’s Grace

For the sake of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a nerd. I love science and if you mix that up with something fun or interesting, like Thor, it is right up my alley. I’m also a Christian, so my nerdy-Christian mind has been wired to look at things and try and see an aspect of God. It’s my way of fleshing out my ideas and doctrines of God. When I observe something that I can apply to a quality of God in some way, I have given myself another opportunity to understand Him in a new way.

I read an article about how scientists tried to explain how only Thor could pick up Mjolnir, his hammer, while others couldn’t. I won’t get into the geeky details, but suffice to say that they speculated that Mjolnir has a way of determining who is worthy to pick it up. When an unworthy person tries to pick Mjolnir up, they speculate that the hammer emits gravitons equal to the force that is being used to try and move it. Because both opposite forces are equal, the hammer remains at rest. When someone that is worthy comes along and grabs Mjolnir, it doesn’t release any gravitons and so they can pick the hammer up with ease.

God’s Grace

As I read that article, found here, I thought about God’s grace. Many people think that God couldn’t forgive them. The sins they have committed are many and they have done some very horrible things. This is where Mjolnir comes into play. The beauty of Mjolnir is that it emitted just enough gravitons to cancel out the opposite force. The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). If a person believes in Jesus Christ, whatever sins they have committed, God’s grace is enough to effectively “cancel out” that sin by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. In other words, if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful enough to forgive and forget those sins (Isaiah 43:25). His grace is a greater force than our sins. Psalm 103:12 explains that God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west, and in Micah 7:19 it says that God hurls our sins into the ocean. God is eager to forgive if we only confess our sins and have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Thor's Hammer

Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir

Who is Worthy?

I continued thinking about Mjolnir and about how only someone who is worthy could pick it up. What are the qualities of worthiness? I was thinking about if I would be able to pick up such a hammer. Am I worthy? I would answer no, I would be one of the many who would be considered unworthy. (Although I still would give it a shot and try to pick it up!) Then it made me think, “Who would be worthy?” The conclusion that I came to was Jesus. Jesus is worthy. Jesus is worthy of our worship, our affection and love. He is worthy of our awe and wonder. His life was sinless and God’s seal of approval was ultimately demonstrated by the fact that Jesus is no longer in that tomb. Three days and the Son of God was raised from being a corpse to having a glorified body. In my nerdy-Christian mind, Jesus would be the only one worthy to pick up Mjolnir. No one could ever compare to His love, grace, mercy, kindness, and compassion – not even Thor. In Romans 3:23, it says that everyone falls short of the glory of God. When we aim to meet God’s standards, we all miss the mark. If we want to see the qualities to strive for, we can look no further than Jesus. His worthiness as God in the flesh is something we can aspire to be like, with His help of course. The Christian life is marked with Christ. We should try to emulate who Jesus is. To be His disciples is to learn from Him and His teachings in the Bible. It is how the world will know we belong to Him, we will have His distinct features. Just like a child has the same features of their parents, Christians are called to look like Christ (John 13:34-35). In short, Jesus has all the qualities of worthiness.

What does this all mean? It means that God is eager to forgive us if we only confess our sins to Him. It means that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Life is not about working to make God love us (He already loves us – John 3:16; 1 John 4:10), it’s about a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s about taking baby steps with Jesus’ help to being more loving, more merciful, and more grace-filled to each and every person we encounter. When you stumble in your walk with God, remember Mjolnir and God’s grace. God is more concerned about your relationship with Him than anything else. Be quick to ask for forgiveness and He will be quick to forgive!

I am a sinner God, have mercy on me

I am a sinner God, have mercy on me.

As a Christian that statement comes with tears. My sins are many. If you looked at my life you may not notice all of my sins because I live in an era of the church where any sins are looked upon with judgment, whether silent or spoken and because of this I have become adept to covering up the grime and mire that strangles me at times. The thing that I seek can truly only be found from God; grace. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some Christians out there that are full of God’s grace, but sadly the majority does not have it. Christians are supposed to be more like Christ, with the Holy Spirit’s help, but it’s a process and literally takes a lifetime of work and persistence. Even then, the only way a Christian truly becomes like Jesus is through the resurrection, only then will any Christian be an image of Jesus Christ.

