He Calms Storms Too

Mark 4:38

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?”

 Jesus Christ is THE most influential and powerful Person of ALL TIME

The disciples of Jesus were often being taught important lessons that we can still relate to in our own lives today. Once, on the Sea of Galilee, a terrible storm arose and the disciples were terrified! Although there were at least  four of them who were professional fisherman, and at home on the sea, they all were convinced they were about to die. What seemed to make matters worse was the fact that their Master, Jesus, Whom they trusted with their lives, was asleep! 

These men had watched Him do the miraculous on more than one occasion, and they had each pledged their lives to follow Him, by faith. This night, and this storm seemed to be the end of the journey for them all… including their weary Leader.

Jesus was asleep. By all appearances it would seem that He was oblivious to the situation and their dire need. Jesus was asleep. If He was God and had all knowledge and power, couldn’t He have done something to prevent this storm? Or was His sleeping through this torrent the convincing proof of His inability to be in full control at all times?

Thankfully, we know the answer. The Bible tells us that the disciples hastened to their sleeping Lord and cried out in fear, “Carest thou not that we perish?” How could He care for us while peacefully sleeping? But He DID care and He STILL cares today. Your “storm” of life has not taken Jesus by surprise. The winds of adversity and wave after wave of overwhelming troubles are no match for the Master and Creator God, our Lord Jesus Christ!

For that small band of frightened men, the next few moments would burn in their memories for the rest of their lives. Jesus, the Son of God, arise from His place of peaceful sleep, and they heard the clear voice of the One Who created the seas as He  spoke these words…”Peace, be still.” What a calm! What a peaceful quiet that everyone of them saw and felt as well! (The sea was quieted too)

Jesus STILL speaks “peace” to your raging and storm tossed heart. Jesus hears your heart’s cry and He is touched by the fear you feel each day. Jesus can save you and deliver you from EVERY sin or storm you may be facing. He still says, “ Peace, be still!” … and He can do so in your life as well!  (By the way, He calms storms too)

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Our VOTE…Our VALUES

Proverbs 14:34

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”  

This week “We the people” had an incredible opportunity to exercise one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. We had the opportunity to vote.

In this country, those in positions of leadership are selected and elected by the people. From the office of the  President, all the way down to local elected officials, we enjoy the privilege and right to vote and elect our own leaders.

When it is all said and done, the winner wins and those who didn’t win…don’t really  lose either! This is because we live in a free society where we are ruled by a Constitution and laws. They are free to regroup and try again next time!

The people we elect ought to reflect the values we hold dear. We trust them to protect and promote those values by the way they develop legislation, policies, and their personal practices.  It can be easy for all that power to go to their head and change them from the inside out. I have seen this happen before, and we do not want to see it happen again.

As in every election there are disappointments and there are victories. What we must not do is allow our disappointments to keep us from supporting and praying for those who have been duly elected. Prayer will keep our elected officials strong, and you and I must keep them accountable. Don’t just let the election cycle be the only time you get involved in the process. Contact them, pray for them, and do what you can to make sure they know you care about this community.

For those who didn’t see “your” candidate elected, remember, this is a free country and you can try again. Build support now for those you hope to elect next time, while doing all you can to make this term the best it can be for us all.

This chapter of our political experience has changed and will continue to change up until and after the General Election in November. It’s ok, and it’s going to be ok. You and I have to be the ones who will set the example and come together as a community for the good of the community and face our challenges and changes together!

Whoever is in office will make a difference, but if we the people are united and supportive, then we can hold them accountable and make a lot of progress on the issues that matter the most! I am praying for those who will be facing off in November. God knows that we need integrity and honesty to be reignited in our elected positions.We need men and women of courage, who will face the challenges of their position and honor the Lord Jesus as they serve the people of this great county.

It is important that elected officials do not misuse or abuse our trust. They must remember, they represent and work for us!

Let us continue to pray and vote that the values which made our country great will make our county great and move us forward for the Glory of God!

 

God Bless!

