Thursday, October 25, 2012

Iron Man 3

They have finally released the new trailer for the third Iron Man film, with Robert Downey, Jr. still sitting firmly in the title role. Call this "Christianized Geek Praise" but I am so impressed with how they are making the superhero I thoroughly enjoyed in the late 70's, with that epic David Micheline/John Romita, Jr./Bob Layton run and translate him so well to the big screen.

Thank you, Lord Jesus!

O.K., all my critics just snickered. But you have got to admit, this is a pretty stunning trailer, using the classic "Hero Falls" trope we see so often in the superhero trilogy movies.



And the villain's calm, matter-of-fact voice-over?

VERY EPIC!

"Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher.

Lesson number one: Heroes?

There is no such thing."

Of course there are heroes.

But they are rare, and downright mythical if not flat out supernatural.

Doesn't mean they don't exist.

Just means they can be hard to identify -without help. [cf. Matthew 16:13-17]

For my money, with dialogue like that, Iron Man 3 looks to be a winner.

You heard it here first.

peace
justice

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The God Bash

You ever think that just maybe, you aren't as God-focused as you should be?

A friend shared this razor-edged response that God COULD give, flipping the failure to worship and love Him onto the complainer, the reprobate.

It hits hard enough. Let me just share it:

The God Bash

Let this poem do it's wonder
Fear of GOD saves you from blunder -

You call Me eternal, and then do not seek me.
You call me fair, and then do not love Me.
You call Me gracious, and then do not trust Me
You call Me just, and then do not fear Me.


You call Me life, and then do not choose Me.
You call Me light, and then do not see Me.
You call Me LORD, and then do not respect Me.
You call Me Master, and then do not obey Me.


You call Me merciful, and then do not thank Me.
You call Me mighty, and then do not honor Me.
You call Me noble, and then do not serve Me.
You call Me rich, and then do not ask Me.


You call Me Savior, and then do not praise Me.
You call Me shepherd, and then do not follow Me.
You call Me Way, and then do not walk with Me.
You call Me wise, and then do not heed Me.


You call Me Son of GOD, and then do not worship Me.

When I condemn you, then do not blame Me.

-Anonymous

Friend, turn to Christ. There is no one else who loves you more and who deserves your denial less. Quit being a worldling and worship the Creator of it, instead.

peace
justice

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Gay Bash

In a post-Christian, social media driven society, nothing is more acceptable than labeling your opponent. There is just enough electronic vox populi to push forward the vilest names and stop ears.

You see it in the young casual cynic who posts straight from a wounded heart, damaged by all their failed sexual endeavors and force-fed a government sanctioned education that demands naturalism and Darwinism be taught them in spite of mathematical evidence and special revelation.

The latest bashing the Christian community is now receiving is that we are at fault for non-attendance of homosexuals in a local church. Since the evangelical Christian denominations and the Roman Catholic Church as well as any other branch of mainline Christianity I can think of has spoken against and voted against Same-Sex Marriage, we are at fault for our incessant 'gay bashing.'

Now let me clear for the liberal-minded, human-relationships are more important than God, unfaithful reader who has again and again ignored God for the sake of sexual intimacy: God still loves you and your sexual partner.

God has a problem with your heart and your behavior, not your soul. He wants you to change your heart and love Him more than 'the other person' - and yes, this desire includes the fornicating heterosexual too - enough so He can lead you to blessings and promises that you yourself will enjoy.

Again, this is an intervention, not a damning accusation. "ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God..." says the Bible in Romans 3. All. Todos in Spanish.

But if you want to bash those who stand opposed to you, I would plead with you: don't.

You see, you may get enough human votes to disobey God. You may run amok screaming how much you KNOW what REAL love is, but in the end, you lose.

You see, God always wins. He cannot lose. He is kind and patient and far more merciful than you imagine. He knows you are hurting and need loving. He sent His Son to do just that.

But don't think of Him as an idiot. And do not think His Bride, the Church, filled with ex-fornicators and liars and murderers and haters who are dead set to follow Christ are going to roll-over because of some bad advertising.

Those triflers who will not sit under God's Word and worship Him have no business with holy matters or holy souls. It matters not how corrupt we ONCE were - we have been washed, and cleansed by the blood of Christ. We are dead to self and remade by Christ. We are baptized to die to an old lifestyle and raised again to a new lifestyle.

So of course we are going to be hated for defending such a formula that puts sanctification over fornication and holy matrimony over perversion.

A Natural Proposal
I submit this scenario to those who demand that there is no distinction between the homosexual and the heterosexual: we grant your request. We shall form a community that is nothing but homosexuals. Not a whiff of narrow-minded holy matrimony shall touch it. We will ensure that no one taint its purity by any heterosexual teaching or behavior.

You may not cheat Nature or her God, though. You must stay true to the human philosophy that this is God-ordained behavior.

We'll see how well that works out.

And if it doesn't, maybe we just shall be justified in saying 'Stop bashing what Christians for repeating what God said.'

It would be appreciated if you did.