Jesus had a hard time with the religious legalism during His day. There were two groups called the Pharisees and Sadducees. They disagreed on certain doctrines and were split into two

Hypocrite was the name of a Greek actor, someone who pretended for the show.

Hypocrite was the name of a Greek actor, someone who pretended for the show.

major groups. (sound familiar? – the church today is a divided battleground of doctrine with several more denominations than just two.) These two groups of the religious elect, on the outside, looked perfect. They tithed, prayed, and fasted, all that a good Jew was supposed to do. They went above and beyond what the law required. They made a show of their prayers, for others to envy their holiness. On the inside though, they were rotten. Their hearts were far from God. The word hypocrite to the Greeks, meant an actor. Actors during that time used masks. Jesus said that the Pharisees were hypocrites (Matthew 23:27-28), they were fake; holy on the outside and sinful on the inside. They were so legalistic that the laws that God had given through Moses was not enough, the Pharisees created more laws to follow. It was so bad that it put unnecessary burden on the Israelites. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says “All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” A yoke was used on cattle to enable them to pull together on a heavy load. Jesus was saying that His yoke, the burden one would carry is light by contrast to all the religious legalism. Jesus introduced a new concept; grace. Grace is something that can hardly be explained or fully understood. Christians understand the meaning, but to really have a handle of what grace means can be a life changer. Grace by definition is unmerited favor. It is something we cannot earn. To try and earn God’s favor takes away the very meaning of the word “grace.” Religious legalism screams, “Be perfect or God won’t love you!” Grace whispers, “You can’t earn God’s favor, but it has already been purchased for you through Jesus Christ. All you have to do is accept it.”

A yoke used for cattle to pull a heavy load

A yoke used for cattle to pull a heavy load

Truth be told, the yoke of sin is too much burden for anyone to carry. One sin is enough to separate us from a holy and just God. The difference between a Christian and someone who doesn’t believe in Christ is grace. The Christian admits that they cannot earn their way into God’s favor. They are helpless. The unbeliever is under the law, which condemns. The laws purpose is to reveal sin and point to Christ as the answer, but if one does not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, then they remain under that law. One cannot live by the law and expect to have a relationship with God. God has gone to great lengths to repair the relationship with each person who has ever or will ever live. He sacrificed Himself on a cross fit for a criminal. The payment made by Jesus on the cross offers the only way to God. No amount of good works or religious piety will get someone into heaven.

This is why there are tears when I softly say, “I am a sinner God, have mercy on me.” As a Christian, I see my own sin. Even the sins that no one else would know about, I am regularly reminded of this problem within my own heart. Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 that anyone who looks at someone else with lust has committed adultery. I have never physically had an adulterous relationship with anyone, but I have committed adultery in my heart. It happens more often than I care to admit. With that said, God’s grace is not something that should be deliberately taken advantage of. I strive to not have those thoughts, but there are times when it does happen, and each time I’m keenly aware I have hurt my Father in heaven. I have broken His heart by that sin. The relationship I have with God through Christ is worth more than anything. The longer I am in a relationship with God, the more I learn about Him, the more sin hurts me to commit. I am currently being taught by God about grace and to be honest, it hurts. It is a difficult lesson to learn that God has so much grace for me, but I judge others with a distinct lack of grace. The emotional pain that I have gone and continue to go through has a sweet side because I know God is doing something with my heart. He is answering a prayer I have prayed for a long time. I pray for God to help me see people as He sees them, through His eyes of grace and love. There would be nothing better than for me to be able to pour grace out upon everyone I encounter and love them with a pure self-sacrificing love.

