Posts Tagged ‘WWJD’

I have often uttered a phrase of resolution, and typically it is directed at apathetic Christ followers (or those who say they are… but meh?) for their lack of commitment:

Get off your blessed assurance and do something!

Jesus in an orange

Jesus? Orange you glad something is being done?

How can you expect God to work through you if he can’t get to you? (MEMO to all pastors: You may use that free of charge, but uh, source a brother).

Many Christians are faced with the dilemma on a frequent basis.

It’s no secret most folk walk their walk in their pastor’s shoes. Regardless of the size of his feet, at least he is doing the walking… and that is quite okay for those lethargic slugs.

Now, that pandemic is being addressed through the “Orange Movement.” Yeah, the “Orange” movement:

At a time when an estimated two-thirds or more of the younger generation is walking from the Christian faith after high school, churches (yellow for light) and families (red for heart) are realizing the need to become true partners.

Oh, I see. The red… and the yellow… carry the one… get orange… yeah, moving on:

Todd Clark, founding pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, Calif., contends the Orange philosophy combats what he calls “surrogate faith.” Just as a surrogate mother carries a child that is not her own but for someone else, there are many Christians who are carrying a faith that is not their own, Clark explained at The Orange Conference.

Oh, testify my brother! Ain’t that the truth? How many Christ followers end up broke, busted and disgusted because their faith level can’t exceed John 3:16? And that is because they watch a lot of football?

There is something to this color coding of faith. We are to be the light of the world, and we are washed by the blood of the lamb. But what happens when they can’t get through us to see Jesus?

We have to meet them in the middle. And trust me, if you suck as a witness for Christ, then they will blow right by you who should be all orange and miss the scarlet red love of Jesus.

Pastor Clark is on to something, Wall Watchers. Something we should all mind closely.

“They (parents) want us to do baptism to them (children) and not with them; they want us to basically program out the child’s life to where the church is responsible for their faith rather than the parent and that way the parent never has to go to God. They can get everything through their favorite book,” Clark lamented.

However, what happens to that lazy Christian when that lukewarm pablum book is out of reach? How does this person walk on the water when he hasn’t spent time in the Bible long enough to know how to swim? How can a child become a child of God when the only father he knows doesn’t introduce him to the father in heaven he should know?

Evidently, the answer is somewhere between red and yellow.

Jesus. In Orange.

Orange Jesus is watching you.

Home and church are two crucial links to someone’s walk with Christ. And if the homelife is rocky, church isn’t going to be a picnic.

Also, is church folk act like – well, you know – church folk, then meditation with God at home is going to be about as long as Wilt Chamberlain’s… well, his mama’s… pinkie.

Very few things in life are really as they same, but most of can rely on the colors of the rainbow. The prism of which we use to look at life is about as real Jesus wants us to be.

Providing we are not color blind or so completely desensitized from the light of God that all we see is black, then we should understand what it takes to be effective for Christ.

We are far from perfect, so being red is obviously out. And unless you represent the entire body of Christ (and by the way most of you drive… and still have an Ichthus on the ride, you do not), then I would suggest avoid yellow and working out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Because, quite honestly, as long as you are sitting on the couch praying and wishing for more Christians to do your jober, something, the only thing you will be working is my last nerve.

Lord, hear my orange prayer.

“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”

Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

If any eyes has seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, it's his.

If any eyes has seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, it's his.

Very few people alive can ever find true inspiration from their own words. Regretfully, that’s the case with the most esteemed and recognized statesman of the Church in the 20th century, Billy Graham.

As a nonagenarian, things will fade. It’s expected. Only, not with Rev. Graham. His legacy is his life… and ours for the viewing. He is one of those people you would expect to escort Jesus back to earth upon rapture.

However, that’s not to be the case, per his friend and fellow man of the cloth, Jack Hayford.

In a recent interview with Minnesota’s KTIS Radio, Rev. Jack Hayford said Graham ‘can hardly talk now.’ You can understand him, but he could not get up and speak before a group,” Hayford explained.

Heartbreaking. According to the story, his long-time spokesperson and personal friend, A. Larry Ross, notes Graham is “does have bouts of weakness, but is lucid and remains interested in current events.”

I’m sure he does still ask about politics, religion and about the weather, but all that begs the question (in all seriousness):

Do you pray for healing for a 92-year-old preacher who has clearly done his work for the Lord, or just hope the Holy Spirit allows Graham some peace as he goes home?

In my life, I have known of anointed people taken from us way too early and others who are so old they sat behind Jesus in study hall. Yet, my experience with them was within years of going home to be with the Lord.

I, like most of faith-based Americans, feel like they grew up with Rev. Graham. And then there are those like Hayford and Ross (Larry, if you’re reading… I’m praying for you, my friend), who actually have.

So, do you pray? Do you just wait for the headlines? Or, do you just wait and see? What do you do?

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15 ESV)

With death of the saints being precious, can you imagine the hullabaloo Rev. Graham’s passing would cause in heaven?

Heck, a sizable portion of folks on the good side of pearly gates are probably there because of one of his crusades.

That said, is it selfish to pray for Billy Graham to stay or more of a godly thing to let him go? I don’t know but if he could talk, what would he say about the quality of his days now?

