Taking a look at the final verses in Philippians chapter 4. . Speaker: Scott Rasco. Philippians 4:13-19. Pastor: Scott Rasco.
So we all know that media shows what they want us to see. Many times we only see part of the big picture and it makes it look much worse than it actually is. Take a look at the attached picture. How does it make you feel? What is going on? Did the offender get what he deserved? Who is to blame?
Obviously, you know that I am going to prove your initial response as inaccurate. In the picture it is blatantly obvious that the fan was being prayed with pepper spray from the security guard who was supposed to be reacting non-violently. The guard did not have a weapon and he was acting with the proper authority.
However, the fan looks as if he is engulfed in flames. He looks as if a flamethrower is being used to burn him to death. That is what the media who posted this picture wants us to think. They want us to believe that the viscous guard was out to kill this Soccer (Football) fan.
However that is not what happened at all. The fans brought flares into the arena. This fan had climbed up in an unauthorized area and would not get down. He was endangering himself and the other fans, as well as the staff and player.
The guards went in to get him down and sprayed him with pepper spray. It is unknown if the guard realized that the aerosol spray would react with the flare. (If I was the guard, I would never have thought about. Like the time I sprayed bug spray too close to a camp fire.)
In the video below you will see that the flame flared up for a split second, the guard stopped spraying, and the fan dropped the flare and ran off. The fan may have left with a little bit of singed hair and smoky clothes. He was probably more damaged by the pepper spray in his nose mouth and eye, than the brief inferno.
Don’t believe everything you see in the media, the media can spin everything the way they want you to see it. It makes you wonder what else they are lying about.
About a year ago, I started tinkering with the idea to create an emoji/text abbreviation Bible. Basically I wanted to make something that would be easily translatable to text messaging, social media, and would speak to the digital generation. I wish I would have jumped on the idea because they have now created the emoji Bible. Here is my disclaimer: I have not had the chance to preview it, but the way it has been described and the samples I have seen they have taken the KJV, the old Standard of Bibles, the Authorized translation of most denominations and added emoji and abbreviated texting to represent the words.
It is really an interesting concept and I really love the idea. Nevertheless, there are many Christians calling this effort to reach the digital age heretical. Some of the comments stated that it was dumbing down the word of God and that the Holy Spirit is supposed to be the only thing we need to understand God’s word. My answer to this, then we need to get rid of the English, Spanish, and other translations and every one buy a Hebrew and Greek Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to help us understand it. Everyone knows that sounds stupid, but it makes as much since as this argument.
The second argument is that we are taking sacred things and making them secular. Sadly, that is a pharisee or Old Testament way of thinking. Jesus went to the lowest of the low and ministered to them in a way they would understand. He told parables and gave insight into the word of God that everyday people were unable to grasp. He dumbed it down for the people and they understood and accepted him.
Another argument was, how is this different than taking the Bible and creating a Gay Bible that supports Homosexuality. Again this has no merit. The Gay Bible is promoting a sin, but an emoji Bible is not promoting anything. It is offering a translation that help common people understand. Much like the work of Martin Luther when he made the first German Bible in the language of the common people or when William Tyndale made an early English translation that predates KJV.
Basically, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
So what do you think about this?
Last week was Memorial Day. Normally, I would have done a post for Memorial Day; however, with the insanity that has been going on in the nation regarding the treatment of veterans I really did not know what to write. I am deplored at the way the nation is treating our military personnel.
The individuals who put their lives on the line everyday are under paid and under funded. While bureaucrats and politicians sit in their posh mansions making politically correct, unneeded legislation and spending millions of dollars preparing for their next run for office, our soldiers live in unthinkable conditions away from their families. They sacrifice so much and then return home to be treated badly by the people that they fight so hard to protect.
I am really sad to think about the lack of respect that we have for our military/arm forces. We have the chance to meet their needs and show them the respect they deserve and instead we give the funding and support to illegal aliens and refugees.
Memorial day is a day that celebrate the memory of those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Instead this year people all over the nation are declaring war on our military. There are people choosing to exercise their freedom of speech by belittling those who have served. They choose to tear down people who put their lives on the line and worked to provide the very freedom they are abusing.
Alas I am at a loss for words. We need to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women who said they would risk it all for the sake of our freedom. Let us stop and look deep inside. Let us put away our ignorance and show respect to those who deserve it. Let us begin to see the truth before it is too late.
Working as a Pastor we have always celebrated holidays in church. I put together videos for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, etc. I always wondered why we celebrated each of these holidays in the same way. So many people celebrate their veterans on memorial day, the active soldiers on veterans day, and those who lost their lives on both. Interestingly, there are separate holidays to celebrate each different group of military personnel.
On the final Monday in the month of May we celebrate a holiday referred to as Memorial Day. It is a time to celebrate the memory of those fallen. Individuals who were in the military but are no longer with us. For most people this would only include those lost in battle. For me I include veterans who have now passed on.
On November 11 we celebrate Veteran’s Day. This day acknowledges those who were at one time in the military but are no longer. They may have retired from full time service or were discharged when their time was up, either way, they served, but are no longer in the service.
The final day is the one most people miss. It falls on the 3rd Saturday in May and is at the end of Armed Forces Week. Armed Forces Day recognizes individuals who are in the Armed Forces.
Next time you decide to celebrate a military holiday, make sure you know which one you are celebrating. And if you forget then honor all three just in case.