As we draw closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ each day, we continually see more signs of His return becoming clearer as each day passes. My previous blog on being gay described how it was good to be gay just about 50 years ago because it simply meant that a person was happy.
I met a lady from New York about 4 years ago who's name was "Gay". When I first met her I was thinking how mad she must be that her parents would give her such a name. After I thought about it for a few minutes I realized that she was about my age and when I was a child you really didn't hear much talk about people being gay as far as it refering to the act of homo sexuality. When you heard the word "Gay" when I was a child it simply meant that a person was joyful or happy. If the word had that nice of a meaning when I was a child, I can only imagine how far it was from today's meaning during the lifetime of this lady's parents.
A lot of things have changed over the last 50 years right here in the United States. I only caught I slight glimpse of it, but, I have heard that in this country a hand shake was a good as a contract many years back. I'm a bit sorry to say it, but, today both can be a bit risky.
James 5:12 (NKJV)
But above all, my brethren, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath.
But let your "Yes" be "Yes" and your "No," "No,"
lest you fall into judgement.
Many things have changed in the "Fig Tree Generation." One of the most disappointing has to be the fact that it is more surprising today when many Christian's do what they say they will do than when they are not able to do what they say they will do. Let me explain this better and please consider this constructive critisism.
What I am trying to say is that there will always be some times when we just simply can not keep a promise we may have made with someone. Ocassionally something will come up beyond our control that will not enable us to keep an engagement we may have had with someone or maybe even pay someone something we owe them. I consider these instances just normal living, BUT, when it becomes only ocassional when a Christian can keep their engagement or pay someone what they owe them it begins to paint a cloudy picture of Christianity.
Now we don't want to be like the foolish servant that was forgiven all of his debt and then went around demanding everyone else to pay (Matthew 18:23-35) but we do need to show responsibitly with mercy and grace attatched to it. If we are not able to pay someone we need to atleast let them know what is going on rather than hide behind closed doors and avoid them altogether. We need to be pleasers of God rather than pleasers of man. In order to please God does NOT mean to hide from man because God already know's our problem, but, on the contrary it means for us to make contact with them and let them know what is going on, even if they are nasty and rude about it. By doing this, we have done the best we can and pleased God even if the other person has no respect or mercy for the situation. Also by doing this we have faced what we feared rather than running from it.
I know from experience how often telling the truth and being honest can back fire in your face but remember to be pleasers of God. Being truthful and honest put Jesus on the cross and how much more shall we who follow Him also experience some of the same persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
We're NOT home yet!
Have a blessed day and be sure to tell someone on the job about JESUS!