Jesus is the Way – Part 1 of 2

On one business trip to Denver, I was returning back to Denver International Airport in one of those blue shuttle vans. The driver was a very nice Muslim man. Being very kind, he shared his faith with me and was very direct and inflexible with respect to its doctrine. I actually found his discourse interesting and I learned directly what his belief actually was; so often people make assumptions as to what a different religion’s dogma is…I was getting Islam direct from a caring non-hostile Muslim…actually his dialog was very interesting. I shared my faith, though it was a little hard to get a word in edgewise; he certainly disagreed with me about who Jesus was/is and about Jesus being the only way to heaven. At the end of the van ride, standing beside the vehicle, he removed my bag and we actually hugged each other in “two-way” friendship. While we had shared our thoughts, neither one was changed in our beliefs. There were no sharp hateful disagreements, as I see among my most hostile, blood-pressure-spiking liberal brethren who would violently attack my politics. With this Muslim man, we experienced a nice exchange and I felt Jesus would agree with the way I handled myself…don’t bend as a reed in the wind but in all things, love. Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you and listen for the Spirit to tell you what to say. In order to be calm and loving with those who disagree with you requires your preparation. Build a firm foundation. You have to know what it is you believe in and be solid enough in that belief that there is no erosion of your theology. When you feel erosion is when you feel attacked; then the self-defense mechanisms set in and blood pressure goes up. This type of preparation will only come to you by you giving Jesus the preeminence in your life; put Jesus first and you will be supported like no other.

Part 2 (next week) will present the foundational facts to know the truth…I realize not everyone will embrace my Biblically based and historical theology.

America's Foundation – The Good, The Bad, and…

NBC Nightly News on September 27, 2011 presented a story by Anne Thompson about a sixteen year old boy in Rogers, Arkansas who played in a high school band. No big deal so far, there are thousands of teenagers playing in high school bands, right? How about a grandmother who bought her grandson a trumpet? Still not a big deal, I guess, so how about a grandmother soon to die of cancer, dealing with hospice, and making her last wish? She was Martie Barret, 85, and her grandson was Anthony Barret; her last wish was to hear her grandson play his trumpet along with the rest of the band. This is now getting interesting. About the time you think all teenagers are selfish lazy bums, a story like this shows that many have good roots in fertile soil. Anthony and his father arranged for the whole 120-piece band to show up in the front lawn of an 85 year woman and provide her last concert wish. Now I don’t have a clue of the faith of Anthony or his dad, but I have an idea; what I can see, however, are people with roots taking in good nourishment.

The United States of America started on a firm foundation, but we have had many chipping away at that foundation to a point where the building [America] is developing cracks. If the socialist and activist judges continue to chip away at the country’s foundation, the Constitution, America will indeed fall. The Constitution is not some “living document”; it is foundational. You cannot build a building by constantly altering the foundation. The country is on the fast-track to remove God and Christianity from the public square; it will be to our doom. You have heard said that no one can beat the United States from outside; the only way it will fall is from attacks from within. Friends, here it is…happening right now, slow like a cancer and just as deadly. Refuse to believe and be that frog in the hot water.

Rod Gragg is the author of “Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, 1607-1776”, published by Howard Books in June of 2010. On May 25, 2010 Mr. Gragg wrote a series of thought provocative questions:

“What would America’s founders say about the constant challenges to traditional expressions of faith in our contemporary culture? How would they view a court ruling opposing national days of prayer? Legal attempts to tear down a memorial cross at a veterans’ cemetery? Bans against Christmas time manger scenes at local fire stations? Attempts to prohibit senior citizens from saying grace over meals paid for by their tax dollars? What would they react upon learning that posting the Ten Commandments in a public school is now a criminal act?”

We are losing our foundation as a country. A tree with no roots soon falls over; faster when the winds blow against it.

America’s Foundation – The Good, The Bad, and…

NBC Nightly News on September 27, 2011 presented a story by Anne Thompson about a sixteen year old boy in Rogers, Arkansas who played in a high school band. No big deal so far, there are thousands of teenagers playing in high school bands, right? How about a grandmother who bought her grandson a trumpet? Still not a big deal, I guess, so how about a grandmother soon to die of cancer, dealing with hospice, and making her last wish? She was Martie Barret, 85, and her grandson was Anthony Barret; her last wish was to hear her grandson play his trumpet along with the rest of the band. This is now getting interesting. About the time you think all teenagers are selfish lazy bums, a story like this shows that many have good roots in fertile soil. Anthony and his father arranged for the whole 120-piece band to show up in the front lawn of an 85 year woman and provide her last concert wish. Now I don’t have a clue of the faith of Anthony or his dad, but I have an idea; what I can see, however, are people with roots taking in good nourishment.

The United States of America started on a firm foundation, but we have had many chipping away at that foundation to a point where the building [America] is developing cracks. If the socialist and activist judges continue to chip away at the country’s foundation, the Constitution, America will indeed fall. The Constitution is not some “living document”; it is foundational. You cannot build a building by constantly altering the foundation. The country is on the fast-track to remove God and Christianity from the public square; it will be to our doom. You have heard said that no one can beat the United States from outside; the only way it will fall is from attacks from within. Friends, here it is…happening right now, slow like a cancer and just as deadly. Refuse to believe and be that frog in the hot water.

Rod Gragg is the author of “Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, 1607-1776”, published by Howard Books in June of 2010. On May 25, 2010 Mr. Gragg wrote a series of thought provocative questions:

“What would America’s founders say about the constant challenges to traditional expressions of faith in our contemporary culture? How would they view a court ruling opposing national days of prayer? Legal attempts to tear down a memorial cross at a veterans’ cemetery? Bans against Christmas time manger scenes at local fire stations? Attempts to prohibit senior citizens from saying grace over meals paid for by their tax dollars? What would they react upon learning that posting the Ten Commandments in a public school is now a criminal act?”

We are losing our foundation as a country. A tree with no roots soon falls over; faster when the winds blow against it.