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The Hypocritical Christian

Something that a Christian can always look forward to is being judged by non-believers and even other believers. We all experienced it I’m sure; you know, when someone points out a flaw in you that you may or may not have known about yourself. Sometimes the accusations are accurate and sometimes they are very invalid. I want to first speak to the non-believer that loves to find this faults to make their non-belief have more validity to them. Then I will reference those believers that have experienced this because we are handling it wrong as well.

I’m not going to come at you with any disrespect whatsoever. What I want you to understand is that “Christians” are not meant to be on this earth to show perfection. If you read the word of God you have many scriptures where the believers made it very obvious that they struggle with things that would appear to by hypocritical to what they want so much to achieve. When Paul talked about dealing with sin in his life, people for the most part weren’t running around saying, “YOU HYPOCRITE”. Instead a better understanding about how Christians are to handle sin was understood.

 (Romans 7 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!)

Unfortunately after the early believers passed away, Christianity became more of a judgment type of religion instead of LOVE but I want you to understand that the same contradictions and evil thoughts that go through anyone’s head is not exempted from believers… as much as some Christians would want you to believe.

Mark 7:21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

These things are things each human being has to deal with so you absolutely will see things you could call hypocritical in believers. In myself and even in yourself. The issue you have is that Christians today tend to act like they are perfect and don’t deal with these things. For that I apologize that we as a whole make you feel that way. Now there are situations where someone just feels a sense of self condemnation based on how someone else is living,  (e.i. “He thinks he’s better than us because he doesn’t curse), but I know that is not always the case. Many of you just want to point out something that makes sense to you. I know you can’t believe I, A believer would dare to announce that Christians show hypocritical characteristics. This does not mean believers should but for that matter it doesn’t mean that anyone should but because of the sin we all deal with… we will have these issues.  (1 Peter 4:18a “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved…) And even if you meet a Christian proud of their hypocrisy, understand that the human nature is not easy to fight…  because they can’t meet the standard of which they claim to live doesn’t add validity to the sin in oneself.

To the believers’, I want you guys to handle it better. Most of us get defensive when someone points out hypocritical traits in ourselves and try to either point out their issues or just completely dismiss the person. Depending on how the person approaches you about, you should first evaluate to see if what they are saying is valid and even if it’s not, explain to them with love why it isn’t true or apologize for that perception they got of you. We are to have a similar attitude Paul had when speaking to non-believers and believers. Which is to see yourself as the lowest compared to others. That humility will cause you to respect that opinion with love.

1 Tim 1:15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”–and I am the worst of them all.

I use to be so guilty of this myself… I would fly off the handle when someone accused me of being hypocritical but over the years the Holy Spirit taught me how to deal with it with love. There have been times when the non-believer was valid and many times when they were just looking for something to validate their sin but 9/10 times we leave from the conversation with a better understanding of one another. Love is patient, Yes? So be patient with your accusers, be loving with your accusers, and continue with the fight.

Praise Jesus friends.


GIVE!!! GIVE!!! GIVE!!!

Hey guys,

I hope you all are well.. I’ve been so busy guys with developing my photography. I’ve participated in over 18 weddings in the first year and business is actually really growing. I’m so happy to be able to share this art, this love with everyone. That brings me to my reason for this post… We know I preach about GIVING… GIVING to the homeless, GIVING to your friends, GIVING to your family, GIVING to God. Well, Leeann Rimes recently came out with a song titled, “GIVE”. Every time I hear it I can’t help but cry. It’s about exactly what I’ve been preaching, NO what Christ has been preaching, outside of the four walls. I’m not talking about that idea of tithing we created or giving to a collection plate… but giving like the early Christians gave. (Acts Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.) I know there is a fair inside all of us humans… the fair of not having for ourselves (love of money) but trust God and take care of one another in the body and GIVE.

