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Jack Chick – Apr 13, 1924 – Oct 23, 2016

I heard that Jack Chick died the other day. You may not know the name, but you’re probably familiar with his work. At some point you’ve probably been given or come across a Chick Tract; a little black and white comic about why you’re going to Hell unless you confess that Jesus is your savior. I suppose at it’s most basic level, he wasn’t wrong, just ignorant.

Unlike most people who disagree with his message, I don’t see him as a hateful old fossil but instead someone who is really out of touch with reality; sometimes hilariously so. The message of the gospel he would try to deliver was almost always in the most offensive way possible and I don’t mean offensive in the way that the gospel is offensive. I mean offensive in the way that the issues are discussed without actually understanding the issues or the people in the issues themselves. To the reader, this comes across as hate-filled, racist, or just downright laughable. More often than not, it came across as all three.

Conspiracy theories abound in tracts on Roman Catholicism. Satan gives AIDs to Christian rock bands as a punishment for going gay. Dungeons and Dragons teaches you to kill your family. Blacksploitation. No, I’m not making that last one up. Somewhere along the line Jack Chick thought black people might have difficulty relating to his predominately white comics so he made black versions of many of his tracts complete with jive talk. And yes, I’m reasonably sure these tracts came out well after the ’70s.

The strange thing is, there’s a certain level of honesty to them I can’t explain. Not in how they portray the people and issues, but in Jack’s worldview. This is why I don’t see him as a complete douche (I could be totally wrong here, I don’t know the guy) but instead as someone who genuinely thinks he’s helping people. And that’s kinda tragic because in his misguided attempt at helping people, he’s probably done much more harm than good. I imagine that for every person these brought to Jesus, twenty more were driven away.

Sadly, these tracts can still be found everywhere. Well meaning people find clever ways to hand these out. Invariably, my daughter will get at least one trick or treating this year. Those of us who are older will remember finding them in phone booths. I once found one in a case of beer I had purchased at the grocery store. Most recently, I got one in the mail with my health care check from a Baptist church. I speculate that since my health sharing ministry will allow just about any Christian to join, they may have been worried that they might be sending money to a Roman Catholic, because for what other reason would a Christian send a Chick Tract to another Christian.

I believe Jack is in heaven. Not because his theology was right, but because I believe, as misguided as it was, that his faith in Christ was genuine. I believe that his faith was strong and even though misapplied, it still comes down to faith in the one who came down and died for our sins and that his word is true. Could I be wrong? Sure. I didn’t know Jack Chick personally. I can only speculate based on what I’ve read. But I don’t think he was intentionally malicious. Just paranoid and out of touch with reality.

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Making radio waves

This was a great radio interview. I encourage all to listen to it.

Eilers Pizza

Five years ago, I met Mr. Matthew Pancake at a McDonald’s in Houston. I was a pastoral delegate to our national church convention; he was a lay delegate. The restaurant was the only fast food place on the walk from hotel to convention center. It was always crammed full. Matthew was forced to eat with all sorts of lowlifes.

When he got home, he remembered me and friended me on Facebook. Since I began posting in regard to gender dysphoria, he got involved with the conversation. He told his pastor, the Rev. Gary Held. He told me that Pastor Held and he host a radio program.

Several weeks ago, Matthew asked if I would be interested in being interviewed regarding gender dysphoria and transgender. We did a pre-interview two weeks ago. I didn’t scare them off. Last week, we taped the interview. It aired on their radio stations on Sunday…

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It comes anytime

I just read that Rowdy Roddy Piper died today. As a big wresting fan, I’ve watched a lot of my childhood heroes die over the past fifteen years. At times, it seems I can’t turn log onto the internet without seeing someone I admired growing dying.

Roddy Piper – Heart attack

Chris Benoit – Double homicide/suicide

Sean O’Haire – Suicide

Paul Bearer – Heart attack

Captain Lou Albano – Natural causes

Crash Holly – Suicide

Mr. Perfect – Cocaine overdose

Eddie Guerrero – Heart Failure

Chris Kanyon – Suicide

Macho Man Randy Savage – Heart attack

That’s just a small list. I don’t intend to list everyone who inspired me at some point in life macho-man-ascending-into-heavendied. I don’t know if any of them were Christians except for Paul Bearer. Their religious faith or lack thereof is not the point (though I like to imagine that they’re all together having some big wrestling match in the sky). My point is simply this; death can occur at any moment. It doesn’t matter how much we plan for the future. All the amount of planning we do is all for naught if we should up and kick the bucket. As Luke 12:19-20 says, “And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’”

Even the mighty fall. Often tragically. If that is the case, what then, is there any value in what we do? Only that we believe, believe that Jesus Christ the son of God incarnate came down Earth as man and died on the cross for our sins. I know that I am a wretched sinner and even if I were to build up the most amazing legacy and change the world for the better forever, it would still be for nothing without Jesus Christ.

I pray you’re resting in peace, Hot Rod.

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Law of the Land

Today is a day that no doubt frustrates many Christians. On this day, homosexual marriage became law of the land. I have my own personal views on what constitutes as an actual marriage and the government is not part of it. My opinion, however, is neither hear nor there. What’s is here and there are the new battles we face as Christians. Hopefully, everyone is prepared. I cannot imagine that people didn’t see this coming. As Christians, we shall face persecution of which most of us have never seen in America and we must be able to stand strong in the faith as we will be increasingly labeled as hateful and bigots for having a differing view.

