Friday, May 20, 2011

Pat Answers

When someone is in distress how often do we as Christians give pat answers? For example: someone is struggling with lust or having relationship problems, mostly we answer "I'm sorry, I'll pray for you. God is in control".

Although that does seem sincere and God IS always in control, even when life bites. You do should indeed pray for said person right away (keep a list so you remember). But over time, as we mature in the faith the answer never seems to change, and if the same person in still down in the dumps what is the best answer? I've had pat answers again and again, they can get sickening. So, if someone texts you at 2 am with an urgent issue and you say I'll pray for you, let's talk or God loves you. Be sincere about it and be with them, even electronically or cell-phone-ally. Still today when a friend texts me to pray, even if I am distracted by gaming with friends my brain kicks into prayer mode.

However, the one example of pat answers that really grinds my gears is: "the bible says it, God said it therefore it is true. period." With today's society being more skeptical than ever, we as Christ followers cannot fulfill the Great Commission like that. Investigate your faith, yes! believe the bible is true but look through world history about the foundation of Christianity, Jesus and those famous biblical people. 

For those who subscribe to the "young universe" theory INVESTIGATE IT! Inside and outside of scripture because if we want to witness to a lost, atheistic world we must know how to defend our faith unapologetically and smartly. Not by protesting (see older posts for my opinion on protests).

Pat answers are the easiest defence mechanism but they can sometimes make us look dumb or insincere.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Judas

Judas Iscariot always gets a bad rep when preached about, and rightfully so (mostly?)
I taught a short lesson on Judas today and it got me thinking of him. First off, when talking about Judas, the popular nickname given to him is "the betrayer" or "sellout". However, Judas did do ministry with Jesus for 3 years! It's mind blowing how a guy ate, drank with Jesus and SAW him do miracles and healing like the other apostles would betray him. Matthew 26 is where the events unfold.

It's interesting to note that the prophet Zechariah foretells details about the betrayal of Christ being for 30 pieces of silver. in Chapter 11:12-13 the events unfold (this is really considered a portrayal of Judas) I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages.  Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 

Jesus being the God-man knew someone would betray him (yeah! knew it was Judas) and did He regret selling out the most high for silver? (of course! the guy hanged himself).

Was he part of God's redemptive plan for humanity? If there wasn't a "Judas" would the Crucifixion still have taken place? These are many questions that come from this study.

In Acts we learn that Mathias replaces Judas to complete the 12 once again. They separate and start to fulfill the Great Commission (which I might blog about soon).

Judas might of been unsatisfied with his status or simply unable to be self-controlled (its very hard)/ He was easy prey for the desires of money and power to sell out Jesus. So, if there is something in your life that might hold you back from Christ, let it go!

Keep running the race set before you! Jesus loves you!

I leave you with an amazing song by Showbread called Mathias Replaces Judas (Reese Roper guest vocals) 

B T dubs; I decided its 2011 and joined twitter follow: Fretz0matic@twitter  (thats a zero after the z)

Psalm 103:1-3
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2    Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
3    Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;