Why Gun Control is a Spiritual Issue

This post originally appeared at World Net Daily here.

Immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting there was a call for – get this – gun control. A fury was led by Parkland students David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, who were given expert status by the media simply because of geography. (They were in a school while a shooting took place, apparently giving them unassailable wisdom. By this logic the entire city of Chicago is genius.) That fury was directed:

  • Against the shooter who actually killed the people? No.
  • Against the FBI for ignoring tips that the shooter was going to shoot? Ridiculous.
  • Against Sheriff Israel, who lied about how much contact his department had with the shooter, his weapons, etc., while talking about his own “amazing leadership,” (which coincidentally led to the deaths of 17 people)? Try again.
  • That the shooting took place in a “gun-free” zone, where 98 percent of ALL mass shootings take place? That’s some Einstein thought calling a place “gun-free” would repel rather than attract shooters?

No no no. The fury is against the NRA, a Second Amendment civil rights group of 5 million citizens. The NRA had no part in the shooting. Its members have never committed a mass shooting, but an NRA member did use his AR-15 to stop the Sutherland Springs shooter.

Most significantly, there is a lot of talk about “gun” violence and “gun” control and “gun” deaths. What’s missing? The language of “murderer” control and “criminal” violence and “terrorists caused” deaths.

Why? Why propose limiting the power of the citizenry instead of expressing anger at a government that can’t follow its own rules to stop a killer? Where is the rage at the mass shooter and his bloodlust? What’s behind this thinking?

The answer is this: Gun control is a spiritual issue based on a spiritual worldview.

Let’s consider two views in light of what God says about this issue in the Bible.

The two views are:

  1. The weapon makes the person do bad things. If people didn’t have guns, everyone would be safe.
  2. The person is the problem and responsible for all his or her actions.

Let’s examine both from a Biblical perspective.

1. The weapon is the problem. It makes people do bad things – or global warming does, or Christian football players kneeling in prayer (may provoke ISIS), or whatever is “out there” that might trigger someone.

What does God say about this? Nothing.

God NEVER, EVER says a condemning word about spears, javelins, rocks, arrows, axes, clubs, whips or other tools used to kill. (Guns weren’t invented until around 1364). That is remarkable. There are many, many many words in the Bible. It’s incredibly wordy! Over 807,000 words! But God doesn’t use one word to condemn weapons used in an actual murder!

The first murder in all of creation is recorded in Genesis 4: Cain kills Abel. But God doesn’t even name the weapon! If the very first murder weapon in the world was to blame, seems like God would name and condemn it. What a great opportunity for God to ban the weapon. Instead, He will later famously say, Thou Shalt Not Murder.

Which only makes sense if it’s not the inanimate object that causes the problem.

2. The person is the problem.

Short summary for those who like to skip ahead: This is the view of the entire Bible.

God always and only blames individuals for evil done in the world. He claims that it’s a heart problem, not an inanimate object problem. He sent His Son to die on a cross to deal with the problem in the heart of every person.

To further demonstrate, while God never says, “ban the weapon” He does say “punish the wrongdoer.” He says good government is put in place to do (Romans 13) “terror to those who do bad” and that the government “does not bear the sword in vain,” and “carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

No wrath against the sword! No terror against the knife or gun! Instead, we see actual wrath and terror against the wrongdoer (God’s Words not mine). That’s scary stuff! And, by the way, the only thing criminals fear.

Rather than banning the weapon, in a very real way, God commands banning the murderer.

He says,”If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in His own image” (Genesis 9:6). God is pro-capital punishment, no ifs, ands or buts (read more here).

It’s not about weapon control. It’s all about murderer control and armed robber control and wife beater control and child killer control and rapist control and terrorist control.

Our Founding Fathers, (not all Christian but shared Biblical values) never feared an armed citizenry. They did fear an unchecked, armed government and the criminal. So, they enshrined in our Constitution the God-given right of a free press and the right to bear arms to protect everyone against criminals and tyrannical government.

Weapons don’t make bad guys do bad things. They do bad all on their own. So, they should be met with force, punished forcefully and yes – kept away from guns. But never at the expense of the liberty of the law-abiding.

