I am a Christian. This is the first and most important part of my life. If you understand what this means to me, it should help you to understand who I am and why I think like I think.
Being a Christian is a very simple thing, but it involves truth and commitment to ones beliefs. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He came to earth and willingly went to the cross to take on all sin, for all those who would believe. This included and continues to include all past sin, all present sin, and all future sin, but only for those who accept Him for who He is.
The Bible tells us that all we have to do is believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we are saved. I believe will all my heart, and I freely confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So, I am a Christian, based on what the Bible tells us is required for me to be covered by the blood of Jesus.
Now, as a Christian, I have certain responsibilities to do the best I can to walk the path, which God has laid before me. I am not perfect, and I don’t profess to be. If I could be perfect, why would I need the forgiveness of Jesus? I still sin, regularly, but I recognize my sin, and I accept the forgiveness, which God so gracefully gives.
It is my responsibility, as a Christian, to support the teachings of the Bible, if I am to walk the walk in accordance with my Christian beliefs. I cannot, in this short text, explain all of those things, but I do want to cover a few, and show why I feel it so important to bring them up at this point in history.
I am the Way
FIRST: Jesus taught us that “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, but by Me.” That is pretty black and white. The only way to God is through Jesus, the ONLY way. When I hear statements by others that we have to be tolerant of other religions, and when I hear our recent President, Barak Obama, state to the entire world that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”, I must disagree. When it comes to my Christianity, I cannot bow to any other religion. God had entire nations destroyed, in the Old Testament, because they worshiped false gods. Jesus told us “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
Now, this does not mean I need to hate people who worship other gods, but I cannot and will not bow to those folks, even in the name of political correctness. I thank God, daily, that we now have a man in the White House, who openly confesses a faith in the One True God.
The Bible is very clear.
SECOND: The Bible is very clear on “unnatural affection”. God called it an “abomination’, and the New Testament testifies to the sinful nature of those that partake in unnatural affection. Does that mean that I hate homosexuals? No, it does not. However, I cannot support any legislation that promotes these types of relationships. Today, we see gay rights being, not only supported, but pushed by our educational system. What will be next? There is currently a push for those who have a desire to have sexual relations with young children, in the name of tolerance. Where will this all end? As a Christian, I support those things I am taught by the Bible. I follow Jesus, and will not bow to political correctness. In Hebrews 13:8, we are told that “Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever.” God has not changed. Just because the political correctness in our country teaches tolerance toward these acts, God called it an abomination, and HE HAS NOT CHANGED HIS MIND.
Filled with the Holy Spirit
THIRD: The Bible tells us that John the Baptist was filled with the spirit in his mother’s womb. He jumped for joy, inside his mother’s womb, when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, came close to him. A child is a person, from inception. That is what the Bible tells us. As a Christian, I am anti-abortion. That being said, I feel it only fair to point out that God gave us all the ability to choose. Adam and Even had a choice about the fruit in the garden. We all have a choice to accept Jesus or reject Him. And, we each have a choice whether we take the life of an unborn child or opt to save that life. We each have a right to choose. I believe each of you have the right to choose to about the unborn, if you so desire. However, I do not believe it is right for you to take that option and then expect me, and others with my same beliefs, to pay for your decision with our tax dollars. If that were fair, then your tax dollars should pay for the birth of my child, should I opt for a pro-life choice. That only seems fair.
Rise from Your Sleep
FOURTH: The Bible teaches us responsibility and accountability. The Bible tells us “Go to the ant, oh sluggard. Consider her ways and be wise!” It also says “How long with you slumber, oh Sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?” Paul writes in Thessalonians, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.” I believe that we should care for the needy, but not create a state where anyone can live off the government, just because they don’t want to work. A helping hand is a good thing, when needed, but stops need to be in place to insure that our elected officials are good stewards of our tax dollars.
Be Good Stewards
FIFTH: We should all strive to be good stewards of our own funds. Establishing a budget, saving for the future, living within one’s means, are all Christian principles. I believe the government should be required to do the same things. They need to set a budget that does not take us further into debt, live within that budget, and stop spending foolishly for things that are not necessary to this country.
SIXTH: God tells us, many times throughout the Bible that “those that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed.” As a Christian, I support Israel, PERIOD!
There are many more of these areas, in which I could continue my thoughts, but for now, I just wanted to post this so that you will all understand exactly why I stand for what I do. We all need to become more civil in our discussions and in the way we treat each other. I respect your right to believe in what you believe and to make decisions related to your own personal moral standards. With the recent election of Donald Trump as our President, and the move toward political correctness in lieu of Biblical principles, we have seen, within the past several weeks, a photo showing a comedian holding the bloody severed head of President Trump, Rosie O’Donnell with a new game lauding the killing of our president, daily attacks on the character of President Trump and his family, a Senator stating that he would kill the president, should he find himself within 10’ of him, and even idiots like Johnny Depp asking when the last time was that an actor killed a president, followed by his statement the “Maybe it’s about time.”
If you agree with 3 or more of the statements, which I have pointed out in this text, you have conservative values and need to consider where we are headed as a nation, and what we can do to insure a more civil tone in our country.
If you don’t agree with these statements, chances are you are following the liberal dogma being flooded across the airways, and taught on our college campuses. Needless to say, this text will fall on deaf ears.
As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.
Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens