The Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

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Relationships can be established for a host of reasons – attraction, convenience, obligation, mutual benefit, friendship, dominance, lust and the list goes on. Most people would place happiness high on their list of reasons to be in a relationship, but if happiness is contingent on a relationship, why are so many who enter into partnerships for even the best of reasons often so unhappy?

People are either givers or takers – or varying degrees of both. The nature of human relationships, therefore, falls somewhere between love and addiction, which is to say strong or weak based on the desires and maturity each individual brings to the table. It is customary to ask the bride and groom whether they are willing to forsake all others; to resist the erg of sending their affection elsewhere. If strength is based on how much a person is able to resist, then self-indulgence weakens an individual as well as any relationship to which they are associated. Read the rest of this entry »

Cost of Living

Posted by John Lindsay on 22nd March 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

Running-UphillIf you are hoping for free college education this election season, you may have bigger problems than being uneducated. Graduates from the school of hard knocks understand whenever the word free is used there is sufficient cause for concern.

We all know not to feed the birds. Feeding wild animals makes them lazy and dependent on the source to the extent they are unable to fend for themselves. What is worse is when the free food is withheld, an animal will often cross boundaries putting itself at risk in order to receive the handout to which they have become accustomed.

Body builders, marathon runners or anyone at the top of their game know you do not achieve a noteworthy goal without sacrifice. The coach may take the team out for an ice cream after a game, which can be consumed in minutes, but only after hours of practice, exertion, pain and often defeat. Partial payment does not purchase the prize, and, if it does, you have to wonder what profit does it have if it may be obtained with limited or no effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Pre or Post

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th February 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News, Op Ed

RaptureWhen the church will be raptured has been a common topic of debate among Christians. Will the church be subject to the horrific events described in the book of Revelation? Will it live through it with divine insulation or be supernaturally lifted out of it before the wrath of God is spilled?

Many scholars believe in a pre tribulation rapture based on the fact nowhere in the book of Revelation is the church mentioned after the commencement of the seven year tribulation period. The other point of view (post tribulation rapture) is in part based on an all-encompassing overview of what God has previously done. For example: God left Jacob to work for Rachel’s hand an additional seven years. He left the Israelites to suffer in the desert forty years. He allowed David to be hunted by King Saul for over a decade after being anointed king of Israel. Israel endured hundreds of years of corrupt rulers. The remnant of Israel was allowed to be taken captive by the Babylonians and Assyrians. He did not spare his own son from the torment of excruciating pain, humiliation and death nor the persecution and martyrdom of the saints even to this day. So what makes the church think themselves exempt from mankind’s ultimate tribulation? Read the rest of this entry »

Rush

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th January 2016 in Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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The term “rush hour” defines a period of time when people move slowly or not at all – making it the epitome of a misnomer. Rushing in this instance has nothing to do with speed. It has more to do with the state of mind we tend to create for ourselves. In the moment we consider everything to be an obstacle, peace and freedom are replaced with a host of binding emotions which can often lead to irrational behavior.

We are the ones who stay up too late and sleep in the following morning. We are the ones who take our time getting ready. Yet we have the gall to disregard all of our own bad choices and turn the wrath of our anger (which should have been reserved for ourselves) on some stranger who just happened to get in our way. A mature responsible human being would be embarrassed for forcing everyone else to endure his recklessness yet it is dismissed as acceptable behavior. Why? Because we love our selfishness. We take pride in it. Why? Because it satisfies every son of man’s addiction for control. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Model Behavior

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

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I recently took on an art project which entailed recreating game boards to serve as visual aids for a sermon series. One of the games being referenced was Hasbro’s Sorry.

Most kids my age grew up playing board games. Our family, like most having little, didn’t experience the luxury of variety. My brothers and I would play the same game over and over. It wasn’t until years later at someone else’s house I discovered not everyone shared my family’s enthusiasm for playing the same game repeatedly. When our host packed up the board after a single game, I was sent into a state of confusion from withdrawals. I never played anything just once. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity Theft

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

Bruce JennerIf you ask a group of ten-year-olds if thirty is old they would all say yes. If you ask teenagers whether they think their parents are cool they would all say no. The reason kids and teenagers answer these questions the way they do is because they lack perspective which comes only through maturity.

If you ask every woman in the world if a man should be allowed to dress and act like a woman, the majority would say yes. However, if you ask every woman who has gone through menopause or a menstrual cycle or given birth if any man knows what it is like to be a woman, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in good conscience to say yes.

No one can claim to be me but me. To be me you would have had to have been born me, then go through every trial and forge every relationship which contributed to who I am. You can say you are me. You can wear my clothes and change your appearance to look like me. You can even sing my songs, but the best you will ever be is a good counterfeit.

Some people might feel honored to have someone imitate them in such a way, but I’m sure that feeling would change when the counterfeit starts to spend the original’s money. What liberals call gender identity I call identity theft.

A true woman earns the right to be praised and honored by men and women alike for their strength and spirit which they purchased on the maturity road to womanhood. Someone attempting to spend what someone else has earned is thievery. Consequently, someone attempting to claim the rights, privileges and honor of women who has not entered the race from the starting point, but rather has paved a short cut for the sake of attention and praise is an affront to womanhood and an embarrassment to mankind.

Immaturity says, “But look at what he gave up.” The perspective of maturity says, “Look what he dishonors.”


Contingency

Posted by John Lindsay on 16th February 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

NoahArk2An article written by an American Airlines pilot recently suggested, “It is not the general public’s responsibility to treat every Arab/Muslim as if he’s not a terrorist. It is the responsibility of the Arab/Muslims to prove to us they are not.” The pilot made a compelling argument which closed with the recurring phrase “You worry me,” which served as the theme of the piece.

It takes bravery and humility to look at life’s challenges through a biblical lens. Through such a lens God’s word is unmistakably clear on one point: We should worry for nothing. All the justification in the world, therefore, will not condone entertaining an urge for which the word of God has warned us to resist. The Bible is also adamant on another principle: Do that which pleases God and be blessed; don’t do them and be cursed. It stands to reason then, if terrorism is a curse, we did something to trigger it. To understand what that something is, we need to widen our scope of view. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Ground

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th January 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News

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A Christian radio talk show host has a contest every so often where he invites his listeners to call in and present the gospel to him as if he’s a non-believer. Listening to type A personalities bulldoze their way through a one-sided conversation has its entertainment value, but so does watching a car accident.

I was in sales for 25 years. I started as a cold caller – Someone who knocks on the door of a business without an appointment, gets through the gatekeeper, pitches the owner and closes the deal in one call. The hardest part of my job wasn’t understanding what my product could do or verbalizing how my service would benefit a business. My tallest hurdle was dealing with the aftermath caused by the droves of rookie salespeople that preceded me. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Am I?

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th January 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News

Who am IThe following riddle contains four clues. The answer might be you which could be very good. The answer might also be you and could be very bad.

1. While everyone else is proclaiming their grief and sorrow to be the most formidable, I am grieved for their grief. Who am I? Read the rest of this entry »