Amen and amen – David Ruzicka

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#Thoughtsandprayersdonothing

This piece originally appeared as an exclusive in World Net Daily here.

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#ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing began trending on Twitter, tweeted by gun-control advocates, almost immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting. The shooting was heartbreaking beyond belief – lives lost forever! And the profanity-laced responses to the offer of prayers were tragic.

Police visited the shooter’s home 39 times; the FBI received TWO tips in six months that the shooter wanted to kill, and he was still allowed to do so. The FBI didn’t even follow its own protocol.

So, I have no interest in surrendering my Second Amendment rights to a government that can’t stop a shooter who communicated loudly that he was going to kill.

Instead, this is a time to stop and have some “thoughts” that do something. Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”

So let’s compare our present day to a time when mass shootings were rare to nonexistent – 50 to 100 years ago.

Then … guns were everywhere. Guns were on racks in trucks and under people’s beds (my dad’s storage spot). Sixty years ago, Life magazine published an article on “gun safety being taught in schools.”

Now … guns are everywhere. Same then as now.

Then … unless you were the love child of Bonnie and Clyde, there were very little outside stimuli to feed a murderous thought.

Now … a momentary thought of killing can be stoked until it’s an uncontrollable passion. A kid can practice killing innocents with video games, watch violence in movies that wouldn’t have been made 50 years ago and listen to music that celebrates murderers and cop killers as heroes.

He can follow toxic violence on “Twitter like the calls for ‘killing Republicans.’”

He can follow those who attacked the father of a murdered child because he wore a Trump shirt.

So today the culture breeds and feeds murderous desires.

And lastly:

Then … not everyone prayed or was Christian. But most respected Christians, except folks like Madelyn Murray O’Hair. And most found her to be repugnant. (She was. Besides going to SCOTUS to get prayer removed from schools, she chased her father with a butcher knife, trying to murder him).

Now … Obscenity-filled tweets that end with #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing trend on Twitter. Joy Behar announces that she thinks anyone who hears from God is insane, and the TV audience wildly applauds her. Attacks on Christians in media are common (Pence, Dungy, Tebow).

So some things have changed in the last 50 years. But what can we change today, so it’s like it was 50 years ago?

People had guns then and now. And we have the Second Amendment. And the left says it’s impossible to deport 11 million illegal aliens, so the government isn’t going to get magic unicorn power to pry 300 million guns from the hands of Americans.

Nobody is going to force a change in social/entertainment media. And we have a First Amendment. Twitter will continue to be a cesspool, Hollywood will keep pumping out Scarfaces, and violent video games will keep appearing – even if illegally on the internet.

But the last one – #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing. Serious leverage there for success here. I’ll give you three examples of thoughts and prayers doing something:

  1. In Exodus 33 God tells Moses he’s going to wipe out the Israelites because they’re a bunch of ingrates who have completely rejected Him and everything He’s done for them. Moses says, “Please don’t.” God says, “OK.”I’ve read the passage many times, and the only thing makes God change His mind? Moses asks. #thoughtsandprayers.did something.
  2. Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter and almost died, said on Feb. 16, “The prayers helped me tremendously, and unfortunately, there are some on the left that actually mock praying for people.”I needed those prayers,” he added. “Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time and you could feel them. These families need prayer, they need counseling, they need help.” #thoughtsandprayers did something.
  3. Walk into any Bible-believing church in America and ask around. You’ll get story after story of “thoughts and prayers” changing lives from train wrecks to examples of God’s goodness. Heck – walk into any AA meeting and you’ll hear story after story of folks who almost killed themselves with alcohol, but prayers to their “higher power” radically saved them from death. #thoughtsandprayers did something.

Bottom line?

Thoughts and prayers shouldn’t be an excuse for not acting. We should so what we can do – like reject the majestic idiocy of “gun free zones” (98 percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones).

We should make the FBI do its job when someone says, “I want to be a shooter.”

We shouldn’t let those with violent tendencies buy guns legally. If illegal is good enough for MS-13, it should be good enough for someone who threatens to kill fellow students and tortures animals.

But our needs run much deeper than that. “The State” cannot do what only God can do.