 

Jesus loves you and He did something about it! 

Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead to offer to me and you the opportunity to become children of God and be forgiven of all our sins.

Will you put your faith in Jesus alone to be your Saviour and Lord?

 

Let me know if you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Leave a comment below.

God Bless!

 

 

See you in church!

 

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Set FREE

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
 
TRUTH.
It is the seemingly elusive query of every generation. People want to know the truth of the universe, truth about history, truth about science, and the truth about themselves. We are often stumped and find the truth elusive when it comes to people and our often complicated relationships. We expect the truth from leaders and those in a position to be an example. We are offended when we are misguided and find out the hard and painful way that we have NOT been given the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the TRUTH!
The Bible speaks much about the subject of the TRUTH. It has been the topic of discussion and the point of man’s internal thirst for centuries. Pilate (the Governor who tried Jesus and had him crucified) asked, “What is truth?” Many of you are asking the same question. Especially as you look around at our world’s condition and see all the people pointing at their ideas and their solutions and calling the various (and often contradictory concepts) TRUTH. Churches claim to have the truth, yet so many of them disagree in a lot of ways. Leaders claim to possess and offer the TRUTH, yet too often we find ourselves wondering how they ever got into a place of prominent leadership in the first place! WHO can you trust to tell the TRUTH?! Where can you go to find the TRUTH?! Governor Pilate said it right, “What is truth?”
The answer to this as well as any other question of eternal value is found in the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Jesus said in a prayer to His Father,
“Sanctify them through thy truth, THY WORD IS TRUTH.” – John 17:17
According to Jesus Christ, the Word of God is TRUTH. In it alone we can find what God says about ourselves, our relationships, our conduct, and our character. We can see what God calls evil and what God calls good. He ALONE defines these things because His Word ALONE is TRUTH. We can argue and debate our opinions and at the end of the day go our ways still convinced of our accepted theories and positions on any subject we have debated. When all along, God has the TRUTH provided for us to read, to hear preached, and to humbly accept as it is in fact…the TRUTH!
The TRUTH about church. Church itself is NOT the TRUTH, but is the “pillar and ground” of TRUTH (1 Timothy 3:15). Just because a church believes or practices a certain creed or religious formality, doesn’t make it right. ONLY what God’s Word declares is TRUTH. God expects for us to “rightly divide” His Word that we will not come up with our own fabricated version of Christianity…which SO MANY have done already. Eternity is WAY TOO LONG for you to simply swallow everything handed down to you. You need to know the TRUTH and be set free! FREE from a life of Godlessness. FREE from a life of sin. FREE from a life of empty religion. FREE from formalities that are NOT presented in the Bible as a part of Christ’s doctrine.
Get a Bible. Read it, study it, and apply it to your life as you sit under Bible preaching. Let the Spirit of God work in your heart as you hear and know the TRUTH.
Just because you believe something or have practiced “this way” all your life, doesn’t make it true. Jesus said that MANY would stand before Him on the Day of Judgment and declare all they did for Him and in His Name, only to hear Him say, “Depart from me…I NEVER knew you.” How horrible it will be for so many people who today are going to “church”, participating in “religion” and yet Christ Himself does NOT know them! The only way a person could be in that condition is because they have been deceived into following a man-made system of religion. Many people are right now living what they call Christianity, but it has very little Biblical resemblances at all.
Life is too short, and Eternity is too long to just “do what you’ve always done” or expect that some religious tradition or creed will get you where the Bible says you should be at the end of your life here on Earth.
Jesus IS the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. He gave us His Holy Word, the Bible, and said it is the Powerful TRUTH of God Almighty that can change our lives for now and eternity. While many may still be asking the age-old question, “What is truth?” Jesus has already given us the Answer. TRUTH is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ alone as your personal Lord and Saviour.
1 John 5:12
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
You can be FREE today. Free from your sin, and the coming Judgment of God. You can be free from your past and the pain you have caused the heart of God. You can be free from a religious experience that has give you no lasting hope or fruit of righteousness. When you know the TRUTH, you can be set FREE!
Let me know if you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

God Bless!