Here is the song..brace yourself

I LOVE YOU ALL…

PRAISE JESUS


The Haunting of My Hateful Past

Lately a young lady from high school has been coming to my mind, a girl whom everyone including myself tortured with our bullying and terrible mocking. I too was picked on and often times when you join the enemies cause you can relieve the bullying toward yourself for a short time. It’s a cycle that is created within itself. Well, one of the things I’ve been able to do in the last few years as the Holy Spirit has shaped love in my heart  has been to apologize and make peace with people I’ve hurt in any way. This was one of the last people I could think of from high school days but had no idea if I would ever come to see her again. I wanted to know how she was… how  that type of treatment affected her to whom she has become. I only hoped one day I would get that chance.

Yesterday, I was going to the grocery store to get stuff  for supper and saw a woman in the car driving the opposite direction. It was her… it was the young lady that has been haunting me for the last few months. I screamed her name and she looked at me saying, “I’m sorry but do I know you”. I said yes, it’s me Omar from high school”. I wasn’t sure what memories this would bring back for her but she actually seemed pleasantly surprised it appeared. We stopped our cars in the middle of traffic which I would normally never do but this was my chance. I was afraid she was going to have to go while all the people were beeping her but I pulled over and left my car running and ran to her car. I gave her my number and she called me right away interestingly enough. She couldn’t talk long because she was driving, so she then texted me minutes after. She couldn’t text long neither because of course she was driving … I was at the supermarket. She mentioned that she really does not like running into people from high school because it was the worse memories for her ever. I responded how was exactly what I wanted to talk to her about. I said, “I wanted to apologize for the part I played in the terrible treatment you received during high school.” I received no response back and got a little nervous. As I pulled into my driveway I received a call from this woman. She said, “Omar I just wanted to respond to your text with my voice and would rather have done it in person”. My heart began to beat fast because when you put yourself out there like this you have to take the response you get no matter what it is. The woman said, “Omar I FORGIVE YOU with the fullness of my heart”. She said, “I really thank you for your words and it really helps in my healing from that terrible past.” I began to smile and felt so wonderful, not for myself but because she said this would help her heal. We talked for a little while and had a wonderful conversation. It’s amazing because she was picked on for the same exact thing I was picked on for. For acting too white for the people of our culture. She mentioned that she always remembered I was a Christian back then, I corrected her saying PLEASE do not call me a Christian back then. If I could treat a person that way then I was far from a Christian. I was false. Finally I was free of this haunting feeling and hopefully she will be set free from that pain more and more each day. It has been almost 10 years now and it still is an open wound for her.

1 Cor 13 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

I discuss this with you guys because this is how sin works guys. It much more  terrible than we think … most of us only see the pleasures from it, such as sex, and other self gratifications, but we are blind to the circumstances that really come from it. The circumstances that could cause someone to be in pain for over 10 years, the circumstances that could cause someone to want to take their life.

The good part of it is that when you become a believer in Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to mold your heart  you are able to compare who you were with who you are now. If your heart conflicts with your old self, you know your on the right track.

I spoke about judging yourself instead of other people and some past post and this is how you are to do it.

Gal 5 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Be encouraged Brothers and Sisters.

Praise Jesus!


Osama Bin Laden’s dead, Let the Church rejoice!?

Hey guys, I know it has been awhile since I last left a post. Well this one is about the recent events of the death of Osama Bin Laden. As with all of my post, it is directed at the believers and how to live with the Love of Christ.

As Everyone knows, reports about Osama Bin Laden’s death has been announced months before 2012’s election race. This is a result of war which is part of this life on this terrible earth as a result of sin. That’s not the focus of this article though. The problem is the response from the believers I have witnessed. I see rejoicing and in some cases the praising of God about this event. Are Christians (LOVE) suppose to rejoice in a mans death who did not come to know the love of Christ? Now I have heard so many excuses as to why this is OK and acceptable. In many cases I have seen people using certain scriptures to convey their feelings. At the same token I have seen people use scriptures in opposition with those to convey their feelings as to why it is not OK. Without clear understanding of God’s word both sides could be bias because we HUMANS always look for scriptures that convey what we already feel. It goes back to the heart … (Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?)