A lyric that will always bring tears to my eyes are from Crowder, God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison):

Oh we will bend and break

In such a fragile state

We won’t be here long

No, we won’t be here long

At 30 years old, I know my time is running short. Even if God blesses me to live another 50 years, that is a short time to love people. There is never enough time to love everyone the way they should be loved. I am reminded of my own physical limitations and my reliance upon God to strengthen my legs from a condition I was born with called Rickets. I rely on Him to lead me and sustain me. I won’t be here long, so with God’s help I’m going to go out and spread grace and love like a kid who spreads peanut butter…all over everything.


Please note: I am not saying that Christians should not give correction for each others sins. We are called to do that. In this article, I am primarily focusing on the matters of the heart. I am also focusing on the lack of love and grace in the correction of our brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:1-2). Legalism has no place in the Church, for all have fallen short of the glory of God and those who believe are saved by grace through faith in Christ — no one can boast of their own works. Many times, brothers and sisters in Christ will judge one another with legalistic attitudes when they each have problems of their own.  The Bible is clear that one should not judge his brother or sister without first looking at himself and seeing his own sins. (Matthew 7:1-5)


Sin is no longer your master

Sin is no longer your master, what a promise! Our lives are full of choices, some are small and don’t mean too much and some other choices can affect the rest of our lives. I have come to believe that even though the big choices we face are indeed big and deserve alot of thought and prayer, it’s the small choices that can affect us, spiritually at least, the most.

The Problem of Sin

The problem of sin (and the temptation to sin), is that it’s everywhere. Now, we have more at our fingertips than any other generation before us. Through the internet, we can spend all day fulfilling our desires. Whether it be looking at porn or watching a church sermon. We each have the daily choices of what we do and do not look at, think about, and say. It’s those small choices, made everyday, several times each day, in the comfort of our homes or when we think no one is looking, that shapes who we are.

How does something we do in secret shape who we are? I have first hand experience with this. Before I came to Christ, I used to look at porn on the internet, several times a week. Looking at those women in that way, shaped my view on each and every woman I would see in public. I viewed them as sexual creatures and usually nothing more. My mind was twisted into this perversion of never looking at a woman’s heart or personality, but always at her body. This of course, spilled out into every relationship I had with women, whether it be a friend or something more. I kept thinking about all women in the same way. God was faithful and continues to be faithful to my prayers for His help. He can help you from sinning against Him.

At some point, sin goes from a daily decision to something that stays with you and begins to take root in your heart. In Matthew 15:19, we see that everything sinful comes from your heart. Your desire for something, hatred, lying, stealing, even your own thoughts about those things can take a hold of you.

In the Light or in the Dark?Sin is no longer your master

We all have a tendency to hide our sins from each other and as foolish as it sounds, from God. In John 3:19 we see that the Light (Jesus) has come into the world but people prefer the darkness because it hides their sins. Light exposes our sins and lays it all out for us to see. We should take a spotlight to our hearts (Psalm 139:23-24) and expose our sins to God, asking Him to help us and forgive us. He is faithful to do so.  In 1 John 1:7, it says that if we walk in the light, where Christ is, we are cleansed from every sin.

Sin is no longer your master!

The good news is that through Christ, we can overcome temptation and sin. Jesus Christ came to take away our sin (John 1:29). The Bible mentions how Christians are no longer slaves to sin in several different ways. Why? Because God knows that we each face daily decisions and a temptations. It’s a constant battle. Even though it’s a battle, it’s easily won if we place our trust in Christ.

The truth is, if you believe in Jesus Christ, you are dead to sin (Romans 6:2, Romans 6:11,  1 Peter 2:24). It no longer has a hold on you like it did before. You have the power to say no and make a conscious decision to not give in to temptation and sin. In Romans 6:14, 18 we see that sin is no longer your master. Instead, we are set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Through Christ, we now have the authority to stop sinning and start living in righteousness!

How can we avoid sin? (Sin is no longer your master!)

First, God and God alone can forgive us of our sins. (Mark 2:7, Luke 7:48, Micah 7:18, Daniel 9:9, Exodus 34:7) Because He is the only one who can forgive us our sins, He is also the only one who can help us with our sins.

