Friday, October 12, 2012

And the Nobel Peace prize goes to...

It is the end of a wonderful work-week. I am blessed to have work, and even better, it is work I love- with children. Children are such a blessing from Jesus. I pray you have children in your life and they are the light of the savior for you.

The European Union won the Nobel Peace prize today. The UK Daily Mail had an interesting headline, 'The irony of awarding the Peace Prize 'where there is no peace'
"There’s a certain irony in awarding his prestigious Peace Prize to a union of nations which is presently being ripped apart by fiscal anarchy and economic folly. While the Greeks are burning German flags and Croatians are burning EU flags, Herman Van Rompuy seems to shuffle on obliviously."

Greek protests
A fire bomb explodes among police in Athens
'The EU is the biggest peace-making institution ever created in world history', he proclaimed, with a straight face. While Spain teeters on the edge of civil unrest in the worst recession since the 1930s, the talk is once again of revolution. Yet the President of the European Council tells us in his bank-clerk tones that the award is for all European leaders and all European citizens ‘from this generation and the former generations’.

Nazi Greece
Greeks obediently delivering the Nazi salute in protest at what they see as German-imposed austerity measures.

Peace? Hardly. The part in the headline where the newspaper had put in quotes, 'where there is no peace' is a reference to the Jeremiah 6:14 verse where God told Jeremiah to tell the people, "They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace." 'They' refers to the prophets and priests who dealt falsely. The prophets and priests were the governmental leaders of that day.

We are also reminded of this verse, "While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

And finally, we know that in the end, "peace is taken from the earth so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword." (Revelation 6:4).
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This is interesting:

'I lost every friend I had': What happened when STRAIGHT Christian who believed homosexuality was a sin spent a year living as an out and proud gay man
"Homeschooled by a conservative Christian family, Timothy Kurek was raised to believe homosexuality was an abomination. But when a close friend revealed her family had disowned her for being a lesbian he resolved to learn how gays really lived. Kurek, 26, 'came out' and spent the next year pretending to be a gay man, experiencing an isolation from friends and family he never expected. ... To make the charade seem real, Kurek also recruited a gay man to pose as his boyfriend. ... The first time Kurek went to a gay club he was pulled on the dance floor by a man with no shirt on, covered in baby oil and glitter. 'I didn't know whether to punch the guy or smoke a cigarette after the song ended,' Kurek told the Huffington Post."

He read his mother's diary to see what she thought of him being "gay". He also wrote a book about his year of lying and released it on National Coming Out day.

My reaction to this incident is a harsh one. If you really want to honor Jesus you live the life He revealed to us- by His blood no less- which is to love Him with all your heart, strength, and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Mr Kurek could have kept that commandment by loving his lesbian friend as a Christian without joining the world, indulging his flesh, and living a life Jesus hates. He could have been the Light in her life by demonstrating an agape love to her, and THAT would have done much more for her than what he did, which was live a life of lies, darkness and condemnation in Jesus's eyes.

What it boils down to is that Mr Kurek professes to love Jesus, but lied to his friends and family for a whole year, lived a life that is an abomination to God, co-opted another person to join his lie (thereby putting a stumbling block in his way), invaded his mother's privacy, and then wrote a book about his lie and his abomination, and is living off the lucre he gained from it. Let's see about what the bible thinks:

"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." (James 4:4)

"Honor your father and your mother, which is the first commandment with a promise..." (Eph 6:2)

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." (Matthew 6:24)

Did Lot pretend to be homosexual to better understand why people hated his family? No, and God called him righteous. I think the man in that article is an, 'in the closet' gay man who wanted to experiment for a year and get away with it, and he used God as his cover.

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Rejoice in trials, friends! "Tested faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness if you had not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength if you had not been supported in the flood. Faith increases in quality, assurance, and intensity the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too." An excerpt from Devotional by CH Spurgeon, on 1 Peter1:6-7

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