Christianity, Communism, and Creepiness

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‘Tis another day, and ’tis another good day at that. Even though the day’s almost over, I suppose, if you want to get really technical. I can’t say that there was anything too amazing about today, although I had some fun. I can tell you right now that Chemistry class is going to get very interesting – not because of the material we’ll learn but because of the people in the class. I doubt it’ll be boring, that’s for sure. At lunchtime, I went up to the Impact meeting, and we talked about the things that hold us back from following Jesus. It was thought-provoking, to say the least. Sometimes I get sort of discouraged at those meetings, because it seems that we’re really not “impacting” anything at all. But I suppose that’s a matter of opinion. We are supporting a child in Uganda, and to raise money for that, we’ve sold various things throughout the year to the North Park students. I guess in that sense, we’re showing people that Christians are about love and grace – but at a time when everyone and their mother seems to be raising money for charities or supporting charities in some way, I doubt that it means much. With the strong encouragement in the public high schools to get involved in the community and such, I don’t think that supporting a child is really going to show us as “different.” But I guess that’s my opinion, and the fact that we’re helping out a kid who needs it is still a worthwhile cause.

There has, of course been a lot of talk about the whole ordeal with the cartoon of Mohammed and the huge violent outbreak that has resulted from it. It popped up today at Impact, and as I got thinking more about the situation, I got to thinking at what a different reaction Muslims have as opposed to Christians. I mean, now that I think about it, I’ve seen countless cartoons, videos, pictures, and all sorts of other media that mock our central figure, Jesus Christ. I even saw one today, actually. But I didn’t go and burn down any embassies or stop trade with any countries or anything. And I got to thinking about just why there’s that marked difference between the Muslims and Christians. There were two possible conclusions that I came up with. The first one would be that, because the main tenet of the Christian faith deals with love and living at peace with others, we are able to endure mocking with patience instead of outrage. That, of course, paints Christians in a good light and Muslims in a very bad light in comparison. The other possible conclusion would be this: Perhaps Muslims actually believe what they say and care about their faith, and perhaps us Christians are just so tuned into the world that we really don’t care all that much. That paints us in quite a different shade. Of course, I don’t really have a definite answer to that, but it’s something to think about. How do we handle persecution (though I’m sure we don’t truly have all that much of it) – do we stay calm because we act in love, or do we stay calm because we just don’t care?

Anyways, with that thought, let me continue on to a completely different subject. I wasn’t finished reviewing my day, after all. After lunch, both Kristin and I had a third period spare. We first went to Shopper’s so she could get some Advil, since she had a headache. Then we went back and tried to guess Jordan’s combination. We were unsuccessful yet again. I was really looking forward to getting in there and doing something to his locker – perhaps emptying it out. After all, he’s only in California for a couple more days, and then he’s back. And how are we going to pull a practical joke on him then? But anyways, eventually we gave up on that, and went up to the library. She went on the computer, and I looked for good books. Well, not “good” in the traditional sense, but I define good as “funny” or “completely ridiculous.” It didn’t take long for me to find some books in those categories. After about five seconds, I found one book that was all about Karl Marx. But get this: it was in cartoon format. What a way to teach those youngsters all about Marxism and Communism. “Hey, kids! Isn’t the distribution of wealth great? And doesn’t Karl Marx have such a big nose?” It was ridiculous. I set it back on the shelf, though, because I was set on finding something even better.

It didn’t take much more searching before I settled on a book. It was called “Etiquette for Dummies.” I figured I could have a laugh at it and perhaps learn something at the same time. So I took it off the shelf, and went to find Kristin. Basically the rest of the period was spent pointing out stupid things that are apparently “proper etiquette.” Things like not belching in someone’s ear, holding doors for women – you know, silly things like that. Well, okay, I must say that the one section on dining was ridiculous. Who needs to use three forks, one for each course. Can you not just use the same one for each of them? I mean, is it so hard to put the fork in your mouth, press down with your lips, and then pull it out, thereby cleaning it for all intensive purposes? It’s not like you have to use it for surgery or anything – it’s been in your mouth once, and as long as you don’t play Russian roulette with the forks around the table, it’s only going to be used in your mouth. So if you were using it for the first course, does it suddenly become contaminated for the second course? I don’t think so. The real reason for it is so that rich people can feel all distinguished and better than everyone else, just because they use six different forks, three knives, and four glasses for their meal. Oh poor me – I only use one fork, maybe two at the most for a meal. I must be the lowest of the low.

Anyways, fourth period was Data Management, and I think I’ve basically decided that it’s not going to be such a fun course. I mean, math is generally quite difficult to make fun, but I must say that I had a pretty good time in Geometry with Mr. Suominen’s jokes. Mrs. Pickett, in contrast, doesn’t seem to have a sense of humour. At all. I mean, on the first day of classes, she already had a seating arrangement – for Grade 12 students. I could maybe understand it for some of the younger grades, but for Grade 12’s? It was evident from the first day that she was going to be fairly strict. And I mean, she seems nice enough, but when she tells people to get down to work, the room goes silent. Everyone does their work, and there’s no talking, except for the occasional question. It’s almost creepy. I might just have to start bringing my mp3 player to that class, because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take the silence much longer. Of course, things may change as people get to know each other a bit better, but somehow I don’t think that’s the case, because several people already know each other, and they still don’t talk during class. It’s just…silent. I mean, I started getting annoyed because the person behind me was writing with a pencil, and I could hear it scratching on the page. That’s how silent it was. Creepy.

