Have you heard about Ben Breedlove? Breedlove created the popular OurAdvice4You channel on YouTube in November 2010. He would give out relationship advice to his viewers and interview family members and friends. On May 23, 2011, he launched his second channel, BreedloveTV, a companion channel to his first, where he would answer questions about dating, relationships and advice.
As of 29 December 2011 OurAdvice4You has a total of 38 videos, and nearly 60,000 subscribers, and BreedloveTV has 17 videos and almost 20,000 subscribers.
A third channel was created by Breedlove on December 18, 2011, entitled TotalRandomness512. This channel is the host of the two-part video, “This is my story“, which has since become viral.
If you haven't wathced thses videos, they are touching. Sadly Ben died on Christmas 2011 a week after his last video.
Last week Saturday night live had a sketch that mildly pointed Tim Tebow as a nutjob. They paint him as if he serves the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength.
They paint that is being weird.
One wonders if this kind of “poking fun” attitude would be happening if Tim was a Muslim? After all, poking fun at Christians is easy. We never fight back.
Christ knew this was coming. The bible mentions it a ton. It also mentions that those who are persecuted will be blessed later. This leads me to believe that if we are not being persecuted, it means we are not letting our “Jesus Freak” flag wave high enough. Here are just a few examples:
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
—2 Timothy 3:12
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
1 Peter 4:16
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.
—1 Peter 4:12-14, 16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues….But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven….”
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
… you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake… And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
In an interview on the Jim Rome show, former LA Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (another openly Christian athlete) explained that at times he was asked to “tone it down.” That he had, at times, “Taken some flack” for being a Christian.
The more popular you get, the more you will be persecuted. The more the devil will send temptation his way so the world can call him a hypocrite. We all need to pray for Tim. For all the good he is doing, the world will be waiting, and baiting him, to fail.
If you turn on the TV you will find an interesting epidemic. Every night we sit on our couches and judge. We watch Donald trump fire people. We watch American Idol, Survivor, So you think you can dance, got talent, the voice, x factor. It doesn't matter if you're a model, chef, singer, bachelor, bachelorette, we will deem you unworthy. We send you home.
I find myself doing it in life. I went through a drive through and the lovely girl who took my order had her ear pierced so many times I'm sure getting through airport security is an issue. I looked at her and thought, “My goodness what did you do to yourself girl?” I judged. I judged her parents. The only conversation I had with her was to tell I wanted two items of the dollar menu. She had done nothing wrong, and yet my mind went in directions that I don't feel were Christian.
A listener of the show sent me a great quote, “I'm glad that Jesus Christ of Nazareth did not act like a Christian.” – George Bernard Shaw.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”6 They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneat her.”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus did not judge her. He called her to repent.
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
In John 7:24 Jesus says, “24Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
Jesus does tell us to help each other stay on track.
If a believer sees another believer sinning, it is his Christian duty to lovingly and respectfully confront the person with his sin (Matthew 18:15-17). This is not judging, but rather pointing out the truth in hope—and with the ultimate goal—of bringing repentance in the other person (James 5:20) and restoration to the fellowship. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We are to proclaim what God's Word says about sin. 2 Timothy 4:2 instructs us, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.” We are to “judge” sin, but always with the goal of presenting the solution for sin and its consequences—the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Christ was the one who was blameless, and he was judged guilty. He is was judged unworthy in our place. Becuase of this we get to go home to be with him some day.