“I kissed a girl, and I liked it…”

Right now, homosexual marriage and homosexual rights are hot topics. It has been around for a very, very long time and now has been given more leeway. As a Christian, this scares me. This is something that has brought the whole world to a whole new, higher level of immorality and sin.

But, what is so bad about marrying a same sex partner and having couple rights? It’s an easy question to answer from a Christian perspective – the Bible says it is wrong. There.

Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Romans 1: 26-27 “(26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Then for those who aren’t Christians, allow me to go into more details – It is not natural.

No one is born a homosexual. There is no gene that says, “Hey, this individual is gonna be a homosexual!”  Just like no one is born with a gene that says, “This dude is going to be a paedophile, a rapist, a murderer, a vegan, a Christian, a Buddhist, etc…”

What happens is that a person chooses to be a lesbian/gay. Homosexuality is a preference, a perversion of nature.  Just as bestiality is.

And the homosexuals are screaming for rights. Please, do not bring up that picture of those African-Americans having protests for civil rights. That is a completely different thing – they wanted to be treated as human beings, and rightfully so. What homosexuals want is to make their life easier so that they can be recognised as a couple, to buy property, insurance, and what a normal heterosexual couple would have.

If various states or countries were to allow this, then why not we also make child marriages easier too? And by child, I mean twelve and younger, as is relatively common in Middle East? Why not make it legal for a human to marry a goat? Why not remove all the laws that prohibit necrophilia? Why not allow a father to divorce his wife and then marry his own daughter?

I may seem harsh, comparing homosexuality to all the rest of what seems like a worse offense. But, there is no such thing as a “worser” offense in God’s eyes. If you sin, it means you have sinned. That’s that, end of discussion.

The reason why the LGBT movement have to be so aggressive and rough is mainly this – they can only recruit they cannot reproduce. Can a woman and another woman, after having sex, produce a baby? What about a man and another man, can they make a baby and give birth? No.

Just gather up all the LGBTs and stick them on an island. Visit them about a hundred years later and the population would have decreased drastically. Sure, some of the couples might have shared their spouses with the opposite sex couples so that they can have children. But, there is no guarantee that the child that is born would be a homosexual. Just as how, in this world where the majority of the population is straight, they still manage to raise children who turn out to be gay.

So, yes, I may sound harsh. But, sin is not something to be taken lightly, and I will not take the subject of homosexuality lightly.

If Only

I was feeling about sentimental lately, and wrote a very long poem. Forty-four lines, to be exact, and I am still not complete. I thought I’d just share some snippets with y’all. Now, excuse me while I go wallow in my pondering mind.

 

“If I could go back in time and all the memories revive,
I would.
To relive each moment and its every component.
I would.

If I could have sopped all the clocks from their impending slow walk,
I would.
To let all Time stand still and let us do as we will,
I would.

If only I were the master of Time, then the things I’d said I’d do,
I would.
But all I have are only “if only.” If only, if only,
I would.

…”

I’ll Probably Be Praying for You, but Most Likely Not for Your Unspoken Request

The phrase “I’ll be praying for you” is used quite commonly among Christians today. This is a really, really, good thing to say – IF you mean it. I have a problem with people who use this phrase and make me feel, for a moment, that they really care. But, they either do not even come to check up on how everything is going, or when I share with them that the Lord has answered in a certain way, they’d say something along the lines of, “Oh, yeah. I remembered that you told me about that! Forgot about that.” I then do the eye-roll (in my brain) and politely excuse myself, all the while questioning whether they really meant what they said. It is quite apparent that they used the “I’ll be praying…” loosely.

If the person is not going to do as he or she says, then they shouldn’t use the word, now, should they? That is why, I am very careful when I use that phrase. So, here’s a challenge. The next time you use the sentence, be sure to carry out your promise. Write it down on the spot if you have too. It would probably even show the other person that you really are sincere about doing what you said. Don’t just let the phrase become another cliche that we can pull out and use and don’t even give it a second thought.

