Apologetics and Minions 1

Check out this animation presentation of the God-Stone paradox.  Make sure you get parts 1 and 2 (Wideo restricts free usage to 45 seconds.)

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Minions and the God-Stone Paradox Part 1

Minions and the God-Stone Paradox Part 2

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The Proven-Miracle Paradox

Suppose a certain miracle does, in fact, happen. Now, every skeptic that hears of this miracle wants proof. So the miracle is repeated and proved. If the miracle is repeated to every skeptic that ever exists, is it still a miracle, considering that a miracle is a rare event?

I call this the “Proven-Miracle Paradox.”  After searching my mental database and Google’s, I cannot find this paradox; if you do find it elsewhere, please let me know.  When setting up a story-line in a previous post The God You Can See, I noticed this paradox creeping up.  Proving a miracle presents a problem by nature of a miracle.

tough questionThe problem is that miracles are defined to be an “unusual event.” Therefore, if enough people see it happening enough times, it is no longer unusual. It could even be argued that it is now a natural occurrence or phenomenon. But miracles are thought to supernatural, not natural! The Proven-Miracle Paradox reveals something about the skeptic, something about the miracle, and something about God.

About the Skeptic

For the skeptic, the Proven-Miracle paradox begs another question. Why did the skeptic ask for proof of a miracle in the first place, when universal proof only diminishes the miracle? The skeptic has not thought out the entire process. Is it fair that everyone gets to see the miracle, or does that one skeptic have a privileged advantage? But while giving proof to the one skeptic, he cannot confirm it to others without making the miraculous disappear. The skeptic is correct in saying, “I will believe in the supernatural when I see a miracle.”  But he cannot say, “I can prove to others that I have seen something besides a hallucination.”  Nor can multiple skeptics have a fair share in saying “I believe in the supernatural because I see a miracle.”  Perhaps the skeptic had already dismissed the possibility of a miracle, by making a predetermined, biased judgment. Perhaps the skeptic really did not want to accept a real God, so he devised a test that would knowingly fail.

About That Miracle

Let’s conclude that the miracle cannot be proven on a universal level. Then, in order for sensible people to accept the miracle, there must be something else about it that carries weight. One way for this to happen is to have enough witnesses gathered within the vicinity of a single rare event. Also, the miracle has to have significance; it cannot be arbitrary. If a skeptic demands to see a wooden desk float, what does it mean? Does it mean that the law of gravity is inconsistent, leading to the conclusion that physical laws are not always consistent? Does it mean that a demon is making the desk float, or a god? And which god? The god of wooden desks? Rather, if the miracle is said to be a sign, it should point to other facts or statements in a meaningful way, much like a traffic sign does. It should “connect the dots.”

Now About God

The Proven Miracle Paradox seems to be a problem for God. How can He prove Himself to be miraculous in a fair, universal way? And yet we’ve seen that miracles can carry weight through other means. If a real God arranged a miracle, how could that miracle be the most advantageous? We’ve ruled out universal proof with our paradox. Take the case of Jesus as God. The miracle of His resurrection was directly observable by more than 500 witnesses. (1 Cor. 15:3-8). Rather than dying again and again until everyone in existence could see, Jesus accomplished this miraculous feat once. The effective means was taking 500+ good witnesses, people who would testify even through the pains of death. We know for certain that the witness of the resurrection spread globally and continued to be accepted for 2000 years.

The miracle of the virgin birth of Christ takes the effectiveness of significance. It puts the “sign” in “sign-ificance.” We are not asking “What is the significance of any virgin birth,” but rather “What is the significance of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?”

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

This verse is one of many prophecies.  The “sign” points not only to a virgin birth, but to the name Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”  So this was one sign pointing to Jesus as God revealed.

Luke 2:12 “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

The significance of shepherds coming to see Jesus is two-fold.  Bethlehem was known as the city of David, the shepherd who became king, an ancestor king of Jesus.  The shepherds were also looking upon the one to be called “Lamb of God,” who would take away the need for animal sacrifices.

