8 Things That Get on My Last Nerves


As I grow older I notice that there are a few things that really get on my last nerves and I really need God to help me deal with these things:

  1. Liberalism: It is the “everything goes” mentality, it is the denial of any absolutes, it is the promotion of the victim mentality, the exaltation of the entailments, it is using past injustices to justify present mediocrity, etc. It is bad for America and it is bad for the world.

  2. Racism: The arrogance of some thinking that they are better than others. It comes from white to black, from black to white, from Latinos to Black, from black to Latinos, from the folk in the south to the folks in the west, from the folks from this family to the folks of this other family and vice versa and etc. It is all-ridiculous to me.

  3. Denominations in churches and styles in Martial Arts: I see similar arrogance in both; the ones that think that their denomination carries the Gospel Truth and the ones that believe that their styles are the best.

  4. Church services that purposely look the same Sunday after Sunday: The God in the Bible is exciting, why are we not allowing that God to be manifested in our lives and in our coming together.

  5. People that worship our Founder Fathers and totally ignore their hypocrisy as it refers to their treatment of slaves: I love this country and respect our history, but to ignore our founders hypocrisy is as bad as folks that continue to use slavery as an excuse to not excel in society.

  6. Our liberal press and the power they have to mess up somebody’s image: The press can make you look stupid or smart; good or evil, innocent or guilty. That kind of power combined with many uninformed people, make up a tragic combination.

  7. Looking at Political Conservatism and Christianity as being the same: Being a conservative does not make you or me a Christian. Conservatism or our constitution is not the answers for our problems. God and His principles given to us through His Word are the only answers and hope for our nation.

  8. The greed of Capitalism: Even as I enjoy our freedom and been alive in the land of opportunities, there is a greed that comes out of capitalism in an ideology that promotes long hours of work that completely minimizes the importance of prayer and quality time with the family.

The Worst Sin


The church is very distracted with the three main social and cultural issues in America: Homosexuality, Abortion and Racism. However, I am here to present to you that even as all sin leads to destruction, there is a sin that is above the rest. I am here also to submit to you that the church is guilty of the committing the worst of all sins. Ezekiel 16:46-47 tells us,

46 “Your elder sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters. 47 You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways. (NKJV)

 

      What brought Israel to her captivity was the sin of Idolatry. Israel turned her spirit away from God and towards the idols of other nations. Everybody knows that Sodom is known for the homosexual sin, but in Ezekiel 16:47 we read: “…you became more corrupt than they in all your ways.”

 

      The first commandment is to love God above all things. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:35-38

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. (NKJV)

 

      What does it mean to love God above all things? There are many things we can say about our heart, our soul and our minds. However, for this article’s sake we will stay with the basics.

      The heart is the part of us that makes decisions. That is why the Bible encourages us to search our hearts and warns us of how deceitful our hearts can be. The soul is what gives life to our bodies. With the mind we think, we process and understand things.

      To be in pursuit of loving God above all things means that God is central in our decision-making. It means that God is indeed the Captain of our soul and not ourselves and, it means that we have Him constantly in our minds.

      Do you remember how you felt when you were in love? How you could not keep that person out of your mind? How much more are we called to love God? We are called to love Him above all things.

      The greatest evidence of how filled with idolatry the church is not found in the size of our church buildings, in how large our congregations are, in how many TV stations broadcast our services, in how many radio stations we are on, how many times we “go to church”, how long we have been a Christian, how much seminary we have or in how many ministries we are involved in. The greatest evidence of our love for God is found in our prayer life. How can we love God above all things without having a prayer life? How can He be a part of our decision making? How can He be the center of our lives? How can we say that He is always in our minds when He is not seen in the way we act and in the things we do?

      Capitalism has done a great job in keeping us busy doing a million things. People have bought the lie that we don’t have time to pray or that prayer is not as important as some make it sound. Somehow, someway, we have believed the lie that it is ok to wake up in the morning and go on about our business without acknowledging God for anything.

      We truly have become a church that has a form of Godliness, but is denying God’s power. That is the reason prayer is on the bottom of our list of priorities.

      Whatever is consuming our hearts, souls and minds is taking the place of God. A life filled with idols is a defeated life. In Joshua 7 we learn that when we have idols in our lives, God can’t fight our battles. This is the place where the church is at, right now. The church is so busy fighting against the homosexual agenda, so busy coming against abortion and so busy coming against racism that in the process we are closing our eyes in dealing with our own mess.

      See, I am sure that Israel looks at Samaria as less than them; we can see in John 4 that they will not even walk through Samaria. I am sure that Israel saw Sodom as the worst of the worst. However, in the eyes of God, it was Israel who sinned with a greater sin.

      May we bring down our idols, may the Lord give us hearts, souls and minds that are sold-out to Him, and may the Lord raise up a church that will conquer that land of her own destiny and bring down the giants that stand on our way.