There comes a time when we as Christians can’t just sit by and watch as our beliefs get trampled every day. I remember a while back when Jon Stewart was making fun of Christianity (specifically Catholicism) and I read some comments from different people. People who called themselves Christians made a point that it was just humor, that others just need to lighten up and take a joke.
This always stayed with me and it wasn’t until this moment that I realized what huge impact that would have – in a negative way. Everyone likes to claim that everyone is entitled to free speech but that freedom always fails to extend to Christians. Anyone that decides to bring Jesus into any discussion in any form is automatically turned away. Unless it involves crude and disgusting humor.
This point is made very clear by actor Seth Rogen and his statement back in December that “you can make fun of Christians, they’re cool” he further berated Christians by saying, “Christians have their own [explicative] to deal with, they’re not worried about us”. Then he further claims that it is on the LOW list of controversial matters. He is right that Christians have their own stuff to deal with, including him and his Hollywood cronies who feel it is okay to bash Christians – seeing as though we’re “cool” people and all.
First of all, you can make fun of Christians because it seems to be the “cool” thing to do now. It does not make it OKAY by any means. We should not continue to support these people who are so callous as to call our Savior, our beliefs, such foul blasphemous names. Degrading the beliefs that we hold so dear.
That just about sums it up when he says that his movie is on the low list of controversial matters. Where clearly disrespectful statues and pictures are stated to be “art”. One case I saw that happened in 2012 during a party celebrating design has really bothered me. An “artist” made popsicles out of wine that he secretly had blessed by a priest. He said that he snuck in to the church with a cooler and during the transubstantiation he claims that his wine was also transformed into the Blood of Christ. He then froze it on popsicle sticks that were in the shape of the crucifix with Jesus on the cross.
The first thing that I have to say, is this totally disgusts me. He wanted to make a point about religious fanaticism and violence. This does nothing but cement the fact that he is a total disgrace of a human being who is being influenced by evil to try and hurt the Catholic Church as well as Christianity. Not surprisingly, he is a practicing atheist. Which further disgusts me that he would during a time when Christians are being slaughtered over the in Middle East, choose a peaceful religion to make fun of, blasphemies and degrades.
It is time for Christians to stop sitting around and twiddling their thumbs as our faith is being dragged through the mud. Start standing up for Jesus, or stop letting His name pass your lips. It is time to start being realistic and stop focusing on the happy side of being a Christian. We are called to be defenders of Christ and our faith. There is a hell and anyone willing to stand against Jesus will find their souls damned for life. Christians who stand by and allow it to happen, while defending all things that are against Christian beliefs will find themselves possibly in hell, if they’re lucky then they might get time in purgatory.
Does this make me judgmental? To some yes but in reality no. Hell is coming to earth, mostly it is already here and people don’t want to believe. A war is coming between good and evil and there will be no gray area. So decide what side you want to be on.
Give me strength and courage to stand against the dark one,
It comes in many forms and I must resist temptations,
Guard me against my human weakness,
Allow me to turn my heart completely to you O’ Lord,
Help those who are Christian to accept their beliefs,
And those who are not to turn to Christ our King.
Imagine saying yes to God. I mean truly, whole heartedly, no doubt, second thought or hesitation – a total complete love and trust in saying yes to God. There is one person who did this and said yes to God, ultimately redoing everything that Eve ruined by falling for the temptation of the evil one. Mary, the Blessed Mother of God said yes to God. Changing the course of humanity in a way unlike any other before or after her.
Mary the Mother of God goes by many names, such as Saint Mary, Virgin Mary and Blessed Mother. When the archangel Gabriel showed up to her and told her that she would give birth to the son of God, through the Holy Spirit. When she was to be betrothed to Joseph, it was discovered that she was pregnant. It was considered scandal at the time for any woman to be with child outside of wedlock. However, once Joseph was visited by the angel he understood the importance of the situation. He took her to somewhere safe after marrying her, to protect her as well as the child of God.
This is of course just a small piece of the history that surrounds this world changing event. It is something that we need to understand as Catholics, the importance that Mary has in our life. She gave birth to our savior, how can she not be special? Some Christians doubt the importance that Mary has, that she was just a human who happened to have a small part of such an incredible event.
What?? I have a hard time believing that God would chose just some random woman to give birth to His son. Not only that, but such as the story of the wedding at Cana, Mary had a part in the miracle that Jesus performed. She chose to do Gods will when He asked her, something that very little humans have the ability to do – none have done as full as her.
I think one of the most incredible things that is inspiring about the mother of Jesus is how even when she knew He was going to be murdered and when she SAW Him getting beaten, tortured and killed, she never once cursed God. How many of us can say the same?
I have been guilty of this as well, when something goes wrong it is so easy to blame and yell at God. That isn’t fair though, because how seldom do we thank God when everything is going right? What Mary showed and can still show us is how with the power of God, with placing our faith in our savior we can truly do the will that God has for us.
Sometimes it is hard to understand Gods will for us but he knows what is best for us, He wants what is best for us. Just like any parent He loves us and wants to protect us as best as He can without completely interfering. If God did everything for us, where would our love come from? If we never use the gifts that God gave us or love Him simply for everything He is, what have we learned?
Let me explain a little deeper. God loves us but He can’t force us to love Him. If we are unwilling to let go of our selfish desires to see everything He has done for us then we are not capable of loving Him. Do we say we just love God because He gave us money, fame and fortune? That isn’t love, that is a feeling based on convenience. If we were to lose all the money, have to live on the streets and had our body riddled with disease, could we still say we love God? That example may be a little extreme but it is the same basic principle. We have to truly love God during the good and bad times.
