I want to start letting you in on some articles that I read as I delete my emails as I’ve done in the past, but in a different way than that which I’ve done in the past. Due to what we’re seeing play out post-election, I want to begin with a plea. This is a Catholf Priest speaking to Catholic brothers and sisters, but I am going to essentially say that this is for every person who professes faith in Christ. The question: “What have you done?” As we have discussed in past commentaries on Politely Rude With Abby Johnson, if Biden gets officially sworn in as President of the United States, there are some things that will happen. I am going to present it in a way that no one else has: through questions. Think about these for a long time and let it sink in before continuing.
- Do you believe that everyone has the right to worship freely without interferrence of the government?
- Do you oppose abortion with your life?
The other things are debateable among Conservatives and Liberals alike, such as Contraception (which, based on a past commentary I’ve done on Politely Rude With Abby Johnson, I no longer support) so I won’t ask those questions, but even if you don’t support the use of contraception and those other debateable parts I didn’t mention above, think long and hard about your convictions. The ultimate question is, “What are your convictions and did you vote contrary to those convictions?”
Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship wrote an article concerning what I’ve mentioned above–especially an article about applauding abortion. As I was reading the article, I was reminded of an ad on Facebook where a may named Benji Alexander who who wrote a long ad/post of sorts on Facebook concerning his book called The Science Of Dreams. I haven’t read it yet, but I feel like all of us need to read it at this day and age so we can accomplish the call of God without falling into traps the enemy of our souls has set. Please get it now while the year is still fresh and new.
Here is a video that essentially under 5 minutes says the same thing which was linked to on my email. Also, you may ask, “Why did Shane mention movies that show vampires? They’re not real?” Well, here is a video from National Geographic which debunks that myth. Vampires, brothers and sisters in Christ, are real, and you are hereby commanded upon the authority of the Scriptures to cease from watching any movies or TV shows that even seem to endorse this heinous behavior. You may say, “But I still keep the Word in mind and I know that the Lord does not approve of such activities. You can object and justify what you are doing all you want, but in this article by David Peak, the common theme is this: Whatever you spend most of your time with and whatever is put above your relationship with Christ is your idol.” Read this very carefully and slowly before continuing.
Also, here is episode 12 of the Spiritual Warfare Series put out by Godspeed Magazine’s YouTube Channel concerning what you watch (which I need you to think about before continuing), here is the lesson about what you let into your ear–what you are listening to (which I want you to also ponder on and pray concerning before continuing), and lastly, here is the whole playlist of Spiritual Warfare lessons which Godspeed Magazine put out for your consumption.
I am preaching to the choir in some respects and folks listen: You have heard it said by some that it is okay to only spend 5 minutes a day (or sitting) with the Lord if that’s all the time that you need. However, in his book The Cross And The Switchblade, David Wilkerson documents how he started out watching TV for two hours after work and then going to bed. He says that one night he felt the need to sacrifice that time and go to the office and study the Word during those two hours. I want you to consider what John Ramirez says concerning this topic here (either at this link or on episode 13 which I linked to above).
I want us collectively to start thinking about this. How much time do you spend doing research, your blogs, watching podcasts, watching TV, reading books, etc.? We need to begin to slowly (if not quickly; however the Lord commands) sacrifice this time spent to the Lord so that He can help you to heed His call. Whoever you are–Catholic, Protestant, Jewish–you name it–this means that we are to read our Bibles and spend time with the Lord more than we read (or listen to) our most favored preachers. This does not mean “just spending time with Jesus for 5 minutes so I can get that checkmark off my listen and go and look at Twitter). This means actively pursuing a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This means letting Him–not your Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian, Mormon, etc. books or teachers–dictate what you are to do with your life. As this article teaches, we cannot let our “holy book” or the traditions of our Church take precedence over what the Word of the living God says–what He commands of us to do. He is the head of the Church, not the Pope, my Pastor, the Church Councils of the world, me, you, or anyone else, no matter how important they are. Of course, I do believe in reading The Didache and the writing of the Early Church Fathers, but they are still just writings that are not a part of the cannon of Scripture and must not take precedence over that. What I mean is this: I am not to read books or whatever more than I spend time with my Lord and Savior, read His Word, seek His Will and ways, and come to know His instruction and just Him personally.
I know that this is easier said than done, but it still must be done. I am talking to myself as well. Think and pray about these things, beloved. This goes for you even if you head or work at a pro-life organization. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the pro-life cause in many ways has become an idol in our hearts–mine included. We get so passionate about saving babies (and don’t get me wrong; I will solely vote for someone based on their pro-life record) that we forget to ask the Father what He wants us to do. You may be only called into this field. That’s great! But don’t be too prideful as to think that this doesn’t apply to you, because it applies to everyone reading this blog. God bless!