See you in church!
Pastor Tony Jones
Pastor Jones can be reached by email pastor@faithbaptistchurch.us
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WANTED: Leaders

John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
 
1Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”  
 
As human beings, we thrive on examples and role models. You see them all around us, sports stars, music stars, movie stars, and many more!   We tend to promote those among us who are taking on the challenging roles in our community and highlight them as good examples as well. (After-school program workers, charity organizations, care-givers, etc.) When it comes to being a leader, God encourages us to consider the position carefully and respectfully.   He tells us to reach out, to give it our best effort, and to be an example.
We need REAL leaders in our homes, our churches, our schools, and in our community.
 
  Our homes need leaders. Unfortunately, too many homes are not working like they were intended to work. We can point our finger and make excuses for why “my home” is broken beyond repair and why I should be excused from responsibility. The successful family can be linked to the fact they have latched on to the truth and their responsibility of leadership in the home. God designed the home to be led by men and women who understand their role and take their positions seriously. Whether as a husband and wife together, or as a single parent, the job is no less important nor is success any less possible. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” All it takes is for one person in the home to see the potential and the future of their family as important enough to stand up and begin to make the necessary changes that will transform YOUR family and home into that which can bring glory to God.  
 
Our churches need leaders. We have many churches across our country. While it is somewhat comforting to see a building and a sign that advertises service times, how much more if those churches were led by sincere people who understand the church’s role in the community. The role of the church is to confront the evil of sin with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and furthermore, to help develop the lives and families who are being transformed by the Power of Jesus Christ.   The church has a responsibility to set the example for morality, justice, sobriety, and goodness. So, the church needs men and women among the congregation who are living examples of these standards in their daily life.   Too often, churches are filled with people interested in their spiritual life one day a week. It is the other six days that prove the power of what was preached on Sunday. How disappointing it is for the church to be a part of the problem and not contributing to the solution. We need leaders in the church!  
 
Our schools need leaders. Leadership that extends beyond the school board and administrative offices, but also within the school itself. Students who are brave enough to see the value of a safe and thriving educational environment, who will stand up among their peers and provide a positive role model inside and outside of the classroom. Students who have a gift of leadership (you know who you are) ought to be visible and vocal in your schools and set the pace for the rest of the school to follow. You would be surprised at how many of your fellow students are longing and hoping for someone to rise among the ranks of their peers who will transform the spirit of our schools from places of tension and the influence of vice to environments of safety and conducive to the educational needs of everyone who attends.  
 
Our community needs leaders. Not just elected officials interested in the power or income potential, but genuine leaders who will use their influence and position to impact and make a difference in the community they are called to serve. Whether they are a judge, administration official, law enforcement officer, or they fill any other number of community roles…we NEED you to lead by a godly example. Too many communities are hindered by elected officials who turn from their constituents and use their position of power to further their own profits. This is not leadership, this is taking advantage! The election season is upon us and I encourage those considering a run for office to understand the importance of the position and to commit yourself to the service of the Lord and then to this community and the people you will serve. I encourage those of us who will be affected by those elected, to make it our priority to hold them accountable by REGISTERING to vote, by VOTING, and by staying in communication with them while they are in office. Good leaders understand their need for accountability and welcome the opportunity to prove their integrity in the office.
 
  Examples are so important, they set the standard. We need some good people who will consider the impact they could have in the lives of those around them and do just that…BE A LEADER! We need leaders in every area of life.    
 
See you in church!


How do YOU Respond to Correction?