Godspeed, Billy Graham. After you, there will an infinite chasm in the Church that will never be filled.


In April, we posted on the Wall the plight of Mr. Thomas A. Rich… or as he is known to the Christendom blogosphere, FBC Jax Watchdog.

In that heralded post seen here, I hurled this visceral harangue about free speech, not acting like a pastor and potential bruising a man’s walk with God by confirming his fears about the eye of his defection.

Although Mr. Rich has been sniffing around and not barking much, he is taking a huge bite out of Pastor Brunson’s tail with… wait for it… a law suit.

The blogger, Tom Rich, claims his identity was unfairly revealed by JSO and church officials after he posted “critical articles on his blog called FBC Jax Watchdog about Pastor Mac Brunson of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville in 2007.”

Michael Roberts, Rich’s lawyer, told First Coast News the blogs were not threatening. Roberts said Rich was basically banned from the church after church officials learned his identity and filed a trespass warning with JSO.

All he needs is to be mustachioed

All he needs is to be mustachioed

Okay, we have some ill-wind blowing here. Evidently, our fellow blogger of the cloth got a bit too up-close-and-personal with the rotund reverend and now Mr. Rich isn’t welcome in Brunson’s church or those in the greater Jacksonville area thanks to his vitriol.

Hrm. Nowhere, seriously? I know there is a smaller pentecostal or evangelical church that could use the press.

MEMO to the Dog: Mix in something other than a Southern Baptist church where Mac doesn’t have the pastor on speed dial. The dude is uber-connected. Just sayin’.

Back to the show…

So, why sue to get back in church? Why make a mountain range out of the molehill known as a blowhard pastor doing what his ilk does… whatever the heck he wanted and not a “Yes Man” in sight to tell him erstwhile.

Rich declined on camera interview but said on his blog, “I desire through this lawsuit that an equally powerful message will be sent to influential church trustees and powerful pastors who seek to squelch dissent of their members through unbiblical bullying and intimidation tactics.

Please, visit the Other Bricks in the Wall. Perhaps, the ACME Arena. Or even, WOW News

Every blogger perched high atop the Wall are purveyors on a mission. Some discuss theology. Others rant about life and God. Most unveil the muck and the mire inside the pulpit. All are church-going, Jesus-loving folk.

I have a dollar that says Mr. Rich is as well, but he – like most of us – had some grievances with the goings-on in the pulpit so he exercised his freedom of speech to say what he wanted, when he wanted. And proceeded to do so with the thunderous yawp of, “You’ve been served.”

Much could be said of Mac Brunson.

After he crawled off the floor and got his thumb out of his mouth (you see, his feelers were hurted), he used his free speech to throw out an edict that Mr. Rich was banned from his church… and then got really juvenile by text messaging all his homiletical homies to be on the lookout for this dude who talks … eh, types smack.

Sure, what Mac did was not pastoral. What he did was class-less. What he did was waaay below what he is capable of doing (I know that first-hand). What he did was not in the WWJD mold. But, what he did was served lawfully.

So, whose side am I on? God’s.

As I channel the spirit of all Southern Baptist preachers out there, allow me to give you the three steps to not going this far, as told to us in Matthew 18:15-18 (CEV).

If one of my followers sins against you, go and point out what was wrong. (1.) But do it in private, just between the two of you. (2.) If that person listens, you have won back a follower. But if that one refuses to listen, take along one or two others. (3.) The Scriptures teach that every complaint must be proven true by two or more witnesses. If the follower refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the church. Anyone who refuses to listen to the church must be treated like an unbeliever or a tax collector.

In Mr. Rich’s opinion, there was sin, so point it out he did. Technically, it was private because “FBC JAX” was anonymous, that is until Mac went snooping. Did Mac listen? Of course not, so the now unveiled Mr. Rich made it a little public, or created witnesses.

So far, so good. Right?

Here’s the rub: “If the follower refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the church.” Um, Mac is that church, so who is Mr. Rich going to tell? God… or some other judge? Yeah, he hollered at Judge Mathis, or whatever TV judge is on in Florida.

You see, is it really what church was designed to be if you have to take legal recourse to get your blessed assurance back in the house? Not so much. Wouldn’t you have no other choice than to “forsake the assembly of the saints together” if you go this route? Then why do it?!

Thank you FBC JAX for the post office shot

Thank you FBC JAX for the post office shot

Ego and mean mugging is not worth this, Thomas. Mac will win this match and you will get throttled by other like-minded pastors. That’s just how certain pastor folk are – cliquish, insular and aristocratic. We can’t change it, we can only hope to contain it.

Wall Watchers, let’s pray for Thomas Rich. I don’t know him, but I would imagine deep down in places he doesn’t talk about at parties, he’s hurt.

Thomas, go back to God on this one, keep uncovering the unhallowed preacher folk, find another house of worship and keep on writing… because, quite frankly, we need more of you than we need more of them.

With everyone else’s take bashing some talking head on the right side of the aisle or commending some bleeding heart on the left side of it, let’s do WWJD? Calls it like he sees it despite what folk think.