And while we are on the subject of prayer, here is a problem with the subject known as “unspoken request.” This is not something that I will pray for, unless I know that the person will share with the church, at a later date, how God has answered that certain unspoken request. Here’s why I don’t think that this is a good idea:

In Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” According to the Interlinear Greek-English New Testament by George Ricker Berry, the original Greek used for “your request” comes from the word αíτημα, which denotes the meaning of a “specific petition for a particular thing.” The verse here says BE SPECIFIC. An unspoken is unspecific as unspecific can be.

For all you know, that unspoken could be a request that the person will be able to win lottery, not get pregnant after some adulterous affair or sex outside of marriage, and so on… The reason why the church gathers and have prayer meetings is so that each individual can share with the church, as a whole, certain items that need prayer. If the person is not comfortable with going “public” he and she can just share it with the pastor or a few close friends. One of my friends once shared with me that at their youth group, unspoken requests are allowed – ON THE CONDITION that the youth shares, at a later date, how the Lord had answered whatever the unspoken request was. That would also be a good idea.

All this aside now, shouldn’t we be thankful that with salvation comes the privilege that God hears our each and every prayer? When Jesus died for our sins on Calvary, the veil that separated the holy of holies from the rest of the temple where the men dwelt. Like the hymn says, “Nothing between my soul and the Savior…”

Let What Go?!

I am sure that almost everywhere you go, you can hear either Idina Menzel or Demi Lovato screaming the lyrics to “Let It Go” at the top of their lungs. Just recently, when I was on the bus, I heard a three year boy singing the very same song. It is actually quite a catchy song that you either like at once, or it gradually grows on you.
Now, I do not have a problem when this song was used in the context of the movie, although, I would still find it a bit extreme for my taste. Anyways, if you were to really study the lyrics and absorb the words, it is actually a very rebellious song. Let’s take a look:
“Don’t let them in,
don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel,
don’t let them know
Well now they know
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore…”
I have a question, it says “Be the good girl you always have to be/Conceal don’t feel…” Conceal what? Is it the fact that on the outside a person has always been obedient, but on the inside, the heart is actually a rebel, so the person now shouldn’t conceal the fact?

Another one:
“Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care
what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway…”
So, now it says “Let it go!!!!” Question is, let what go? The good girl? Oh, oh, (here, I clap like an excited kid at Christmas) and this is my favorite, “Turn away and slam the door/I don’t care/what they’re going to say…” Can you imagine your kid – if you have one – say, or even sing, this to you? Ouch, I can only assume how mad the parent would get.

Continuing:
“It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!”
Mm-hmmm, I can just imagine the meth addict or the drunk singing this to himself, to “test the limits” of how much drugs or booze he can take at one go, to “break through.” But, seriously, the lyrics here are especially eye-brow raising, “No right, no wrong, no rules for me…” Imagine a world like that. If there were no right or wrong, then I guarantee you that this world would kill itself. That’s what Stalin, Hitler, or other dictators thought, that there were no rules for them. However, you can read about the horrors that they committed.

Okay, here, I am more of just making fun of the lyrics:
“…the past is in the past…” Yes, that is true, BUT, the past will come back and haunt you. Everything you do has consequences. Think before acting.

Now, why am I making such an almost uncalled for and harsh comment on this? Because, think of who this is affecting! The children. Children are the future. Joseph Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” And, he definitely knew what he was talking about, since he himself did this. If the children were to grow up tuned in to what this song teaches, they will believe this lie.

To Live, To Laugh, To Love

The number of Filipinos in the church I attend has greatly increased over the years. And, with it, has my interactions with this ethnic group also increased. Here’s what I have learnt about most Filipinos. They are a fun-loving bunch of people – people whom you would want to invite to your party.

It is so easy to be around them. I am, by nature, quite an extroverted and loud person. But, in this Chinese culture in Singapore, you can’t really act like that in a group setting. Sure, me and my Chinese pals do laugh and stuff, but it has to be a toned down version – if not, weird stares would come your way. Whereas, with the Filipinos, no one cares if you find something funny and you start laughing uncontrollably and kinda loudly, in fact, they would probably even join you.