I really don’t want to think about that silence anymore. I always have music on at home whenever possible, and I think I’m addicted to having sound of some kind – no matter what it is. But anyways, I think that’s all I have to say for today. Yesterday I worked a bit on that money-making scheme I told you about. I think I’ve settled on what it is now. It’s going to be a picture uploading and sharing service, and its name is Illuminated. Why? Well, it sort of has to with something visual, and the name is available. At least for now. That means I need to keep chugging along on it and get it finished and out there. I’m not sure that will ever happen, but whatever. I’ll try to keep you attentive readers updated on its progress. One last bit of news: I got accepted at Brock. I expected that, but they’re also offering me a scholarship of $6,000 spread out over four years because of my average. Sweet deal. I’ll definitely keep it in mind – but it’s still Brock. Meh. I’m not deciding on a university until later. Much, much later. I really don’t want to think about it right now. The future. Yuck. Anyways, I’ll stop rambling, because I have a tendency to do so. So…um…bye.

4 responses to “Christianity, Communism, and Creepiness”

GOP Christian

Christianity isn’t all about peace, love, and fluffiness, it’s about loving GOD. “I bring not peace but a sword.” “He who loves the world has not the love of the father in him.” “He who does not hate his father and his mother and his sister and his brother and even his own life also can not be my disciple.”

Christians Against Communism

Jeff

Christianity is most certainly about peace and love, both toward God and toward others. Sure, our beliefs are beliefs that cause divisions and tension between others, even those of our own family, because they are blinded by the world. But the context of Luke 14:26 (the third verse you quoted) is that we are to be prepared to give up anything that stands in the way of our devotion to God – even if that means giving up family.

However, how does one hate their father and mother and yet still keep the Ten Commandments, one of which is “Honour your father and mother”? How can you hate someone and yet honour them? So obviously we are not called to actively hate others, but rather to accept them as enemies if necessary – if they are against your beliefs as a Christian.

Sir/Madam, I trust that you are a born again Christian. I am not calling that into question. I just question what you think your purpose here is as a Christian on earth. You have directed me to your site, Christians Against Communism. But why are we against communism? Certainly I do not agree with its values nor its influence, yet might I remind you that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph. 6:12) We are called, yes, to fight for truth. We are called, yes, to fight against evil forces. But our fight is not against people, and our fight is not against ideas. We cannot force people to believe something that they do not want to believe – and if someone does not hold to the Christian faith, how can we expect to “cure” them from an idea like communism?

No, my friend. We are called to show God’s love to these people. You are fighting against a symptom – and any good doctor will tell you that it does no good to fight the symptom; you must fight the disease. That disease is sin, and communism is simply one of those symptoms of sin. You will never win by trying to fight for “Christians’ rights” or fight against communism, because ideas only exist in the minds of the people that think them. When you fight an idea, you fight the person that holds that idea, and that is clearly against what the Bible teaches. Instead, you must fight sin – and to do that, we must actively fight for sinners. We must protect them from the evil one, because they don’t know the danger he poses to them.

Please hear what I am saying. We cannot hope to change our nation through political petitions and shows of outrage. Certainly, America is blessed because of the Christian leadership it possesses, but the fact still remains that many in America do not hold to the same beliefs that the president does. We cannot force beliefs on people; we know communism is dangerous, but they do not. Our only hope is to allow God to change the people from the inside out, and that takes love and compassion along with a fierce determination to fight against the forces of evil, the unseen forces at work in this world. Please don’t cause division where none is necessary. Love a communist or a homosexual today. Don’t show them your hatred for them just because you are fighting against the ideals they possess. I pray that God would show you the strategies you need to engage in to actively fight for those lost sheep that desperately need our help.

GOP Christian

Nice comment, generally good Godly sentiment. You’d make a poor guard at the gates of Heaven though. I pray you surround yourself with God’s holy people, so you can freely give your love to everyone you see without loving on the Devil.

Q: “How can you hate someone and yet honour them?”

A: Love good & hate evil at the same time. People are vessels of holy and unholy spirits, both a the same time. If we put people on a line graphs representing their overall balance it can help us overlook the sins of those who are basically good, but we get a more accurate picture if we use seperate bar graphs for their good and evil at the same time. love good, hate evil.

Jeff

I personally prefer the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” But what I’m saying is that you can’t actively fight ideologies, especially if you aren’t in any sort of relationship with the people you are trying to change. You can’t go around holding a sign saying, “Communism is evil and against God’s plan.” Well, you could, but it wouldn’t have any effect. People don’t generally listen to complete strangers to form the basis of what they believe. The way to change people’s ideas is to change the person.

Let me illustrate with an example. As Christians, we have a tendency to separate sins as “really bad” or “not quite as bad,” when they’re really all the same in God’s eyes. That means that if someone is a homosexual, that is the same as a lie that comes out of your mouth. It’s all sin, and it’s all wrong, but the question is, how should we handle it? Obviously, as a Christian, if we lie, the Holy Spirit convicts us, and as we repent, Christ’s blood covers our sin. But for a non-Christian, they do not have the Holy Spirit in their lives to do that. So we can’t go up to them and say, “Homosexuality is wrong. You’re evil.” It accomplishes nothing, and only gives Christianity and Christ Himself a bad name. Instead, we need to change the person. That person’s salvation comes first, and only then will they have the power from God to change the sin in their lives.

In other words, it’s not the rapid increase in communistic ideas or homosexuality or any other lifestyle or belief in America that we need to be focussing on as Christians, but rather the sin problem and lack of salvation in the American people. As we fix that problem, the other one will correct itself as a result. Because, let me tell you, the Holy Spirit can do a better job of convicting than any of us can…

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