What we need is a heart change in millions. Laws are crucial, but no law is going to change a heart steeped in a culture of violence and mayhem. A killer will find a way to kill (Cain/Abel). But God can change a nation when His people are steeped in prayer.

It’s said in the good Book (called so because it’s good), “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Then, thoughts and prayers were respected and desired. Now, we need them more than ever.

Amen amen.

 

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Illegal Immigration: Death is Cost of Doing Business

This originally appeared at WND.com here.

In 2000, Wayne LaPierre told ABC News he believed President Clinton was willing to accept “a certain level of killing to further his political (gun control) agenda.”

Agree or disagree with LaPierre, it’s an indisputable fact that many on the left and right are willing to allow a certain level of killing of Americans because to stop it would impede their political and/or business agenda.

The day after the Super Bowl, the Colts’ Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, were both run over by a drunken-driving, twice-deported illegal alien.

To say that these are needless deaths is a gross understatement. And whenever there is an epidemic of needless deaths, important people rush to microphones to express their outrage and horror at the situation.

People get upset at preventable deaths. For instance:

On the other hand, people actually do die at the hands of some (not all) people in the country illegally. What are the responses of our fearless leaders for the killing of Jackson and Monroe? Here you go:

George W. Bush: No comment on killings of Jackson or Monroe this week. But this elitist patrician who never criticized Obama, criticized his president on foreign soil. Why? Because Trump wants to stop illegal immigration. Bush said, “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees.” Exceptionally ignorant statement. My daddy didn’t have a Kennebunkport compound, and I loved digging ditches in college when it was 105 degrees because it was honest labor and money. Oh – and cotton picking has been mechanized since the late 1960s!

Nancy Pelosi: No comment. On Kate Steinle? “We need more gun control, and we shouldn’t let George Bush … errrr … George Trump stop us! Tax bill is Armageddon for illegal, umm, crumbs – that’s what the bonuses are – crumbs. My grandson wishes he was brown like his Guatemalan friend.” She did stand for eight hours speaking not for Americans murdered by illegals, but in support of illegals.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein/Chuck Schumer/Dick Durbin: “We need a clean DACA bill. Because “dreamers” are better than Americans in Every. Possible. Way.”

John McCain: No comment on the deaths but he did introduce a bill to give DACA amnesty. In 2006 he did say, “I’ll build the God-d–ned fence if they want it.” Borders seem to make him angry.

Lindsey Graham: Nothing about the killings this week, but he said, “We’re not going to build a 1,900-mile wall.” He is very passionate about amnesty and strangely passionate about working with Durbin and Schumer.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Illegals are cheap labor, often off the books, so we oppose ever solving this problem. Deaths? We’re not a law enforcement agency or EMS. Not our problem.

If pressed, some will make a valiant attempt to explain that the problem is not illegal aliens. An illegal who kills someone while driving drunk is an “alcohol abuse” problem. An illegal who shoots someone is a “gun-control” problem (Pelosi’s real-life response to Steinle’s murder). And, of course, we hear all the time that Americans break the law with more frequency than illegals.

Two fallacies argued that cost American lives:

1) Americans drive drunk, too.

Sorry. The formula is simple: No illegal aliens would mean Jackson and Monroe would still be alive.

“But a drunk American could’ve done the same …”

Stop.

We will always have to deal with Americans who break the law. But the government’s job is to make sure our citizens don’t have to fear bad actors from other countries on U.S. soil. We fought two world wars to keep bad actors from unlawfully entering (invading) other countries.

Every murder by an illegal alien would not have happened if the federal government did its job.

2) Illegals commit fewer crimes.

False. Why would any thinking person conclude that someone who is here illegally (against the law) would have an amazing reverence for the sanctity of all of our other laws? One example: recent studies have shown in the case of Arizona, illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born Americans.

So illegals commit more crimes than citizens (common sense), and an illegal who isn’t here commits no crime.

The left ignores deaths at the hands of illegals because they want new Democratic Party voters. They don’t get upset about the killings; they do get upset if someone brings up the killings.

The right, big business and tech moguls (like Mark Zuckerberg, who has a six-foot wall around his Hawaii vacation home) ignore deaths at the hands of illegal immigrants because they want cheap labor.