For example, a few years back, we had invited quite a few of the Chinese families in the church come over for a Christmas dinner. Everything went quite well, we chit chatted and held conversations. But, I stopped to observe these guests for a while. A number of them were either seated quietly and staring into space, or they were involved with their electronic gadgets. Unless you made the effort to talk to them, or make the guests talk to each other, they would continue to be like that for quite some time.

Then, during another time, we had invited the Filipinos, and only them, for a meal at my house. Boy, was that a blast. Once they had put down their food, they immediately started talking and laughing with each other. By the time the fellowship “officially” started, the entire house was filled with the happy sounds of laughter and a mix of the Tagalog and English language. Of course, there were a few that did take out their phones, iPads, and stuff, but it was mostly to take hilarious selfies and random pictures.

If you were to ask me which party I enjoyed the most, it would be the one with the Filipinos.

However, I do not mean to say that being a serious person is a bad thing. There are times when you certainly have to be serious. But, I do enjoy the moments when I can just let my hair loose and enjoy the little humorous moments that God puts into my life. To live, to laugh, to love.

The Trolls Are Coming…AAAHHH!!!!!

I am quite active on Google Plus and usually scroll through the “What’s Hot” section. I always come across some post regarding Christianity, like a verse, or a quote based on a verse. And, almost without fail, there are a few kinds of trollers:

1. The cursers and swearers

2. Those that have been educated beyond their level of intelligence (meaning to say that this people have stuffed their brain with too much useless and highly dubious information; therefore, causing their brain to overheat and totally become useless. Most of the time, they don’t even know what they are saying.)

3. The “Amen!” group

4. Once in a very, very long while, those that are truly curious as to what Christianity is about

5. And then, there are some like me, the apologetics

 

The main ones I want to talk about are numbers 1 and 2. Let’s start with number one:

This trolls usually post up a colorful range of imaginative curse words that are designed to set all of us thinking.

Just kidding, they are just a bunch of hobos that want attention and people to come attend their everlasting pity party. Their comments really have no substance, just empty fluff to try to get people to notice their insignificant lives. And, when there is no response to them, they will try to give a few more comments, but if there is ultimately no RSVP to their pity party, then they try their luck somewhere else. If you were to visit their wall feed, you should not be surprised to see that the majority of their post are aimed at ridiculing, blaspheming, and denouncing Jesus Christ.

Good luck trying to carry a coherent debate with them, because the only words they actually know the meaning of, and how to use them, are vulgarities.

 

Then, there is number two. This is a bunch of highly trained intellectuals that are way smarter than any of us will ever be. They are the sages of our time, the ones who will mould and shape our future.

Haha…just kidding again. This are just of people that have a lot of free time on their hands and like to go onto the internet to find things to discredit the reality of the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ. These people are usually a highly advanced form of number one. They do, however, share a similar characteristic, that is, they also love to swear and curse, especially when they know that they are losing their arguments. Even if you present them with irrefutable evidence to their fairy tale claims, they will still cling on to their sinking life boat or they will curse you and your entire lineage and posterity.

For this group, you should be well versed in evolution VS Creation and with common “contradictions” in the Bible. Because, that is their usual ammo.

 

Now, why do I sometimes jump into this foray? Mainly because – it challenges my faith, it teaches me to be a stronger Christian, it gives me plenty of misconceptions the world has with God and the Bible in general. Therefore, it may be draining sometimes, all the getting cursed at and random information being thrown into your face, but it allows me to see God in a whole new different perspective. And, it ultimately makes me thankful that I am already a Child of God. This reminds me of something that Ray Comfort wrote:

“Almost every evening Sue and I watch stress-free rugby. It’s stress free because they are recorded games, and Sue checks the scores to see if our teams won. (If they didn’t, we don’t watch).
That means when the other teams score, we know a secret. We win, no matter what happens.
That’s also why the Christian never gets stressed, because we know a secret. We win no matter what.”