Pastors: People in our society need less entertainment and more repentance taught … and it’s our job to teach it! If lives are ever going to be impacted in our churches, we need to stop watering the Bible down and stand firm on God’s truth. Stop leading people down the dangerous path of self-help and instead to the cross of Christ!
1 Peter 5:1-4, “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Michelle and I saw the movie “Selma” last night and I’d like to recommend it if you have the time and means to see it. Watching this movie, I could not help but be moved by the amount of effort put forth by these determined citizens in seeking the right to vote (something most take for granted today); having to overcome incredible injustice (take your pick of the news footage examples) and ignorance (the opening scene demonstrates this clearly) of the actual laws of 1965.
I have to admit, what moved me most about this movie was the honesty in which the characters were truthfully based on their own actions, words, and deeds of the day … despite a small chorus of voices declaring that this movie is a farce and does not accurately represent this person or that. The internet is forever, and with a simple search you too can validate if what was said in the movie is what a person actually said during this time. There is no excusing it, so just accept it, deal with it, and move forward. (//rant over)
If you are looking for a very honest portrayal of the struggle American citizens faced during the sixties, I would highly recommend this movie as a must see for 2015. Whether in the theater or in the comfort of your home, this is not a movie to be missed. Living just 51 miles from Selma today I can honestly say, I will never think of that town as just a pass through on my way to I-20 … but as a living reminder of our nation’s rich (and yes, even troubled) history.