So, these groups view the deaths of Americans as a cost of gaining power and doing business, and we are nowhere near a death toll that would alarm them.

But a death toll of one citizen murdered by an illegal per year is one too many. That’s one mother/father/son/daughter gone forever. Those people would not have died if there were no illegals.

Bottom line: Because the immeasurable cost to the families of citizens like Jackson and Monroe, we should never tolerate illegal immigration.

It’s a Hell of a Revival!

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here, and The Christian Post here.

As long as I can remember, everyone believes in heaven, but fewer believe in hell. If they do believe, it’s only those “other” bad folks going there – Hitler, Stalin, the neighbor who leaves the trashcans out all week. And before he left Christianity, Rob Bell (called a rock star pastor by Time) wrote a book, Love Wins, arguing that nobody goes to hell, because well…love wins (the phrase was quickly adopted for gay marriage, climate change, and Kim Jong-un).

But recently it seems to me that there is a “hell” of a revival going on-or more precisely a revival of hell. If Trump’s election has done anything, it’s gotten people to think about hell a lot and specifically who MUST go there!

I guess love DOESN’T win all the time.

Consider:

  1. Pennsylvania Assistant Principal Zachary Ruff told a pro-life student, “”You and Trump can go to hell,” and “You can go to hell, where they are, too,” “they” apparently referring to aborted children. I nominate Ruff to be the new head of Planned Parenthood! His values are perfectly aligned with Cecile Richards.

2. At the University of Utah, students protested conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s appearance on campus with signs that said, Hate is not welcome here,” while they chanted (uneducated in hypocrisy), “It is right to rebel, Ben Shapiro go to hell.”

3. Rosie O’Donnell, in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan posting praise of Christmas and Jesus, said, “paul ryan – don’t talk about Jesus after what u just did to our nation – u will go straight to hell.”

4. Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted, “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. “No long lines for you.”

5. Shia LaBeouf, who I LOVE in Even Stevens and Transformers, told a cop that he’s “going to hell” because he’s black.

6. Donna Brazile told Hillary backing critics of her book to all “go to hell.”

7. Madeline Albright said to a laughing audience, that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Meaning any woman who doesn’t vote for Clinton. That Albright – she’s always cracking me up!

8. And lastly, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, said that the California teacher who bashed the military while teaching “ought to go to hell”.”

Whoah! It’s like Nancy Pelosi’s Armageddon! Hell is everywhere! We’ve gone from “love wins” to “who am I gonna send to hell today?” so quickly!

And you might expect that from insane Christian-in-name-only types (Westboro Baptist Church), but the vast majority of the hell talk seems to be coming from the Christianity-is-the-Taliban left.

Why all the hell talk?

Simple. Because every culture and every people have a sense that justice is real and wrongs must be righted. People may have vastly different views on what is right and is wrong. I.e., Pro-lifers: abortion bad. Most pro-abortion activists? Save the whales! Abort the baby! But all have an innate sense that justice must prevail. Why?

Because we are created in God’s image. He is a God of justice. He will right the wrongs. So even if our sense of wrong is corrupted by sin, like God, we still have that innate craving that wrongs should be righted.

All of that said, here two things you’ve gotta know about hell:

1. Hell is real. Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven. If you believe Jesus is divine, no getting around hell. Jesus is right; Rob Bell is wrong.

Justice demands all wrong must be punished. But it doesn’t happen on this earth! Only 61% of murders are solved. That means there are murderers who never face justice in this life. So how can justice prevail?

God is a just God. And He will punish all wrongdoing. Nobody, “get’s away with it.” And according to Jesus, hell is the place just punishment takes place.

2. God doesn’t want anyone to go there. Every religion but Christianity says the way to erase our bad is to do lots of good, and the good will outweigh the bad. But even if you could do a truly excellent thing for every sin you’ve ever committed, it wouldn’t erase the sin. So, what to do?

Jesus went to a cross and took all the sin – took our “just” punishment, so we wouldn’t have to.

Damnation used to mean punishment in hell. So to say, “Damn you!” meant, “Go to hell!”

