The apostle Peter teaches that Christians are part of a holy, royal priesthood. Our lives should be marked by holiness, compassion, and dignity in the pattern of Christ our Lord. Hypocrisy, indignity, impurity, and gallivanting are all unbecoming of those who profess to be citizens of the Kingdom.

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:5, 9


Deception is still deception, regardless of warm smiles, fresh breath, and flattery. Lies never become truth, no matter how well they are presented or logically structured.

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. ~ Proverbs 26:28

The Challenge

Typically, challenges and competition feed our egos. Who does not like to have points added to the “one up on you” scoreboard? So it might seem surprising to receive a challenge from the apostle Paul. In one of his letters to believers, he writes,

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10

Did you catch that? Outdo one another in showing honor. “What? Are you kidding me?” some will say. But think about it, what would happen if each of us tried to outdo one another in showing honor, giving respect, displaying brotherly love? Each of us would receive honor, respect, and love. Each of us would be granted help, encouragement, patience, and the benefit of the doubt. Furthermore, if each of us tried to outdo one another showing honor, we would not have to be concerned about being cheated. It is a win-win situation where each person benefits.

I double dog dare you to outdo showing honor to others. And if you truly want to be a master, let us up the ante. The fact of the matter is we live in a world where people do not strive to outdo showing honor. Some people are outright mean. Yet Paul tells us to repay no one evil for evil, because God will deal with them in due time. But another challenge is given: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

Are you up for the challenge?

“Lie to Me, I Like It!”

I used to listen to a Christian band called Under Midnight, who were around the early 90’s. Their self-titled concept album is somewhat prophetic of the times we are living in with such corporate greed, visual reality, a push for a totalitarian government, etc. To this day, a line from one of their songs sticks out and reflects the unspoken cry from so many today:

“Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!”

Today, it seems as though so many do not care about truth. Our society reminds me of baby birds in a nest with their mouths open, ready for mama bird to stuff them with worms. However, in our case, people’s mouths are open to any excrement the media, politicians, celebrities, university professors, the “experts,” etc. will fill them with.

Recently, union reps were upset that Biden put a stop to the building of the pipe line. Somehow they were surprised by this. In such irrational hatred for President Trump, they woofed down the excrement fed to them, although there was plenty of warnings. Bear with me for a moment.

Mind you, I do not care about the source, whether Democrat, Republican, liberal, or conservative—I do not like being lied to (and there are liars in each camp). However, the present Democrat Party (which really is no longer Democratic) is built on nothing but lies and deception. It astounds me that so many can stomach the ramblings of the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Don Lemon, the View, Hollywood, etc. 

While I do not like everything about Trump, I do care about truth. For four years Trump was hammered by the aforementioned. The media and Hollywood were despicably ruthless in their attacks (portraying him decapitated or assassinated, saying his son should be locked in a room with a bunch of molesters, etc.). Granted, Trump was not always tactful, but none of his words or behaviors came close to such beastly blood-lust.

For four years we were told he was involved in Russian collusion, only to find out the evidence pointed back to the Democrats. We were repeatedly told how racist he is; yet, throughout the years he has been good friends with many black individuals, and his policies were helping black communities. We were told he is a warmonger, that he was going to lead us into war with North Korea, Iran, and Russia. How many wars did he lead us into? Zero. Nevertheless, the media, Washington, and Hollywood kept portraying him as a monster. But did society ever stop and think, “Wait a minute! The media so lied to us? What the heck???” Nope. Instead:

“Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!

For a number of years, especially as of late, we are being told that socialism is a beneficial necessity. Ol’ Bernie once stated that he thinks breadlines are a good thing (of course, he does not mean they are good for him). History, even Venezuela today, repeatedly shows socialism only benefits the elite and tramples on the rest who are at their mercy. Yet, do people go to these rallies of Bernie and his bedfellows and protest such lying and hypocrisy? No, they applaud, as they envision an illusionary paradise for free.

“Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!”

For many years now, our “educators,” (many of whom took upon themselves to “edit” history, erasing certain parts and writing in other parts. They tell us our founders were brutish, and America was not founded on Christian principles (Kirk Cameron has an excellent documentary called, Monumental, I encourage you to watch it). Our forefathers were not perfect, by any means, nor was every individual a Christian. Yet, these editors leave out so much of the truth of these men who honored integrity and virtue (which the “editors” are void of. As of late, some professors are even erasing parts of WWII and saying the Holocaust did not happen. Is there an outrage? No.

“Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!”

Something else that perplexes me is the fact that Obama, Clinton, James Comey (among others) have done activities which the average American would be imprisoned for (i.e., sending billions of dollars to Iran (a college kid would certainly be questioned if he sent money to the terrorist capital of the world); the deception behind the negligence of the Benghazi situation; dishonesty within investigations. Comey even got some chuckles from an audience when he admitted that the things he did the average person would be in trouble for. To be fair, there are some Republicans who should be incarcerated because of human trafficking and the like. Why does media trivialize these, and why  is society not outraged? 

“Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!”

Hollywood blowhards (let me add Chelsea Clinton, since she has done this too) stand up and state how “embarrassed” they are for “being white” and having “white privilege.” Really??? I have seen people embarrassed (and I have experienced embarrassment), and they did not seek the attention of a camera for the world to see, admitting their shame smugly and condescendingly. Furthermore, I have yet heard of these persons who claim to be so ashamed of being “white and privileged” roll up their sleeves to help those who are underprivileged. Liars! Yet, people applaud their shameless, lying hypocrisies. Why? 

Again, “Lie to me! Lie to me, I like it!”

My point is not to defend Trump (or Republicans and conservatives, for that matter). If he has lied, hold him accountable, but do not condemn him for lying while justifying liars who have built their whole careers on lying.
Which brings me to Biden and Harris. They have got to where they are by means of deception. Media has ample evidence of this, they just will not highlight it. Yet, people are upset by some of their decisions. Why? Biden has always been a cheat and a liar, and Harris is not shy about her Marxist views (which has no shame in lying and making use of “useful idiots”).

I do not care whether people share my political or religious views. However, something all of us should care about is truth, honesty, and integrity. It is utterly stupid to ignore these then be surprised when liars and cheats betray us. 

Being lied to used to be something that outraged people. How has being lied to not only become accepted but even applauded? When will society cease to like being lied to?

A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. ~ Proverbs 14:25

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. ~ Isaiah 59:14

Golden Opportunities

Recently, after shopping for groceries and putting them in the vehicle, I pulled out of the parking spot. No sooner shifting the gear into drive, I noticed someone’s wallet lying on the ground. I stopped, shifted the gear to park, and got out to retrieve the wallet. I got back into the vehicle so I could park it, and then took the wallet to the customer service desk.

When I retrieved the wallet, various thoughts rushed through my mind. First, the principle of the “Golden Rule.”

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12

I remember thinking if I were to lose my wallet, I would desire for someone to return it to me. From this, I began thinking of the common desire for rewards. Too often, people want something in return for doing what is good and right. Sometimes people’s decision to do good is dependent on whether something is “in it” for them.

I then remembered some words my grandpa had shared with me many years ago, “If you can’t help people, then what’s the point in living?”

I share this not because I am some great, selfless human being. I am not. However, in a world that ridicules the Bible as being irrelevant, how profoundly different our world would be if people were to strive to live by this seemingly simplistic principle to treat and do to others as we would want to be treated and have done to us. May we learn to seize golden opportunities each day as they arrive.

Understanding Justice, and the Cries Thereof

Just(ice) – notice the key word, “just,” meaning “morally right and fair.”

So many are crying out for justice, but do they truly care about justice?  How many women are raped each year? How many children are abused? How many innocent babies are killed before they even have a chance to enter the world? Society is not outraged by these. There is no rampage. But is any of this just, morally right, or fair?

Now, consider present happenings and consider the meanings of just(ice). This vilifying cops as a whole because of the acts of a few, is this just? This is no different than viewing all blacks as criminals because some are in jail. Burning vehicles, looting and destroying businesses, and screaming at/threatening/harming police officers who are trying to maintain order so no one (else) gets hurt — is this just? Is this morally right and fair?

Some will say I don’t understand because I’m “not black.” Well,  I’ve seen some videos of some very upset black individuals whose properties were destroyed. They did not understand either. Is their lack of understanding due to having “whiteness” somewhere in their DNA? Are such racist comments (whites not “understanding” the rioting and looting) and justifications of the destruction just, morally right, and fair?

Finally, this accusation that whites, by nature, are “racist,” — what a racist, stupid, and unjust accusation it is in itself! A white’s friendship with a black is, by default, insincere? What a crock!

Damn the media! Damn the political hypocrisies! Damn the fakeness and insincerity of Hollywood! Damn antifa and all these things that add fuel to the fire in the name of “justice,” yet have NOTHING to do with what is just, morally right, or fair.

A note for all of us when we claim to desire “justice”: Is what we are saying and doing just, morally right, and fair? Consider these:

  • Would you want broad generalized accusations said about you?
  • Would you want such actions done to you or your property?
  • Emotions, feelings, agendas, and ideologies aside, is what you are saying true?
  • Is what you are saying or doing morally right? THIS is a tough one, since our society tries to teach that there are no moral absolutes. Yet, if this is true, then why is racism wrong? What is wrong with a person being beaten for whatever reason? If there are no absolutes, then justice is merely imaginative. And if there are absolutes, where do such absolutes come from?*

This post is in no way meant to be controversial, but I am so sickened by all the stuff going on in our country. Indeed, what happened to George Floyd was an injustice. There is no doubt about that. However, so much that has occurred after this injustice are simply more injustices. What utter nonsense when corrupt politicians, immoral celebrities, and spoiled, militant renegades want to lecture others about “justice.”

*Check out the book, Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis. He discusses absolutes masterfully.