Prophecies preceded the virgin birth, and signs led the shepherds and later the wise men to worship the baby.  Then, when the baby had grown to maturity, he spoke of such things as being “born of the Spirit.”  Jesus’ many miracles were not discounted by witnesses, but they were not accepted by all.  The miracles of healing were not good enough for the more religious people.  Some were too legalistic to accept what Jesus’ miracles signified; others would have preferred a ‘miracle’ of victory in war.  Jesus’ miracles focused on life – by means of healing, feeding, and resurrection.  So the virgin birth of Jesus is not any random virgin birth.  It is not the first freak incident of parthenogenesis in humans.  Neither is it a miracle simply for the point of proving the existence of the supernatural.  The virgin birth is the birth of a sinless, immortal human fashioned in the original image of God.  Jesus would go on to exhibit his incredible trait of being immune to staying dead.  And He would make this trait available to be transferred to any who accept.  Who is the giver of life?  Who originally made a man without the use of a man?  The God of the Bible, who creates with His word. (See John chapter 1.  The perfect will of God is shown to be active both in the original creation and the special creation through the virgin birth.) This God is the supernatural agent to which all signs of Jesus point.

Summary

Let’s recap.  Based on the Proven-Miracle Paradox, we get the following conclusions.  If you repeat a miracle enough times in front of enough people, it’s no longer unusual.  A skeptic, hoping to provide proof of a miracle, would never accumulate enough empirical evidence.  A God who relies solely on miracles for proof of His existence is apparently doomed to fail in His revelations.  A God who ties miracles with logic, history, and meaning is the God who will succeed.  The God of the Bible uses all these to prove His existence.

The God You Can See

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A young man named Josh sat on a park bench with his frazzled head in his hands. “If only I could see God right now. Then I’d believe in Him.”

A gentle voice responded. “I can do that for you.” The flustered man sat up. An old lady had taken a seat next to him. “I have good connections. If you want to see God, just let me know how.”

Josh laughed at first, but noticed the woman was serious. “Heck, I’ll give it a try.” He thought for a moment. “Lightning. I want to see a good lightning show, in my backyard, tonight.”

“Very well. Consider it done.”

Josh was still laughing later that evening as he eased in his recliner; still, he couldn’t help but pause and check out the back window. “Yeah, right,” he told himself after an hour. Just as Josh was about to fall asleep right there, he heard a rumble and jerked his head around. His back yard was pitch-black. CRACK! He ran to swing open the back door. CRACK! BANG! BOOM! For a good half hour, lightning danced in earth-shattering power. Josh’s jaws hung open for most the show. For the next half hour, he called everyone he knew, friends, family, neighbors, waking everyone he knew in the middle of the night just to tell them what he’d seen. “I must say, I do believe in a God,” he added. Very tired, Josh went to sleep and dreamed that lightning resumed its show for the rest of the night.

The next morning, Josh turned on the news as usual. There was quite the story. “Dan Smith reporting here from Europe. What started in Ohio has spread across the globe in a matter of hours. Lightning has covered the world. Some people think it’s because they’re asking God to put on a lightning show – This is obviously an unfounded claim. Meteorologist Steve has determined that there is a new weather phenomenon, called global lightning chains, where all lightning storms join into one global network. Steve can see the friction in the clouds, the electricity in the lightning, but he can’t see God. Psychiatrists believe that a coincidence happened in Ohio where one man linked lightning to God. After that, everyone coincidentally linked these lightning storms to God. It’s now been scientifically proven; whether you pray to God or not, there is 99% chance you’ll see lightning within two hours.” Just as Dan said this, lightning struck in Josh’s back yard.

Back at the park, Josh sat on the same bench with his head in his hands. A voice next to him inquired, “So what happened, my friend?”

Josh wouldn’t sit up this time. “I don’t understand. Lightning should have proved God’s existence, but now there’s lightning all the time. Lightning is a natural, normal, common event now. Noone thinks it has anything to do with God.”

“You couldn’t help but tell all your friends, could you? I’ll tell you what happened next. Your friends, thinking it only fair that God should answer their same prayer, demanded He put on a lightning show for each one of them. As God complied, the news spread to their friends, relatives, and neighbors. It didn’t take long for lightning to cover the world.”

“I thought I dreamt it went on all night.”

“Those rocket scientists on the news don’t see our hearts speaking to God. All they can see is the movement of water droplets and the movement of people’s mouths.”

“I bet if they saw God’s face sharp across the sky, they’d have to believe.”

“Tomorrow they will.”

“Really? You can really do that?”