I had a clever seminary professor, and about 30 or 40 years ago, when speaking to teens, he’d say, “Some of you love to say, ‘Damn you! (when a preacher says that it wakes everyone up). Quit that! You can’t damn anyone. So, some of you say, ‘God damn you.’ You need to quit that too. Because God doesn’t want to damn them. He wants to save them.

I’d add, “No matter what Rosie says!”

So for the Rosies and the Shias and the Lin-Manuels – I hope you do believe in hell. But be assured, you can’t send anyone there, and God doesn’t want to send anyone there, even you. That’s why He paid such a ridiculously high price to keep folks out.  Max Lucado says it best: “Jesus places ‘do not enter signs’ all over the gateway to hell, and he announces to anyone who wants to go, ‘if you go you’ve gotta go over my dead body.’”

Amen amen.

 

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Big Boys Don’t Cry.

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

Big boys shouldn’t cry – with some exceptions:

  1. Cutting onions. It’s not emotional, just biology.
  2. Death of the best dog/best friend.
  3. Acting like a total wuss. You SHOULD cry over that! Disgraceful. But crying about it makes you MORE of a wuss! It’s a vicious circle so stay off the wuss train altogether!
  4. During select manly movies. Like TheChamp with Ricky Schroeder, Old Yeller, The Patriot. All Hallmark movies. Wait wut? Delete! Delete!
  5. Totaling of a cherished car or truck.
  6. If you’re God incarnate, completely infinite (John 11:35).
  7. And obviously, you get a free pass for all crying if you’ve been in military combat service. Because you’re awesome that’s why!

Bottom Line: Crying is what the guys in Twilight movies do, NEVER what Rambo would sylvester and twilight real mean don't drydo.

Someone: David, you sound like you’re promoting toxic masculinity!!
Me: Sorry – no such thing. There is masculinity. And then there is a toxic male. One possesses God-given masculinity and does good things with it. The other is a meathead.

But crying is all the rage today. In fact, everywhere we turn we are told, in the words of  George Will, “that it is healthy for us continuously to take our emotional temperature, inventory our feelings and vent them. Never mind research indicating that reticence and suppression of feelings can be healthy.”

It can actually be GOOD to suppress your feelings. Keep them stuffed deep – they’re stuffed down there for a reason!

So…. some of this (not all!) is tongue in cheek. BUT…there has been some recent male crying that is completely unacceptable and crushes all credibility the crybaby ever had. Here are two bad forms of crying:

1. Fake Tears: tears that flow, but aren’t real.

In 2016, President Trump banned travel from seven Muslim countries that breed Islamic terrorists. Immediately dubbed the “Muslim ban.”’ Which must mean it barred all Muslim countries, right?

Wrong! There are FIFTY majority Muslim countries in the world-SEVEN banned. So only an uninformed or dishonest person would call it a “Muslim ban,” right?  Of course!

But that didn’t stop Senator Chuck Schumer. He went on national TV and CRIED OVER THE TRAVEL BAN. He said it was, “mean-spirited.”

But in 2015, Schumer backed an act of Congress that actually IDENTIFIED the seven countries in Trump’s travel ban.

So Schumer was FOR a ban of folks from terrorist-havens before the ban MADE him cry.

These are fake tears with no basis in reality and used to manipulate.  And the opposite of manliness and integrity.

2. Fictitious Tears: tears that no one saw because they were made up.

Just last week, it was reported by Senator Dick Durbin that the President called some really bad countries a bad name (I don’t like the language but not sure I believe Durbin either – he’s made things up before. Others in the meeting didn’t hear what Durbin did.).

But calling a bad country a bad country is racist. So racist, that Senator Cory Booker, in a tirade against DHS Secretary, shouted that when Durbin told him what the President said, he had, “tears of rage.

Really ponder that phrase. Tears. Of. Rage. Have you EVER seen tears of rage? The only place I’ve seen them was on the face of a five-year-old laying in the middle of aisle five, screaming for Oreos!

No emotionally stable man has “tears of rage” over a comment like the one in question. I’ve never even MET a man who had, “tears of rage.”

I could only find one example of “tears of rage” in recent history. After the abduction and murder of his six-year-old son, John Walsh wrote a book called, Tears of Rage. That crime is a reason for rage and tears. And he leveraged that rage to start a nationwide movement to track down over 1,000 fugitives through his TV show. Excellent man.

