n his 2011 Society of Vineyard Scholars presentation, Jev Forsberg states that “the topic of violence has been on the minds and in the hearts of Christ-followers since the climactic birth of the Christian movement: the violent death of Christ on a Roman cross.”
The holiday season is coming up quickly. It is during this time when people, especially Christians, find themselves looking for ways to serve people. Now is the season of people thinking of their less fortunate man. Christians are called to be the servers of those around us. Ephesians 6:7 tells us to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” This call is not meant to be answered only during the holiday season, but it seems as if during this time, it is easiest to find ways to live out the call to service.
It is a plague, a plague that was greater than the “hope and change” of 2008; greater still than the “four more years” of 2012. Let us spare ourselves the embarrassment of partisan dribble and become better than the dividing political lines that face us and shake hands with those whose views hate with fervor. It would be nice if everyone got along. But we do get along, too well in fact. We’ve gotten along so well we’ve disguised our contempt against others as tolerance. In some cases, we’ve even forgotten what’s right and wrong and stand on nothing more than the mushy quicksand of tolerance and multiculturalism.
There is a trend in “Generation Y” or in “the Millennials” where people are becoming less religious and attending church less frequently. Millennial is a term that generally refers to a person who is born somewhere between 1980 and 2000. So, if there is a decrease in church and religious activity in this age group, what has caused it? What makes this generation different than the one before it?
The question being asked is if it is wrong for a Christian to use tobacco. In my opinion, it is not necessarily a sin to use tobacco. But it is an unwise decision and we, as Christians, are encouraged to use wisdom. Therefore, though I am not sure what stance I would take if I was flat out asked, “Is it a sin to use tobacco?” I believe that Christians should not use it.
Have you ever been to Egypt? I have not. If you have been to Egypt at all, you will probably notice pyramids, warm weather and all what Egypt has to offer. If you have been in Egypt at some point after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, then you will have noticed people for and against the government in a sharp divide. The divide is between the Muslim groups and Non-Christians toward the Coptic Christians.
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