Showing posts from March, 2012

Freedom of Choice

Occasionally when I’m out evangelizing and ask people if they think they are going to heaven, they respond with something like, “That’s for Him to decide.”  What they don’t realize is that man has been given the freedom to choose his destiny. 

Adam and Eve could have chosen to follow God’s instructions not to eat the forbidden fruit but did so anyway.  Cain could have chosen not to become bitter about his rejected offering but later murdered his brother Abel.  We can choose not to sin instead of using that old Flip Wilson alibi, “The devil made me do it.”  Hebrews 11:24-25 says that Moses “…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”
Some choices may seem insignificant such as what clothes to wear or where to eat dinner.  Then again, our choices can greatly affect the lives of others.  Just last night, a pastor I was riding with drove us to Papa John’s where he planned to buy…

A Grimm Reminder

A pastor’s wife I know who works part-time as a school bus driver recently watched a play put on by first graders. “Groovin’ with the Grimms” featured well-known fairy tale characters created by the Brothers Grimm.  Among the songs performed by the kids were “Please, Wake Up Sleeping Beauty”, “Rapunzel Rap”, “A Dragon Can Be a Princess, Too” and “Three Un-wicked Witches.” The latter song features these lyrics…

We’re three un-wicked witches, what trying times we’ve had. It really burns our britches when people say we’re “bad.” We’re three un-wicked witches, we try hard to be good. Of course, we have our glitches but we’re just misunderstood.
Worldly people will argue it’s harmless to expose children to witches. Most of us probably watched movies like “The Wizard of Oz” when we were little. My kindergarten teacher read books to us about “Dorrie the Little Witch.” I also remember having a comic book that featured “Wendy the Good Little Witch.”
On the other hand, we are commanded not to give…