Pastors Corner

The Lust Of Power

Dictators often secure the reins of government by promising the people better living conditions than what they currently have. Once they secure power, frequently by military might, they oppress the population by curtailing freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. The prospect of controlling people's lives politically, economically, and socially is not a problem for someone who believes that he belongs to an elite class which deserves the right to impose its will on others. Power hungry despots have risen to prominence over nations and kingdoms and have exercised cruelty over their fellow man all in the cause of the " improvement of society."
 
For the oppressor even freedom of thought is a threat to his rule, since if people are allowed to think for themselves, they may conceive ideas that oppose his plans for domination. The worse case scenario for the dictator is to have a group of people with a different ideology that may take root within the population and thus spawn a movement that will challenge his authority. Dissent is not something with which an autocratic ruler will be comfortable. Power mad men will slaughter thousands, even tens of thousands of his country men in order to stifle dissent. This he will do systematically over time as in the case of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia in which the communist government killed over two million Cambodians, or at Tiananmen square in China where an estimated 2,500 people were killed in a massacre on June 3-4, 1989. When those who lust for power are challenged by the oppressed they usually resort to violence in order to retain power.


Is it any wonder that nearly three thousand years ago the Bible records these words spoken by the prophet-king David:

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. ˜
2 Samuel 23:3


David came to understand what every government leader must make it their business to know, that power is something that God entrusts to men, it is HIS domain. It is the government leader's responsibility to use it justly. Men ought to thirst for God, not lust for power which corrupts and enslaves the soul. Our Constitution is more than an historical document it is the flame ignited in the heart of every free man who desires to live out his days enjoying liberty.

Men who believe in David's God will be public servants; those that embrace self-serving ideologies become persecutors.

 

 

G. Antonio Smart

 
 

SEX EDUCATION IS THE PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY.

 
By Tony Smart
March 12, 2008
 

Opponents of abstinence only education insist that such programs are ineffective in preventing teens from engaging in sex. The argument presented is that teens will engage in sex and should be given more “comprehensive education about sex, including information about contraceptives.” The problem I have with this argument is that it fails to take into account the rights of the parents to relate the values they hold dear regarding sexual abstinence to their teens. Abstinence education has its roots in the Holy Bible which clearly condemns sex outside of marriage in many passages. In Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians’ church he wrote:

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

 

The word fornication used in the King James Version means any sexual activity between people who are not married to each other. The modern versions refer to this as “sexual immorality.” In a broad sense fornication would include adultery, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia, and even bestiality. Instruction pertaining an activity with so many far reaching consequences as sex should not be entrusted to paid strangers in a government institution, or even a private institution. Sex education is certainly not required at the elementary level, and only the anatomy and physiology of the human reproductive system need to be taught at the secondary level. Information about contraceptives should not be disseminated to teens without parental consent. Parents are responsible for raising children, not the state. The government school’s duty is to ensure that the student is able to attend classes in a safe environment and receive an unbiased education. It is not the school’s responsibility to provide students with any graphic information about sex or supply contraceptives.

 

There are many benefits to sexual abstinence in youth. Foremost is the fact that the teen years are best spent receiving an education, not worrying about procreation. Your teen aged daughter will not become pregnant if she never has sex. Secondly, there is the danger of sexually transmitted diseases. Monogamous married couples never have to worry about those. Then there is the problem of emotional attachment associated with teen sex which many young people confuse with love. Last, but not least is the shame and guilt that accompanies pre-marital sex (for those who are aware of God’s Law). Sexual abstinence allows youth to be free from all these and it should remain the only option.


 
With an alarming number of sexual predators using the Internet to ensnare children it is imperative that parents take the time to find out exactly what their children are doing online. It is better to be termed a snoop than to lament a tragedy. An Internet child predator is a pervert whose sole purpose for establishing an online relationship with a child is his devious desire to sexually exploit the child. There are tens of thousands of men like this all across the country.