First I will talk about the main scripture I see people posting on their facebook. Which is “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.” -Proverb 11:10 There are way to many things I can point out about this scripture being used for this situation context and such but that would take too long. The main thing is… if you use that scripture you are implying that the U.S. is righteous which we should know by now that the WORLD’S powers are far from righteous. So that scripture doesn’t even stand a chance to be accurate for times such as now.

Look, yes God allows who He wishes to live and die but that does not mean we should allow our human nature to direct our actions and words. To be honest if you do your studying you find out that early Christians were not concerned about worldly affairs such as wars and such. They just focused on the love of Christ and continued to live in that love. I mean if Paul was killed before he became a believer would they have rejoiced about his death like many of us rejoice about Bin Laden’s death?

When i first heard about the death of Bin Laden I too was moved to rejoice but then i realized this man didn’t even know Christ… not only that me rejoicing in his death is the same judgement as those who Jesus rebuked about judging… to rejoice in another humans death is saying they deserved death which is a judgement im not willing to entertain. It’s another war inside me as we humans will have many times over . So that being realized I had to look into the word of God to see what God’s heart about the death of the non-believer is.

I could use  “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him,  And He turn away His wrath from him” (Prov 24:17-18) but many of you then attempt to negate that scripture with another proverb that seems to be opposite. Instead of seeing how they work together … we of course just post scriptures to go against another scripture… we talked about this before and this is not how we are supposed to use the word of God. So let’s go directly to God’s heart. ‎”Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “ and not that he should turn from his ways and live? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God” (Ezk 18:23 & 32). Look at that right there. That is God talking himself … saying he has NO pleasure when a non-believer dies. Even when he has to do it guys, God does not rejoice in the death of the wicked…. If God’s heart is not to rejoice then neither should ours. We should not be acting as the world when our nations enemies die, we should continue to love and teach the gospel. We must not be OF the world. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 

Understand that im not supporting anyone for mourning for his death… but im not supporting rejoicing in his death as well. I’m saying continue to love and share the gospel… don’t be caught up in these type of things. shoot I don’t even watch the news… I wouldn’t even know if I didn’t come on fb. Please be careful with your words and actions guys because you don’t want to find yourself under the same judgement as those pharisees Jesus rebuked. Although you are not casting those stones, your heart can be guilty of the same thing as theirs. Please continue to pray that God develops our hearts in HIS full love.

Praise Jesus!


Prostitute in the Mirror!

 

Image by Nirrimi

I wanted to share one of the most amazing stories in the Bible. It’s the story of Hosea and his wife Gomer. It’s interesting how many of us never really read about this or even realized what it was about. I just found out a few years ago from a friend of mine. Let me post the story for you guys and then I’ll discuss it so it makes more sense.

Hosea 1

2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

4 Then the LORD said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the LORD their God, will save them.”

8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the LORD said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

Hosea 3

1 The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. 3 Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.

I hope you guys are seeing what this real life story is symbolic for. God told Hosea to marry a prostitute… that’s right, a prostitute, knowing that she would continue to run back to other men. Well that’s exactly what happened. She did and guess what you see ended up happening. She went back to prostitution and ended up being sold into slavery. Hosea went to find her and PAID for her freedom again, simply asking her to not go back to that life again. Now there is a huge part that people miss here. To understand this one MUST understand some of the Mosaic laws. Some of the laws declared that if a woman cheats on her husband he has the right to put her to death. That is NOT what Hosea did though… he PAID for her freedom and that is what blew her mind. That is what caused her to not go back to prostitution. She most likely was thinking when she saw Hosea that it’s over for her… “he is about to have me killed”… but to her surprise he freed her and asked her not to go back to the other men. That’s Insane!

