We Are All Judges

As adults, we love to ask children what they want to be when they grow up. We know the typical answers, a policeman, fireman, baseball player, pilot, astronaut or even the president. What I have never heard a child say is that they want to grow up to be a Supreme Court Justice. I’ve never heard a child say they wanted to be a judge, or anything like it. I don’t ever believed that I wanted to be a judge when I grew up even though we played Order in the Court.

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Global Warming Update

Wow, it’s only been nine days since my last Global Warming Update, and here we have another update on the warming of the globe: Threat of Man-made Global Warming Exaggerated. Who could have believed that those lofty scientists would skew so much data to get the government moving in an anti-capitalist way are now being seen for what they are? Basically liars so that they could gain some attention, funding and a false sense of power.

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A Lesson in Marketing

Just one lot over from my father’s office here in Brenham is an old gas station where the owner still works on cars, inspects cars and sells furniture on the side. When I moved here two months ago, he has some 50 or 60 used office chairs on the corner for sale with a price of $10 and up.

Obviously, the sale of the chairs was not going well until about a week ago. He got a chalk board, put it right between the chairs and wrote “Deer Hunting Chairs.”

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Jody wanted me to write down a few of my statements so that he would remember them. We were talking about Subway sandwiches and how much l loved their Italian BLT, or whatever it is called. I said that I love them, but that they tended to live with me for  a while every time I ate one. Then I added, “Well, at least then I wouldn’t have to live alone.”

The other involved Facebook friend Sara who just bought her teenage daughter a boa constrictor (that’s a snake, for those of you who live in Luxora). I reworded a John Wayne quote and said the following: “I agree with John Wayne that the only good snake is a dead snake.” To which I added, “That applies to both reptiles and politicians.”

Tattoos Are Still Sinful for Christians

I was listening to Laura Ingraham this morning and she was talking about new codes in Washington, D.C., for tattoo parlors. Given that so many listen to her show, I thought I would present the Biblical truth concerning tattoos. Let me be clear, Laura was neither pro or against tattoos, but was against the D.C. city council and their nanny-state actions.

I am opposed to getting tattoos. It is sinful to get a tattoo.

Why do I say this? Because the Bible does. We have to remember that something is a sin if God says it is a sin. Leviticus 19:29 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.

The reason being is that tattoos are marks of different gods and images on the body. The principle behind this is that when we become Christians, our bodies no longer belong to us, but belong to the LORD. He has purchased us with His blood, therefore our bodies are to remain free from such markings, which have their origins in the pagan gods.

1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Some might say: “but Timothy, the Old Testament Law doesn’t apply.” Yes, it does. But not in the same way as it did to political Israel. The principle of the Laws are always applicable even though dietary restrictions have been removed (see Glenn Davies on this here). The point is that we don’t belong to ourselves, we belong to Christ. He had to go to the cross for the sin of tattoos. Therefore, we should respect His restriction on this matter given in the Old Testament because we belong to Him. In other words, He didn’t die on the cross so that we could sin against the Father in order to get a tattoo. He wants to set us apart from the world, not become the world. Surely we can die to this sin and encourage our young children to no longer get tattoos?

You Never Marry the Right Person

I have to give my kudos to Timothy Keller. He is willing to say about marriage what few are willing to say: You Never Marry the Right Person.

Keller writes:

…some people in our culture want too much out of a marriage partner. They do not see marriage as two flawed people coming together to create a space of stability, love and consolation, a “haven in a heartless world,” as Christopher Lasch describes it. Rather, they are looking for someone who will accept them as they are, complement their abilities and fulfill their sexual and emotional desires. This will indeed require a woman who is “a novelist/astronaut with a background in fashion modeling,” and the equivalent in a man. A marriage based not on self-denial but on self-fulfillment will require a low- or no-maintenance partner who meets your needs while making almost no claims on you. Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner.

What he is pointing out is that far too many people enter marriage so they can have their needs met, as opposed to entering marriage in order to give to the other person. The goals of marriage for many are off based and set up for failure. If we are looking to have our needs met, is there any one who can actually fulfill all those needs? It seems to me that if the needs are fulfilled on one level, then nothing will happen but the arrival of more needs needing to be fulfilled. This is because the needs of many are sinful in nature and sin is never satisfied.

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