Christians ruin everything fun

The Babylon Bee is one of the best things to ever happen to Christians online, but the comments are shamefully embarrassing.

Between the people that have never heard of satire and the people who are deeply offended that their tribe got made fun of, there is a treasury of stuff to get annoyed at. It makes me wish there wasn't a comment section on Facebook. It never adds to the discussion of the article in question and always has these comments:

  1. "Hey, I thought this was satire"
  2. "Stop making fun of Christians"
  3. "Oh my goodness, what is becoming of the church?" Followed by "You do realize this is satire, right?"
  4. "I have nothing to say about the article but it looks like there are people here who will read whatever I write"

And that continues and continues on and on forever and ever, amen.

The comment I see the least is also the most appropriate and it's the easiest to write. If you see something funny from The Babylon Bee on Facebook, the only thing you need to write is some variation of lol.


the church’s responsibility now that we have our president-elect

It’s been an apocalyptically disappointing election. In January, a man who shows no fruits of the Spirit yet claims Christ as something (definitely not his savior because he said he doesn’t need saving) will be inaugurated as the President of the USA. He was helped along in no small part by people that also claim Christ, yet find it possible to excuse the gross misconduct in every facet of life that has been displayed by Donald Trump.

So what do we do now? We thank God that His will has been done. We don’t understand it right now and we may not until the very end, but what transpired yesterday was foreordained by the Triune God in eternity past.

When Donald Trump is made president, we as Christians need to do three things, no matter how annoying they may be.

we need to pray

We are told in Scripture to pray for those in power. They were placed there by God and that means that whatever they do while in power will ultimately be used for His purposes. It doesn’t matter if we disagree with them or if we are angry about them. We have to pray for our leaders. We weren’t given an out on this one. For everyone’s sake, we need to pray that he is a successful president.

use respect when we talk about the president

Our time to call these candidates names has come to an end. Donald Trump will need to be referred to as either President Trump or Mr. President or even simply by his last name. There are a lot of things I would like to call him, but now those will be kept silent.

love your neighbor

The people that voted for Trump are not all deplorable people. They are your neighbors, family and friends. They are the people you work with, for and over. They are not your enemy unless they have proclaimed themselves as such.

Now is not the time for continued debate. It’s time to get to work and our work, as Christians, is the spread of the Gospel. Always, always, always make that first.

Photo credit: Michael Vadon. Licensed under Creative Commons

Why I didn’t vote

I cannot in good conscience endorse any candidate this year. In the past, I’ve voted third party but this year, even those candidates aren’t worthy of a vote.And this isn’t due to the moral failings of the candidates, which are myriad. It’s primarily due to the complete lack of competence that I see. Between Trump’s complete ignorance of how this country works and how the world works and Johnson’s blissful ignorance regarding foreign affairs, it’s kind of a big mess.

And I am free not to vote because it is not compulsory nor is it required by Scripture. I cannot do something that violates my conscience and to vote for any of the candidates who are eligible this election would do just that.

It is sad that these are our only options, but God is sovereign and my first allegiance is to His kingdom.

A word of encouragement

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

-John the Evangelist