Friday, June 15, 2018

What Does the Bible Say about Immigration?

by Gregory A. Johnson
What Does the Bible Say About Immigration?, by Gregory A. Johnson

Invoking the Bible to defend immigration policy that separates children from parents makes me wonder if the invoker of such nonsense has even read the Bible, specifically the teachings of Jesus.

God, help us!

Please allow me to share a few paragraphs of Scripture that will shed some proper light on the matter.

Listen to what Jesus says:
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. (Matthew 25:35-36, emphasis added)."
Check out this commandment:
"When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers... (Leviticus 19:33-34, emphasis added)."
Jesus taught us a couple of commandments, that if obeyed, will allow us to obey every commandment in Scripture.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Truth Matters

by Gregory A. Johnson
The Truth Matters, by Gregory A. Johnson

Truth-telling in our culture is no longer held to the same moral standing as Scripture declares it to be. Sad to say, many church attendees today do not even know what Scripture says about it and the consequences of not being truthful.

I personally know an evangelical pastor, of what some classify as a megachurch, who is a habitual liar. He is also a narcissist that spreads lies to discredit anyone he feels is a threat to expose him. He has hurt many people but does not care about anyone but himself.  I have confronted him many times, desiring he truly repent and change his ways, to no avail.

This pastor has been at the same church for nearly two decades. As a classic narcissist, he constantly runs through staff. No one can work with him any amount of time. Many within the church and the church board know his problems with lying and narcissism but have not held him accountable. Some cover-up for him. If we have this in the leadership of evangelical churches, what can we expect of evangelicals? How can we expect them to hold truth-telling to the highest standard?

What does Scripture tell us about truth-telling?

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Artist of God's Masterpiece

by Gregory A. Johnson
The Artist of God's Masterpiece, by Gregory A. Johnson

I’m most happy in life, seeing and experiencing God’s beautiful and at times breath-taking creation that screams to my inner-most being his authenticity. The plants and trees, the lakes, the rivers, the oceans, the mountains, the valleys, the forests, the prairies, the deserts, the animals, and the people are all utterly amazing and unique. Who was the artist that took a blank canvas and turned it into God’s masterpiece vibrant with color, texture, and personality that speaks to all our senses?

God’s Word says, “He was there with God in the beginning. All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him (John 1:2-3 ERV).”

The Word, God’s message to us, the one God sent into our world as a human baby in a manger, Jesus was the artist and his fingerprints are all over the masterpiece.

Jesus brought into existence everything that is and has been, bringing life to God’s most intimate thoughts and desires. His power gave birth to the masterpiece of creation while his ongoing word maintains and holds it up, including you and me.

Words cannot adequately describe how great and awesome Jesus is and yet he cares enough about us to come into our world and die for us. I’m thankful that he knows you and me. He knows us, and he is caring for us.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kingdom Love

by Gregory A. Johnson

Kingdom love is not a feeling. Kingdom love is not an emotion. Kingdom love is not just words. Kingdom love is action. This is how people will know that we are Christ followers—not by our church attendance, our words, and our beliefs—it will be by our actions. Throughout the Gospels it is like Jesus is saying, "Watch me; watch what I do, and you will learn what Kingdom love is all about."

Jesus said:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you (John 15:9-14).