Charles Barkley and Fake Christians

The following quote is from this story,

And I think these Christians, first of all, they’re not supposed to judge other people. But they’re the most hypocritical judge of people we have in the country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like they’re Christians. They’re not forgiving at all. — NBA legend Charles Barkley

Sir Charles was a great basketball player who is always good for a sound bite. As for his theological chops, well, his comments are reflective of someone who doesn’t know much about Christianity.

Christians are not supposed to judge those outside of the church, as the Apostle Paul makes clear,

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)

If unbelievers (“outsiders” as Paul calls them) want to engage in behavior which is clearly in violation of God’s Law it is not up to us to judge them, God will take care of that as Paul makes clear.

If this is what Sir Charles means when he says “judge other people”, fine and good. However, the problem lies when so-called Christians proudly engage in the type of behavior one finds prevalent amongst unbelievers.

Not only are we as members of the Body of Christ (the Church) supposed to judge, if such “Christians” remain unrepentant, then it is the church’s responsibility to disfellowship them.

To the unbeliever (and admittedly to some Christians) this may sound harsh and may even tempt him to judgmentally call Christians all sorts of unflattering names, but frankly it is a family matter and it does not concern them.

Yes, Sir Charles, the Christian is commanded to forgive but Jesus (you know the Son of God and all) laid out the way that the unrepentant “Christian” is to be dealt with, a cursory read of the process, as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20, might be of some use to you before you find doing the very same thing that makes you sick, a “hypocritical judge”.

Does the Bible disprove Theism and Christianity?

Oftentimes, people hostile to the things of God will clumsily cite certain Biblical texts to justify their “inability” to believe in either God or His Word.

Ironically enough, sometimes folks who are the most antagonistic towards the Bible often end up being the worst of legalists, requiring certain things from people who have been saved by grace.

The Bible doesn’t set out to prove God’s existence, the text assumes His Existence (What do you expect? It is His Word). Yet, with the contextually-challenged citations listed below, one can see how the gentle reader might be a little confused,

“There is no God.” – Psalm 14:1

“there is no savior…” – Isaiah 43:11

Click here and here to read these texts respectively in their proper context.

Soccer is what Religion should be…

At least according to Sean Wilsey, a writer who contributed to a National Geographic (June 2006) story on “The Beautiful Game” in anticipation of the 2006 World Cup.

Here is what Wilsey wrote,

What is soccer if not everything that religion should be? Universal yet particular, the source of an infinitely renewable supply of hope, occasionally miraculous, and governed by simple uncontradictory rules that everyone can follow.

I wonder if Wilsey realized that he described Christianity, which JI Packer correctly describes as the “true worship and service of the True God”?

Shall we run down the list? Notice that each of these qualifications has been raised (sometimes vehemently) as objections to Christianity.

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New Page: Discussion

Not that I’m trying to go the way of ESPN in regards to their shameless self-promotion, but I have added a new page to this here blog.

Some blogs have a comments policy which outlines what may or may not be said (amazing that those who tout their tolerance can be anything but as they refuse to post comments which they simply don’t agree with), but this is not the route I wanted to take with this page.

So without further ado, here is “Discussion”.

Doug Giles challenges Evangelicals who support Obama

Evangelicals for Obama? Not according to Townhall columnist Doug Giles who challenges any evangelical to biblically support their backing of presidential hopeful Barack Obama in his latest column,

“Obama’s on Fire for Jesus (the Jesus of His Own Imagination)”

The only problem is that according to the Senator’s voting record, it will prove impossible to support his views at least from a Biblical perspective, which to evangelicals is the only one that should truly matter, the Bible being God’s Word and all.

Impossible unless said support is primarily rooted in emotionalism, as I myself have observed. Emotionalism impairs our ability to reason and ultimately our commitment to God.

Giles’ style is a bit abrasive but he competently makes his point. Here’s the last part of the column,

How a true believer in Christ (as defined by Scripture) can say he or she believes in what Jesus, the prophets and apostles said and side with such a liberal politico simply because he is “charismatic and youthful” is beyond me.

I’d love to have an evangelical Christian (as classically defined) who backs Obama wade in here on the comment thread and defend (biblically):

1. Obama’s voting record on life and marriage

2. his allegiance to a clearly anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-American pastor/congregation

3. why B-HO, if he doesn’t buy into what his minister of mayhem propagates, doesn’t officially leave the congregation and disassociate himself from his mad maharishi and his bigoted beliefs?

C’mon . . . hit me with your best shot.

The Bible meets Google Earth

Thought this was pretty slick,

“The Bible According To Google Earth”

though not as slick as the following comment by one of the artists,

“We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real,” said The Glue Society’s James Dive.

Don’t Read the Bible Aloud on the Bus

According to this story,

“Woman Escorted Off Bus For Reading Bible Aloud”

A woman in Forth Worth was kicked off the bus for reading her Bible out loud to her kids.

I can’t say if this is “persecution” or not, it probably isn’t. I did find a comment attributed to a transit company’s rep interesting,

“Anyone who is loud will be asked to be quiet,” said representative Joan Hunter. “That is a standard policy across country in the transit industry.”

It’s interesting to me because I ride public transportation to work every day here in Houston and people yakking away on their cell phones is extremely annoying, yet to this date I have not heard any driver ask any of these folk to be quiet.

You know it’s bad when you hear the words “Hey, I’m on the bus…” because you know that a conversation which will last the entire hour bus ride will ensue.

You know it’s going to be really bad when the first person they call can’t talk and they go to the next entry in their Contacts.  Of course, it gets progressively worse as more Contacts either can’t talk or don’t pick up their phones.

A conversation which will reveal to anyone within hearing distance all sorts of details about a total stranger’s life which the rest of us would just be as happy as to remain ignorant about.

A former co-worker who also rides the bus to work and got fed up with these folk made a suggestion. To start reading something (anything) out loud to the talker in the hopes that he/she stopped chatting away.

While uncharitable it seems like an interesting social experiment so long as you don’t use a Bible.

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