Just a few things going on that I would like to comment about, but not write an entire post about.
Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church cancels services — this boneheaded idea is that they should cancel Sunday services and spend time doing random acts of kindness. Sounds all gooey and cheesy on the surface, but the most important thing a Christian can do is gather with other Christians and worship God. I think God takes worship quite seriously. After all, in those Ten Commandment thingys, God uses one of those commands in order to set aside a day JUST for worship. Of course, that would be lost on Warren and his “trendy” church. Never let the Bible or God’s word get in the way of a good idea. Maybe we can pray that Warren & Co. will just go ahead and cancel their services… forever. Let the people in his congregation find a true church.
Boycotting Celebs Because of Their Abortion Positions — The writer readily agrees that if we boycotted every star and starlet in the entertainment industry that support abortion, we wouldn’t be able to watch television at all… Hhm? Maybe not a bad idea. But I digress. Kristen Walker does say that we should boycott the worst offenders for their positions. She lists five: Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Amy Poehler, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Walker writes of Johansson:
The gorgeous star of Iron Man 2, Lost in Translation, Ghost World, and a bunch of movies I haven’t seen joined an even more irritating actress (see #1, below) for aPSA warning the world that in the event of Planned Parenthood being defunded, poor women would be denied even the most basic health care and forcibly impregnated with Republican babies, which they would then be forced to raise as Evangelicals. Or something like that.
The rest are worth reading. I’m not much for boycotting, especially since I see so few movies, I’ve only heard of Paltrow, but if you want to join Walker, please do so.
Jim Thornton Challenges Faith Healers — This article gets my blood going because I always want to challenge so-called faith healers that if they are truly faith healers, why not go into a hospital and heal everyone inside for the glory of God? In fact, do so and do not ask for any money. If you really have the gift of healing then you shouldn’t have any problem doing this at all. Thornton has a similar line of thinking. He writes:
I have decided to listen to the faith healers and stop my blood pressure medicine and vitamin pills. There are a few conditions however before I stop, I need to see more consistency in these faith healers. First, I want see them stop eating and just trust God for their bodily nourishment. Second, I need to see them avoid the gas stations and trust the Lord to keep their cars running by faith alone. Lastly, I want them to stop asking for our money and just trust the Lord to fill up their bank accounts. Then when I see the faith healers nourished without food, their cars running without gassing up, and their bank accounts so full that they stop asking for money, I will stop using my medicine.
Thornton is on to something.
Another J.C. Ryle Quote — because I needed to read this one and be reminded.
Your trials may be many and great. Your cross may be very heavy. But the business of your soul is all conducted according to an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure. All things are working together for your good. Your sorrows are only purifying your soul for glory; your bereavements are only fashioning you as a polished stone for the temple above, made without hands. From whatever quarter the storms blow, they only drive you nearer to heaven! Whatever weather you may go through it is only ripening you for the garner of God. Your best things are quite safe.