Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Judging Judas

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th April 2012 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

I once heard a Pastor say from the pulpit without any distinguishable doubt, “Judas is in Hell.” These words were unsettling to me for two reasons: Firstly, because they were spoken by a highly respected preacher, and secondly because I could not find any evidence in the Bible which agreed with his statement.

Does any good come from a proclamation of another man’s judgment? And why is it always Judas who is singled out? I challenge you to bear the slight discomfort if you disagree with me and see the case I present through to the end, or at least open your Bible and attempt to prove me wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Practice What’s Been Preached

Posted by John Lindsay on 27th December 2011 in Christian Articles

There’s no arguing that people enjoy doing what they’re good at, but no one gets good at anything without practice. The same holds true for us as followers of Jesus. If we find walking with our Lord difficult, it’s probably because we haven’t been practicing. Does anyone honestly, deliberately rehearse going the speed limit or maintaining a calm demeanor or smiling without cause? We’ve all practiced merging into traffic, but are we experts at allowing others to merge in before us? If we’re not trained for the minor pressures of the day’s most common occurrences, how can we expect to be adequately prepared for the weight of loving our enemy when that opportunity arises?

The hardest thing about any kind of disciplined routine is getting started. The best thing about doing something for the first time is you only have to do it once. Why not start with a smile. Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t miss the opportunity. Hold a smile through the next sentence or two. Read the rest of this entry »

Between the Lines

Posted by John Lindsay on 20th December 2011 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Faith-based Writers

Jesus is recorded in the book of John 8:6-8 to having twice stooped down to write on the ground. The first time was in response to those who were confronting him for defending the adulteress, and the second time was in order to give the accusers time to think. In between the two times he stooped down to write, he stood and said those immortal words, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” (KJV)

When we stand in the gap, our typical behavior is to intimidate the opposition physically by looking at them in the eye. Jesus lowered himself. Even after he wrote on the ground the second time he did not lift his eyes to watch the accusers retreat. He did not gloat. He merely asked the woman where her accusers were and told her to go and sin no more.

Was what Jesus wrote a distraction, or did it have significant meaning? The Bible does not say. We only know it was written and it was helpful in defusing the will of a mob which could have easily overpowered him physically. Everything Jesus did contradicts what most of us would do instinctively. Even the choice to multitask in this instance led to a more favorable result than if Jesus had given his full attention to the situation. Read the rest of this entry »