Do parents have the right to monitor the telephone conversations or online activities of their under aged children? I believe that parents are charged with the responsibility of properly training their sons and daughters. With this responsibility comes corresponding authority. Part of good child training is teaching children how to detect when someone is approaching them with the possible intent of exploiting their innocence. It is important that children not discuss anything pertaining to sex with strangers they meet in Internet "chat rooms" or anywhere else. It is no one's business to know what kind of under garments your teen daughter is wearing and the teen must be taught to decisively reject all sexual advances, rebuke the offender and report the person to the authorities. Reject, Rebuke, and Report is the effective way to defend yourself against sexual predators online, at a park, a house or any place such creeps hang out.

The parents' right to monitor lies in the fact that they know what's best for their children, having raised them from infancy. The parents’ knowledge of what is in the best interest of their child supersedes the child's knowledge of what's best for himself. Good parents need to know that the quality of companions their children keep could potentially have an impact on their future success. Dads and moms have the right to censor their
children's online activities by closely monitoring the websites they visit, blocking access to porn sites and other sites that pose a security risk, and even denying them access to the Internet altogether. As a parent you should not hesitate to go to great lengths to protect your children from visiting with an evil person.
 
By Dr. Tony Smart 12/20/2007
 

 

 

The Family is Fundamental

Part II

 

By Tony Smart 6-15-07

 

In 2004 the US Senate failed to garner enough votes to pass a bill that would define marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. Again, in 2006 the Senate decided not to ban “same-sex marriage.” Today forty-five states have enacted legislation to define marriage in traditional terms, as a union between one man and one woman.  Evidently, the vast majority of Americans understand the importance of retaining the Judeo-Christian definition of marriage even if many politicians in Washington do not.

 

The father in the home represents God the Father to his children. He is the wise counselor, instructor, disciplinarian, provider and protector. He is accountable to God, his wife, and his children for his leadership in the home. His presence there provides an increased stability, enabling the children to do better academically in school, forbidding his sons from joining gangs and his daughters from becoming promiscuous, among many other illicit or damaging activities.   With studies showing close to 40% of all babies are born out of wedlock I see the need for a massive education campaign on the benefits and purpose for marriage and the role of fathers in raising children. I can assure you that males that are raised by a man who knows he is a man will grow up with masculine traits and be comfortable with them not needing to seek any alternative sexual orientation.

 

The woman in the home represents the beauty of the glory of the Lord to her family. Her leadership is just as important as her husband’s, but she brings warmth, tenderness and affection that only a woman can give. She teaches her sons to appreciate and respect girls and teaches her daughters to do likewise to boys. Since her husband loves her, she does not live in fear of him. He is not abusive in any way. Thus, her children grow up with a living example of caring, sharing, and learn how to honor their father.

 

This is not a fairy tale. This kind of family has always existed in civilized countries and may only continue if the church is courageous enough to raise her voice like a trumpet and call people back to the God of Scripture.


The Family is Fundamental

Part I

 By Tony Smart 5-15-07

 

The body cannot function efficiently without healthy cells and those cells will die without water, oxygen, and other basic nutrients.  Atoms are essential in order for matter to exist and these must combine proportionately with other atoms of different weights in order to bring forth the substances that we take for granted such as water, rubber, or steel. In any discipline known to man, whether it be aeronautics or computer manufacturing, there are certain basic principles that must be grasped before one may achieve success in that field. Even sports require the mastery of certain fundamentals in order to be competitive. Good coaches emphasize the fundamentals of the sport when training young athletes so that they might build their personal style upon a sound foundation. With the need to teach and learn the fundamentals being so critical in many of life’s endeavors, how is it that our culture is moving away from the fundamentals when it comes to the family structure? 

