Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

Sexual Sins

November 5, 2009

Rape, and any sexual abuse is both a sin, and a crime.

Homosexual acts are a sin. 

Adultery is a sin.

So is pre-marital sexual intercourse.

So is pornography.

“Flee sexual immorality.  Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body,  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, who you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”          (I Corinthians 6:18-20 NKJ)

It is wrong to focus on a particular sexual sin, such as homosexuality, and ignore other sexual sins such as pornography, or pre-marital sex.  As Christians we should be seeking to maintain purity in our own lives and encouraging it in the lives of other believers.

Please note the “as Christians”.  For people who do not believe in Jesus as the Christ, or the Bible as the Word of God,  their view towards sex will be established by societies’ norms.  Our message to them should begin with hope, love and forgiveness; not pointing out what we perceive as sinful behaviour, but offering the grace of God in Jesus.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (I John 1:9)

This cleansing is an ongoing process.  We should seek to grow in godliness.  This certainly includes the attitude that we have towards sex.  As Christians we should follow Biblical teachings, not the norms of an ever-changing society.

Just Back

November 3, 2009

We just got back from a week of vacation visiting our family in Minnesota.  It was a wonderful time together.  During the week we helped our son get settled in at his new home in central Minnesota.  It is an exciting time of life for him, as he starts fresh in a new community; new job, new church, meeting new people, and making new friends.

He does not have internet, and so I did not post anything while we were gone.  I started to write this morning a blog on the community of believers, but it was much too complicated for my brain to deal with on the first day back.   There is a lot to do, and only limited time so that post will have to wait for another day. 

Choices, you know are very important.  So today, I will keep it simple.  After all, I am just getting back.

Brain Drain??

October 27, 2009

I read an article the other day about the steep reduction in pay being forced upon the executives of the large banks that had received a government bailout.  The concern that was expressed was that these individuals were brilliant in their fields, and that if they were not paid what they thought they  were worth, that they would quit their jobs to work for someone else.

If they are so brilliant, then why did the government need to bail them out?

For most people, if their area of responsibility had failed miserably, they would be looking for a new job, not cashing bonus checks.  Are they going to put on their resume  “We oversaw the destruction of our last company, now what can we do for you”???

If the government had not bailed them out, either they would have worked themselves out of the hole, or they would have been fired and replaced, or their entire business would be consumed by other businesses that were run more efficiently.  The business world can take care  of itself.  The strong survive, the weak are devoured.

Why did we interfere?

Planned or Impulsive?

August 20, 2008

“Those who fail to plan, should plan to fail.”

“Prior planning prevents poor performance.”

There are two ways to express the importance of planning ahead.  Whether we are talking about time, money, or objectives, it is very helpful to think about what we want to accomplish and then make plans about how to achieve our goals.  Very little will be accomplished by accident.  We do not have enough time or money to do everything and so, choices must be made and goals set; and plans laid out and followed.

I can sometimes get carried away with this sort of thinking.  In the Marine Corps,  “Accomplish the Mission.” was the number one objective and I still easily lapse into that mentality.  I can focus my eyes on the goal to the point that I am oblivious to the moment, or current circumstances.  This is not a good thing.  We live in the moment and it is not all about the goal.

There is a place for the impulsive.  The times when you should adjust your plans, or set them aside momentarily.  Having everything planned out in advance makes for a rigid and inflexible lifestyle in which one may feel trapped or suffocated.  There should be some flexibility in our lives. 

As in most things, the key is to find the balance.  Good planning is important.  Flexibility and spontaneity are also important.  Incorporating both into our lives will make them more enjoyable and rewarding.