Evil is evil no matter what

Evil is evil no matter what.

Evil is evil even if the majority supports it.

Evil is evil even if it is the lesser of two evils.

Evil is evil even if someone shames you for not supporting it.

Evil is evil no matter which political party contains it.

Evil will overcome those who compromise with it.

The apostle Paul wrote, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good,” (Romans 12:21).

Spiritual Obesity

In 2013, the New York Times published a story about a Pillsbury executive who called together the moguls of fast food to discuss what could be done about childhood obesity.

According to the Times article, “The figures were staggering. More than half of Americawhy-junk-food-is-addictive-668x375n adults were now considered overweight, with nearly one-quarter of the adult population — 40 million people — clinically defined as obese. Among children, the rates had more than doubled since 1980, and the number of kids considered obese had shot past 12 million.”

During the meeting, Michael Mudd, a vice-president of Kraft said, “The one thing we can’t do is nothing.” Mudd and other executives agreed that, in time, people would soon compare the dangers of obesity from their products to the health risks associated with tobacco.

The American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control all blamed junk food for the almost epidemic proportion of obesity.

Agree or disagree, it is clear that junk food turns people into sick, diseased and obese individuals.

In churches of Christ, there is a prevalence of junk food being fed members of the body of the Lord. More and more, there are accounts of preachers who think jokes and funny stories are what people want to hear. More interested in personal success than teaching the Bible, these purveyors of spiritual junk food are creating a sick, diseased and obese body.

In the Corinthian church, members were majoring in minors. It is clear from the apostle Paul’s letter that members of the church at Corinth had adopted a diet of worldliness that was poisoning the body to death. Paul in his letter correcting them called attention to their worldly divisions and then pointed them to the cross. He wrote, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB).

Brother and sisters in Christ, are followers of Jesus fed a steady diet of spiritual junk food? Just as putting junk food into the human body causes disease, giving the church a diet of humor and fiction will lead to the same thing. Is the church getting spiritual nourishment from the teaching of Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23), or is the body of Christ suffering from spiritual obesity?

“A Prayer For Finishing Well”

A beautiful prayer from Randal Matheny’s website.

A Daily Prayer

Praying man Father, as I live out my time here on this earth, I’m so glad that I belong to You. You hold my right hand and guide me with Your continuous presence and daily bread which is leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You and I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail and my spirit may even grow weak, but Father, You remain the strength of my heart and You are my portion forever. My Refuge, my Fortress and my Deliverer, I will joyfully tell of Your mighty works as I seek to finish well until You call me to my eternal home. Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

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Desensitizing People to Sinful Behavior Doesn’t Make it Right.

When I was a teen, my Mom and Dad took me to an allergist to help me overcome reactions to pollen and dust.

The doctor gave me injections of the substances to which I was allergic in order to desensitize me to those allergens. The injections helped my allergies go away by teaching my body it was not being invaded by anything more than some dust and pollen.

Homosexuals have been trying to desensitize the public for the past several years so that the public would react favorably to something medical books taught was mental illness and aberrant behavior just a few years ago.

This desensitization has been working. More and more people accept something called LGBT when they wouldn’t have accepted homosexuality. People will react with displeasure when homosexuals claim they are being discriminated against. Change the terms and charge discrimination and many people will accept just about any aberrant behavior.

Doing that, however, doesn’t make the behavior right. Trying to convince others that homosexuality is just another “lifestyle” is not going to change the truth that it is wrong according to the Bible. The Bible still says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NASB).

This country has started down the same road that Sodom and Gomorrah traveled before it was destroyed. Do we want the same fate for our country?

Time to Boast?

Sometimes, when I think I have something to boast about and I’ll get almost ready to post my boast on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll think, “What are my accomplishments when compared to the Lord Jesus who died for all?” My boasts are not even a drop in a bucket compared to what the Lord did. I’m reminded of a hymn that says, “Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.” (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.)

Loyalty matters

In our world, loyalty is not counted as a worthy attribute.

Sports teams are not loyal to players and players will go from one team to another and both will seldom think they have any duty to be loyal.

We require loyalty from our armed forces while at the same time disloyalty is the example they see. People change jobs sometimes more than once a year. When people begin to think that personal advantage is the only consideration, then loyalty becomes scarce indeed.

Why is this? To a great extent, people have been won to pragmatism. Doing “whatever works” is pragmatism’s theme. To the devout pragmatist, there is no such thing as right or wrong; there is just whatever works. As a result, loyalty has become a victim. To the pragmatist, there is no objective good; the only good is whatever advantages become available.

God, however, requires loyalty. In Hebrews 10:22-25, the inspired writer uses three present tense terms to describe the principle of faithfulness. These include:

  1. “And having a high priest over the house of God, let us keep on drawing near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” (Hebrews 10:21-22a). The true heart is a loyal one. It is not one that changes with time or opportunity. The true Christian is one who is always drawing closer to God with a true heart.
  2. “Let us keep on holding fast to the confession of our faith, (Hebrews 10:23a). Once a person sacrifices God for personal advantage, one risks losing his salvation. The only alternative is loyalty to God. He expects nothing less.
  3. “And let us keep on stimulating one another to love and good works, (Hebrews 10:24). People in a faithful congregation of the Lord’s church are encouraging one another all the time. This constant encouragement helps everyone remain faithful and loyal. They will not be drawn away by other considerations because their only consideration will be serving God.

Loyalty means not letting the world force you into its mold (Romans 12:1-2). It means that a faithful person is not going to give up the truth because of personal advantage or because there may be short-term gain. Faithful Christians understand eternity matters. Nothing else in this world does.

When I am Weak

After 21-days asleep in the hospital in January, I awoke to find that the muscles in my arms and legs had wasted away.

It has been said that every day of unconsciousness, the body loses more than 10-percent of their muscle mass. I’m living proof of the truth of that statement.

Since being discharged from the hospital in late February, I have been fighting to get my strength back. For a while, it looked as though a complete recovery was in the offing. This week, however, my weakness has returned. My doctors and physical therapists said these days would come, but I thought they were all behind me.

This setback has made me feel terrible. But, I remembered something in 2 Corinthians 12 that made me stop feeling sorry for myself. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Sometimes it is only when we are weak (physically or spiritually) that people can see what is really important to us. I hope that people will be able to see Christ’s strength in me despite my physical and spiritual weaknesses.

Remember, someone is watching you. What will they see?