First off, before we discuss the horrific and sardonic murder of Dr. George Tiller, ask yourself, “What’s the magic number?

No, it’s not three (despite my love for it and the clip). No, 60,000 and 35 – as in, how many fetuses Dr. Tiller destroyed in the third trimester of birth over a span of how many years!

At this moment in birth, that little “thing” in utero has a heartbeat, eyes, nose, ears, fingers and toes.

As in, what every PERSON looks at in the mirror when they wake in the morning. You know, like someone allowed you to live.

So, here’s a thought (and I so dare everyone to read this completely before writing a post of vitriol): what would happen if some dude walked into your bedroom and crushed your melon with a hammer?

pro lifeThey would be arrested for homicide if they were caught. That’s murder… and much is the same for what this noted Kansan later-term abortionist was as well.

And so, some loon named Scott Roeder decides to follow suit and destroy the anti-productive life of Dr. Tiller… only he marches into Tiller’s church while his wife is singing in the choir loft and shoots him dead sitting in a pew.

What hypocrisy does it take for a man to say, “I hate abortion” and then murder the man committing them?! Idiot.

Roeder will be convicted for first-degree murder and possibly become a marytr for his idiotic organization, the Freeman Organization, which is one of those anti-government, anarcharistic compounds that should be burned to the ground.

So… where do I stand on this issue?

Abortion? I’m pretty sure it’s obvious. Dr. Tiller’s death? About the same.

It’s wrong, wrong, wrong! What Tiller did is reprehensible, immoral and sinister. But, as mentioned earlier, what’s the difference between making Tiller into Swiss cheese and executing a late-term abortion? Nada.

Roeder deserves to die for what he did… but eh, Tiller? I’m just sayin’.

So, if nothing is different about the committed act of murder, whether in-utero or in a church, then how come there is a world of difference between how people respond to it?

If someone has a conservative slant and comments about this dude, they are hated and marked with an ire of a despondent country. If someone has a liberal slant and does the same, they are embraced into open arms of sympathy.

Huh?! And people say Christians are big about double standards…

This is NOT a political issue. This is a personal one. If you are pro this or pro that, who cares? Seriously. It doesn’t matter – not when it comes to a late-term abortion.

Murder is murder. Stupid is as stupid does. This is not a debate about the Hippocratic Oath, just hypocrisy.

So, for all you people who decide to bash FOX News and pentecostal pastors everywhere, shut up.

Sitting aloneIt’s a dire and holy shame what happened to Tiller. Period. A life was taken and this ain’t the days of King Hammurabi.

Roeder, and the hundreds of imbeciles you have in common, you sit alone on that hill of self-righteousness because the only high-five you will get from Jesus Christ is a firm slap to your blessed assurance.

There’s no witness in that. There’s no saving grace in that. There’s only sin in that. Jesus isn’t pleased, honored or blessed by the actions of what this dolt did. His ideology promoted him to do what he did. His twisted theology allowed him to do it guilt-free.

Now, who am I talking about? If you don’t know, then you have understood the point and just scratched the rub.

Jesus, save us. Be with Dr. Tiller’s family. And allow us all to learn to accept other sides of arguments while refusing to buckle for the spiritual sides of any of them. People, get a life or have yours saved. Amen.

In church or revival meetings from time to time, I have sang a beautiful song penned by the great Kent Henry, “I want to be more like you.”

I mean it when I sing it, but could I really do it? You know, all that turn the other cheek and love your neighbor as yourself stuff. Seriously, what if you don’t like yourself that much? Your neighbors don’t have much of a shot… but I digress.

wwjd-for-realMeet Rev. Ed Dobson of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ed decided after a life of service for the Lord wasn’t enough. He wanted to take that song out for a spin, actually live like Jesus for a full year and got much more than he bargained.

His summation of the year-long mirror imagery: “I’ve concluded that I am a follower, but I’m not a very good one,” Dobson said. “If you get serious about the Bible, it will really mess you up.”

Seriously?! That’s the sage counsel you derived on this life experience. What was so different?

He has witnessed for Jesus in bars, picked up strangers needing rides and voted for a Democrat who he believes best reflects Christ’s teachings. During recent Christmas celebrations, as Christians worshipped the Christ child born in a manger, Dobson appreciated more than ever the man who preached love, only to die on a cross.

Ah, there’s the ubiquitous rub. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. More about this in this riveting article.

“Jesus is a very troubling individual,” Dobson said. Jesus’ troubling teachings influenced him to vote for Barack Obama — his first vote for a Democrat for president. Though disagreeing with Obama on abortion, he said, “I felt, as an individual, he was closer to the spirit of Jesus’ teachings than anyone else. (Obama) was a community organizer, so he was into the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, which Jesus is very much into.”

In short, the person who takes the seat at the hallowed Resolute Desk should always sit there thinking about the people that voted for him (or her), not about the starched suits who fly over head like vultures waiting for their photo-op. That politics and partisanship. But in my own utopia, the president should live like Jesus too.

So if you love the Lord, and secretly voted for that other guy, don’t feel bad. Maybe Jesus would have registered as an Independent and done the same thing. You know, in his mind, it’s WW-G-D?