 

The family is the fundamental building block of a nation, and marriage is the foundation relationship of the family. God established the family of man before He established the government of man. Marriage is designed to be heterosexual.  A real marriage is between one man and one woman who love each other unselfishly.  This relationship is anatomically, biologically, morally, and spiritually correct. Note, I did not say it was politically correct, because there is no historical precedent for any politician or government defining a marriage. Government has no business defining or re-defining marriage. Marriage is a God ordained institution. The role of government is to honor and protect what Divine edict has already established. This is not a ‘separation of church and state’ issue, this is a moral issue. God’s Law is moral and pure whereas often times men’s judgments fall short of moral impeccability. Secondly, it is a common sense issue. The male and the female together may procreate naturally. This is what God intended: Healthy stable families raising children to believe in God who is good, and teaching them to love and trust Him. When the nation’s parents take their God given roles seriously and good government limits itself to its basic function the result will be sanity restored to the culture.

 

Matthew 19:4-5  . . . Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?


Anti-Christian Books & Films Prove the Bible is True.

 

PART II

By Tony Smart

4-2-07

 

The common thread in the “DaVinci Code” and “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” films is the reference each makes to the Gnostic Gospels. These were spurious writings that the Christian church rejected in the second century as non-authentic. They were not inspired Scripture as are the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. The Gnostics believed that only an intellectually elite group of people could find favor with God. Some of them believed that the human body was evil, thus they rejected the doctrine of the Deity of Christ. Specifically the New Testament reference to God being manifest in the flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 3:16, John 10:30, 36)  Other Gnostic teaching included G0d creating the universe through a progression of angels, self-humiliation through ascetic living, and not tasting, touching, nor handling certain foods as a way of attaining holiness. These are teachings that the apostles of Christ, especially Paul and John, refuted in their New Testament epistles. Men that believed and were teaching these heresies in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD cannot be given any credence in the 21st century to accurately portray any aspect of the life of Jesus Christ.
 
There are many compelling reasons for believing in the Biblical narrative of the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

 

1-      The sepulcher in which the body of Jesus was laid was hewn out of a rock. It belonged to a wealthy Jew named Joseph of Arimathea who was a secret disciple of Jesus. The site of this tomb was very close to the place of His crucifixion and is referred to as the garden tomb. (see John 19:41) The tomb had an opening that was closed by the rolling of a “great stone” over it.

 

2-      The Romans sealed the sepulcher and a guard of soldiers was assigned to it as a precaution against thievery.

 

3-      The disciples were too afraid of the Romans and the Jewish leaders to attempt a robbery of the body of Jesus.

 

4-      When the church began to boldly give evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 4) none of their enemies could produce a corpse to shut them up.

 

5-       The apostles preached the message of the resurrection at the risk of their own lives. They were beaten, imprisoned and threatened; yet they could not be stopped.

 

6-      Jesus appeared in a physical body to Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were on their way to the sepulchre to anoint a dead body.

 

7-      Jesus allowed Himself to be handled, after His resurrection.

 

8-        Jesus appeared to over five hundred brethren at one time. See 1 Corinthians 15:6.

 

9-       The Gospel message could not have survived nearly two thousand years without a literal bodily resurrection. The early Christians that were severely persecuted would not have a legitimate reason for remaining faithful to Jesus Christ in the face of constant hardships.

 

10-  The conversion and testimony of Paul as an apostle of Christ and church planter and theologian who was himself a foe of Christianity would not have occurred without the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul would have succeeded in wiping out Christianity had Jesus not stopped him.

 

11-  The New Testament writers all agree that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

 

12-  God’s word states that sin brings forth death. Jesus Christ was not a sinner; thus it was not possible for death to hold Him.

 

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (Romans 6:9 KJV)

 

To deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is to deny the power of God over sin’s grip. It is the robbery of the eternal hope of the faithful, and granting of false hopes to the faithless. It is the rejection of the soul-saving Gospel of grace, the promotion of Hell’s programs. It scoffs at nearly two thousand years of carefully chronicled church history; it mocks the blood of the martyrs, insults the Holy Spirit, scorns the intellect, and contradicts the Word of God.

