Imagine, if you will a man who has been arrested for a crime. He spends a night in jail awaiting arraignment, and the following day in court, the prosecutor declines to press charges. Following this, the judge says, “No, wait a minute, I’m going to ask people that don’t like this man to brief me on ways I can throw him in prison to rot without the prosecutor.” That’s what we’re seeing here. And there are at least a few judges on the court of appeals that think this is justice!
Please join me in wishing my father a happy birthday today. I can honestly say that I would not be the man I am today without him.
The world has got a pretty messed-up view of what Christianity is. For that matter, so do a bunch of people that think that they’re Christians.
“Have a little faith.” How many times have you heard that? Perhaps the idea is losing traction in our society today and you haven’t heard it so much. In any case, when you hear it, if you do, or when you read it, as you surely just did, the question should arise, “In what?”
“A leopard cannot change its spots.” People say this with the idea that a man cannot change who or what he is. There is some truth to the idea. But like all aphorisms, it doesn’t tell the whole truth.
I’ve been meaning to write this one for a long time. I’ll keep it short and to the point. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
We can take this as a call to be “fruit inspectors” in a way. These words of Jesus point to a way to recognize false teachers, or rather false prophets, in our midst. They also serve as a warning to us.