Proverbs 9:8-9
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
 
Nobody “likes” to be corrected or rebuked. It’s human nature to think you are right, and then to feel somewhat offended when others correct you for the choices you have been making. However, THIS is how God has chosen to shape your life, so that you would not end up molded exclusively by your own opinions. You have people, good people, in your life who care enough for you to help keep you from this kind of self-absorption. When you fail or act in some way that is not acceptable, these good people are there to give you a measure of guidance and clearly identify the problem so you can correct it. Sadly, there are those who will not be corrected! They are their own “quality control” and they have concluded that everything with them is “A-O.K.”! The problem with this mentality is that EVERYONE else can see right through the façade and could quickly point out several things that need correcting (especially their pride). These are the people that Solomon was speaking about when he said “Rebuke not a scorner…” The scorner is not simply in error, he/she is in error and will not be corrected. (What a sad place to be in life) Having only their own thoughts and opinion to validate the rest of their attitudes and actions, these people have convinced themselves that they are right! The rest of us have a word for that, it’s called, “narcissism” – having excessive interest and admiration of yourself. God’s Word says that these people will not respond well to a rebuke or reproof. They will respond in hate instead of in humility. Does THIS sound like you? On the other hand, God said to instruct, rebuke, and teach a wise man and he will be wiser! Instead of hearing the correction with a rebellious and self-centered ear, listen with humility and understanding that God has put certain people in your life to help you and guide you to better decisions and better choices. Maybe it is a pastor, and parent, a teacher, or just a friend. Whomever it may be, LISTEN to them! LEARN from them! LOVE the person who cares enough about you to reach out to you and take a chance on making you mad in order to help you! LEARN to be a better person because of the caring correction given with the intention of helping and improving your life! How you REACT to rebuke or instruction tells more about your character than you may realize. God says that with this simple test, it will be revealed as to whether you are wise or foolish. BE WISE!


Is it IMPORTANT that I go to church?

     
Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  
 
While it is common, and in our Southern culture it is even somewhat popular to attend church periodically, is it really that important?  Some make it a weekly practice and have done so for many years!  A cursory glance in virtually any community of this county will prove that churches are esteemed as an important and even an integral part of the fiber and history of Colleton County.  So, with all these buildings and groups gathering on a regular basis, where does the individual fit in?  Is it important that you and your family make church a significant part of your life?  What does God, the Creator and Judge of every living thing have to say about whether or not you go to church? First of all, understand that Church was God’s idea. (Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “…I will build my church…”)   The Bible clearly tells us that the Church began with Jesus Christ and it is His Own. In other words, nobody else owns or controls the Church!  The Church is and ought to be an independent entity, governed by the Bible and Jesus Christ, Himself.  Jesus Christ alone is the Head and Authority of His Church.  According to the Bible, Christ died for the church, and purchased the church with His Own Blood (Acts 20:28 “…the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”)  It was His desire to reconcile sinners to Himself and to provide the Way for man’s Salvation, so Jesus Christ gave Himself to be the Sacrifice for all our sins on the Cross of Calvary.  Through His Death, Burial, and Resurrection (the Gospel) EVERY sinner can be forgiven and saved by the Grace of God.  Salvation is the key to being made a part of the “family of God” and being a part of what God called the Church.  Through the New Testament, the Spirit of God instructs those who have truly been saved to be baptized, to grow in their faith and their walk/relationship with God through regular church attendance (Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”) and (Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”) Simply “going” to church is not in itself the answer though.  