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Election Day Facebook Post – Fundemental Misunderstanding of Christianity

Given the very heated and debated election I’ve stayed away from comments on Facebook on just about everything. That said, this comment really bothered me due to the complete misunderstanding of a fundamental Christian belief.

This post was made by a classmate of mine from many years ago. I’ve edited out the names just for privacy.

It appears that the Catholic Diocese sent a letter out to their members in north east Wisconsin with some sort of a reminder to vote according to the beliefs you have (or say you have).

This particular post ‘went viral’ among most of this persons friends as can be seen by the 36 ‘likes’.

Given that we are all sinners (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23), we are all evil! It is a false statement to say “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, There are no good people! The correct statement is “Why do good things happen to bad people?”.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

Back to the post; The issue here is that while we are instructed to love and support the sinner, as Jesus clearly demonstrated, Christians are in no way are called to support (or ultimately legislate via this election) the sin itself. To call homosexual marriage evil is correct according to the Bible.

 

Christian Life and Witness Course

Tomorrow is the last day of the Billy Graham Evangelic Association’s Christian Life and Witness Course that I have been going to the last few weeks.
Its been very interesting to learn about how the Billy Graham organization breaks down the Gospel message using the bridge method (into 4 steps) that should be familiar to many Christians as it’s primary evangelistic method. Last week was a powerful and convicting 2 hour session of the bridge method.

The model is setup so that it can be explained in a solid form using about 2 or 3 key Bible verses for each of the 4 steps in less than 3 or 4 minutes. Thanks to helping with AWANA now for 6 years I already knew all of those verse by memory – I just need to work on remembering the book/chapter/verse for a few of them.

Attending the Training class also allows me to apply to be a counselor for the Rock the Lakes event in Green Bay in August.

Doing that would be a major step far outside my comfort zone.
I’ve filled out the application.

2 different church views in one weekend

This weekend I attended the wedding of one of my cousins at a Catholic Church in Milwaukee on Saturday, the following day I attended Sunday services at the nondenominational Christian Elmbrook. In most aspects Elmbook is just about the same as Appleton Alliance Church – only larger.

The differences between the 2 (“Catholic” and “nondenominational Christian”) are incredible, being reminded of that fact is even more humbling. I grew up in the Catholic tradition and until college had no idea of anything but the Catholic tradition.

The first major item I noticed was that the Catholic church still has Jesus nailed to the cross. Front and center was a massive cross – with a Jesus body nailed to it.
Every non-Catholic church I’ve been in, that I can recall, just uses a plain cross. I’ll avoid any discussions on why, but it is a nice transition to the next major difference I observed-
The Catholic church lacked life! The towering walls of stone were dark and cold. The singing we garbled and mumbled. People simply followed along, everything was as it always has been – a routine. It seemed … dead.

The Christian church, on the other hand, was bright and vibrant. The singing was loud and impressive. People were happy to be there. The Pastor told a joke or two. The message was alive with reason and clear instruction – and application.  It was Alive!

I thought it was an interesting item to notice – that in one place it seemed dead, and indeed – Christ was still dead nailed to the cross.
In the other it was alive – and so was Jesus, as a body, was nowhere to be seen.

I’d rather be alive!