Friday, January 12, 2018


I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that made me laugh. It read:  
"Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger - except for bears.  Bears will kill you." 

The reason it is funny is because it is so obvious. OF COURSE A BEAR WILL KILL YOU.  

No one posts sarcastic posts on social media about how irritating bear behavior has become. There aren't long articles about the shock associated with their bear-like propensity toward eating people.  There is no pious judgment of the Bear Population on Planet Earth. Nope. They are bears. They are acting like bears.  When we venture in to Bear Territory we expect to be eaten alive. We never expect the bears to change their nature.  Bears will be bears. The End.  

Sometimes...I wonder.....when I see my Christian brothers and sisters so offended at the way sinners continue to sin on earth.. I wonder at their surprise.  I wonder why they are taking the time to express their disapproval of it all.  I cringe at their venomous posts and rants about how evil our society is. I want to ask, "You're surprised?  As if God allowed His Only Son to become sin for us..  because.. because.. why?  Because we are basically nice people who have a bad attitude now and then?"  

Uhhhh.. no.  All of our natural state are separated FOREVER from a HOLY GOD.  WITHOUT HOPE. WITHOUT A FUTURE.  As we sing and praise and worship God together, isn't it because we are so thankful that HE SAVED US?  Doesn't the mercy of God take your breath away?  Of all people on earth, the Body of Christ should be the first ones to have compassion on a sinful world.  To grasp that they are sinning because they are sinners.. just like we were.  

The exasperated exclamations of utter disgust at the diabolical hearts of men and women is sad to me.. coming from the mouths of people called to speak of Jesus.  Their disappointment in our leaders.  Their utter shock that sinners are sinning, and are cold-hearted and selfish, arrogant, rebellious, hard-hearted creatures.  The belief that they are justified in being disgusted by it all. reality...

The World is Acting Like The World

Everyone accepts that when you go in to the forest, a bear is going to want to eat you.The bears are acting like bears.  In the same way - 

The world is acting like the world. 

When we open our mouths... the Good News should be flowing from it.  God already knows the world is sinful - more than we do.  God already sent Jesus to pay for the depravity called humanity.  All He asks us to do is to tell others about His Son. He knows the world is sinful.  The world knows the world is sinful.  
The world is acting like the world.

When we speak we should speak "worthy words."  It should be to say, "Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you.  Jesus is alive and at God's throne right now. He wants to heal you, your heart, your mind. He wants to set you free from the anger, the hate, the jealousy, the rage."

God is LONGING to forgive.   And expecting us to tell them so.
We are the ones who are called to tell them the GOOD NEWS. 

Bears will be bears.
Sinners will sin.
Only God can change a heart.
Only you can let Him.
Why do we keep silent?

OPEN YOUR MOUTH TODAY.. to tell someone that there is hope in Jesus. 

"Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation."(Colossians 1:21-22)