God has designed it so that His children would go to church, with the church, and be the church.  While that may sound redundant or confusing, let me explain.  The New Testament says that the Church is the House of God (1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.).  The Bible says that the Church is the people of God who have been saved by the Grace of God (Acts 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.).  This combination of obedient believers gathering at a specific place is important because we gather to hear the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, by God’s Man on a regular basis (1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.).  The Spirit of God has the liberty to take what is preached and to personally apply it to our everyday life.  Challenging us and changing us by the Power of the Truth, God’s Word! Next, realize that while oftentimes the church may be visualized as a building, church is a gathering!  The church, as the Scripture defines, is the gathering together of those who have been transformed by the Power of Jesus Christ, Who is risen from the dead.  These people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, have been changed from the inside out and now, in obedience to the Bible, gather often for worship and fellowship as they continue to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.  Because of this truth, it is vitally important that you attend church regularly and that you attend a church that is faithfully fulfilling its role as the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).  In other words, church is NOT simply a place to enhance or elaborate political or cultural preferences, it is the place where the Eternal Truth of God’s Word is to be preached and taught without hesitation or reservation!  While politics, policies, and cultural issues WILL be addressed from a Biblical Worldview, the point of the gathering together of the family of God is to hear the preaching of the Word of God, and to go out as obedient doers of the Word and not hearers only.  God’s Word says for those who simply hear and do not apply the Truth of the Bible to their everyday life are only deceiving themselves.  They think that going inside a building called a church and hearing what is sung and said is enough to get them through the rest of the week…not true! God warns us against that kind of thinking.  He tells us that when you hear only and do not obey the Word of God, you are lying to yourself, and worse than that…you are believing your own lie (James 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.). So, now that you know that church is important, and God wants you and your family to go to church, how do you know which one to go to?  History and heritage both have a strong drawing power to cause people to attend this church or that church, but soon they find, in many cases that they are attending a place without the preaching of the Word of God and without the Power of God.  This choice will be easily made and easily ended.  The Bible is the Source for all our answers in life, and this answer is no less obvious in the Word of God.  The Lord clearly instructs us to go to church, and then He defines what it means to be a genuine church.  It is the place where TRUTH, God’s TRUTH, is clearly and consistently preached and practiced.  The New Testament churches not only preached the Bible, but they lived the Bible with obvious power and holiness demonstrated in their daily lives.  Any church that will not preach the Word of God as it is written is not adhering to the basic function of a church and thus cannot be qualified as a church that you and your family should attend.  The church MUST be obeying the Word of God as well.  Why would I want to subject my precious family to a place and be influenced by people who were clearly living in open rebellion and disobedience to the Word of God?  We’ve all seen and known the hypocrites who live in sin all week and then sing in the choir or teach a class on Sunday.  This too must be disqualified as a place fit for my or any family to attend as “church”.  I need a place where the people fulfill the greatest commandments, Love God and Love People.  When they are doing this, there will be no shortage of clear Bible preaching, Christ honoring music and worship, as well as fellowship and discipleship to help me and my family to grow in the Truth of God’s Word.  While there may be plenty of buildings across the county calling themselves “church”, make sure to get your family in one that is Biblically defined and obedient to the Word of God! See you in church!  
 