But Booker hears of someone else calling a bad place a bad name, and he beats up a woman with his raging tears.

I don’t believe him – he makes up whole people. And I can’t say enough bad about his fictitious tears. But…you might think he’s being truthful – and in that case, his reaction is emotionally unstable. So fabricated or real, it’s a lose-lose for him.

So What? So Man up!

Fake and fictitious tears – so what?

We can’t control what dishonest politicians do with their tears, but we can control ourselves. So, let’s be men. Realize that after age five, you should NEVER use tears to get what you want.Instead use persuasion, logic, and the truth. And when a politician deploys phony or fictitious tears to manipulate–just recognize the integrity deficiency.

The Apostle Paul was an epic man (and as a first-century Jew-probably epic beard), took beating after beating and was still rugged to the core. And he writes in 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” Excellent word.

Our world needs fewer crybabies and more men who will act like men and be strong: strong and noble, strong and kind, strong and loving, strong and gentle, strong and honest, strong and Godly. If a man like that cries, no problem! You know it’s the right time. You know it’s for a good reason.

So man up. Be that kind of man. The world will be better for it. Amen amen.

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Can A Christian Be a Doobie Brother?

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

So a CNN reporter was riding the bong bus, marveling at a stoner gas mask and offering a hit on New Year’s Eve – but should a Christian smoke weed?

 A: Obviously not, David. It’s illegal in Texas. Dude!OK. What about California? It’s legal in California now. And Colorado! So it’s OK, right? I mean, “legal” means “permissible,” so it’s OK. Right? Check out the Wordage: Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1).

SEE! SEE! “Submissive to the rulers!” Since it’s legal in PROC (People’s Republic of California), let’s be godly submitters. And don’t bogart that joint, my friend! Pass it over to me!

Now, wait just a minute. Don’t get so excited, my doobie brother. Let’s think this through a little bit.

First, a social observation:

Smoke cigarettes? Culture says (I definitely do NOT say this) you’re a demon, a devil and a deplorable, and even if you smoke in your own home, we’ll hunt you down and put you in jail! OK, not yet, but give us time! For now, we’ll just tax your smokes into oblivion – which means we really can’t outlaw it because it’s such a great source of government revenue.

And your cancer-causing second-hand smoke is killing the world! (Full disclosure: smell of cig smoke on a cold, crisp morning fills my mind with great memories of deer hunting with my dad pre-fifth grade.)

I’ve never personally seen a modern movie/TV show where the smoker was the most loveable character in the movie. Maybe the toughest (fire in his mouth, gotta be tough), but not the most loveable.

Smoke weed? You freedom lover! You’re a cool dude who talks while holding your breath! You’re funny and the darling of pop culture – famous to millions like Cheech and Chong and Spicoli! Smoking weed is the subject of humor, and the pothead in a movie is always the most likable, with his “dude” and “tubular” and “gnarly.” I’ve never personally seen a pot smoker in a movie who was deplorable.

It’s perfectly acceptable to say you smoked weed as a kid because even presidents do it (Obama and Clinton). Everyone has done it, right (just for the record, I haven’t)?

So, if smoking a cigarette is so horrendous, and the anti-smoking crowd would love to outlaw it completely, it’s completely illogical that smoking cannabis would be looked at as acceptable in any way! It’s all smoke, carcinogenic and polluting! In fact, the logical response to the legalization of marijuana anywhere would be outrage, panic and hand-wringing. But no, the popular culture largely says it’s a beautiful thing, cute thing, freedom thing … dude. Unless you’re a killjoy, fun-hating narc.

Conclusion? Our crazy world is not the “go-to” for wisdom, logic, consistency or clarity on smoking weed.

What does the Bible say about it?

