Sunday, February 15, 2009

Because Dodger of Sheep told me to

I am posted this in a response to a post on Dodger's blog. So for background click here.
But it is just my thoughts about Christians in the world today. And it's long.

I think what Monolog says if very true. But I think it gets back to something that I have been very adamant about lately: Christians have to get back to being Christians. We have turned the cheek way too much, and by that I mean we have turned the cheek away from the fundamental Christian principles and turned our cheeks to the world. We have adopted the idea "If we can't beat em', join em'."---but still trying to look like Christians while we do it. We have allowed the world and the devil to turn our churches into nothing more than social clubs, and sadly like dogs backed into a corner we bit back at the persecution in railing accusations that only further caused the world to look at us and say "Well you're just a bunch of orthodox,narrow-minded bigots. The reason being that in our fighting---and monolog I'm not saying that you are wrong about the fighting----we fought with the worlds ways. We stood on the principles of, let's just use homosexuality as an example because it's easy, and we said "If you're gay, you're wrong and you are a sinner" all the while our "christian" brothers are running around cussing, drinking, lying, stealing, and living lives outside the church that bring shame upon the church. Oh, but we arn't we're ok. The problem is that we aren't fighting like Jesus and the apostles fought. We arn't looking into the faces of our oppressors, and yelling at them with our actions. It's our actions that are our problem. We have to get back to living a loud Christian life. When we can do that we won't have to worry about losing ground, or having our crops stolen. Our crops will be firmly sewn in ground that no man can dig. Our churches, though they may not be overflowing, will be impenetrable fortress that can withstand any dart of the devil. And on top of it all, the world may still say to us "you're too close-minded" but they will also have to admit, maybe just on the inside, that if they were ever in trouble and needed anything we would be the first ones they knew they could go to for help. That's the dream. That's the fight. That's what we have to get back to if we are ever going to gain any ground for Christ here in this world. Unrelenting Christians that arn't just unrelenting in standing up for the fundamentals of 10 commandment values, but are living out the fundamentals of loving our neighbors, feeding the poor, taking in the strangers, and taking care of people who would never call themselves "church goers".

Sunday, February 08, 2009

In Onore Del Padrino

"But, now you come to me and you say "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my home on the day my daughter's to be married and you ask me to do murder for money." Don Vito Corleone

"Bonasera. Bonasera. What have I ever done to make you to treat me so disrespectfully. If you had come to me in friendship then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies then they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you." Don Vito Corleone

"Good. Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But, until that day comes. Accept this justice as a gift on my daugther's wedding day." Don Vito Corleone

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Don Vito Corleone

"Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement." Michael Corleone

"I don't feel like I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies." Michael Corleone

"Never let anyone outside of the family know what you're thinking." Don Vito Corleone

"I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" Don Vito Corleone

"You could act like a man! What's the matter with you? Is this what you've become, some hollywod finnochio that cries like a woman?" Don Vito Corleone

"Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with this family can never be a real man." Don Vito Corleone

"I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless. But not men." Don Vito Corleone

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