Sin has flaunted herself in public for as long as time can remember and it has always been the parents job to do what is right so that their children may not fall into sin. But sin is a foul temptress who lures us all with precious little sweets and blinds us to the consequences. So we give sin a pass. And then we give her another pass. And suddenly, sin doesn’t seem so bad. In fact,  she’s quite nice to you. She invites you over to dinner, helps you out when you’re in trouble, and brings you up when you feel down. But that’s the thing with sin. She may be very giving, but she’s also very needy. As soon as you do not give her what she wants, she lashes out against you, calls you vile, reminds you of all the “nice things” she did for you. And this is how you repay her?

Sounds an awful lot like an abuse relationship, doesn’t it? Well, like so many people in an abusive relationship, we stay with them for their sake. Because we care for them. Because we love them. Because Christ loved them. We’ll get kicked, stepped on, slapped around, insulted, etc., and we won’t file for divorce. Instead, we’ll stand up and tell them the truth. We won’t lie to placate them. We won’t bury our heads in the sand. We’ll tell them the truth with love and compassion because we care for them. Just like Jesus Christ who is in the most abusive relationship of all: with us.

Sin doesn’t always wear nice leggings and a corset. Sometime she bakes cookies. When she invites you over for cookies and games, go and have fun. But if she asks you to support her ideals, call her out for what she is. For yourself. For your children. For your neighbor. She may hate you for it. But then again, she may thank you.

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Discrimination VS Participation

I’ve been seeing this in the news quite a bit in the news over the past few days. “Pizza shop won’t serve gays.” “Flower shop won’t serve homosexuals.” If the headlines were to be believed, you’d think discriminating against homosexuals was all the rage these days. But the fact of the matter is, many of these headlines are deceptive. Some of the articles themselves go so far as to omit certain details, perhaps in some sort of attempt to villainize the business. For the most part, though, these businesses are portrayed as discriminating against homosexuals even though in most cases (you will find the oddball here and there) nothing of the sort is happening.

Take Memories Pizza in Indiana who was forced to closed out of fear for their well being after they stated that they would not cater gay weddings. They were labeled as bigoted, hateful, and discriminatory, even though they stated that they would have no issues serving homosexual customers. Wait. Didn’t I just say they won’t do gay weddings? Yes I did. So how does that work with them not having any issues serving homosexual customers? The two statements may seem contradictory but actually, they’re not contradictory at all. And here’s why.

If Memories Pizza stated they will not serve gays, period, that would be discrimination. But that’s not what they’re saying at all. If a homosexual wants to come in and have pizza, they have no problem whatsoever with that. To them, that person is simply a customer and they treat that customer like every other customer. There is no distinction between the Christian, the Muslim, or the homosexual. They are all the same. They are all customers. Where this changes is when the homosexual (or Muslim, or whatever) asks them to take part in their event. Once you ask someone to cater your wedding, you are no longer just a customer. You are asking them to take part in your wedding. A wedding they may disagree with. If they agree to cater your wedding, they are affirming what your wedding symbolizes. So for Memories Pizza, to cater a gay wedding would be to violate their morals and beliefs. They would effectively telling the world that they believe homosexual weddings are okay.

I’ve used the gay wedding and Memories Pizza as one example, but pizza and weddings aren’t the only thing it applies to. It can apply to any scenario that forces people to choose to obey their faith or violate it. To be clear, participating in an event is not a simple business transaction as the media is making it out to be. Participating in an event is a clear affirmation of what that event is about. It’s not about bigotry. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about discriminating against customers. It’s about not violating your conscience. Scripture calls for us to serve our neighbor, but we do him no service by participating in his sin.

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This is where we’re at

I don’t generally link to or comment on news stories, but this is one I felt important. For some back story, a pregnant woman answered a Craigslist advertisement for some baby clothes only to be cut open and her child forcefully removed from the womb. The baby did not survive. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this case is that the person who cut open this woman and took her baby will not have murder charges filed against them because in Colorado, a fetus is not recognized as human life. The woman was seven months pregnant. Let me state this again: The person who assaulted this woman who was maybe two months away from giving birth, cut her open, removed the human baby which died, will not face murder charges.

This is where we are at as a society. An almost fully developed child can be violently cut out of its mother and die and it is not considered murder because a fetus isn’t seen as human life. How awful is that? Scripture says otherwise on the fetus.

Jeremiah 1:5 states

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you

Likewise with Luke 1:41 & Luke 1:44

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

These verses show personhood in the womb. Jeremiah shows that God knows us while we are still being formed and developing. He knows our personality and what we’re like even before we are born. And Luke even shows us that the unborn have feelings and a personality as John jumps (as best as a fetus can, I suppose) with great joy at the sound of Mary’s voice.

The fetus is its own person. It is its own person with feelings and a personality and just because we can’t physically see it doesn’t make it false. If there is one silver lining in this it is that the state is showing consistency. Through Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers, children are murdered everyday and no one bats an eye. Maybe, I hope, that this incident and the way the courts treat it will open some eyes. Even if only a few.

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