Getting back to our Blessed Mother, she is a great example of what we can be in our life. If we are willing to look out of ourselves and give faith to the Lord, we can do God’s will. We have to let go of our fears, doubts and anger, and give ourselves to God. Like Mary, we have to say YES to God!
To you I give the glory of the day as well as my moments of sorrow,
You are my friend, redeemer, the savior of humans.
Help me to say yes to you, to give myself completely,
I want to do your will throughout this darkened world.
To be the light for Heaven, to share with others who do not know,
I want to let go my human weakness and submit myself to you
Where is God? That is a question that a lot of people ask when something bad happens. If people would truly open their hearts to God they would realize that He is ALWAYS there no matter what, especially when something bad happens. It is something that actually quite annoys me now but I used to say not too long ago.
God created us all in His image, He loves us more than we can imagine. Why is it that instead of turning to God we turn against Him during difficult times? This is when our relationship with God should become strengthened. People would be able to deal with things a lot better if they turned to God in times of need and grief. We only “stick with” Him when everything is happy rays of sunshine but when the storms come we say where is He? When the whole time He is telling us that He is right there. Forever and always.
Then people have the audacity to BLAME God for all their woes. When realizing that had it not been for humans original weakness for temptation, none of the bad things would happen – so if you feel the need to play the blame game, blame Adam and Eve. We are not entitled to good days every day, we are not immune to death and decay, sickness still makes our bodies weak. These are things that make us HUMAN now that Eden is gone from us. We need to embrace them, as crazy as that may sound.
By embracing them, I simply mean accepting them as they are. We are human, bad things are going to happen and that is the way of the world. Some people get the “short end of the stick” and continually get bad things thrown at them. It is during those times when it is most tempting to quit, tell God that He is bad and that you don’t deserve what is happening to you. God doesn’t set out to hurt anyone, that is not how these things work. He gave us choices, we make those choices or others make them for us. In the end, we can either come out stronger in our faith or weaker in our temptations. The choice is yours. It won’t be easy and it is okay to feel weak sometimes – again it is what makes us human. But do not let that weakness consume you.
I am nothing without you,
Everything bad that has happened to me does not compare to the love you give,
Give me the strength to see that,
Instead of giving up and letting the devil win,
Don’t let me isolate myself to get weak,
Let me use your word to heal my hurts and sorrows.
Throughout life we are going to meet people who will make a huge impact on us – whether it be negatively or positively. Sadly, there are people out there who not only work to take advantage of others, but to intentionally hurt them for no other purpose but to cause pain. I have run across these types of people, who constantly lie, taunt, hurt, deceive and use everything to try and hurt your soul.
We can’t let them though! This is when we really need to rely on the strength we have through Christ to pick us up so we can carry on with our lives. There is no doubt evil in this world, you just have to flip on the news station to know that. However, we deal with evil every day in our lives through temptations and out right attacks on our beings.
This can be done through the evil ones use of others who do not allow God into their lives. We may even have own family members who say vile things about you, then try to justify it. Which is what happened in my case, which I won’t go into full detail with. Ever since I developed a closer relationship with God, it has been easier to see through people whose motives are not in line with what Christ asks of us.
When we stop and think about it we are merely spiritual beings with a body that was created to love and serve God. When satan disobeyed God, even trying to become God, he was thrown out of Heaven; along with other angels who chose the wrong side. When good and evil come together, they don’t mesh – much like oil and water. When someone has dedicated their life to serving God, spreading His message and helping others, there will be those who will go against them. As if to stop them from continuing on the path that God has made for them.
It is easier said than done but we must not let their toxic and hate filled words harm our inner souls. That is the ultimate goal that they are striving for, is to cut you off from God. To make you feel so worthless, sad, despairing or as if you are a bad person. It may begin to make you doubt yourself, why is this person being so mean to me, is it me? Did I do something? This is especially true if you are going through this with a loved one, someone you once thought of as close.
When faced with this dilemma, some may wonder how to respond. Don’t respond with anger! This is one of tricks as well, they want you to be angry because they feed of it; it’s fuel for their continued assault. Don’t respond with simple words in defense of yourself because you don’t have to defend yourself. In fact, you don’t owe an explanation to anyone and the only one who can judge you is God. So when someone is vile to you, look them right in the eye (or text them) Peace of Christ be with you. That is what we ultimately want, is for them to see that the path they are on is not a good one. It will not end up in their favor when they have to stand before God and explain why they were so hateful.
In the end, we are solely responsible for the actions that we make and what we choose to do. How someone chooses to treat you is based solely on a decision that they made to treat you like that. When people allow themselves to be consumed by the secular world, they are easily influenced by satan. Don’t let them drag you down to hell with them. Keep that smile on your face, Jesus in your heart and God in your sight. And with all your soul, wish those people the Peace of Christ and move on. Don’t dwell, don’t wonder, just move on.
You were hated by many for speaking the truth,
Allow me to please have the courage you did.
The venom spoken by my enemies does not harm me,
If I let hate and sin fill my heart, then my soul will be darkened.
To you I give my suffering, sadness, anger and tears.
I want to do your will and continue on the path you’ve given me.
Let me to be your light for others struggling,
To turn from their life of sin to be with you Jesus Christ.