Archive for January, 2013

Why Christianity? The Love Factor!

shamrock-wallpaper-for-pc_1152x864_7735331Why Christianity? I say, why not Christianity? I’m not talking about the religion which is filled with following rules, trying to be perfect to appease a critical, fault-finding God with His finger ready and itching to press the trap door button to Hell underneath us. That kind only causes self-righteousness, pride, criticism and condemnation. No way! I lived under that for too long, and that is not for me! I’m talking about the relationship, which is based on unconditional love, grace and mercy! On social media, one can find all kinds of discussion about life and philosophy. In fact, it was one of these debates about the various belief systems of the world that inspired me to write this.

With an interest in world missions in my younger years, I learned much about world religions from missionaries returning from the field. In raising support to go back to where they were called, they gave compelling testimonies to the struggles they faced from the governing forces and religious leaders of the land. They shared how time and time again, God helped them overcome their circumstances and provided miracles, convincing many to give their hearts to Jesus Christ. When it comes down to it, there are no other religions known to man, in which the center of their worship demonstrated any kind of love toward them. When men sinned, fell short, and missed the mark, only Jesus Christ left Heaven to come to Earth, to die for me and all of His children: not Allah, not Mohammad, not Buddha, not Gandi, not Lucifer, not any of the Hindu Gods, not Karl Marx, not Joseph Smith, not L. Ron Hubbard, not anyone…except Jesus. Only through Jesus, do we have an open door to our Heavenly Father.

This, my friends, is unconditional love, grace and mercy. I Timothy 2:6 says God, our Saviour “wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men.” 2nd Peter 3:9 says “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” The riches of a loving relationship with God are more satisfying than trying to live on your own, doing your own thing. The presence of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s love as He dwells within your heart is peace and joy like no other! He is faithful and true. Invite Him in today.

…And that is why Chrisitianity! Be blessed!


shamrock-wallpaper-for-pc_1152x864_7735331Today in the United States, many of us have the day off in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the truest sense of the title of being a World Changer and History Maker, there is no doubt Dr. King fits that description to the fullest. He had a dream, and that was a beautiful dream that he shared on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of the largest crowd of gatherers at that time at the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1963.

He shared his “I Have a Dream” speech which was based on the American Dream and that “All men are created equal” as stated in the Declaration of Independence. His dream was a dream of love, peace and unity in which people of all races would come together and live in brotherly love. His dream is a representation of the Bible scripture in Acts 10:34 that states God is no respecter of persons.” meaning He shows no partiality or favoritism among those who follow Him , and Galations 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. I am very blessed to serve in a large church in which we have brothers and sisters of various races and languages, as well as every socio-economic level. The love of God is so very real and present in that place it would baffle the minds of Social Scholars.

I’ve also been given the privilege to work in an inner-city elementary school for the past several years where the racial make up of the school is roughly half African-American and half Hispanic. As a white female, I’ve face a lot of unwelcoming attitudes that I’ve had to press through, but at the same time, I’ve been warmly welcomed and accepted by many others who have the same goal of preparing our students to grow up and be effective and productive future leaders in a multicultural society. For three years, I was the only white member on staff at my school. We now have a principal who is a man of God, who also wants our children to have positive experiences with people of all races. Last week, he hosted a group of Asian-Americans who provided new coats to some of our neediest students.

So, Dr. King, we thank you for all you did during your time here on Earth. You were a great blessing to us all. We honor you this day for standing up for what you believed in. It’s not the color of our skin that should be noted, but the content of our character. Let me end with his words:

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

Be blessed, everyone!

Resources: The Bible, Wikipedia