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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Christian Power Problem

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” Aung San Suu Kyi

And he (Paul) entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way (Christians) before the congregation, he withdrew form them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. - Acts 19:8-10

Legislate: “to control, create, or cause (something) by making laws” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Christians have a problem in the west right now. Especially in America. The problem is with our power. Nowhere in the New Testament does anyone talk about how to rule the world. But here we are. A nation founded, in large part, on the principles of Christianity. A nation whose never had a president that wasn’t Christian. A nation who’s motto is “In God we trust.” The most powerful nation in the world… Where are the instructions? I say all this as Christianity is under attack. Biblical principles are being thrown back at us as oppressive and discriminatory. And in all honesty they are. The Bible discriminates against every person who’s ever been born except for Jesus. It discriminates because it holds to the standard of perfection, and no one except the Son of God has ever achieved that. In the lists of don’ts in the Bible we can all find a struggle. And so what do we do with those principles. We do our best to live by them of course. We do that by first loving God, then loving others. But what do we do with laws? We’ve all heard the phrase “You can’t legislate morality.” I’ve even used it myself. But sure you can. That’s the entire point of legislation. Stealing is wrong, so we legislate against it. We write laws every day to stop wrongful acts. But where do we stop? If as Christians we’re writing the laws, where do we stop expecting others to live by our standards? Just recently I read from a Christian source that we as Christians should basically stop whining about the war on our culture because we suffer the least amount of discrimination of any group. The problem is, it’s not true. Profess your faith as a Christian and see what happens. Maybe not much here in America, but throughout most of the world, you could be punished. Go to most any Arab country and profess Christ as God. Even in the most liberal you will be jailed when caught. Then go to China, North Korea, India, Pakistan… Christianity may be the most populous religion in the world, but it is also the most oppressed religion in the world. Christianity is popular for one reason; Christ! The apostle Paul knew that. That’s why when he came under attack in today’s Bible passage he just straight left. And guess what? That’s how the Way, what we call Christianity today, became so popular. The attack forced it to spread. But here we are as Christians, bearing the responsibility of making rules. As we come under attack. As we follow Jesus. Remember where the power lies. It’s not in the righteousness of our rules. It’s not in political office. It’s in Christ. We may be right. We do have a responsibility to form a just and good society. But give Christ first. People aren’t going to be saved by telling them the Bible says their wrong. People can only be saved by Christ. To most, the Bible is just words. But to those who follow Jesus, He is the power behind those words. Because God is the only one who can act on them. Where do we stop with the rules? I don’t know. But give Christ first. Then maybe move. Maybe there’s somewhere else that needs Jesus too.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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