Closet Christians Take A Stand (Video Test)

I was real tentative to share this at first. I mentioned a few posts ago about how I wanted to start doing V-Logs (Video Blogs) every once in a while. Yesterday, I decided to do a test run to see how it would work, and figure out what I need to do when I start doing them ‘officially.’

When I post these in the future, I plan on making them more polished, and hopefully not as convicting.

So any who, here is my trial run.


Here is the original scrip I worked off of. I added and removed some parts as I was recording it.

Closet Christian

Here is a picture of an 8 year old boy who died in yesterdays bombings.

Yesterdays Boston bombings was a huge wakeup call to me. You never know when the people around you are going to be taken from this world. It upsets me deeply to have heard about the death of the 8 year old boy waiting for his father at the finish line.

But there is a much deeper issue going on that we forget about in the comforts of our own home. Too many people are dying while our Father in Heaven, is waiting on us at the ultimate finish line.

Look around you, look at the people in your life. Your family members. Your coworkers. Your friends. If they were to be gone today, would they be united with our Father in Heaven, or will they be put in the pits of Hell for eternity?

It’s a hard thought to deal with. Maybe I’m going to far with this, maybe I need to lighten up a bit. But is eternal damnation something to be taken lightly?!

Is our fear of sharing our faith more important than the life of our friends, family and neighbors?!

The seeds you plant, WILL NOT save everyone you share your faith with. In fact I guarantee you will fail at least 95% of the time. But the fact is, people die everyday, from unexpected events. What we don’t know is where they are going to spend eternity.

My intention isn’t to use a scar tactic to push others to spread God’s Word, but for us, including myself, to be aware, there is a war out there! What part are you taking in fighting the war? You don’t need to go push Christ on everyone you see and meet. But rather, just take a step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to share Christ when the opportunity presents itself.

We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, it is all of our responsibilities to represent Christ to the world. Like John the Baptist, we are to point the way to Christ through our actions and our words. Others are to look at us and say

, “Woah, now there is a radical person living outside of the norms of this world. There is a person who has much love and forgiveness to give. How can I be more like them?”

Sin is everywhere. We as Christians need to step out of the closet and show others the power of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

I’m sick of it, I’m sick of the actions of sin. Are you ready to take a stand?

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To The Church and To The Broken

I’m going to try to get straight to the point on this one. This message goes out to all us christians who have been inside the Church our whole life. Lets quit dissing other churches, start living for the Church, and start acting like Christians! We have to quit dissing one another, and start being humble and showing forgiveness to one other.

No more telling Catholics, you guys aren’t christians because you pray to Mary, worship the Pope, and think you’re saved through your actions. No more making fun of Lutherans because they believe we are saved by grace alone. No more making fun of Baptists because they like to jump around and sing. No more making fun of non-denominationals because they preach Christ’s love so heavily and have no set doctrine. Just no more. I’m tired of these labels that are suppose to define us to some certain way. (I know I’m missing a lot of the different christian religions, I don’t know enough to add them all)

The sad thing is, most christian religions have the same core belief on how we are saved, but we are just misunderstood between each other. Through this misunderstanding we start pointing figures saying “You’re wrong here, here and here!”

Catholics are just saying if you really have given your heart to God, you are going to want to do good works and will do them. Lutherans are just saying there is nothing you can do to earn forgiveness. Baptists just love the Lord so much they want to dance (so did David). Non-denominationals just want the focus of the message on Christs love for us (after all, isn’t that all that matters?).

There are others outside of the Church that want to be a part of the Church, but when they see us Church members arguing all the time over all the small differences, they don’t see what their heart desires. All over the internet you can see christians arguing with other christians over what is truly christian and what isn’t. Who wants to be a part of something that is always in disagreement with one another? Lets first take the plank out of our own eye…

Be humble. Treat each other with Love. Arguing only makes you look like a fool.

To those outside of the Church, who want to get in and just be accepted for who you are, I’m sorry for the way we act. We’re not perfect either. No body is. That is why we are in Church, so we can seek the One who truly is perfect and who loves us so much He died for us. He accepts you, and me, for who we really are. He doesn’t care what we wear, He doesn’t care what you look like, He doesn’t care if you are gay or not, He doesn’t care if you don’t have a lot of money, He doesn’t care if everyone in your life has turned on you, what He does care about is you! No matter where you are in life, there is always hope. No matter how broken you are, no matter how much you have been rejected by others, even the Church, Christ still wants you. He is ready to transform you and make you new.

