Archive for January, 2010

Why Christian Denominations Are Not Important, And Learning To Get Along Can Change The World

You know what annoys me? Christian denominations. They get so caught up in their petty rules and regulations and spend so much time fighting each other. We as Christian people are supposed to function together as the body of Christ. We are all smaller parts that come together to make up the entire body, and if one thing is not functioning properly, another thing won’t function properly, and next thing you know, the entire body is dysfunctional and gets nothing done. I look at it sort of like I do a regular body.

Your heart can be doing the right thing and pumping blood and your eyes can be focused on the world and your brain coming up with ideas and your ears listening for what happens next. But if your leg, which would represent one of the many Christian denominations, decides to attack another denomination and bash them instead of focusing on spreading the message of Jesus Christ to a broken world, it’s not going to function.

So while the other parts of the body may be up and ready to go and move about the world, your leg won’t be functioning, and you won’t be able to walk. The ability to not walk prevents you from moving place to place and spreading the message of Christ as effectively as possible.

See? Our main purpose as Christians is to spread the love and glory of the amazing Jesus Christ, but if we spend all of our time constantly bickering and fighting each other, we are wasting time. As Christians, we are the only vehicle through we Jesus uses to spread his name through the world. He loves us so much and gave us the awesome responsibility to change people’s lives by telling them of him. If we are the only way Jesus can spread his love and hope through the world and we spend all of our time freakin’ bickering and worrying over petty things,

many people who need to know the love of Jesus Christ the most never come to know it. Like I said, we Christians are the way Jesus reaches non-believers and broken people all around the world.

I know that we obsess so much over things that don’t matter, like the slight differences in the way preachers run their churches and the slight differences in how some people interpret the bible, and we fight over these tiny things to no end. I truly believe that we are so focused on these smaller details that we don’t see the things that really matter: the need to change the lives and hearts of hurting people and to convince a fallen world that their truly is a hope and a reason to live, and a reason to live a good life, not just one that focuses on getting by.

The reason is Jesus, but the body of Christ wants to fight so much that it can’t function as one. When people start to hate Christianity and religion and God because they see so much fighting in the body of Christ, we shouldn’t blame God for so much of the suffering we see in the world. We are supposed to be an example of why non-believers should want to be Christian and know Jesus, by loving each other. We are supposed to put petty things aside so that people have a reason to believe in Christianity and not just see fighting.

Who wants to be a part of a religion that promotes love and grace and mercy if we are constantly fighting, not showing love, grace, or mercy to one another?

If I were a non-believer looking in and seeing this kind of behavior, I certainly wouldn’t want to be a part of that. The reason we often times don’t see God move like we want him to is because we are inhibiting him from doing so. He can’t change people if we scare people away because we act horrible to each other.

I know that people have different denominations, and slightly different interpretations of the bible, but I believe it’s safe to agree that the main and most important message we’ve learned about Jesus Christ is that he loves unconditionally. Screw the little differences.

He loves unconditionally. And people just cannot see that if we cannot learn to accept each other. So we are supposed to focus on love and spreading it so the world might believe and that God might be able to heal the planet. This is why it’s important to see the big picture: His love.

If we focus on love, we learn to love each other. Then others watching us will believe that Jesus is real because they will see love and want to be apart of it. No one wants to be apart of hate and hypocrisy like Christians often demonstrate so much of.
Focusing on love, we might grow to know a world that begins to believe in Jesus. Then, they could see why he is so powerful and amazing. God would be able to act and show his power off, if we could just learn to love one another!

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This is a picture I drew. Click on it to see the actual size.
See how love can be a flower in this grey world. =]

Grey world, red rose

*Poetry Corner- “Lacey Mosley”

A poem/song I wrote titled
‘Lacey Mosley’

This girl in my heart
Saving me sometimes
I see her smile
And I feel that I’m alright, always alright
Even when I’m not,
I will be just fine
Even when I’m hurting awfully
I will be okay
I’m not giving up
I’m not giving in

A powerful force in my heart is
Driving me up finally,
Instead of something always
Driving me down
I’m so used to the downward one
Lacey, give me something good
I feel a powerful force
A smile inside
Shining brightly like hopes in my heart
You let me know I always matter to you
We always matter to you
And I smile

Lacey Mosley
Spinning in hope
Love runs in circles sometimes
Lacey, Lacey
Full of this hope
Love is spinning, spinning
Knocking me face down
Fell to the ground
Praise your God
I mean, praise mine
We are all fine, we are all fine
Your powerful force
Let’s me know that
I am alright, alright
You are not perfect, but hell yeah, you are
Hell yeah, you are
We know, we know
You can’t handle everything at once
You could never handle it all
Won’t you grow, keep growing
Keep shifting and growing in hope
Growing in spirit
Walking ever closer to your God
I mean our God, to our God
Our God
Our God
Our God
You’re like the greatest wind
Knocking me over
Down to my knees to praise a glorious face
Of a glorious God
See, you are not perfect
But hell yeah, you will always be
You are our hope
Through exemplifying your abscence of hope
And then your revival of it
Yeah, then your birth of it
In Jesus Christ