I hope you guys are getting the reference here. It’s amazing how God worked out these events to happen to keep Israel aware of what God was going to do. It is just as amazing how God worked out those events to show US believers what he did and is doing for us now. This story is not about Gomer guys, IT IS ABOUT YOU. As harsh as it sounds, YOU ARE THE PROSTITUTE, WE ARE THE PROSTITUTE. We are the ones that continue to run back to our old lovers (sin). Although we deserve death, God did exactly what Hosea did. He got us out of slavery to sin through Christ (Himself). What did Jesus say to the woman? (Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:11)   Now Jesus saying that is a whole other story I’ll explain another time being that he knows we deal with this sinful nature but I wanted to share this story with you guys.

I wanted you to understand what Jesus did for us and how to use stories of Israel. See many of us don’t understand how the OLD TESTAMENT works with the New Testament. Some of us are so confused that we try to fit in what we can into our lives with the old testament. The rest that doesn’t make sense to us or works for us we leave it alone. This post is not about living Mosaic Law as many of us think we still need to do (with some of them like tithing). No need to wonder why God would allow women to be killed if they cheated on their men, no need to wonder if God wants us to live the mosaic law from this story, no need to wonder any of the things the sinful nature wants us to get into… the things that confuse us.

Praise Jesus!!!


Instead of a Show!!

So my friend sent this song to me and said it was dedicated to me. This song is song powerful … it is called “Instead of a Show”. It’s about today’s version of “Church” and how they HATE it. Not only do they talk about why they hate it but then they give an answer to how the Church should be. It’s actually according to scripture. This is a fantastic find… Praise God the body is waking up.

Keep in mind that my website is barely about the hypocrisy of today’s version of “church”. Thats our nature as humans … I don’t focus on it and neither should you but the fact that it has been created into a show is a great point here. Today’s version of church is meant to be a show versus the early church. It’s really a definition change. How could we allow the term CHURCH to be redefined as it has been?


Brooke Fraser: Flags (Review)

 

Brooke Fraser: Flags (Review)

Brooke Fraser, one of my favorite musicians of ever. This is a woman who gave her life to Christ but is able to captivate the ears of a diverse audience. See that’s the kind of Christian musicians I like… the ones that don’t have to have a red stamp on them (Christian label) yet be able to reach and inspire thousands/millions with their messages from Christ. This is why Paramore will be one of my top bands.

This album Flags is one of Brooke’s best music clusters to date. I mean I love pretty much every song and in fact it is one of the first albums I have heard to date that the titled track is my favorite. (that song brings tears to my eyes each time) THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST!!!! I hope you guys understand just how powerful and real that is. (Matt 20:16)

Being that I am a photographer, there is another thing that makes me respect her that much more. That is the young lady she used to do her photos for this album; Nirrimi Hakanson. That young lady is AMAZING and such an inspiration to photographers, young and old.

If you really like meaningful music with such an incredible voice… you need to get this album… no get all her albums if she is new to you. YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Flags

You who mourn will be comforted
You who hunger will hunger no more
All the last shall be first
Of this I am sure

You who weep now will laugh again
All you lonely be lonely no more
Yes, the last will be first
Of this I’m sure

I don’t know why the innocents fall
While the monsters stand
I don’t know why the little ones thirst
But I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first

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Play 2. Betty 2:58 $0.99 Buy Track  - Betty
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Play 4. Who Are We Fooling (feat. Aqualung) 4:25 $0.99 Buy Track  - Who Are We Fooling (feat. Aqualung)
Play 5. Ice On Her Lashes 5:44 $0.99 Buy Track  - Ice On Her Lashes
Play 6. Coachella 3:32 $0.99 Buy Track  - Coachella
Play 7. Jack Kerouac 3:25 $0.99 Buy Track  - Jack Kerouac
Play 8. Sailboats 3:18 $0.99 Buy Track  - Sailboats
Play 9. Crows & Locusts 5:47 $0.99 Buy Track  - Crows & Locusts
Play 10. Here’s to You 4:22 $0.99 Buy Track  - Here's to You
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