 

If men wish to earn profit from heresy and if Hollywood wants to promote blatant Anti-Christian films, let them do it without the support of the people of God. The church should not support heresy any more than it should support same sex marriage.  

 

It is during times like these that the true church can proclaim unashamedly:
 

Sin has been pardoned,

The forces of evil are judged,

 My Redeemer lives,

 And to me

 Heaven’s gates are wide open.

 

Anti-Christian Books & Films Prove the Bible is True.

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         PART I                                                                                       By Tony Smart     2-28-07

 

 

   James Cameron, the producer of the movie “Titanic” alleges to have found a “tomb with the remains of Jesus” under an apartment building in Jerusalem. If he could prove that his findings are true he would destroy one of the most robust and essential pillars of the Christian faith, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. He will fail, and God will prove that his allegations are fraudulent in time. I suspect that the motivation behind books and films such as the “DaVinci Code” and now the “Jesus Family Tomb” is two fold. First, the producers of these works hope to cash in on the public’s thirst for scandals and the media’s tendency to promote the sensational. A second motivation is more sinister, the attack on the Christian faith. Those who do not know the Christian God or the Christian Bible label Conservative Christians as intolerant, hate-mongers, homophobic, anti-progressive, Jesus freaks and other unflattering names.

 

The Word of God described the religious climate of the days we are now living from back in the 1st century. Consider the following Biblical passages:

 

 

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1 KJV)

 

A heresy is a teaching that contradicts apostolic doctrine. It is divisive and false.

 

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that

denieth the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22 KJV)

 

John the apostle made it clear that anyone who rejected Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah was a liar and an opponent of Christ.

 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (2 Peter 3:3 KJV)

 

A scoffer is someone who mocks the faith, the apostle Peter predicted they would come and they are here.

 

Why do they attack Christianity?

 

Christianity represents the old belief system with absolute moral values, respect for life, legitimate authority, and liberty within the parameters of the law.

 
Ultimately, they really want to rid the world of the Biblical Christ, the Son of the Living God. He stands in the way of their counterfeit religion that promotes the worship of creatures instead of the Creator. The Bible-believing Christian is convinced that man is a direct special creation from God, thus all of his rights and freedoms come from God. Under secularism or communism man’s freedoms, if any, are granted by the government. In genuine Christianity God is the Savior of men; in New Age theology men can become gods and save themselves.  Therefore, for the new world system to be implemented Christianity must be changed or destroyed. What better way to attempt to destroy Christianity than by attacking the pillars of the faith that believers have cherished for nearly two-thousand years; namely, the Deity of Jesus Christ and HIS glorious resurrection.
 

Parents should be informed

 

By Tony Smart  1-25-07

 

   The current debate in the county school board over allowing children to join clubs at school without parental consent raises some concern. Do parents relinquish the right to control the source and nature of information or propaganda that their children receive once they enter the public school system? What is so difficult about sending home a permission slip requesting the parent’s signature stating approval or disapproval of his child’s intention to join any club?

 

   School staff supervises children in loco parentis. The administrators and teachers are given the privilege of training the children several hours a day with the parents’ permission. This does not cancel the parent’s authority over his child nor does it reduce the child’s level of accountability toward his father and mother. It is merely an arrangement of choice and convenience. The parents allow their child to attend the school with the expectation that the child will receive instruction in certain academic disciplines that will increase his ability to live skillfully and productively in society. Whenever the child decides he wishes to try out for the basketball team, the drama club, or football team he is required to obtain parental consent to participate in these activities. There are risks and possibly expenses associated with these extracurricular dynamics so the parents are informed beforehand. If the parent believes that the liability is too great for his child to participate he has a right to deny the privilege.