Pastor Jones can be reached by email pastor@faithbaptistchurch.us
 
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Jesus Satisfies

“Jesus SATISFIES”

As many kids are beginning their Summer break from school and parents and educators alike look back over the past year…are we SATISFIED?

For many, life is one disappointment after another, and they can never seem to find any lasting satisfaction.

Like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day, it was good while it lasted, but soon…and very soon you will be thirsty again.

People are searching for something that will give them a reason to get up in the mornings and to satisfy their “thirst” throughout the day, and fill them with PEACE as they lie down at night. Read more



Don’t Let your RIGHT be WRONG

There’s MORE to life than the 1
st Amendment. While it is true that the 1st
Amendment gives us the right as Americans to freely speak, it is also true that there are places which it is inappropriate and not allowed to speak. Our freedom of speech is not being taken away when we are in a Library, a funeral service, or sitting in a classroom. The fact remains that we maintain our right to free speech, but this is NOT the time or the place for that right to be exercised. Although “The Byrds” made the song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” famous in the 60’s, they did not create the thought for the lyrics to their song. King Solomon, the wisest man in history wrote the original thought-line in the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verses 1-8

¶ To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

King Solomon did not do away with the “right” to speak, he just said there was a time for speaking and a time to be silent. Honoring and respecting one’s surroundings and the atmosphere of the setting does not eliminate or voluntarily relinquish any of our rights. We just demonstrate ourselves to be a people with enough civility, decency, and respect that we conduct ourselves according to the honorable opportunity in which we are currently engaged. So, though I may not agree with the person or positions held by the person in the casket doesn’t mean I should protest and demonstrate my opposition during their funeral service. There’s just too much that is held as dear and sacred by the fact that someone has died for me to mock the decency of the funeral with my right to speak out and protest. Neither should I rise up in a Library and voice my protests over books or authors with whom I find disagreement. Although I do have the right, it is neither the time nor the place for such an act of disrespecting myself and those who have come for a different purpose than me. For a person to hold to the right to kneel or raise a fist or sit during the National Anthem is just another of many such illustrations where we are not giving up a right, we just simply honor those who have sacrificed for our freedoms by standing for the National Anthem, and save our protests for the proper time and place. For the NFL to use their platform to join in the protests is somewhat of an oxymoron. They are the

NATIONAL Football League, and by being the NATIONAL

Football League, they are held to a higher standard as they represent all of America in the game of football. (We could say the same for the NBA, NHL, and MLB with American and National Leagues). It’s a matter of ethics and respect. The very things the left “claims” to be embracing while making their protests. When a person (especially in a position of influence) makes a public statement or protest, they must be aware of the responsibility they have accepted by initiating what they may not be able to control. What seems like a simple or innocent protest of sitting while the National Anthem is played, is in reality, a key that unlocks the door for others to be creative in their own version of the same protest. Don’t think that influencers are not accountable for their instigation of violence and proliferation of unruly acts of vandalism. These demonstrators call themselves protesters and somehow feel that they have the “right” to break windows, burn police cars, loot and destroy. Celebrities, sports stars, and anyone else in a position of leadership and influence should not ever lower the standards of decency and human dignity by instigating a protest of such an icon of our liberty as the Flag or the National Anthem nor the service and sacrifice of police, military, and their families. You should have enough dignity about yourself and enough respect for those who fought and died for the freedom we enjoy today.
United States Code,

36 U.S.C. § 301

, states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart; Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute; men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed. Military law requires all vehicles on the installation to stop when the song is played and all individuals outside to stand at attention and face the direction of the music and either salute, in uniform, or place the right hand over the heart, if out of uniform. A law passed in 2008 allows military veterans to salute out of uniform, as well

Yes, you may have the “right”, but never let your right be wrong.

Pastor Tony Jones



Destroying History may Cause it to Repeat Itself

 

History has always been something we wish in many ways we could change. When we look over our shoulder and back in time, we see there have been so many tragedies and even atrocities that we cringe at how depraved the character of mankind can be…especially to each other.

It is that same history that has taught us and brought us to where we are today as a culture and a civilized people. So many lessons learned, so many ways have been revised that we no longer are even willing to say and do many things which one time were both normal and socially acceptable. Our past serves as a reminder of all that was good and we continue to hold, cherish, and hopefully pass to the next generation…at the same time, our past serves as a monument to the declaration we make in our hearts to “NEVER AGAIN” allow prejudice, chauvinism, child-labor, land-grabs, genocide, or any other abandonment of the decency of law and order.

As Americans, we have stood against domineering and power-hungry regimes who would displace and even kill the people in their way of expansion. We learned that from some of our own historical mistakes. There is no way to go back and undo what history tells us we did, but we can do everything to make it as right as possible, and move forward as one nation under God with a commitment to NEVER AGAIN allow gluttonous land grabbing that displaces people and destroys their way of living. We as Americans are reminded of the ups and downs of our historical relationship to those who called this land “home” before those from the Eastern Hemisphere arrived. We are reminded through monuments, historical markers, and many documents and national sights…that this time in our history actually existed and we have come through some horrific lessons, many at the expense of each other along the way. The Native American, and the important role they have played in the shaping of this country and our culture, is not to be forgotten! We should have statues, and monuments, national sights, and reminders to never let a generation forget the good and the bad that has been used to bring us to where we are today. We use both the positive and the negative to teach us how to improve and be the civil culture that we are striving to be in this modern day.

