Daily Devotional – 10/25/16 “Where is the help?”

I’ve been working on this presentation for my psychology class and the topic I have is suicide. And as I’ve been studying and putting it together, I thought about how psychology and the church are connected. A lot of times, we don’t want to speak on certain topics in the church. We don’t want to deal with sexual abuse, sexuality, domestic violence, mental illness and especially depression; in the church because it’s been such a taboo subject. I mean, how can a person be depressed when they stand to preach every Sunday? How can she be battling with a mental illness when she seems to be so blessed? Who would know he was being belittled by his wife and he’s the head of the deacon board? We don’t deal with issues such as this because we, often times, don’t think it can hit close to home. And when it does, it shakes us to the core because we weren’t expecting it. But why not? Why can’t Pastor be depressed when he/she has to fight just to do what God has called him/her to do? Why can’t that sister/brother be suicidal when they consistently think about how the church may treat them if they find out they’re gay? Why can’t that woman, who is pregnant out of wedlock, be suicidal when she walks into worship every Sunday knowing somebody is talking about her?

But oh, how we tend to forget the mistakes of our past and present. We get a little holy and think we can now put our mouth on everybody who doesn’t look the part of being saved. When will Christians stop being so critical of one another? Why can’t I have a glass of wine at the bar and not be talked about because I’m a preacher? Why can’t a man or woman of God go out to a secular concert without it being the end of the world? Why can’t a child of God dance, as long as she/he doesn’t forget who they belong to? Yes, I know there are times when a person, in the church, needs to be criticized but that’s only when you are willing to offer real, genuine help. And if you aren’t, keep your mouth closed because you don’t know what a person is dealing with, secretly. If every time you open your mouth, you have something judgmental to say; close it and keep it to yourself. We need true folk who are willing to help and not hurt. This is why the bible says in 2 Timothy 2:14, “Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.” If you can’t offer help, stop hindering with your mess! Are there any true, genuine helpers left in the church?

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Daily Devotional – 11/2/15 “Critical Christians!”

I shared a devotional on Saturday, something I don’t normally do but I had to share my thoughts on Halloween. Please understand, everyone is entitled to their opinions but why do you have to bash folk over the head with your beliefs if you barely act like you believe them? You rarely attend church yet you want to tell folk how God will feel with what they’re doing. What about you? You want folk to feel bad about dressing up in costumes but what about those Sundays you dress up as a Christian? You know, when you go to worship with so much hell in you that folk don’t know whether to speak to you or pray over you. You claim you are concerned with folk playing with the enemy but what about those days you play with your devotion. We, as Saints of God, cannot pick and choose when we will serve God. You can’t be Holy when it counts and then hellish the rest of the time. It doesn’t work that way. Just because you feel a certain way, it doesn’t mean you criticize others for how they feel. They may not know. This is why you have to be mindful of how you talk and treat folk because you may be the one running them away from God instead of trying to save them.

No, I don’t get all dressed up in costumes but my nephew is a child and he enjoys it so I will do whatever I can, to do what he asks and if that means buying him a costume and taking him trick or treating, I’ll do it. That doesn’t negate the fact that I also teach him about God, take him to church on Sunday and tell him what’s right and wrong. Taking him out on Halloween didn’t stop me or him from worshipping on yesterday. So while you are turning your nose up at folk carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, decorating their houses, buying candy or trick or treating; why don’t you fix your light of God that seems to be dim? Ecclesiastes 7:16 says, “So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself?” Yes, I get it; you know the bible in and out, you’ve been in church all your life and you can probably preach better than the Pastor but that doesn’t give you the right to condemn others. You have the right to teach, love and admonish in righteousness but that doesn’t include your personal feelings. This is why the bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We have a responsibility to help nature kingdom workers but it isn’t our job to prune them that belongs to God.