 

   If a child is offered the opportunity to join a club that promotes homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle which conflicts with the parents’ faith and core values the parent should be informed so that they might give guidance in accordance with the Biblical Christian faith. Millions of young people of all ethnic groups were raised and taught that God made humans male and female with a normal attraction to members of the opposite sex, and they have become well-adjusted adults. Some of those people are now raising adolescents of their own and their views must be respected. The children belong to their parents; minors are accountable to dad and mom. It is right for parents to be informed about their children’s social activities at school.   To deny parents the right to direct their children according to their own conscience is usurpation of rightful authority and perilous.

 
 
 


Confronting the Evil of Pornography.

By Tony Smart

1-2-07

 
The term pornography originates from two words that mean to write about prostitutes. Acceptable synonyms include smut, scum, filth, indecency, and obscenity. While this evil has been with humanity for ages it wasn’t until the development of photography and motion pictures that pornography became available for distribution to people other than the vilest elements of our society. With the advent of the Worldwide Web pornography has become an international problem with frightening consequences and potentially damaging ramifications for adults and children. Currently there are over 4.5 million pornographic websites.  Any person with a computer and Internet access may visit any one of them. A Harris Interactive poll conducted in July 2006 shows that 73% of adults believe that viewing pornographic websites is morally wrong. Nevertheless, many people struggle with the evil of smut. Men are more likely to approve of pornography than women.

 

The pornographic industry is a multi-million dollar a year industry. That’s right. The love of money is the root of all evil just like the Bible warns. Men who produce pornographic videos, magazines, music, or software are interested in getting wealth from peddling wickedness. The same is true for those that own and operate businesses that promote obscene behavior under the guise of entertainment. They are not concerned about the possibility of a child being the victim of this evil. Without a doubt, there is a site reserved in Hell for those who commit such acts, except they repent.  

 

Pornography is wrong because it:

 

1-      Defies God who is Holy and designed human sexuality for Holy Matrimony.

 

2-     Defiles the human soul with a perverted knowledge of sexuality.

 

3-     Degrades women who are exploited and cheapened.

 

4-     Damages children who are exploited by pedophiles.

 

5-     Destroys the moral integrity of the family.  

 

6-     Directs youth away from godly precepts and counsel.

 

7-     Debases community standards, hauling them into the sewer.

 

God’s word, the Bible, condemns all forms of pornography. While the term does not appear in Scripture there are many passages that warns against yielding one’s mind to unrestrained lust and lewdness, viewing acts of fornication and nudity. God designed the human body to be a temple, not a piece of meat to be bought and sold by world class perverts. (See also Proverbs 6:25, Matthew 5:28, Romans 1:29-32)


 
Grace at Christmas Time

 

By Tony Smart

12-22-06

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:10-14 KJV)

 

Have you ever bought a gift for someone you know thinking that it would be greatly appreciated but it was not. It was returned to the merchant for an exchange or a refund. Perhaps you have done the same with items that were given to you. Imagine looking for a single gift that would please everybody in your family and then sharing that same gift equally with your neighbors, friends, and co-workers and finding out that is exactly what they all needed!

 

When Jesus was born God arranged a superlative gift for all mankind. God did not bring HIS Son into the world through the Roman government officials; neither did HE choose the religious (Ecclesiastical) leaders of the nation to be the channel through which Christ would be born. He also bypassed the affluent business leaders that certainly could have provided luxurious accommodations for the newborn Son of the Living God.  Instead, God gave HIS Son to be a blessing to “all people.” Jew and Gentile, wealthy and impoverished, widows and orphans, the learned and the illiterate. All have something in common. They are hurting sinners in need of forgiveness. We all need to experience Christ’ s redeeming grace. With HIM truly one great gift meets everyone’s need. The need to know God as Saviour and experience HIS unselfish love.

 

Jesus, O Jesus!

Do you know Him today?

Do not turn Him away,

O Jesus. O Jesus!

Without Him, how lost

I would be.

 

 
 
SHOULD PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATE OR INDOCTRINATE?