So Church, lets take a step down from our pedestal, and help someone out in need. Go to that ‘sinner’ that no one likes, that no body wants to be seen with and invite them over! Show them love. Take a step out of your comfort zone and befriend someone you’ve looked down on.

We want to show others the way to Heaven, not the way to Hell. And with that, I would like to send this with a video. Start it at 11:09, and you can end it at 12:40. If you really don’t have time, start it at 12:20 then. But I believe this hits an important truth within the Church.


Tuesdays Tunes

Fireflight – Stay Close

I wanna know You
there’s so much at stake
Can’t face the memories
they bend me till I break
Hiding from the past
but it’s eating me alive
can’t block it out when it’s comin’ from inside

Every turn leads me to a new dead end
lost again
I’m screaming your name

Come close Come close
and call my name
how can you turn your back on me when you know my pain
stay close stay close
light up the night
save me from the part of me that’s begging to die

Precious denial
a stone to break my back
the chains I carry won’t cut me any slack
imprisoned by fear with no room for my heart
my only hope
only You can heal the scars

Every turn leads me to a new dead end
lost again
I’m screaming your name

(Chorus)

Stay by my side
if you leave me I will die
Stay by my side
if you leave me I will die
Stay by my side
if you hold me, I will fly
if you hold me I will fly
will you hold me

(Chorus)

Come close come close
(come close)
how can you turn your back on me when you know my pain
(when you know my pain)
stay close stay close
light up the night
save me from the part of me that’s begging to die

Tuesdays Tunes

Tonight – TobyMac

Great pump up song.

Hey!
Everytime I try to go in alone I get shut down,
Locked up and held captive in the clutches of my down
We go back, we go forth,
We go back
I’m sick with vertigo
Weary of my ways, my days
My lips are frozen
I wanna feel a new day
(There’s gotta be more than this)
I wanna live a new way
(There’s gotta be more)
I wanna feel a new day
(There’s gotta be more)
I wanna live a new way
(There’s just gotta be more)

Right here, right now
Under the stars, I promise you my heart

Cause it starts tonight!

We wanna rise,
We wanna touch the other side
(It starts tonight!)
We wanna soar
We wanna reach right out for more
(Cause it starts tonight!)
We wanna rise,
We wanna touch the other side
(It starts tonight)
We wanna soar,
We wanna reach right out for more
(Cause it starts tonight)
Tonight tonight
Tonight tonight tonight
Tonight

Can’t feel like any night before
Under the sky full of stars
With hearts that want more
(Tonight)
Like the rhythm no dam can hold
Bein’ drivin by a source overflowin our souls
(Tonight)
Won’t be like any night we have seen
It changes everything (e-e-e-e-everything)

Right here right now
Under the stars
I promise you my heart

Cause it starts tonight!

We wanna rise
We wanna touch the other side
(It start tonight!)
We wanna soar
We wanna reach right out for more,
(Cause it starts tonight!)
We wanna rise,
We wanna touch the other side
(It starts tonight!)
We wanna soar,
We wanna reach right out for more
(Cause it starts tonight!)
Tonight tonight
Tonight tonight tonight

Tonight

So let us seize this night
Let us make off great
It’s on like the break of dawn

So let us seize this night
Let us make our flight
It’s on like the break of dawn

Tonight
Tonight

Cause it starts tonight!…

Cause it starts tonight!

I wanna feel a new day
I wanna live a new way
(It starts tonight)
I wanna feel a new day
I wanna live a new way
(We don’t wanna fall tonight!)
We wanna rise
We wanna touch the other side
(We wanna shine tonight!)
We wanna soar
We wanna reach right out for more
(We don’t wanna fall tonight)
We wanna rise
We wanna touch the other side
(We wanna shine tonight!)
We wanna soar,
We wanna reach right out for more
(We don’t wanna fall tonight)
Tonight tonight

(We wanna shine tonight!)
Tonight tonight

Cause it starts tonight!