Posts tagged ‘scare’

September 16, 2011

Be Careful What You Believe

by pastortimfowler

I hear a lot of negative feedback about politicians who “flaunt” their Christian faith on the campaign trail. The constant bombardment of assumptive statements that make people of faith sound like the blind following the blind. If I didn’t find it so amusing I would get angry. No one ever questions a Muslim as if they were stupid. No one ever questions someone with no religious beliefs as if they were stupid. Only the Christian faith. That leads me to believe that I am following the right beliefs.
But I have to caution people about who and what you believe, even as a Christian. There is a big flap about Pat Robertson and some statements that he made concerning a man divorcing his sick wife. Pat may be someone who professes to be a Christian, and I won’t question his status there, but I do know that his teaching is not what the Bible teaches. My biggest concern is not about the issue of whether or not you can get a divorce, but whether or not you should break your promises. Every wedding I have ever been part of, and that is plenty as a pastor of almost 20 years, has both parties make a promise to love each other “until death do you part”. To divorce someone because they are terminally ill would be breaking that promise and the Bible clearly teaches that breaking our promises is wrong.
The other side of the being careful what you believe comes from what you read and hear from the media and special interest groups. In our city, we are in night 3 of a 3 day city-wide revival where 12 churches have come together to say that unity is more important than race. Our local newspaper was there early the first night and the reporter left 30 minutes before the 7pm starting time. Not only did he get names wrong of people he talked with, he grossly mis-reported the number in attendance. He did an estimate of about 100 at 6:30pm and left. When we started at 7pm, there were over 600 in attendance. Now there is a buzz on their website from readers who are mocking the effort of the churches and the poor attendance for this worthy effort. There are also reports of people being turned away because of what they were wearing and no one was turned away. Supposedly about 12 bikers were there the 2nd night and weren’t allowed to come in, but that night, no bikers showed up and again, no one was turned away.
Special interest groups are trying to scare people with reports that everything will kill you. One famous TV doctor reported that there was arsenic in apple-juice, but failed to mention that there are two types of arsenic and one is naturally occurring in nature and poses no threat to humans. If we drive too big of cars we are killing our atmosphere but if we drive electric cars were pose no risk of pollution at all; right. Electricity magically appears from nowhere, not coal or oil-fired generators. Not to mention that evil plastic that bottled water comes in, but is okay if it wraps a chemical laden battery. I have news for you. Man will not destroy the planet. God said that it is His to judge and what He has in mind does not need our help.
It is important that Christians not get discouraged from bad media coverage. We should also guard against jumping wholeheartedly into anything that does not match up with what God says in His word. Although the Bible was written thousands of years ago, we must always remember that God is the one who directed its writing and God is not taken by surprise about how we have developed. He made us and the universe we live in. He knows our needs and knows our hearts. He knows our bodies and what we put into them. He expects us to listen to Him before we listen to anyone else.
If God has put it in His word, the Bible, we should judge all things through it, not what the media or even a scientists may say. No, I am not saying that we don’t need to listen to scientists, but I am saying, be careful what you believe. Some people have an agenda against Christians and their belief in what God says, and far too often, media, scientists and special interest groups will say anything to sway our beliefs.

July 13, 2011

The Sky Is Falling!

by pastortimfowler

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Jesus is coming tomorrow! We are killing our planet! Its the worse thing that has EVER happened!!! When you hear stuff like this you think that you are either reading a children’s story about a talking chicken or watching the news or listening to our government leaders.
I try really hard to stay away from criticizing our elected officials because they have a hard job to do and I know from experience that you can’t please everyone. But there is a trend in Washington that is driving me crazy and it is the trend of calling everything a crisis. If everything is that bad then forget about what people say and fix it or quit calling everything a crisis before we stop listening to what Chicken Little has to say.
Just yesterday our president said that he could not guarantee the American public that social security checks and military retirement checks would be able to go out unless we raised our debt ceiling. I’m sorry, I thought my social security was in a “lock box” and now you’re telling me that you have to borrow the money to pay it? He told us the when he was elected that it was the worse economy since the great depression and yet two and a half years later things are even worse. He told us that if we would spend trillions that our economy would turn around and it hasn’t. He tells me, the general public that I have to do my part to help by cutting back and conserving, but he wants to spend more money. He complains about people who own corporate jets and he flies around the world in a 747 and a helicopter.


My wife and I took a hard look at our finances when I had to take a pay cut and our business went under. We both decided that hotdogs were good enough and the steak could stay in the grocery store. We started not traveling and taking cheaper modes of transportation if we had too. We watched every dime that came in and went out and the first thing that we did was stop any extra credit. No more visa, department store, or gas cards. We only paid for what we could afford. And you know what happened? We made it. Now we have far less debt and still don’t want any more. We are able to do more in the line of wants verses needs, but our financial status is better than it was when we started.
If we had taken the government approach, we would have borrowed as much money as we possibly could to pay the debt that we already had. We would have given some of it to people who aren’t doing anything to deserve it. We would have complained that the banks were evil for giving us the money, yet never once consider that we asked for it. We would find our rich uncle and tell him to pay our bills, even the new ones we were so irresponsible to get. And if that rich uncle didn’t want to give me HIS money, we would call him evil and greedy.
Sadly, the sky is going to fall on America one day if we don’t start acting like we have some common sense. We need to remind the government that it is our money they are spending, and that they need to stop spending and start being responsible with what they have. Americans are tough and resourceful. We can plant gardens and raise chickens if we have to in order to feed our families. We don’t mind cutting back and tightening our belts and working through a tough time. But we don’t need our leaders trying to scare us because they want to be reelected.
Here’s a novel idea. What if politicians did what they were supposed to. Protect us from enemies foreign and domestic. Provide an environment that encourages people to become self-sufficient. Don’t spend money you don’t have and don’t borrow from people who want to see our country fail. What if they did the right thing and let people decide to reelect them based on their job, not their talk or threats.
This is only a blog and I know that things are far more complicated than I stated, but the fact is, if I am out of money and you are out of money, shouldn’t the government be out of money? And if that is true, me borrowing and you borrowing and them borrowing will not make us better off.
Please Washington, stop trying to scare us with idle threats because you aren’t getting your way. We are scared enough because some are getting their way and it is not for the benefit of the people of this country. The sky is not falling…yet.