Our country and culture has faced numerous opportunities to advance from our roots of ignorance and into this age of equality, acceptance, and tolerance. There was a time when women were not allowed to vote. This is a historical fact, but one we have learned to be a cultural mistake. It was normal for them to accept the fact, and even to debate and defend their erroneous positions, but as this nation progressed, we learned and determined to keep moving forward and out of the dark decisions of our past. We should have history lessons and speeches given that remind us of the failure of such a mindset…that keeps women as second rate citizens and withholds the basic right of voting from them because of their gender. We should make heroes out of those who championed for women’s rights. However, if the past is erased, we will never know what they stood for, nor why they were acclaimed as American heroes. Sometimes a monument or a historical marker reminds us of a darker side of our history, but we cannot ignore the fact that we the people used to be “that” as a country and a culture. If we are guilty of forgetting and intentionally erasing our history, then we set future generations up for failure in many of these same issues. If future generations do not see both sides of the issue, then they may default to the wrong side! This would bring about a replaying of history that NONE of us want to revisit.

Dominance and bigotry are nothing new, mankind has dealt with his fears and cruelties to one another for thousands of years. It is painfully true that our country once allowed slavery of one people group by another people group. What has become repulsive and refused by this generation was actually normal and acceptable by our forefathers, just a few years ago. When our country was founded, many of those whom we hold in high regard for the good they procured, were actually on the other side of some of these issues than we are today. Over time, some of them changed their minds and were brought into the light of Truth and even went against the normal thought line of their own generation. It wasn’t easy and it took some time before the nation, as a whole, embraced the truth that God created every man in His Own Image and we are ALL equal in His sight, thus we should be equal in each other’s sight as well. It took a horrible civil war to bring to a closure a horrible and dark chapter of our actual history. One that cannot be erased, but can be forgotten…if we do not do what it takes to remember and pass along to the next generation. Statues, historical markers, preservation of birthplaces, etc. are items of ALL of our heritage (whether we like it or not). If we think that by removing, desecrating, or destroying these things will make us better or erase our past…it is just not true…it’s just not going to make it go away. Although we, in this generation, would not support or even agree with many things our forefathers thought to be acceptable, it is a part of what made us who we are today…tolerant equals who respect and believe in each other and the future of this great country. We could not have learned this except from the years of both good and bad experiences and choices previous Americans made in our past…it’s our history. If we the people make the choice to remove, desecrate, and destroy the memorials and markers that tell the story of our history, then what will we have to motivate us to continue positive advancement or to keep us from making the same horrible mistakes again and again?

Removing a statue of someone because you see a dark side of our history doesn’t take away the bad or the good that they did, it only removes the opportunity for us to point the next generation in the right direction. You may see an individual portrayed by a monument as a reminder of an evil in our history, but it is also a reminder to “NEVER AGAIN” allow that particular evil to resurrect in our countries future.

NONE of us would agree today with many of the choices that were socially acceptable by the majority in those days (treatment of the Native Americans, lack of women’s rights, child labor, slavery, etc.) but they were definitive of us as a country and they served as highlighted points in our past that we grew to understand as morally wrong and now they are understood to be socially wrong as well.

Have we “arrived”? Are there no more injustices within the fabric of our culture? Can we say that we are morally and socially at the pinnacle of humanity? Has evil been eradicated? Certainly, the answer to all of these is a resounding “NO!”. Will there be a reason for a statue or a marker or memorial to be erected in your name or in my name for the difference we stood and brought to this great country? Will there be a future when someone reacts to that marker because they see you or me as not morally or socially advanced as they are? Will we not all realize that without the conflicts of moral and cultural differences, humanity cannot and will not move past what is currently socially acceptable behavior!?!

Somebody had to raise the point that the games within the Roman Colosseum were barbaric and morally wrong. Somebody had to raise the point that people fighting to the death or being eaten by lions was wrong and should be socially unacceptable behavior.   It worked! There are no government sponsored events like this anywhere in the world, today. However, there are artifacts and pieces of ancient history that have been preserved and serve as reminders of humanities grave and barbaric past. The atrocities of the concentration camps around the world remind us to never let anything like this ever happen again…EVER! How foolish would we be to tear down the Roman antiquities or remove any and all traces of these camps? How foolish would it be for us to close the Holocaust museums and keep that part of history so deeply covered that nobody ever discovers the deepest horrors of human history.