 

By Tony Smart                                                                                                         11/2/2006

 

The concept of allowing every child to have access to a quality education is a noble one, since ignorance is deemed a curse.  If we define education as learning designed to prepare a person for a life of achievement and productivity then some serious questions should be raised about the current predicament in our public schools. Why is there so much violent behavior among the students in the public schools? Why are public school students been indoctrinated with pro-homosexual and transsexual propaganda?  Walk through the hallways of a typical high school in Hillsborough County during normal school hours and you may see same sex students kissing and fondling in plain view of other students and school faculty.  It is not uncommon to see boys and girls groping each other inappropriately at school. Is there a specific type of learning that is not occurring in the public schools? Is there a specific kind of instruction that is been systematically excluded?

 

If you are a Christian parent with children in the public school system or a concerned citizen searching for answers to these questions I would like to share some information with you that may shed some light on what has happened to the American public education system. I must make it clear that I know that there are many fine educators working in the various levels of the state’s public education system and are doing a commendable job. This is not to be taken as an attempt to discredit their work.

 

English physician and philosopher John Locke saw the individual as blank slates on which knowledge can be written. The American public education system has been greatly influenced by secularists and materialistic thinkers who do not see the need to include the Biblical Judeo-Christian belief of God as the Creator and the Lawgiver in the public school curriculum.  John Dewey, who was considered the leader of the “progressive education” movement in America advocated a purely secular approach to public education. Secular educators in the 20th century viewed the classroom as a laboratory in which social change could be engineered. Their approach to education reflected their adopted philosophy.  If you are a Christian and you are uncomfortable with the policies and programs of your child’s public school there is a good reason for this. There are fundamental principles at work in the public school system that undermine sound Christian training. These include:

 

1-      Secular humanism that does not acknowledge God, and maintains the Bible is a myth. This anti Judeo- Christian philosophy promotes the idea that humans have evolved to the point where their knowledge and technology have made faith in God obsolete. Secular humanism was declared a religion by the US Supreme Court and should be treated that way. It is the religion of the deification of man and it is much more concerned about what gratifies the individual than whether or not an action is right or wrong.

 

2-     Moral relativism teaches that there are no absolute moral standards. Each individual is left to himself to decide right from wrong based upon the outcome of his actions. Sexual promiscuity is not labeled a sinful choice. If the choice to engage in sex leads to some negative consequence such as an unwanted pregnancy, then another sinful action such as an abortion is suggested to correct the first sinful choice.

 

 

3-     Pluralism. In a pluralistic society, no single interest group or class predominates. All faiths are regarded as equal. Thus, the unique tenets of the Christian faith are not respected.  Remember that teacher led prayer and Bible classes are already prohibited.

 

4-     Undermining of parental authority. This is a logical result of teaching the children that they have the authority to decide right or wrong, good or evil for themselves.

 

5-     Social promotion based on age rather than actual mastery of academic concepts.

 

What can concerned parents do to correct this situation?

The solution still rests on the shoulders of parents. God gave you the privilege of raising your children to believe in HIM and obey HIM. This task has never been transferred to the state. If you do not have the time to home school your children or cannot find a good Christian school, then here are some practical suggestions for you to influence the policies of your public schools. As in other areas of the culture war the battle in education is over ideologies. Arm yourself with facts and get to work.

 

I-                  Attend the meetings of your school board prepared to challenge policies and programs that run counter to the physical health and spiritual welfare of children.  Encourage other concerned parents to take the time to attend as well.

II-               Run and get elected to the school board. Solid Christian leadership in your community can only be a benefit. Encourage other qualified and concerned individuals to run.

III-            Organize a watchdog organization to monitor the policies, practices, programs, and textbook content of the schools. Challenge that which is false or inappropriate. Identify practices that are unjust to children that wish to express their faith.

IV-             Write letters to the school board and other elected officials at the local and state level regarding policies and programs you know to be harmful to children.