Sure enough, the next day, God’s face was on the news. “I guess we have to believe in God now.” Josh jumped and clapped his hands for joy. “Thank you, God. That should shut them up for a long time.”

Josh went about town, whistling and proudly wearing a new cross necklace. The evening news would change his tune. “Dan reporting…” The somber anchorman could not seem to face the screen in the background. From a war-zone, a reporter spoke in between bombings. “It all started when one ethnic group said … God looked more like… them. The other group claimed… they saw God’s lips say… ‘No, they don’t.’ This is Amber… coming to you from Cuba.” Then another reporter came on. “What you’re seeing in this Japanese sky is another god. Some believe a new kind of hologram has been developed, a 3D hologram that puts a giant face in the sky. If this were true, it would cast doubt on the other famous ‘face of God.’”

The next day found Josh back on the park bench. He looked like the Thinker statue. “Why doesn’t it work? You’d think God showing his face would solve everything. Instead, epic fail, global backfire. Maybe I just need a god that makes me happy. Who cares what anyone else thinks?”

“Here you go. Rub it and make as many wishes as you’d like.” She placed an ancient oil lamp into his hands.

The next day, Josh came back, frustrated as ever. “You told me to rub this lamp and make wishes. Nothing happened. Nothing at all. I’m beginning to really doubt this God thing.”

The old lady seemed to be holding back a burst of laughter. “Are you looking for a God, or are you looking for a genie? Anyone with that much power isn’t going to serve at your beck and call. I knew the lamp wouldn’t work when I gave it to you. God is real, but genies are a myth.” A dog sniffed Josh’s hand, startling him for a moment. The old lady had brought a stray dog with her. “I brought something else today.”

“A dog?”

“And two choices. Two choices for our buddy Rusty here.” She handed Josh a paper bag with two items inside. One was a hunk of steak, the other a paper-back book. Josh held out an item in each hand, and Rusty didn’t take a whole second to decide on steak. The woman smiled. “As far as Rusty is concerned, you’re his God. He can see you, and you give him good things. Rusty has used the highly scientific tool of direct observation.”

“Oh, I get it. I’m just like a dog, because I want to see my Master and get my wishes granted.”

“No. God wouldn’t treat you like that. Yes, Rusty has a good sense of sight, a better sense of hearing, and a fantastic sense of smell. You, on the other hand, have been given other heightened senses. Your senses of conscience and rationality have been designed so that you can perceive God. And somehow I feel that you’re looking to God for more than a steak for satisfaction.” She nodded toward the book.

Josh held up the book. “The Case for Faith. We’ll just have to see how good this is. That steak didn’t look all too bad.” He shared a smile with her.

For a month, Josh didn’t return to the park. Five weeks after receiving the book, Josh came back with a woman and two small children. The old lady sat contentedly with Rusty. Josh got her attention. “Ahem. I never got your name.”

“Just call me Florence.”

“Well, Florence, I’d like you to meet my wife, Kate, and my children Ethan and Emma. Family, this is Florence. This wonderful woman helped me see God. I thought I would find him in the bright flash of lightning, or smiling across the sky, or in magical wishes. Come to find out, God did reveal Himself in human history, but it was the way He wanted to reveal Himself – when and how He wanted. The people who saw Him back then found their own crazy reasons to reject Him. So then I used my heart, mind and soul. I discovered the greatest power ever known to me, my own will-power. It was selfish but strong, inward but unchanging. If my own will could be changed, if God is indeed more powerful than that, it would be proof to me that a higher power exists. When I gave my life to Christ, I saw generosity replace selfishness. Joy replaced depression. Hope replaced fear and doubt. Passions, choices, and old habits changed. I saw God do the impossible.”

As old Florence spoke, you could hear the years of experience in her voice. “God is more concerned you know who He is than you know that He is. You find Him by developing a relationship and understanding His character. You, Josh, saw God in a way that can never be erased by anyone else. Of course, God is infinite. You’ve only seen the tip of the nose on his face, so to speak.”

“And, thanks to God’s changing power, I got back what I really wanted deep inside. The wholeness of getting my family back, and this time I really care about them more than myself. Thank you so much, Florence.”

“Oh, no problem. I’m just passing along the vision of God.”

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This story is mostly hypothetical – a thought experiment.  The moral of the story is found by comparing two Gods: a “seen” God who consequently bends to our will, and an “unseen” God who is more powerful than even our will.