  1. The Bible doesn’t mention marijuana. Or doobie. Or maryjane. It does mentions grass! Darn! Wrong kind of grass. Just the kind cows eat.
  2. The Bible doesn’t mention “getting high.” Nobody in the Bible ever said, “When I get high I see Jesus.” But I heard someone say that at some time in my life. That is some kind of crazy.
  3. The Bible does say no to drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The reason is simple. It robs the individual of the ability to control himself. If you’re “controlled” by drunkenness, you can’t be “controlled” by the Spirit.
  4. Unlike alcohol (you can drink and not get drunk), you can’t smoke a joint (or eat a brownie) and not get high. The whole point is to get high.
  5. Getting high impairs you like getting drunk. “That’s totally bogus man!” Really? Consider this: In Colorado it is illegal to drive while drunk OR under the influence of MJ. Why? Because you are unable to control yourself. You may kill someone.Colorado governmental authorities (and ski resorts) see drunken folks and doobie brothers (or sisters) as equally impaired. (Smoke a joint on the slopes and you’ll be escorted off the mountain.) In this case Ephesians 5:18 (God says no to drunkenness) would come into play. Don’t be controlled by anything (like marijuana or drunkenness) but be controlled by the Spirit of God.

So, besides the fact that smoking weed is:

  1. a poor witness of a person who exalts Christ as King and Lord over all of life,
  2. a stumbling block for folks (nobody ever said, “I got a scholarship to college because of marijuana”),
  3. addictive,

the Biblical principle in Ephesians 5:18 of not being controlled by anything but the Holy Spirit of God would dictate abstinence from the use of marijuana.

Can I smoke weed and be a Christian? Sure. Faith in Christ is the only thing that saves me. But looking at Scripture, I’d have to say I’m a disobedient Christian. I’d be hard-pressed to say in any way that I’m really looking out for No. 1 (Jesus) in my life.

Amen amen.

 

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What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?


It’s Christmas! Gotta buy everyone gifts, right?  And some folks have, literally, EVERYTHING!  What do you get someone who has everything?

What can you give God that He doesn’t already have?

As a kid, I sometimes argued with a friend:
Me: I’m right.
Him: No, I’m right.
Me: I’m right times 2!
Him: I’m right times 100!
Me: I’m right infinity!

Game over.  I win. 

He can be right times 100 or 1000, but I’m infinitely right so…end of story (if you think we sound very nerdy and geeky, you’d be right).

God is infinite. That’s makes Him hard to shop for. Here’s what I mean:

Example 1: Time
I can spend my time doing things for/with my wife, and that blesses her because it’s a gift of time that she doesn’t have. My time + her time = more time for her! She loves that.

God has a ridiculous about of time. As Supreme Being, He’s completely unlimited by time and space! He’s infinite! Me giving Him time? He has all the time in the world.

Example 2: Energy
I can give my wife the gift of energy by working in the yard or cleaning the garage, and that blesses her because it’s a gift of energy that she doesn’t have.
My energy + her energy = more energy for her! As with time, she loves that.

God’s energy is infinite.  Me giving Him energy? He’s got it all!

Example 3: Stuff
I can give my wife a gift of roses and that blesses her because it’s a gift of stuff that she doesn’t have. My roses + her lack of roses = more roses for her! As with time and energy, she loves that. If it’s a gift of vacuum or a chainsaw or a fruitcake, not so much.

BUT….God owns ALL of the stuff! Everything! He created it, and it’s His! He’s infinite – infinite in resources – there is no end to God’s roses. He could bury me in roses, and He’d STILL have endless roses!

God is infinite in His resources – He has all the time and energy and resources in the universe. What does He NOT have that He WANTS?

There is one thing that God does not have. 

My sin. 

God doesn’t have ANY sin. NONE. AT. ALL.

I have mountains of sin.

Loads and loads and loads of sin. Sin to spare! If I was only 20 years old, and I only sinned 10 times a day, that means I have 73,000 sins. That’s a lot of sin.

David! That’s doesn’t seem like much if a gift!?!?

Agreed. But God can’t have you, the ultimate object of His affection, unless He first gets rid of your sin.

So God wants my sin. All of it. Every. Single. Bit.

So He sent His Son,
to collect all that sin,
put it on His back,
go to a cross,
and get rid of it forever.

As in my sin buried in the depths of the ocean, far as the east is from the west, and all that stuff.

What do you give the God who has everything? Your sin. And He, in His infinite love, gets rid of it all.

So that in His great affection He can have…you.

 

Amen and amen. And Merry Christmas!

 

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