Should Atheists Be Altruistic?

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying a local, annual festival near where I live. There are a lot of vendors there, local organizations, political booths, my favorite Pai Lum school was there. I got to spend it with my family and people that I love. And I had some awesome Turkish coffee.

Mixed in with all of this was a local atheist organization who is very dedicated to atheism. They were selling your typical bumper stickers that read things like “My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma” and “Hell Doesn’t Scare Me” and “I believe in life before death”.

You know, the typical atheist response to religion of any form.

(BTW, atheism is a religion, but we’ll get into that another time.)

Seeing this booth forced me to ask the question (sadly, not to them):

Should atheists be altruistic?

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The Mystery of the Log

“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5; NLT

Ah, the log. That unforgiving piece of wood that sticks out of your eye.

That sucker hurts, doesn’t it?

That log blocks your vision. That log keeps you from helping.

That log is the most inconvenient thing in your life.

And we have all missed the mystery of it.

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The Struggle to Love

As I turn from my sins and turn closer to God, I see just how evil I truly am. I slowly see the darkness of my own heart and how much I suck at what once seemed simple.

Like love.

I don’t mean the love I show for God or even my wife and daughter.

It is my love for my fellow man and those I spend my time with.

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Running til You Can’t Run Anymore

So, believe it or not, I have been running. Running as far and as fast as I can.

No, I haven’t been running physically. That hurts my shins. A lot.

The kind of running I have been doing has been spiritual. And let me tell you something:

It hurts more than physical running does.

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Some Post-Easter Thoughts

It is typical among members of the Church, the American Church specifically, to slide back into their old habits immediately after Sunday.

It is this dark, slippery slope that we all kind of joke about but never fully acknowledge.

It is a path that, if we don’t keep an eye out, will destroy us.

And the death-toll is already rising.

The sad part is, it happens no matter what the previous Sunday featured.

Easter is no exception.

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He Is Risen!

Indeed, in the midst of all of this turmoil with our world, the economy, the nation and the fears of all the talk of war and other dangers, there is a Savior.

There is One, Who, by the power of God, conquered death and has ended the enemy’s reign here on earth.

While he has limited power, it is nothing compared to the power that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, exhibits.

Place your faith in Him, for He can save you from the wrath of God, because He has faced that wrath for you.

He is risen! This means so much more than just eternal salvation.

Trust Him.

He is risen!

Breaking the Silence

It has been a long time since I have posted anything on this site. Much of it dealt with a personal attack I endured quite some time ago from someone I once considered a friend. The rest dealt with my own laziness as well as a deep search of my own beliefs and how my faith in God fit into my everyday life.

A huge part of my silence has been my inability to push past my fears. I am not proud of my past. And I am not proud of my addictions. They are a thorn in my side that haunt me every day and keep me from preaching the Gospel or even writing here.

I have felt inadequate and scared. I have felt unworthy of the preaching of the Gospel and being His ambassador here on earth.

Many would say that I have no right to be ashamed, considering the crack team that Jesus sent out and the men and women God chose to be His prophets and kings. They were far from perfect. They all had their vices. And they all glorified God.

So why am I so scared? I don’t really know. But the time has come to stop running. If my past catches up to me, I will face it with the cross of Christ.

I’m not perfect. I will fall. I will give in to my vices. But only if I identify with them.

So, this is me breaking the silence. No longer identifying with my sins and my past but rather identifying with Christ and my new identity in Him.

The banner is raised once more.

A Hard Pill to Swallow

This is not an easy post for me to write. As a matter of fact, even as I write this, the pill that needs to be swallowed is still lodged in my throat. I honestly have to force myself to swallow this pill, and human nature is what makes this difficult.

Okay, enough beating around the bush with this.

I’ve been struggling with being…self-righteous.

Let me put it this way…I have a problem with coming to terms with the fact that every person is a sinner in the eyes of God.

In other words, I am just as bad as the next guy. No one, no matter their status in this world, no matter gender or their own view of self-importance, is better than anyone else.

Some of us just cover up our faults and problems better than others.

And some of us are better at denying our faults and problems than others.

But one thing that I need to remember, that we all need to remember, is that we are all sinners in the eyes of God. None of us is better than the next.

Without the grace of God, we would all be in more terrible places in our lives than we are in right now.

So, let us all swallow this pill. And live our lives with glory to God and God alone.

Give Til It Hurts?

How many times have you heard that? Or something similar?

“If you want God to bless you, give more than you are capable of giving! Give til it hurts!”

Now, I’m not going to knock the Prosperity Gospel, though I have a laundry list of grievances against it. What I am going to say is that giving til it hurts is not something the Bible advocates.

As a matter of fact, it calls for the exact opposite.

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