The Undying Flame

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Ever wonder what happens to the Olympic sites after the fact?  After all the cameras have pursued, dreams have taken flight, Olympian hearts pumped to the limit, medals and flags lifted high, tears and cheers shared within a common ground.  Then the curtain is drawn, performers and spectators looking toward the next site to carry tomorrow’s torch.   The Atlantic Cities gives us a peek into former Olympic host Sarajevo.

“…After taking second place in the giant slalom race on February 14, 1984, 21-year-old Jure Franko stood on this concrete podium as the first and only member of the home team to receive an Olympic medal when the city of Sarajevo, then of Yugoslavia, hosted the Winter Olympics. Eight years later, this same podium would be the site of a more grisly event, the executions of countless victims of the Bosnian War and Siege of Sarajevo… Touring through the mountainous Olympic venues, Pack (photographer) has noticed a number of signs warning of areas likely containing still-live landmines; they’re a unique legacy for a former Olympic site, and understandably disconcerting.”

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We see the inevitable drama of mankind unfold. A place once celebrated as a place of peace, the unifying of many nations reaching for a prize, later torn by the divisive hatred and empty sorrows that set nation against nation. We envision, we inspire, we meet, we shake hands, and for the moment all is well. Then the camera drops, and from behind the curtain come jealousies, self-righteousness, greed, and oppression. We would be right to label such evils as the curse of mankind. Romans 8:19 says it this way: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God… For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

As a Christian, we find consolation in the promise of future peace, the end of the curse.  Even as we follow the Israelites through their times of rising and falling, we get glimpses of an ultimate future promise.

Isaiah 2:4 “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Sinful as we are, God continually speaks to the human heart, planting seeds of brighter dreams. Sometimes history itself presents us with a glimpse of future hope. China’s former Olympic site perhaps presents an example.

“China opted for a different approach with its National Aquatic Center.  The space, dubbed the ‘Water Cube’ and the venue where in 2008 Michael Phelps won eight gold medals, is now the Happy Magic Water Cube Water Park. It’s got water rides, spa pools and 13 water slides, according to CNN. The bright blues and oranges and pinks — intended to denote an underwater theme — look almost psychedelic.”  – Today.com

Someday, God, the great engineer, will remake our world the way He intended it to be. Imagine a new earth, inhabited by transformed men and women with incorruptible bodies. Incorruptible means they won’t break down under weather, stress, gravity, age… Incorruptible also means the spirit doesn’t give way to anger, pride, jealousy, spite… I wonder who will reach the peak of Mount Everest first, and who will get the best time skiing to its foot? No matter, we’ll have plenty of time to practice. All cheering from the sidelines, no shattered bones, no shattered hopes. Whatever medals we earn, we’ll lift them up to the One True King, our eternal burning light for unending venues, in our eternal home.

Until then, it’s up to us who know Christ, to continue passing the undying flame, one torch to another, one heart to another.

Copyright 2014

The Conclusive Teapot in Space

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Bertrand Russell  proposed the concept of a teapot in space, somewhere between the Earth and Mars.

 If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. [1]

The unpleasant dilemma is that an unobservable teapot can neither be proved nor disproved.  I can go about shouting from the rooftops “There’s a teapot floating in space,” and no one can prove me wrong.  If all I do is go about shouting, I could be considered a lunatic.  But shouting is not all I shall do.  

Scenario 1: A Teapot Floats in Space

I propose that I can conclude a teapot floats in space without observing a teapot in space, as long as I have two other things.  The first thing would be a diary I happen upon.  On the last written page of the diary, in beautiful cursive, I find written:

“I love my tea set almost as much as I love my grandson.  He is a bright, gifted man, and I always told him he could be anything he wanted to be.  Often I would tell him this over a cup of tea.   I suppose he believed me.  He’s an astronaut, and he’s about to board the space station.  My tea set is also special and dear to my heart.  It has a hand-painted rose on the teapot and on each of the cups.  It is my dying wish to see both dreams realized, that my grandson should always be remembered, if only my tea set were sent traveling through space.”