  • – Christians should pray for God to help us with our temptations and sin. God is very interested in helping us with our sins because it creates a barrier between us and Him. It is important to mention that God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16-19), not the sinner. Because God desires a relationship with each person, we can pray for Him to deliver us from sin (Matthew 6:13), to forgive our sins (Luke 11:4), to keep us from sin (Psalm 19:13), and for us to know what sins we have (Job 13:23).
  • – Reading the Bible on a daily basis can help us stay away from sin. When we immerse ourselves with His Word, we are filling our minds with the right things. We are called to keep our minds clear of sin and focus on things that are good and pleasing to God (Philippians 4:8)
  • – Keep away from the temptations in your life. Again, you have to make a conscious decision and stay away from the things you know are your weakness. We all know the major things we have a hard time with. Stay away!
  • – Practice, practice, practice! While God helps us, we have to make the decision to stop whatever it is that we keep doing. God’s grace is renewed every single day for us. So while we are trying to make the correct choices each day we know that God’s grace covers up our occasional mistake.

God’s desire is to shape you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ. It happens throughout your life and usually not a quick fix. God is with you and continually working on His masterpiece, YOU! And remember, sin is no longer your master!

Praying Through Difficult Times

All Christians go through difficult times. Living in this broken world that is full of sin, we are not immune to it’s effects. Jesus Himself went through difficult times, times when He had to pray to the Father for help and strength. The prayer I’m talking about is in Mark 14:35-36. Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane just before He is arrested and crucified.

Praying for Strength in Difficult Timespraying through difficult times

Jesus knew what He was facing. He had told the disciples many times that He would soon be crucified. The prayer we get to see in the Garden is one of Jesus talking to His Father in heaven. It wasn’t a example prayer that Jesus was telling His disciples to do, it was a time when Jesus showed His humanity. In Mark 14:33-34, Jesus said to Peter, James, and John that His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Knowing what was about to happen, He fell down to the ground and prayed to His Father.

In this moment we as Christians can see our Savior in anguish. During His most difficult time, He prays:

“Abba, Father,

Everything is possible for You

Take this cup from Me.

Yet not what I will, but what You will.”

Jesus went three different times over the course of the night and prayed the same prayer over and over again. In verse 34, He was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death but in Mark 14:41-42 we see that His whole demeanor has changed. Instead of being sorrowful, He is charging head on into His arrest and crucifixion. What happened during that prayer?

Praying through Difficult Times

As we look at Jesus’ prayer we can see several things. The first one is how He addresses God. He approaches God as His Father. A Father who cares for and loves His Son dearly. Second, Jesus doesn’t jump in and blurt what He wants, He knows His Father in heaven can do all things. Nothing is impossible for God. Jesus than goes from acknowledging God’s power to asking for what He wants. During this prayer, Jesus is asking God the Father: If there is any other way for the sins of the world to be taken, please don’t let me go through this. Third, Jesus submits to God’s will. Jesus knows that God is in control, knows best, and loves Him.

The Key to Prayer

The key to praying through difficult times is submission. We are all stubborn and want our way. But something happens when we submit ourselves and our lives to God. He honors our trust in Him and we gain peace through the storm of life. We gain His mighty strength. That’s what changed with Jesus. He had to pray the majority of the night to get to the point where He fully submitted Himself to God the Father. But He came out of that Garden, strengthened and He had a peace about what was going to happen.

An Example Prayer to say During Difficult Times

Taking from what Jesus said, we can pray our own prayers to God following His example.

“My Father,

Nothing is impossible for You. You are mighty and in control of everything.

Help me, Father. I need help with (insert your own words)

I know Father that You love me. I know that you care for me beyond what I can imagine. Father, I submit my life to you. Not my will, but Yours be done.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Doing the above prayer, you may not get what you want but you will gain God’s peace and strength to go through your difficult time. Like Jesus, you may have to continue your prayer until you can truly let go of your problems. Having trust in God is the best way to live. Knowing that whatever happens, He is there with you and will never forsake you. Praying through difficult times can be very tough. We all want answers and action right now, but if we stop and trust in God, we will be better for it.


