Thursday, September 30, 2010

Feeding Frenzy

Just last week I felt like something was about to explode and it certainly has. The outbreak of accusation against the pastor in Atlanta has certainly stirred up our nation. I’ve been exploring the internet and navigating around face book and there’s a wide range of responses.

One thing I have noticed is that there are a lot of agendas out there and the forces behind them are all converging on the scene like sharks. The water is bloody and there is a feeding frenzy.

I briefly and mistakenly tried to offer some advice to one person on face book, but my pleas were dismissed as just a pastor who was afraid to lose their ministry.
Boy, they sure don’t know us. We lost everything five years ago, so we have no big congregation or ministry to lose. My concern was for the many pastors and ministries throughout the world who will suffer backlash because of this. I was trying to convey the reality that spreading negative press is not helping the situation.

But after I saw a couple of people making fun of the members of this pastor’s church and actually saying no one should pray or feel sorry for those folks, I realize that an all out feeding frenzy is on for real. As far as many are concerned, there are no innocent by standers. All pastors, churches and ministries are corrupt and they all need to be shut down.

As it was in the time of Rome when Nero was emperor, the cry is going forth to kill all the Christians.

Some have claimed that they are standing up for the victims in this situation, but that’s not true. If they were standing up for the victims, they would see that the list of victims extends far beyond the accusers. However, as I promised, I’m keeping my opinion out of the situation and I’m not going to dare speak a word against the pastor, his church or his family.

At this point, we have encouraged our small group and our internet followers to keep their mouths closed. We have decided that we will keep our focus on God as we commit to prayer.

We’re about to roll over into the most evil and sinister time of the year; October. The Lord has directed me to pray and fast this month. I can’t speak for anybody else or send out any commands and orders. I just know that the Spirit of God is directing me to get alone with Him and pray. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Overwhelmed by expressions of love

I am literally overwhelmed by all the expressions of love that were given to me on my birthday, two days ago (9/8/10). So many people have made my 51st birthday a very special and memorable occasion. I took the day off, had breakfast with my girl Carol, and just relaxed with my family all day. Then when I checked facebook, several people hit me on live chat, postings, emails and phone calls all at the same time. I am truly blessed. I am a rich man because I have so many special people in my life.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

New King James version Philippians 4:8