The same thing applies to our American history. We should leave standing the markers, statues, and memorials for future generations to see and decide that they want a brighter and more positive future for America than that which was handed to them. They can look at these intentional reminders of both the positive and negative choices made by our American forefathers in our group effort to attempt to bring the United States out of the dark past of racism, bigotry, and chauvinism into our modern day where we the people believe in social and cultural equality for all.

Those looking back on our decisions today will blame us for sure and hopefully learn from our mistakes. It would be great to see a day in America’s (hopefully near) future, when our education programs are successful, the stain of abortion is removed from our culture and not just our conscience. When racial equality is truly felt by all, not just for a select group of people. When there is no need for activism to lobby and march for the rights of American citizens. When there are no more clashes between citizens of this one nation because of the color of their skin. When every American trusts and respects the others and together we make a difference in a world who looks to us for moral and cultural leadership!

Who knows, maybe they will erect a statue of one of us from this generation who makes a culturally divisive stand against the evil that remains in our present day.… I hope that by then, nobody will tear it down because they don’t like you or me for some other reason that we can’t change because we are dead and gone.
 
 

Pastor Tony Jones

Faith Baptist Church

Walterboro, SC



Various Shades of Dirt

 

Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,…”

 

 

Recent tragedies in Charlottesville, VA compel me to write and make a public statement for the Glory of God.

 

 

Racism is evil! 

No matter what color you are, if you have hate in your heart for another person, you are wrong!  No matter what color we are, the truth is that God made no mistake when He decided to create us in His Image and in His Likeness.  It was His idea to make us in a variety of colors. 

 

 

Color does NOT equal character. 

No matter what color you choose to look at, there are plenty of good examples as well as bad examples for how we should live our lives.  The problem we face is NOT based on race or color, but is a direct result of SIN and people who will choose to follow the directives of the devil instead of listening to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 
The Bible, (God’s Word), says, “For God so loved the

world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever

believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16. God loves EVERY single person He created.  There is not one person beyond the interest and love of God.  The devil, on the other hand, is a liar and a murderer, a deceiver, and a destroyer of lives.  When I look at riots of hate, marches of hate, retaliations of hate, injuries caused by hate, murders caused by hate…I KNOW it came from the devil and not from the Lord Jesus Christ!
We are ALL sinners and cannot say we are perfect in any way.  This does NOT give us reason to hate and despise one another because of what we see in or on each other.  The sin within mankind separates us from a proper relationship with God, and makes us ALL the same in His eyes…guilty of our

own sins.  While some express their sinfulness in ways that appall the rest of us, the fact remains…we are all sinners and in need of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  When God looks down from Heaven, He sees His creation living for themselves, abusing themselves, violating His Law, hating and hurting each other.  He sees SIN, NOT SKIN as the problem.  God created us all from the dust of the ground, and in reality, we are nothing but various shades of dirt

.  It is NOT the creative act of God nor the distinguishing marks of individuality that He gave us which causes Him grief, but the sinful hearts of mankind who choose our own ways instead of repentance and surrendering our lives to Him.
Jesus loves you, and He loves those who hate you.  Jesus loves ALL the little children of the world… they are precious in His sight! 

YOU are precious in His sight!

Turn to Him today and be forgiven forever!  Together we MUST stand and refuse to let hate creep into our community and destroy our families the way it is destroying so many today.  If you have hate in your heart, give it to Jesus.  He bled and died so you could be free from the bondage and slavery of hate.  Trust Jesus to change your heart and life that you may live for His Glory instead of for the pleasure of the devil.

 

Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,…”

 

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In His Service,

Pastor Tony Jones

I Corinthians 1:27

 


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