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The Day My City Was Attacked

Posted on 7/18/2016 by Admin

John 4:20 “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and their sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

John 4:20

 

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or a sister is a liar.  For whoever does not love their brother and their sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

 

 

Anyone that reads my posts knows, for the most part, I only offer these blog messages during the fall (football season), and I typically try to find something to write about that pertains to the sporting world.  Well, this past Thursday (July 7th) my city (Dallas) was attacked.  And since then, there has been a lot of attention given to our great city and a lot of talk regarding the attack. 

 

Let me start by saying, on your BEST DAY you are a sinner saved by grace.  Let me repeat that so that it sinks in … on any given day we are ALL sinners saved by grace, and grace alone.  We are ALL humans, born into sin and NONE of us is any better than the other.

 

A thought occurred to me the morning after the attack … how do you think our military feel?  There are men and women fighting the true enemy in the Middle East and what do you think goes thru their minds when they read and hear about what we are doing to ourselves over here in, what I still believe is the greatest country in the world?  In my opinion, our actions are basically a spit in the face of our military men and women.  And what do you think ISIS and the Taliban are saying about us … “they seem to be doing our work for us.”

 

I found myself getting engrossed in the conversations regarding the Thursday night attacks and it didn’t occur to me until Sunday that I was leaning on my own understanding and not taking a biblical point of view (which I always try to do).  We can’t lean on our own understanding and try to make sense of things.  Only God can provide the answers that any one of us is seeking

 

Acts 17:31

 

“For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed.  He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

 

 

So what is the answer?  I’m not sure that there is “one” answer to any of the questions that persist today, however, I know a good place to start … God.

 

Each day that goes by, we seem to be separating ourselves more and more from God, so, for me, it seems to make sense that we are in such stressful times.  The devil is the master of deceit. 

 

 

The number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen nearly eight percentage points in the past seven years, according to a new survey.

 

Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 – down from 78% in 2007.

 

In the same period, Americans identifying as having no religion grew from 16% to 23%..

 

Corinthians 6:14

 

“Do not be unequally yoked with non-believers.  For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness.  Or what fellowship has light with darkness.”

 

 

A common phrase thrown around these days is “be real.”  Shoot, the name of my company is “Keepin It Real Sports.”  So, what does it mean to be “real?”  I’m not really sure these days, however I do know that it’s not hearing what you want to hear and holding that to be the truth.

 

The old saying, “there are two sides to every story” is a bit misleading.

There are actually three sides … there is your side, my side and in the middle lies the truth.

So, what is the “truth?”

 

Well, just like sides to stories, there is your truth, my truth and THE truth, which can come from only one place … only one source, the authoritative word.  The bible.

So let us eat from the good book and grow in Christ, for as humans, leaning on our own understanding, we are doomed to fail.

I can hear my late grandmother in my ear now, “Manga, Manga” (which means “eat”).

 

Romans 12:15-21

 

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be haughty, but associate yourself with the lowly.  Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no evil with evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peacefully with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourself, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’  To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

 

 

This is a powerful passage and one that should give all something to reflect on. 

With that in mind, I want to issue a challenge to anyone that reads this blog entry …

 

If you are a Christian, you believe in God (right).

If you believe in God then you believe in heaven, which most refer to as a “better place”.

If you believe in heaven and a “better place” then you should not be fearful.

However, we are all human and, therefore, are all fearful, to a certain extent, of the unknown.

 

I’m afraid of snakes

So I had a woman wrap a python around my neck once

I’m afraid of heights

So I jumped out of a perfectly good plane (several times)

Police officers are (more than likely) afraid of dying, just like most, yet they wake up every morning and face their fears … day after day, after day, after day

 

My challenge for you is to carefully (tension is high) approach a police officer of a different race (this should not even have to be mentioned, however, given the current status of our country, I make it a point to note) and offer a kind gesture.

I don’t want to define nor limit what your gesture may be … it could simply be a thank you, an offer to take them to lunch or any number of other options (please remember, they are “human beings” as well … just like you and I, and have families and loved ones … just like you and I).

Now, here is the bigger challenge (for some) … once you’ve offered your gesture, ask the officer his name (99% will oblige) and, regardless whether they share their name or accept your offer, then ask if there is anything you can pray for him/her regarding (again, most humans will not turn down the offer of a prayer).

I assure you, you will not only be doing a good thing, you will walk away feeling good about yourself.

And, most importantly, this is pleasing to the Lord.

 

Ephesians 6:10-13

 

“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.  For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.  This is why you must take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.”

 

 

I’ve said it before, it’s time for us as Christians to “come out of the closest” and fight the good fight for Him.  And our fight is with the evil in this world … the devil.

And I’ll end the way I started … Please remember that on your BEST day you are a sinner saved by grace!  I don’t know about you but, John 4:20, which is how I started … it doesn’t sit well with me having God view me as a liar.  So I want to make sure I do my part to dispel that for myself and any other believer that reads this posting.

 

God Bless us ALL

 

 

 

 

 

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