You know who you aspire to be
Like Jesus
And I know you well inside
‘Cause I fill you grasping hold of my heart
Filling it up with hope and wonderfully glorius dreams
And tipping it over in worship
In worship

Lacey, Lacey
Never stop changing the world
Full of fustration
It’s full of fustration
Lacey, Lacey
I cannot come down from this ceiling
Your song is lifting me up,
Your story lifting me up
Lacey, Lacey
Lacey, Lacey
Lacey, Lacey
Mosley

Keep worshiping your-
I mean our God-
He does love us all
With the same infinite love after all,
Doesn’t he?
Doesn’t he?
Doesn’t he?
Well, doesn’t he?
Doesn’t he?
Doesn’t he?
Keep tipping me over in my heart with worship
Let this song spilling over inside
Pour onto this ground that’s my mind
Lacey, Lacey
You are perfected in spirit
In every way I could ever dare to dream of
Lacey Mosley

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Lacey Mosley is the awesome singer of the band Flyleaf. She is amazing and she loves Jesus truly, I can easily tell. Flyleaf is definately one of my favorite bands, and this is a poem/song I wrote about how her loving Jesus so amazingly makes me love her and love Jesus amazingly.

Actually, Lacey is married now. Can you guess to whom? Her new last name? 🙂 Haha, good luck. You should read the story about it. It’s related to their song “Treasure”.

Also, I will be doing podcasts soon. I’m currently trying to figure out how to make them play on this site, lol. God loves you all very much. Later!

*Poetry Corner- “Plastic Rose, Plastic Faith” + ECF, Trust

This is a haiku I made. The underlying meaning has to deal with how amazing it is to have faith. Of course, it’s about having faith in God, but it can apply to having faith in relationships, having faith in what you do, having faith in yourself, having faith during difficult times. I really love this poem.

Plastic Rose, Plastic Faith

The beauty of the
Plastic rose in snow: colors
That survive winter.

I think I’ll draw a picture with it, later.

Electric City Fellowship, Trust

I normally go to NewSpring church, but lately I’ve been visiting Electric City Fellowship. It’s much smaller but often feels a lot more personal. I just wanted to say that the place where they normally have church has been shut down. It’s very discouraging. It’s not easy to continue trying to have a service and figuring out where to go to have a service. Luckily, these church members did not just give up, but they worked hard and they moved the church back to T. L. Hanna High School.

They have service on Sunday there, and I’m so glad they didn’t give up. I told one of the members I’d try to invite people to come to that church since I’m sure they would love some more people. They welcome everyone with open arms. 🙂 It’s important not to give up on the message of God just because of hardships. Sometimes, God even puts obsticales in the way on purpose to test us or to teach us something. They may be hard at first, but they may turn out to be something beautiful. This is one reason it’s important not to give up on God: you never know what exactly he has in store for you.

He may bring you pain and confusion, but it’s important to persevere and continue to trust him, because he never gives up on us and when we hold on and continue to work hard even when times get difficult, he promises to bless us in the end. The results for working hard for the name of Jesus are not always immediate, and it’s important to realize that that’s okay. I think about that all the time!

It really is okay to not understand what he’s leading you to, as long as you trust him. A child may like to play in the road, and their parent might spank them every time they do it. Of course, the child doesn’t understand why they get spanked at the time. Is it to be mean? Of course not! The parent doesn’t want the child to get hit by a car. So it’s okay not to see the smaller picture if you understand the bigger one; God really is always looking out for us. He is a parent, he is our Father. And good fathers take care of their children.

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Why Trust God?

Why Trust God?
He always looks out for your very best interest, even if you don’t know what’s in your own best interest, and/or you don’t think he’s looking out for your best interest.
Why?
He’s sovereign, above all, omniscient, all knowing. He knows what we need before we need it, what we want, and how to accomplish everything perfectly.

Why Trust God?
He always loves us immensely. His love means compassion, integrity, boldness, bravery, grace, among other things.
Why?
He said he does in the bible! It’s easy to hear about people getting saved and people falling away. Some people hate God and grow to love him. Even when we do nothing but run away from him, he says he’ll always remain faithful. That’s compassion, integrity, bravery, grace, and boldness. 🙂

Why Trust God?
He’s much more powerful than the world and he knows how to steer us in the right direction, even though we live in and are constantly surrounded by a fallen world.
Why?
He created us and he knows us through and through. He is perfect and can make a way out of no way. He allows the weak to lead the strong and raises up those who are humble. He’s righteous and full of glory. He is unchanging and knows all, which means he knows fully how to take care of us!

Trust that Jesus can lead your life. Accept him as your Lord and savior, he forgives us for all of our sins. Pray for forgiveness, and he will always be with you. He’s awesome!!