Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found
T’was blind but now I see.
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“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
God never ceases to amaze me. I begin with one idea and rapidly type (mostly from my iPhone) the thoughts or verses that overflow in my mind.
Yesterday, I watched a video clip of someone named Joy Behar mock Vice President Pence for talking to – and hearing from – Jesus Christ. I watched it twice, and then a third time, to make sure I understood the context.
If we are honest… It’s news today and will be gone tomorrow. This war between the far left and the far right is like that annoying couple in your family that is always fighting. You do your best to distance yourself and basically block them out.
However, I have decided to write about this event, and perhaps not for the reasons you might think.
🚧 (This is a caution emoji.)
Every day, people take snippets from speeches, remarks, articles, and even Bible verses, and quote them out of context, used to fashion a shock and awe moment.
Some media and celebrities do this even when the result is bad publicity because they just love, well…publicity. So, before I am guilty of being part of that mainstream media tactic, this is what I found as the before and after of what she said:
I normally do not share bandwagon media posts because I truly despise the division all media outlets have created in this country, including Fox News (I dislike the others even more).
I feel like if we all sat around a big, dinner table, we might find more common ground (with a few) than they lead us to believe.
But, this video… wow.
It should not be surprising how the disrespect for our God, and the name of Jesus, gets bolder and bolder.
The article quotes her as saying she, “did not want her Vice President speaking in tongues,” but this is not on the video clip. If she did say this, then I am afraid she doesn’t even know what it means.
Ironically, this type of news is also a bit exciting, because continued coverage of the growing, wide-spread hostility toward Christianity was predicted in the Bible as one of the many signs of the second coming of Christ.
But, if I am being honest, my first reaction was that she is such a stupid wretch.
📖 Wretch: noun – an unfortunate or unhappy person; a despicable or contemptible person.
My initial reaction to her insults, her arrogance and her demeanor was anger, because I am so tired of Christians being the villains in this world.
🕶👓 The Lord quickly convicted me that anyone who is lost…CANNOT SEE.
There was a time when I could not see, and I was an absolute idiot, but thankfully, those times were not captured on social media.
I did not know the name Joy Behar before tonight. She is definitely a wretch for what she said against my God, but so was I. Sometimes, I still am.
What does the Bible say about our righteousness?
It’s like filthy rags. We are nothing without Christ.
Yes, we should defend our faith and we have the right to speak out against her and a show I despise, but that’s not all we should do.
What about love? What about having compassion for the lost? Has anyone ever explained salvation to her and she still made the decision to mock Him?
Jesus died for her, just like He died for me, you, and every single person who ever lived.
Romans 10:1 – Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
We should pity her ignorance of not knowing the still, small voice of our Savior, the one that Isaiah heard among the wind, earthquake and fire.
We should be scared that she mocks the sacred, precious relationship of the voice that forgives our sins and promises us fellowship and eternity in heaven.
She states she is a “faithful” Catholic. I would love to know if she has ever read the Bible, or has she just participated in religious ceremonies within the church her whole life.
Rituals and classes and even baptism (their sprinkle or our dunking), do not save you.
What does the Bible say? That’s what we should always go back to – research and compare.
My fear is we have so many tracts and classes of man-made processes that millions of Christians don’t even realize – they aren’t really a Christian. I know this because was one of those.
My friends, we can call ourselves Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, or any denomination that is associated with Christianity, but none of those labels mean anything if we personally do not know His voice.
We can faithfully attend mass or sermons every day until our very last breath, but that does not save us from hell or give us any guarantee of heaven.
A label, a family heritage of faith, an assumption of being a good person…it means nothing. Do not rely on that. Do not risk eternity for old traditions or misconceptions.
Even Satan quoted scripture, the very words of God, to tempt Jesus in the desert (Matthew, chapter 4). Jesus, seeing his tactics, turned it around and used scripture as a defense – the full scripture. Satan knows God. So, he is an expert at deceiving us with just enough to make us think we are safe…
If Joy Behar died tomorrow, blatantly rejecting the Holy Spirit, the voice of God, then she would likely go to hell. If you do not believe that, then I would love an honest discussion over coffee of what does condemn us to hell.
I am basing this on her spoken words from February 15, 2018, and I do not claim to know her heart. However, the Bible says:
This is what Jesus said about blasphemy against the Spirit (NIV and KJV):
It is one thing to bicker and disagree about issues of faith, but to say that hearing the voice of God is a sign of mental illness…that is a dangerous thing to joke about.
Think of the people who watch her show – who believe she is a legitimate source for information. She very well could have turned someone away from God by her careless words.
Instead of celebrating the demise of anyone who inflicts pain or mockery on Christianity, by spreading hate for them all over the internet, we should instead weep at the loss of their soul to the evil one, and pray they can be saved before it is too late.
I am a little late to the game when it comes to actually praying for my enemies and those that persecute.
So, I will pray, right now, that not only will Joy Behar hear the precious voice of God, but the moment is so life-changing for her, so astounding and supernatural, that she uses her platform and audience to share the JOY she discovers from hearing the gospel, and will lead many into the kingdom of God. For what was intended for evil, God may have intended for good. Don’t let the enemy use us to beat up a possibly lost person and give the world yet another reason to say Christianity isn’t about God’s Love.
There is a proper time and place for Christian correction, discipline, repentance and restoration, but first, the person must actually know Christ.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
❤️ This is it.
Some of it, anyway. It’s a really important passage. I can’t copy/paste all 66 books of the Bible here. 😊
To all the prodigals…come Home.
Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling…O, sinner, come home.
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Lord, you are my biggest fan.
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So, what about this photo?
This little, innocent baby is me.
Born into a fallen creation with a natural (carnal), sinful nature to parents who probably never should have been married. They divorced when I was five, and not that the Lord is ever exhausted, but if He was, I feel like it would be from constantly redirecting my life.
We are wretched without the blood of Jesus. The sooner we realize that, the better off we will be. There is no “good person” mentality that equals a pass to heaven.
If we were good enough, then why did Jesus have to die?
Why was the veil torn to the Holy of Holies?
Why were the sacrifices in the temple no longer needed?
Jesus paid it all, and all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain – He washed it white as snow.