You may notice that this post’s title quotes a TV show by the name of “The Boondocks.” If you know the quote, it is said by one A Pimp Named Slickback, played by Katt Williams. Why am I quoting someone who plays a criminal on a TV show? That is beside the point. I would not be acting with integrity if I didn’t mention the source, good or bad, of various items that are located on my site.
When we quote the bible, we often have this tendency to not quote whole verses. Without regurgitating the contents of a church sermon on the matter at hand, we leave out the bad and only mention the good. However, there is always a truth that we don’t want to hear. And then there is the truth that we do want to hear.
Since the current lessons we are learning at church are based on the lies that the enemy will present to you in such a way that they sound truthful, it seems appropriate that I give a little insight into these lessons. Our pastor tells us that believing a lie gives it the power of truth. I say it goes further than that. To believe a lie causes us to live by the lie, and when we live by that lie, it consumes us, it becomes us, we become it.
The ellipsis that is mentioned in Pastor Kyle Idleman’s sermon is often used by some preachers to hide the negative side of a verse. I promise you, my readers, that I will avoid the use of these at all costs. I would rather say the whole thing, good and bad, than to risk sacrificing the integrity of what I am quoting. However, I have at times been just as guilty of living the same lies that I am trying to help you avoid.
I stepped away from OneCross for a while because of the unnecessary amount of spam comments that seemed to be slipping through. Even though these comments were marked as spam and deleted, it begins to wear on someone who is attempting also to balance work, a new marriage and family obligations. Anger does not make for a post that glorifies God’s name.
Sometimes I get it right. Sometimes I don’t. I’m human. Interpretations aren’t always perfect, and I’m far from it. My promise to you is that I will not sacrifice the integrity of my posts just to keep posts coming.
Thank you for understanding and being a part of our family. I close this post with the following quote from Malachi:
13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.
“Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’
14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
Malachi 3:13-18 (NIV)