There are a lot of parable trying to explain how salvation works to someone unchurched, but as I woke up this morning it hit me.

The Salvation offered by God is like a solo version of Musical chairs.

Picture a game of Musical chairs with a single player, a single chair representing a state of grace.  How do you win? Be sitting in the chair when the music stops.

It sounds really simple but there is a catch, in fact there are several.

First:  There are carrots being offered, physical, monetary and psychological for leaving the chair.

Second:  There are sticks being used,  threats, intimidation and ridicule to get you to leave that chair

Third:  The chair isn’t always comfortable, in fact there are times when it’s downright painful.

And finally there are those reminding you that it’s OK to get out of the chair because you can always sit right back down.

All of these things are constantly bombarding you very loudly, and to counter is only a small voice offering nothing except a reward if you are sitting on the chair when the music stops.

There are going to be those who will sit at that chair and stay there no matter what.

There are going to be those will not sit in that chair no matter what

There are going to be others that stay away from the chair until the very last-minute.

But most of us spend our time sitting down, getting up, and sitting down again, up and down, up and down because that’s simply human nature.

The only thing we know for sure is the music will eventually stop, maybe in one week, maybe in 1 year, maybe in 100 years but if you are the chair when your time comes you win, it doesn’t matter if you sat down one second before the music stopped if you are there you’ve won.

And if you are out of the chair when the music stop, you lose, it doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your entire life in the chair, if you are standing when the music stops, you lose.

That’s really what it comes down to, it’s just that easy, and just that hard:

 

Good luck!

 

The late novelist Peter deVries said in an interview that he was taught to believe in two things as a child growing up in the Dutch Reformed Church: the omnipotence of God and the total depravity of man. As an adult, he still believed in one of these.

Me too. Whatever your beliefs about a deity, there can be no doubt in the mind of any Conservative of the depravity of man. Otherwise, how do you explain beheading?

The apprentice beheader must start as a small child, tearing the wings off flies; then as he matures, he no doubt progresses to torturing small animals. Kicking old ladies and cripples is the next art to be mastered. Can anyone deny that these tormentors enjoy their work? If they did not, would they make videos showing themselves killing multiple innocents.

Criminals with consciences perform their dirty work in the dark of night, hiding their evil deeds even from themselves.

Lets not kid ourselves: our enemies are evil and must be destroyed for the good of civilization.

by baldilocks

I’ve been mostly unplugged this week.

Most know about my housing situation. I’m staying in temporary housing in Southern California and it has been, mostly, a blessing.

First there is the fact that I have housing at all. First, let’s just say that I’m a middle-class girl and a bit of a BAP. I’ve never had to wonder where I was going to live or from where my next meal was coming until this past year. When it became obvious that, if I made the choice to stay in California, that I’d be homeless, I asked God for the following: that I’d have a clean, safe place to sleep, wash myself and sundries. I knew that I was going to have to rough it a bit, but sleeping outside…I only want to have to do that by choice. If God sees fit for me to have to do that, I would ask Him to prepare me for it, and, let’s just say that I’m not ready!

I said all that–some repeats–to say something about my fellow residents. Before, I had a tendency to think of “the Homeless” as some vast, mostly unwashed entity, who couldn’t get it together. That perception has changed and it has nothing to do with my homelessness. The change of mind is a result of talking to the people around me and being reminded of Jesus’ second commandment.

We public Internet people have a tendency to think of a vast portion of Americans as Low Information Voters. But, a goodly portion of my fellow “inmates” know more than most about what is happening to our country. Oh sure, there are a number who rather be getting high or drinking, but I’d say that they are the minority here. The majority–no doubt as a result of their misfortunes–have a good handle on the direction in which our country is going. They may not follow the news as diligently as we do, but they can tell which way the wind is blowing.THIEF

In that, they are more fortunate–more blessed–than most of their countrymen. For all too many of the latter, disaster will come like a thief in the night.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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Luke Skywalker:All right, I’ll give it a try.
Yoda:No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

The Empire Strikes Back 1980

Maybe it’s just me but the entire debate concerning ISIS make no sense to me.

We have some people saying the force authorization is too broad, other saying it is too narrow.  People are trying to micromanage how war is fought.

That’s not only not how war works but it’s not how our constitution works.

Either ISIS is a threat or it is not.

Either ISIS is worth fighting or it is not.

So here is what should be done.

Congress should introduce a resolution to formally declare war on ISIS.

Then congress can either pass it or not and if it passes it goes to the president’s desk.

He can sign it or not.

Once war is declared the President can prosecute it any way he sees fit and when it’s over it’s over.

It’s just that simple.