(Ver 2.0) I identify with Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ frequently. I hear myself saying what Paul taught very often. Thankfully I have never been thrown into prison or beaten for what I teach, all though I’m sure there are people who read some of these things and would like to do that to me based upon their comments that they leave me. I haven’t written a Stupid Award in a long time but last night on the news more people who call themselves Christians were given headline making notoriety for their clear acts of planned stupidity. As a result Christians are made to look like fools and I’m sure this is exactly what Satan is hoping for. By the foolish acts of a few people who label themselves followers of Christ every true Christian gets a discredited reputation simply by association of the name. I have learned that not everyone who calls themselves Christians, are Christians. Anybody can call themselves a car, but that does not make you a car. Jesus said you will know them by their fruit and clearly these people in today’s lesson are fruitless idiots.
So let’s discuss what these idiots are planning to do tomorrow. They are going to go to the funeral of a famous and renowned individual to picket and protest, because they can. In doing this they feel like they are making a statement that will further their cause, whatever that is I do not know. They claim that this individual who died blasphemed God and that is why they are making this statement. So tell me this, if this person did or did not blaspheme God what good will your picket signs make to the body of the person lying in the casket? I can’t see where it will make any difference to them now no matter what you do or say. Then there are those who are attending the funeral, I guess that is why you are picketing since they are the only ones that will be close enough to read your idiot signs. What message are you sending these people? Believe it or not, you are sending an Old Message that has been around for a long time that was done away with by Jesus Christ on the cross.
What I have observed is the fact that there are many people in the world who are living in an Old Testament Law reality and ignoring the New Testament Grace reality. This is nothing new and this spirit has been around since before Jesus came into the world. In the Old Testament, if someone was found guilty of breaking the law, many times they were taken out and stoned to death.
Lev 20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
This is the attitude of all those who are picketing in the name of God tomorrow, they would love to stone all of the guilty parties. Yet when Jesus was confronted by the lawyers of His day with a woman who was caught in the act of adultery, what was His attitude and reaction? Did Jesus pick up a sign to protest anything? Did Jesus even ever speak a negative word against this sinner woman? You should go and read this story before you ever try to pick up a picket sign against someone else’s sins. Jesus told the accusers that “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. Jesus then basically ignored the words of the religious lawyers and began to write in the sand. I personally believe that Jesus wrote names, dates and the sins on the ground of those who were standing around ready to cast stones. I believe that some of these men who were standing there were also guilty of having sex with this woman. So when Jesus wrote their names on the ground with the dates and times of their sinful acts, the Bible says they walked away one by one. This is a New Testament Jesus and God being clearly demonstrated to us. This was God’s reaction to a sinner while He was here on the earth in the flesh. This is a Godly example of how to treat those who are caught in sin. Whenever all of the accusers had left the scene without Jesus speaking any words to them, Jesus looked at the woman and said “Woman where are your accusers?” Then Jesus said “neither do I accuse you, go and sin no more”. This was an act of mercy, love and compassion on the behalf of God. These New Testament acts of God are ignored by those who desire to still stone the guilty. So by you holding up condemning words on a sign are you not casting the first stone? Who died and made you God? In this story of the woman caught in adultery, the only sinless man in the crowd was Jesus and He was the only one that could have legitimately thrown the first stone, but He did not. Wow, that is a very important lesson to learn today.
When one protester woman was interviewed by the news, she was asked “Did God tell you to picket this funeral?” Her answer was not surprising; she said “Every fiber of her being said she was doing the right thing”. Wow, what an ignorant reply to a direct question. She obviously did not feel comfortable with telling a lie and saying God had told her to do it, so she gave an indirect unrelated answer to the question. If this woman was a spiritual lady the fiber of her being would be different than if she was a carnal natural woman. People can do things based upon many different factors and feelings and emotions are just two reasons why people do things that they do in the world. What you need to realize is that your feelings and your emotions can both be enemies against God and doing the right things to and for people. There are people who like to drink alcohol and get drunk and they are clearly led by their desires and feelings to do this. Then there are people who take drugs and are controlled by these substances based upon a feeling in their bodies. I’ll bet you that every fiber of their being tells them they need more drugs, but is this the right thing for them to do? Sometimes doing the right things goes against how you feel. In John 3:16 it says “God so loved the WORLD that he picketed and protested until they came into doing the right things”. Uh oh, it doesn’t say that does it? The Bible actually says that “God so loved the world that He gave”. Did God feel like giving Himself on a cross? I’ll bet you that He did not. The Bible says Jesus sweated drops of blood because of the impending pressure that he was under about going to die on a cross for our sins. Jesus prayed and asked “Father may this cup pass from me, nevertheless not my will but your will be done”. Doing the right thing should never be based upon a feeling.
I want to wrap this lesson up with another revelation from God’s word that will cause you to think today. Did you know that most of the New Testament was written by a blasphemer of God by His own admission? How could God possibly make a minister out of a blasphemer? I’ll bet you can’t answer that question today. Do you know who I am talking about? I am talking about Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ sent unto the Gentiles. Here are the words of Paul:
1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
1Ti 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
Paul says that what he did in his past was done in ignorance. Isn’t this the case for everyone in the world today? I mean if anyone knew the consequences and that they were going to be judged for their deeds in the flesh someday, do you think they would do half the things that they do? Do you think that you would have picketed Paul when he came to your town to preach? I would bet that you would. I mean a blasphemer is a blasphemer isn’t it? So why are you so arrogant not to see that God called a blasphemer to write 2/3 of the New Testament and you want to thank God that He killed this lady at the funeral you are picketing with breast cancer. You are truly a fool that does not even know God! Here is what Paul the blasphemer told Timothy to do and it was not go and protest against some sinners:
1Ti 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
As you can see God said that we should be doing something with our speech and conduct that is in line with what His definitions of what Love, Faith and Purity are. This is the example we as Christians should be portraying to others. If you do not understand this, you should look up the definitions of these New Testament words and learn about them fast.
Because some people desire to make a difference in the world they are often motivated to do stupid overzealous things out of ignorance like Paul did. Rarely does it do any good, but nevertheless they must feel better because they think they did something religious. What these people need to do is to learn the differences presented in the New Testament from those given to us in the Old Testament. Because people only focus on the Old Testament verses they embrace a God of judgment with abundant laws and punishments like Paul did. However, the Old Testament is the New Testament hidden and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. So whenever a person focuses only on the Old Testament they are only seeing hidden truths about the real God that is revealed in the New Testament. This is one of the greatest mistakes that churches can make. Learn the lesson of Jesus with the woman caught in the act of adultery and see what was His reaction and actions towards her. Then ask yourself would Jesus pick up a picket sign and take it to a funeral to protest against sinners? I cannot find that in the Bible, at least not in the New Testament. So you have to make a choice to do the right thing based upon the Bible today and ignore every fiber of your being that tells you to do something that Jesus would not do. Since Paul was able to change I will pray that you will also change to know the real God. God Bless you to see the difference! To those real Christians out there who can see the truth, I would suggest that you also pray for those attending the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards tomorrow and then pray for the eyes of the protesters to be opened so that they will come to know the real God who is LOVE!