Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hate Crime: An unnecessary law

I think any violent crime, at its core, is predicated by hate. That is why I find this law to be unnecessary. By calling something a "hate crime", you are actually giving credence to one form of violence over another. Is violence committed illegally (not in defense of your life or to save someone else) more acceptable in some situations than others? Some might argue that it is but I think that's hardly relevant to the victim.
What we really need is to have more conformity in the law between states. In one state you might get two years for a certain crime while in other you might get ten or no jail time at all. Our judicial system has become so skewed that it literally makes no sense. I personally blame liberalism. The courts spend so much time trying to bend over backwards to insure that the criminals are treated fairly that they totally disregard the rights of the victims.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

How about trying my philosophy for a day? I try and live by the saying "that's on them." If there is one thing that the love of Jesus has taught me is that I can only control my actions. Many people have asked me how can I be so nice to people who treat me so badly. First of all, as it says in Ephesians 4:22-24 "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Secondly, apart from the new nature that God has bestowed on me when I accepted Jesus, I have found that I cannot let the actions of others dictate how I interact with them. When I find someone acting hateful towards me, it's not that I couldn't treat them in kind, it's that I don't want to. That's when I say "that's on them." I will not let them tempt me in to sinful behavior merely because they have not found the joy and peace that I have. Just as I was forgiven so should I do my utmost to forgive others. John 15:12 "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." To me, this is not a commandment, it is just the way I feel in my heart.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What has Jesus done for me?

What has Jesus done for me? Not speaking to the obvious, just talking about the changes He has made in my life. The first would be a never ending sense of joy coupled with a sense of completeness that is really hard to impart to others. Getting up every morning and knowing that no matter how bad things may get, my Lord and Savior will never forsake or leave me. Just saying that and actually believing it are two different matters. Until you actually believe in your heart, with every fiber of your being, in His everlasting love and grace, there is simply no way to impart how much that belief dramatically changes your life. I sincerely pray that all of my family and friends, as well as all of those who are still seeking for something of which they know not, will find what it truly means to feel the love of Christ in their hearts.

Trayvon Martin and the rush to judgement

The Trayvon Martin supporters only have themselves to blame. Most of the time murder investigations take months and even years to complete. The prosecutors know that if they go to trial and they are not ready, they are probably going to lose. Double jeopardy attaches and they run the risk of a murderer going free. If Zimmerman was guilty, they should have made a thorough investigation instead of bowing to public pressure. Just goes to show you that theses supporters could have cared less about Trayvon and more about what publicity they could garner for themselves.