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Christians and Charlie Sheen

I know there have been a lot of Christian-based articles about Charlie Sheen lately, and a lot of good things have been said. Normally I don’t care that much about celebrities, but I sat down to watch his interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan last week. I was surprised by how sober and clear-minded he came across, but one really disturbing issue really kept coming back around in his interview. He quit drugs by “curing himself with his mind.” I’m not saying he’s completely turned it around now, but he has stopped taking drugs, which is a positive step. Here’s the problem, though; it really doesn’t seem like he quit for the right reasons, and that’s what bugged me. In fact, he referred to his drug and alcohol binges as “epic nights” and he seemed to be proud of the company his activities put him in (along with the likes of Keith Richards and Ozzy Osbourne). So why did he quit drugs? The impression I got is that he quit for reasons that pertain to publicity and finances. He quit because people wanted him to. He quit because he felt pressured to by the television and movie industry. His fond reminiscing about those days makes it clear that he thought his life was more fun when he could do whatever he felt like.

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Stop Using this Phrase

Sometimes a phrase becomes popular and it shouldn’t.  People will say it over and over again and it sounds great.  A preacher might use it in a sermon, and the congregation quickly puts the quote up on twitter or Facebook.  However, sometimes this same phrase when analyzed turns out to be false.  It sounds good, but it isn’t true.  I want to deal with such a phrase.

Preach the Gospel and if necessary use words.

I understand the point of the phrase.  It is a call to living out the gospel, and being an example to the world.  However, it isn’t true. The gospel is a message of words.  It is the story of what Jesus has done on our behalf.  Faith in the gospel comes through the hearing of the gospel message (Romans 10:17).  Paul makes it clear that the gospel has to be preached (Romans 10:14-17).  The other problem with this phrase is the word preach means to herald a message.  It, by definition, requires words to be spoken.

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

I think it is fairly safe to say that there are some pretty unintelligent people in this world.

Now obviously I am not talking about anybody reading this post, but I think we can all think of times that we have been pretty thoughtless. Well, I bet none of those moments were as bad as a couple of criminals who tried to rob an ATM in Kentucky. Two men tried to pull the front off an ATM by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home…with the chain still attached to the ATM…with their bumper still attached to the chain…with their vehicle’s license plate still attached to the bumper.

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How does sin make you feel?

Tucked away in 2 Peter is a very powerful verse concerning sin.  In a section where Peter is showing examples proving that God will punish those who promote and practice unrighteousness, we are given insight into the soul of a man.  As humans we do not have the ability to know what goes on inside a man, but God does.

In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah we are not given many details about Lot.  From reading the Genesis account we might wonder why Lot stayed in the city.  We might even wonder if Lot had no problem with the sinfulness of those around him.  Lot was righteous, which is why he was saved from destruction.  But we are not told how Lot coped with the sinfulness around him.

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Myth of Christian Divorce Rate

I have always been uneasy about statistics concerning Christian behavior.  To me there were always too many variables to take them too strongly.  For instance a few months ago a stastical survey stated that Atheists knew more about religion than Christians.  Once I read the survey, and was able to get more in-depth in the research method, several flaws became apparent (you can read my response to that survey here).  This, once again, further established my uneasiness.

The biggest problem I have always had with these surveys is how do we define “Christian.”  Normally it is simply by what the person claims.  So if someone claims to be a Christian, then they are identified and counted as such.  The fallacy, to me, is evident.  Many folks claim to be Christians who are not.  A Christian is a disciple of Jesus.  Someone who takes seriously the commands of the Lord and strives to be like Him.  Not all who claim to be Christians are.

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