Of course, having only the written account could be babbling nonsense if taken by itself.  There is one more item to satisfy my conclusion.  Supposing I lift my telescope and spot a rose-printed teacup floating just beyond the orbit of the space station.  Now I have a second item (the cup) to confirm the first (the diary), to assume a teapot in space without ever seeing a teapot in space.  Assuming the 2 things, I now have a reason to scour the heavens for a rose-print teapot, and should I one day spot it, I will not be the least bit surprised.

Now I begin to wonder why this was never publicized before my observation.  I would love to get my name in the headlines as the one who first observed the teacup from Earth, but wouldn’t NASA or the news be weeks ahead of me?  I begin to formulate a theory on the release of the tea set.  Mack, the grandson, knew of his grandmother’s dying wish and made it his own living wish.  Noone else in NASA would understand.  He would sneak the tea set inside his space pack, sacrificing room for his own nutrition and medication.  After he was aboard the space station, and as soon as he was given a task outside the station, he would release the tea set.  The teapot and most of the cups must have been flung out farther, beyond the reach of my telescope.  Perhaps one cup hung behind, suspended along a lower orbit.  Then Mack would simply wait for the discovery to be made, for his grandmother’s dream to be immortalized.

God is like the grandmother’s teapot.  He made his wish known, His desire for us to be made in His image, in His written Word.  He even went so far as to become one of us and demonstrate that this was literally His dying wish.  Truly we bear a similar imprint.  In the Bible we find wisdom, logic, passion, compassion, and all the invisible qualities that we see both in ourselves and in God.   God’s spirit, like tea from a teapot, is poured into the vessel of man.  Denying God is denying a greater capacity for a greater relationship.

Scenario 2: The Teapot Rests in the Expected Place

What of others who cannot see the teapot?  And would they really find it in orbit around the sun between Earth and Mars?  We could attempt a mathematical formula based on masses and gravitational forces within the solar system to determine the placement of a teapot’s orbital path.  Or we could use a simpler mathematical solution, sets and probability.  The set proposed is the set of all objects orbiting the sun, which we will call set S for sun.  We can easily place planets and comets into this set.  The teapot, however, is at a low probability of being in this set.  We know this, not simply because of our lack of finding a teapot orbiting the sun, but rather because we find teapots somewhere else.  The other set includes all objects found in the dining room, set D.  Since we expect to find a teapot here with a much higher probability than anywhere else, we can safely assume the teapot exists in set D rather than in set S.  In other words, I could point a telescope out the dining room window and never see a teapot until I take my eye out of the telescope and look within the room.

So now we have a different scenario to consider.  Let’s assume the diary is a fraud and I hallucinated the teacup.  Considering our sets S and D, the first question to ask becomes, why limit the placement of the teapot?  We will easily find one if we look in the dining room, won’t we?  If, however, an egotistical dictator determined that the warm feeling of tea threatened the loyalty of his subjects, and if he banned tea or any related objects from ever touching his territory, then a citizen of such a country might never even consider finding a teapot sitting exactly where it belongs, in the dining room.  The same could be said of God.  Characteristically, He is a spirit.  He belongs in a set of immaterial things, which includes ideas and principles and so on.  We could look into every physical atom and never see His existence until we look into the immaterial realm. We would hardly find Him if we lived in some communist country.  Nonetheless, as it has happened in history, even the banning of religion cannot remove the desire to find the same Spirit that gives all of us life.

1. Russell, Bertrand. “Is There a God? [1952]” (PDF). The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Vol. 11: Last Philosophical Testament, 1943-68. Routledge. pp. 547–548. Retrieved 1 December 2013

Those Boring Genealogies

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An old man couldn’t wait to sit down with his granddaughter and watch a classic movie together.  The girl’s mother smiled as she watched her father pop the bulky cassette into the old VCR player, then sit down with an overflowing bowl of buttery homemade popcorn.  His granddaughter got drawn into foreign lands, captured by heart-pounding adventure, and wondering about the complexities of romance.  When the classic movie came to its profound conclusion, the girl wiped away tears of joy.  Just as she was about to get up and stretch, the grandfather put his arm out in a motion to stop.  The girl didn’t understand.  The movie was over.  Nothing showed on the screen except for the usual roll of credits, jumbled letters sinking into oblivion.  One name got the attention of the grandfather and knowing mother.  An old, wrinkly finger pointed it out, and all six eyes followed the name as it graced the screen.  Until now, the granddaughter had not known, that her grandfather once was a famous actor.  His name in the line of credits became the living proof that she was now directly related to a man of grandoise dreams, that same man who had poured his heart into the spell-binding adventures of a movie screen.  Looking deeply into the old man’s eyes, past the wrinkles, she could still see the dancing fire.

