"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why I Vote Republican

Disclosure: Some may mistake this as a political post and therefore deem it unfit to be on a Christian blog. Therefore, if you are not concerned about the core issues of life, I suggest you stop reading now.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Leviticus 20:13

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psalm 127:3

The first presidential election I really remember was that of the year 2000. I was nine years old at the time. And although there had already been two previous presidential elections that had taken place during my short lifetime, that was the first one where I was really aware of what was going on. That was also the year I decided that I would always vote Republican, no matter what.

I remember asking my mother why she always voted Republican, and her simple answer has stuck with me ever since. She said, “Well, Republicans tend to be against abortion and gay rights, and Democrats are usually in favor of those things.” That was all she said. Those were the only two reasons she gave, and they were good enough for me. And you know what? They are still good enough for me now, too.

My mother taught me that we ought not to vote for a person based on anything other than his core moral standards. And if you will look at both of the two main political parties, you will see that they are divided based on morality and morality alone. My mother’s response that day set an alarm off in my little, nine-year-old head that the political party you vote for matters. When you vote for a particular political party, you are voting for a way of life.

So I urge you. Do you know the core beliefs of the political party you plan to vote for this November? It’s like Adrian Rogers used to say, “It’s not about Republicans versus Democrats; it’s about right versus wrong.” They cannot both be right. Pick the right one, and stand by it for life. Your country’s wellbeing depends upon your vote.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Just as I Remember

The other day my mother was watching television when I noticed a commercial for a Hallmark movie entitled Love’s Everlasting Courage. It looked interesting, so I looked it up. When I searched the title on my computer, I discovered that the full movie was available on YouTube, so I decided to watch it. I grew up watching Hallmark movies with my grandmother. All of the Hallmark movies my grandmother had shown me promoted faith, hope, love, and family togetherness. However, I have also seen bits and pieces of some of the more recent Hallmark movies, and to be honest they all missed the mark by a long shot. Therefore I didn’t expect much when I decided to watch this one. But I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Love's Everlasting Courage was just as wonderful as the movies my grandmother and shown me and then some.

This movie is chock-full of wisdom. So much so that I believe it is impossible to catch it all the first time you watch it. I plan on writing several blog posts about some of things I learned from this movie. Below, I have included the link to the movie as well as some quotes I wrote down while watching:

  • “A man does have to go off and find his way, make his own life; but he shouldn’t forget where he came from.”
  •  “Giving up hope is for the hopeless.”
  •   “When things seem to overwhelm you, slow down and focus on the task in front of you. Take care of it and move on to the next one.”
  • “The truth of God’s love is not that He allows bad things to happen; it’s His promise that He will be standing right there beside you when they do.”