That prayer is guaranteed to be answered. Why? Because you are asking God to do what He knows is best for the situation not what you think needs to be done.


Answered Prayer: God Heals

Answered Prayer: God HealsIt’s been awhile since I last wrote an article. I have been checking up on this site everyday and doing behind the scenes work on it as needed. The last month or so has been interesting to say the least.

In late September, I woke up one Saturday with a noticeable lump on the right hand side of my throat. It was sore but nothing that was too bad. I knew that swelling in the throat area could potentially be pretty bad news so the  following Tuesday I went to my Family Physician. He did the usual doctor throat feeling technique and told me I needed to have a CAT scan that night. I had made plans to visit my Aunt in the hospital that night as she was battling COPD for quite some time and the doctors had given her a day or so to live. I told the doctor about this and said I would have the scan the next day or so. Instead, the doctor asked if he ordered the CAT scan to be done within the hour, would I be able to do it. I agreed, surprised at his urgency. I went to have my throat area scanned within an hour of seeing my doctor and the next day he told me that my lymph nodes were swollen and he wanted to have a full body CAT scan done because there were signs of the swelling going down into my chest area.

I went the following day, Thursday for the full body scan. Thursday afternoon (about 2 hours after the full body scan) I received a call from him giving me news that it was a type of Lymphoma and it was throughout my body. He referred me to an E.N.T. (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) who would be able to take a biopsy of the lymph nodes to see which type of cancer it was.

Prayer is God’s way of letting us be involved in His work

As soon as I found out the news, I immediately requested prayer from the church I attend, my mother (who in turn spread prayer requests all around) and several of my friends. I was very upset and on top of all of that my Aunt had passed the Wednesday morning, going to be with the Lord. The following weekend, I attended my Aunt’s funeral (with all of this going on in the back of my mind as well). The Monday following my Aunt’s funeral, I went to see the E.N.T. and he told my wife and I that I would need to have a surgery and him take some lymph nodes out of my neck for biopsy. The surgery was scheduled for the next Monday (a week later).

Praying for God’s peace and His promises

I remember all through that week I kept praying. I prayed for God to give me His peace as He promised us in His Word. (John 14:27) As I prayed and leaned into Him, I continually was renewed by His peace and power. I remember times when I started to get upset and as soon as that happened I prayed again; “Lord, I need you now. I need Your peace to wash over me.” He never failed to answer my prayers.

God’s healing and the power of prayer

As I went through the day of surgery, I kept praying for God to have His hand over the whole situation. After the surgery was over, the doctor who performed it talked with my wife, mother, and sister out in the waiting room. He told them he was 99% sure it was a type of Lymphoma and he compared the size of the lymph nodes he removed to the size of a jawbreaker and the other the size of a marble. He then reminded them that the normal size was the size of a raisin. This doctor has been doing these types of surgeries and has been in practice for 26 years, he was certain enough it was Lymphoma to tell my family this.

The next couple of days, I recovered and went about life as normal as I could. I went the day after my surgery to a church program called Alpha. I still don’t know how I did it. I was still sore and tired but I wanted to go be with friends. Never forget, dear reader, that Jesus’ power is made perfect in weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:9) As I was weak from surgery and emotionally drained, God’s power rested upon me and enabled me to go to Alpha. A few days later, the E.N.T. called me and told me that all the tests from the biopsies came back negative for cancer. I will remember his words over the phone, “Thank God”. and I exclaimed, “Yes! Thank God!”

So where does this leave me at right now? They are still doing tests on the lymph nodes taken from my neck for anything else it could be, but I remain under God’s hand and I’m continually reminded of His grace and power to answer prayers every time I look in the mirror and see that scar.

I’m no one special. God answers prayers everyday and continually blesses all of His children. It is my own prayer that you take comfort from this article, knowing that our God is a mighty and loving God who has the power to heal us.

