“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” –1 John 2:15-17 KJV
Found on the internet web blogs today a reminder of bigotry against those who are not christian in the form of a post about what ‘the world’ won’t tell you or your kids. Her suggestion is a tired one. It comes from a stilted worldiew that denigrates and demeans anyone who isn’t like them or doesn’t agree with their point of view or perspective of reality… ie. the Christian one, as just “the world”.
I understand what she’s saying though. As a Christian for 34 years and an Avocational Minister for twenty five of those I was once just as bigoted against reality without Jesus as she is still. I used the phrase “the world” in ways that now would make me want to wash my mouth out with Zest for having such ‘zest’ for hatred of my fellow man just for not knowing and loving my saviour, Jesus.
The implication is that THIS world is passing away and the NEXT is so much more. In fact as one of God’s personal representatives on earth, i carried a little bit of “Heaven in my heart” where ever I went.
The implication is that those who don’t have this “Piece of Peace” are not just missing out, but Doomed to failure and immorality and debauchery and all manner of illicit behaviour, attitudes and lifestyles. They can’t even raise their kids right to tell them how not to treat their girlfriends before marriage. Because… without God, not just ANY god, but GOD thru His Son, Jesus… Neither have they the ability of or foundation to good and traditional morality to pass on to the next generation. Beres#!t!!
Here’s my response to said nameless and unlinked bogging bigot.
This one really should read more of the Old Testament and discover the kind of “Family Values” it espouses. She might become more grateful that she was raised with Western Enlightenment Values of common decency and respect for your fellow man.
- Or would she rather she were sold by her father to be a wife/female slave as a young girl to the nearest relative or trader?
- Or handed over to a sex crazed mob of sodomites to keep her father’s Angel Guests safe from harm?
- Or is there is this beautiful example of Jesus’s Family Values to consider from the New Testament…
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” –Matthew 10.34-37.KJV
Nuff said I think.
How about you? Why not tell me in the comments? How were you raised? In a Christian home or not so much? Was your Christian home experience ‘good’ or was it Devilish? What was your secular home like? Do you think the lack of Christianity growing up is limiting or detrimental to good child rearing? What about the presence of Christianity in the home? Its ok. Let it all out now.