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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Turning The World Upside Down

A few days ago a friend of mine tweeted a response to a CNN post that stirred up a lot of people.  Some called names and hurled insults, some blasphemed, and some threats were made against him. I also received backlash for my own personal tweets and also responses to people who reacted to him.   We were both called "soul vultures." 
Here is the Tweet that stirred people up:

Tony Miano is a street evangelist and a former deputy sheriff and chaplain.
He truly wants people to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
He wants God to be glorified. 
He loves people.
He is not making a judgment about why the earthquake happened in this tweet.  Perhaps some have misconstrued his tweet and thought that is what he was saying.

I stand with Tony Miano as he stands up for Christ and His Word.
If you get to know Tony, you will know that he shows genuine concern about people and their souls.
In Luke 13:1-5 Jesus likewise used events of the time to demonstrate that when bad things happen to people that it doesn't mean that they were worse sinners.  Everyone needs to repent or we will all die.   When an unbeliever dies in their sin never having repented and trusted Christ, they will suffer eternal punishment where there will be no pleasure, but there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
God takes no pleasure in the death of anyone (Ezekiel 18:32).

Tony is not saying that he is happy that people died there, but he does want the people of Nepal to turn from their idols and turn to Christ.  Idols have no power.  They cannot save anyone.  People in America worship self, singers, actors, politicians, loved ones, possessions, nature, and pleasure.
Even Christians must battle idolatry that creeps up (1John 5:1).
Some Bible verses about idols.

In the Old Testament of the Bible we see that people were to tear down their idols and altars to false gods.  If the people of Nepal repent and trust in Christ, they will not want to rebuild the temples to false gods.  Any Christian who participates in building a temple to a false god is sinning against the One true God.

This is what the apostle Paul said when observing religious objects of worship in Athens in Acts 17:22-29.

What has happened in Nepal is very sad with thousands dead and injured and many needing help.   
It serves as a reminder that any of us could die at any time.  Some of the people who died in Nepal were reportedly believers.  We are sad that it happened, but it is even more tragic for those who died in their sins to spend eternity in Hell.  Many have likely never heard the Gospel, though they have the light of Creation.  Those who know the Savior are now rejoicing with Him.
The majority of people in Nepal are Hindus.  There are many unreached people groups, and possibly less than 1 % profess to be Christians. (See Joshua Project info. here.)
I have seen Paul Washer has done a series of videos about the Gospel in Nepal.
As a Christian, I desire for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout the earth, so that more people may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing they may have life in His name. 

Earthquakes, riots, hurricanes, floods (including tsunamis), tornadoes, accidents, strokes, heart attacks, cancer, terrorism, sink holes, etc.....we don't all know how we might die.

Are you ready? 

If you want to give to help the people in Nepal, please click on the link below:
Children's Hunger Fund

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