4:00 am

Here I am at work at 4:00am. It is very strange to be working so early in the morning. I am working over-nights this week so I go to bed at around 5:30 and wake up in the afternoon. Even though I know I should sleep late, I still, for some reason, feel guilty when waking at at 2 in the afternoon!

I guess my cousin had her baby last night at around 8:00pm. That is way cool and I really look forward to seeing him!

Today in Bible study we talked about what it means to be a Christian in the fallen world. It was a pretty interesting discussion dealing with how we relate to both Christians and non-Christians. Should their be boundaries surround activities you do with your non-Christian friends (such as seeing “bad” movies), should you not listen to certain music, should you not say certain things? This was interesting because on a Christian message board that I frequent, something of this nature came up. I had called Alex Rodriguez a “putz” and it was censored. This struck me as being odd as “putz” isn’t even being very harsh and I even see it as being more jocular compared to calling someone a moron. The reason that was given to me was that someone was offended by the word. Now I should be sensitive to other people and as was pointed out to me, Romans 14.1-4 states:

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. {2} One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. {3} The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. {4} Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

This is completely correct and should always be followed. That being said, shouldn’t there be a point in a Christian’s life where they have to grow up and mature beyond the point at getting offended by such silly things? Now “silly” is a relative term and something that seems silly to be is obviously not necessarily silly to someone else. But still, Christians should always be spurring each other on to grown in their faith and that means to focus on what is important which is living for God and loving those around us.

I guess that is somewhat of a digression, but oh well. I have to get back to work for another hour so that is all for now.

Shalom

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Am I Open Minded?

I was reading sisterzion’s blog today (There is no God.) and it was dealing with questions coming from non-believers. “What if you die and find out there is no God” was the specific question being asked. These types of questions are often used to get us to question our faith (which can be a good thing) and turn us to another path (which is often less good…). The annoying thing about these questions is not in “having” to explain your faith (because that can be a powerful witness) but in that the person asking cannot often answer the opposite question (ie. What if you die and find out there IS a God?). Generally it seems (yes I know, not always) that if you start to question someone’s religion (YES, religion) of non-belief you will often be labeled a closed-minded Christian and therefore have no input or rational opinions on any matter from then on. Yes I know I am over stating things a bit, but you get the point.

This brings me the the issue at hand: being open-minded. This is an issue that I am very passionate about and can get very pissed off at people over. There seems to be a huge double-standard when it comes to dealing with beliefs. If you have strong beliefs in something that disagree with what I believe, you are closed minded. Whereas whatever I believe in, I will always be open minded. You will only become open-minded when you disavow what you hold to be truth and start believing what I hold to be truth. Again, I know I am overstating things, but it is to make a point.

It seems that the only people that are always open-minded are those who say they don’t really believe in anything, which, to me, is a crock in itself as in order to not believe in ANYTHING, you are placing belief and trust and faith in that. (You may take note here that I am not the most PC person in the world. I will generally tell it like it is and I am sorry if that offends you, I generally think people are too sensitive and just need to be real with themselves and others.) The moment anyone has any conviction about anything, they are immediately branded as closed-minded (this doesn’t just apply to Christians). What non-Christians need to understand is that just because we have strong beliefs in something, that doesn’t mean we will not listen to anything else. And just because we believe you are wrong, just as you believe about us, that does not mean we are passing judgement on you. The world is a depraved place, Christians and non-Christians sin, that is the result of being a fallen people. We are taught to love the sinner and hate the sin, if a Christian is not doing that than they have issues to deal with on their own. Now just because I am not passing judgement doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t want you to question what you believe, just as you would do to me.

Truth is NOT relative as much as many would like to believe, and they are completely free to believe it, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t wrong. Being open-minded doesn’t mean that everything has to be valid and true, it means that you respect that others hold different beliefs. Yes, I pray that my non-Christian friends would become Christian because I know it to be truth. You may disagree with that, and you are free to do that, you may still be wrong. You can just as easily say the same thing about me, I could be wrong, but if you were to tell me that I have to change my beliefs because I don’t allow for other truths, you would be the closed-minded one. To truly be open-minded you have to allow for the fact that others will have different beliefs and that is fine. I still think I am right, as do you. Many people would love for truth to be relative because that way you don’t have to tell people they are wrong, it would be very nice, but unfortunately, I don’t believe that is the way things really are. I guess we shall see in the end.

Ok, I think I am starting to ramble a bit, once again. I am sure there are things I meant to say but forgot. I am sure I will remember them sometime..

Shalom

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A Satisfied Mind…

So as seems popular with me these last few days, I was listening to the Kill Bill soundtrack (Both Vol have awesome music) and Johnny Cash’s song jumped out at me (as his songs usually do).

“A Satisfied Mind”

How many times have
You heard someone say
If I had his money
I could do things my way

But little they know
That it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind

Once I was waitin’
In fortune and fame
Everything that I dreamed for
To get a start in life’s game

Then suddenly it happened
I lost every dime
But I’m richer by far
With a satisfied mind

Money can’t buy back
Your youth when you’re old
Or a friend when you’re lonely
Or a love that’s grown cold

The wealthiest person
Is a pauper at times
Compared to the man
With a satisfied mind

When my life has ended
And my time has run out
My friends and my loved ones
I’ll leave there’s no doubt

But one thing’s for certain
When it comes my time
I’ll leave this old world
With a satisfied mind

How many times have
You heard someone say
If I had his money
I could do things my way

But little they know
That it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten
With a satisfied mind

Very cool song I think. So I pose this, what gives you a satisfied mind? Is it something you can stay with or does it come and go?

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Why am I here?

Sorry, this isn’t meant to be some huge deep, meaningful blog. Merely a reflection on why this blog is here at all. Quite frankly, I don’t know. Chances are, no one will ever read this anyway. I generally don’t write anything down as I hate to write, but I don’t mind typing so much, so here I am, possibly getting some of my thoughts down in 1s and 0s.

I suppose I should offer a reason for the particular posting name: Matt comes from Hebrew. מתתיָהוּ (Mattithyahu) literally meaning “gift of Yah” Yah being the contracted version of יחוח Yhvh (Yehovah, Yahveh, Yahweh) translated as the proper name of the God of Israel.

I guess that is all I have for this particular second, I am sure Iwill be back with more. That is if I remember that I set this thing up…

Shalom

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