V-                Educate other parents or leaders regarding programs and policies that you know to be inappropriate for instituting in schools.

VI-             Use the media to communicate your views to the public.

 

VII-          Organize a prayer group. Certainly not the least thing you could do. There are evil spiritual forces at work behind every evil and corrupt organization. You will need Divine Power. We are to pray to our Father who sees all, in secret, and HE will reward us openly. Those that pray do not quit. (See Matthew 6:6 and Luke 18:1)
 
 


 

Treating People Right.

 

 

It is heartbreaking to see pets getting better treatment than some people. With an increasing number of  dog and cat salons in our area and restaurants catering to pets it would appear that animals have arrived at a status deserving of premium treatment. It is possible that you have heard of the “golden rule.” It is the injunction to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is based on the words of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels.  If everyone abided by this Divine Counsel there would be fewer lawsuits and healthier relationships all around.

 

Horses are handled but humans are to be treated. They are to be treated with kindness and respect. They were made in the image and likeness of God and HE cares for each one. Do you enjoy courteous treatment? Then give courteous treatment. Do you want people to respect your property? Then respect their property. It sounds like a rather simple thing to do. Then why do so many people fall short of this blessed rule for life? The answer to this question like so many others lies in the recesses of the human heart. Treating people the way we wish to be treated becomes easier when our heart is in tune with God’s purpose for us. It is called being in God’s will. It is the state of having a living relationship with God through HIS Son Jesus Christ and letting that life that is Christ’s work its way into your heart.  As the Son of God extended forgiveness and mercy to us let us go and do likewise.

 

Tony Smart
 

 
STRONG FAMILIES IN THE BLOODY LAND.   October 9, 2006

 

We are living in a bloody land. Tampa ranks third behind Jacksonville, and

Miami in the number of violent crimes reported to the FBI in 2005.  Hillsborough

County is also home to hundreds of thousands of  decent, law abiding citizens just

like you that work hard and desire to raise their children in a safe, family friendly

environment.  As the father of two daughters, now fully grown and trained, and

having lived in Tampa for over twenty years and serving as pastor of a local

church, I will share some insights that you may be able to use to bolster the

quality of life for your family and help protect future generations. These are areas

where good, honest, hard working citizens must be active and vigilant to protect

the morals of our community.

 

1-      Do not allow anyone to re-define marriage.

God established marriage as the first institution consisting of an emotional and physical union between one man and one woman. All other heterosexual sexual liaisons, live in arrangements, or same sex relationships are not the spiritual, moral, or legal equivalence of marriage. They should be condemned, not condoned.

 

2-     Train your children with moral convictions. The Bible is still the best book to use to instill morality in youth. It’s the healthy fear of God that keeps young people from making regretful decisions. This is not acquired merely by attending church services. It is instilled by careful instruction, real life illustrations of what happened to those who violated the godly tenets of Scripture, and modeling by the parents. No child starts out in Kindergarten with the goal of becoming a great gang leader, or a sex offender. Those choices are made later in life as the opportunities to do wrong increase and there is no strong message resident in the child’s heart to counter the temptation into which he is being led.

 

3-     Celebrate your family. A  husband and wife that  want their marriage to thrive must  nurture their love frequently. Love is a decision that is made to do what is in the other person’s best interest at all times. It is to be a growing relationship enveloped by peace and spiritual harmony.

 

Always reward good behavior in children. Talk to your kids and get involved

in their activities. Don’ t just send them to church. Take them to church and

discuss the sermon with them. Discuss current events with the older children.

Challenge them to think logically and learn to make sound decisions.

 

The great need in the land is for strong families to be the building blocks in all facets of the community.  Spiritually, academically, socially,  in business, and in government. We will only get Christian values implanted and growing in the bloody land if they are first received into the home. When it takes root, those trained children and their offspring will help clean up the community. We, by grace, must cooperate with God to let it happen.


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