Thursday, June 16, 2016

Terrorists, Christians and Chick-Fil-A

As everyone knows, an Islamic terrorist killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, FL this past weekend. But what some may not know is that several Chick-Fil-A restaurants in the area opened on Sunday to feed blood donors, firefighters, police officers and first responders. The reason they did this is because their number one corporate priority is to “glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-Fil-A.” They were able to let go of a policy that they have maintained for seventy years (being closed on Sunday) to show Christian love in action.

Shouldn't their example be the same for all Christians? And not just after a horrible tragedy, but everyday? I see people every day that are hurting. It may not be from a mass shooting, but they are still in pain. Children acting out from their parent's recent divorce. A diagnosis that wasn't expected. Watching the mental health of a parent decline, etc. Am I willing to let go of my "policies" in order to glorify God and be a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to me? Will I have a positive influence on all who come in contact with me? Everyday, I have a chance to overcome evil with good. Will I take it? (Romans 12:21)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Against all hope

Do you know this scripture? Every person who calls themselves a follower of Christ should know it. It is from Romans 4:18:
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
Why should you know it? Because every follower of Christ will come up against an event in their life that will cause them to doubt God. Doubt that He is God. Doubt that He is love. Doubt that He has a perfect plan for our life. At that crossroad, when we feel there is no hope, we have a choice to make. Believe or walk away.

Contemporary Christian songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman came to this crossroad when his youngest daughter, Maria, was killed in 2008. In the midst of his grief, Steven made a choice to believe. It's much better if you hear it in his own words. Listen to his testimony first and then make sure to hear his new song that was born out of his brave decision to believe.