Have you ever heard the complaint that the Bible is boring, especially those meaningless genealogies?  A movie’s long list of credits might be the modern version of this boring list.  Another modern source of genealogies is a website like ancestry.com.  When you go on a site like this one, do you type in the last name of a complete stranger?  Don’t you instead go there and type in your own last name?  And when you track down the noble accomplishments and titles of your own ancestors, do these not become the hope of your own future dreams?  Now turn back to thousands of years ago, set wandering in the deserts of the Middle East.  Among the great empires, an underdog of a nation sprouts up.  Its heroes become captured on carefully preserved parchment, the stories recited day and night.  A mother reads her children one such tale, then refrains along the lines of a genealogy, pausing at a specific name.  With pursed smile she waits for her child to shout, “That’s grandfather!”  With straightened posture, she confirms, “That’s right.  And the same shining courage sparkles in your wide eyes, my child.”  Herein we find a gem of a moral.  No matter what millennium we inhabit, it’s not the genealogies themselves that bore us – the level of excitement hinges on whether we are or are not a part of that noble lineage.  The tracing of the names either establishes us or escapes from us.

If you find those Biblical genealogies boring, first ask yourself two soul-searching questions.  1. Are you adopted into this great heritage?  2. Have you taken the time to research the names and discover their inspiring stories?  The adoption process is a spiritual one, obtained by salvation through Christ.  There is another establishing of lineage written in the Bible, that being the confirmation of the Messiah, as introduced in the Gospels.

Child of the one true kingHebrews 11 gives a set of names, each with their own short bio.  The whole chapter is filled with the repeating phrase, “by faith.”   The following chapter encourages us as if we are a part of this great legacy.  Hebrews 12:1    “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  These witnesses are like the markings of DNA, reminding us who we are.  Those before us have firmly handed us a baton with which to carry toward a prized finish line.  As children of a Heavenly Father, we are no longer held captive by the sins of our earthly fathers.  We go to the database of the Bible and search not for our commonly-held surname, but for the name “By Faith.”  Mister Byfaith, Miss Byfaith, noble descendants of the historical Byfaith family.  One ginormous family with ginormous tales to tell.

Many of us have found a new way to mark our place in history, within the web-pages of social media.  You can even broadcast yourself on sites such as Youtube.  But consider the reality of your daily life.  Let’s pretend that itself is a screen, a screen viewed by your co-workers, your neighbors, your friends, your relatives, and even strangers.  Every choice you make in the open becomes another view in the view-counter.  Beneath the screen lies another button, the opportunity to “LIKE” your action or reaction to life’s demands.  So what story do you present in the grand drama of real-life?  The bad news is that you can’t edit out the bad parts.  The good news is that you can humbly ask forgiveness and do better.  Seriously, would viewers really LIKE what they see?  As a Christian, do you season your words and actions with desirable salt?  Do you walk with uncompromised quietness and confidence?  Or is it with hypocrisy?  Or with a holier-than-thou trot?  Do you tell the truth in genuine love?  Do you present the Gospel as enjoyable?  You don’t have to do jumping jacks and play the kazoo.  Just stay faithful in a meaningful Christian walk.  Even if viewers go for the other screens, the ones with more noise, when they come up empty-handed, they’ll be looking for something real.  Will you still be there?

There’s an aspiration greater than the hope of getting someone to find your name gracing a screen.  When I see a blockbuster hit composed with stunning orchestration, I don’t want to know the actors as much as I want to know who the director is.  Acts 4:13 demonstrates how our God-given attributes become overshadowed by the name of Jesus.   “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”  There’s a point at which we realize, God knows when we are ready, to relinquish the credit to whom credit is due.  The miraculous over-performance is readily explained by His name, and thereby all men are drawn to Him.  Not to worry, though.  Just as any noble parent would, God the Father proudly exhibits all His children to show what they have done with their gifts.  So stop being bored!  Read Hebrews 11 as a partaker rather than a spectator.  Be encouraged and inspired, brother/sister.  Look up the path, reaching behind only to grab the baton of the Byfaith heritage.

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