If you have a prayer request, I will be happy to support you. Send me a prayer request here.

I will update on any more news I receive to this post!

How Politically Correct Should Christians be?

Politically Correct Christians

Politically Correct

That term is used so much today. Let’s all be politically correct as to not offend anyone, anywhere, ever. That, my friends, is impossible. We will dive into the Bible and see what the Word says about being politically correct or as I like to call it, not stepping on anyone’s toes. But first, I will take this time to vent some frustration out towards the world as a whole for having thin skin.

First, I have to admit, this article is spurred by the Chick-Fil-A fiasco. A Christian man, who happens to own a popular fast food chain, was asked about his view on biblical marriage (one man and one woman). The interviewers had set him up for a fall, either by him lying and them pulling out the company financial records to indicate otherwise or to get him to admit the truth and have a backlash. To ask a Christian about something like that (knowing his views as a Christian) and then get upset when he answers the way you thought, is deliberately and purposefully stirring the s*#%.  (yes, I really did censor that word, I used that phrase because there are a lack of words to describe that situation and that phrase fit very well)

I just recently sat down with some friends and they expressed their opinions that imposing their views as Christians on others was a bad idea. I was shocked and saddened that here are Christians, who have this great gift that God has given them (Salvation, the Holy Spirit) and they are being quiet about it. Now, I don’t go around telling every single person about Christ or the Bible but I do have a tattoo of thorns in the shape of a fish with Calvary in the middle of it, on my forearm. So we can say that I’m not shy about being a Christian either.

Politically Correct vs. Being a Witness

Christians are called to be a witness of Christ (Acts 1:8). When we are at our lowest point in life and God saves us from ourselves and sin, we are called to share that good news with people. His continual grace in a Christian’s life is something to be celebrated and shared with others. Being politically correct is the direct opposite of being a witness. When you are a witness to someone, you are in effect, telling them that there is a God who saved you through Jesus Christ. Telling a homosexual person this, lies in direct opposition to their views on marriage, sex, and lifestyle. Are we called to keep quiet for fear of offending the said party? No. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, testified about Christ until his dying breath. Even as he was being stoned to death, he forgave the Jewish leaders’ actions (Sanhedrin)

Christians are guaranteed to face opposition in this world (John 16:33). It’s because the world is ran by the god of this age/prince of this world. (Satan – 2 Corinthians 4:4). Being politically correct is another term for muffling God’s truth. The world tells us to shut up and sit down. We don’t want to hear about your God, Jesus Christ, or the Bible. They don’t want to hear about it because as the Bible says, they are in the darkness (or sin) and don’t like be shown the Light because it exposes their sin. (John 3:19)

In short, A Christian should approach each and every person with love. But do NOT be quiet about what God has done and will do in your life. It isn’t right to hide all the wonderful things He does (and forgives) you for on a daily basis by His grace. It isn’t right to not share the wonderful Gift you received when you signed on to following Jesus Christ as your Savior. I’m not saying to go out and have a fight with a Muslim because you two disagreed on the topic of religion. You can share God by being bold and sharing kind, loving words with people. Offering to pray for someone is not an offensive thing to ask, they can say no. It’s not like your twisting their arm and making them accept your offer of prayer. Even if they say no, you can give a silent prayer as you smile to them and kindly say, “Ok, have a great day. God bless.”  Just in case you’re wondering, yes you say God bless even if they refuse prayer. (see Luke 6:28) You’re not being a jerk by adding that God bless, you are actually asking God to bless that person’s life so that they may see Him, His glory, be saved, and have eternal life.

Politically Correct (World’s view) or God’s view?

That’s the basic question every Christian has today. Do we fall in line with all the other people in the world? The answer is NO. In Matthew 7:13-14, it says that the path to eternal life is narrow and few will find it but the path to destruction is wide and broad. What does this mean? By falling in line with the rest of the world, you are becoming an enemy of God, James 4:4 says:

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Going against the grain of the world is usually being associated with God. The line is the sand is clearly drawn and walking the line is not possible. Which side will you take?