Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly Never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21

Even when they try, Time Magazine still doesn’t "get it"…

BreakPoint with Charles Colson
Getting It

Judging by its profile of people like Rick Warren, Roberta and Howard Ahmanson, and Chuck Colson, for Time, "influence" is simply synonymous with "power." The chief criterion for Time for inclusion on the list seems to be whether politicians will take your phone call.

Even people like Rick Warren and Billy Graham aren’t cited, as they should be, for their impact on people’s lives. Instead, their ministries become means to a political end, as Time sees it. Thus, in Time’s view, Warren makes the list because fifteen senators "from both parties sought his advice." Likewise, while Graham’s general reluctance in political matters was noted, Time also pointed out that Graham has "had the ear of presidents for five decades."

read the article

Comment: Maybe we expect too much from Time Magazine. After all, the article that Time wrote is titled "25 most influential evangelicals in America." Readers with (or familiar) with the Christian Worldview would certainly focus on the word in the title "evangelical" and what that means. Time and its non-believing readers would focus on the "influential" which is for the most part equated with the ability to get something done usually by political means and if there is a focus on "evangelical", than either the meaning is negative, or it is not fully understood by the reader.

If we are looking for a "breakthrough" in understanding between Christian and Secular, with a cessation in hostilities between our two camps, then looking at the secular media to do it for us will fail every time. Christ in Matthew 10:21-23 and Mathew 10:34-36 promises not a cessation of hostilities, but an increase. We need to be the influential in our culture by contrasting our love for God and each other with the world’s love for self and love for power.

From my EMAIL: Newspapers

  1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
  2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.
  3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who like seeing the news twisted to be suitable for badmouthing the government.
  4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.
  5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn’t have to leave LA to do it.
  6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.
  7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country, and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
  8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
  9. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country …. or that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they strenuously oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs, who also happen to be illegal aliens from ANY country or galaxy as long as they are Democrats.
  10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.
  11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

Prayer Request:

  • Margi and Larry, who have significant issues of health, and for their family during this trial. (long term)
  • Tim and Debby, as Tim continues to struggle with his recovery, and for their family during this time of crisis. (long term)
  • Praise: Sister-in-law Kathy – NO breast cancer FOUND
  • Danny, a young man who recently made Eagle scout has stage one melanoma. Please keep him in prayer while he undergoes medical treatment (chemo/radiation). Also, please keep his family in prayer! (long term)
  • Travel Mercies for my family as they take a mini-vacation and head to Florida.

~ by thoughtcrime2 on February 9, 2005.

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