In our home we appreciate, value, and support meaning. How Ironic that I would find THIS piece of advice TODAY from Dr. Laura! Thank you Dr. Laura for not being afraid to point out the obvious!!
Judging Others Is Not Competing with God: Tricia keeps hearing from friends that it is not right to judge other people — only God can do that. Dr. Laura clarifies the instances when God is the judge and when we are — or should be.
I would have posted the video itself but there were only very LARGE options to choose from that would not fit on my blog page too well. So I posted the URL to the video itself.
This video reminds me of two things: 1) People who believe in Jesus telling other people who believe in Jesus that they are not part of God’s family OR that they are going to hell because they have not been baptized. 2) Teenagers who think it’s okay to shack up with their boyfriend/girlfriend diminishing the importance of love and commitment within the parameters of marriage.
I know two very different topics but I can’t help myself. These two topics have been on my mind A LOT lately. As a believer in Jesus and his shed blood on the cross I am certain that his death was not in vain. His blood was enough!! There is nothing that we can do to work our way to heaven. In the bible it says that if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead YOU WILL BE SAVED. (Romans 10:9) It doesn’t say that you must be baptized in order to be saved. There is nothing that we can do to save ourselves.
I actually had someone tell me that you can’t have forgiveness of sins OR the Holy Spirit if you are not baptized. Uh excuse me? But that’s not what my Father in Heaven has told me. Last time I checked, I can pray and have a relationship with Jesus. God wants to communicate with me and because of Jesus he has given us this beautiful gift. It’s because of his good grace that we are saved because we have confessed and believed. The Holy Spirit is with us and you don’t have to be dunked, period!
Communion and Baptism.. these are all great things that come AFTER you have established your faith and believed in Jesus. People that say you can’t get into heaven if you are not baptized have taken Christ’s death on the cross and have diminished his shed blood. To top it all off these believers are telling other believers that they are going to hell. Uh… last time I checked I was pretty darn fearful of even inserting myself into the equation as God! How dare any believer tell a fellow believer that their Salvation is in question if they haven’t been baptized!! I would not want to face God on judgment day and have to answer for THAT one.
The other part of this YouTube video that has affected me so so much is the tid bit about the 18 year old teenager who decided to shack up with her boyfriend. You guys have NO idea how close to home this hits me!! I know, I know.. you’re probably thinking “I can’t believe you’re going to blog this.” Well you know what? I’m tired of being afraid to share what is going on in my life. I’m tired of thinking about the potential backlash that could result from me blogging something very real going on in our family.
My teenager was invited by her boyfriend’s mother to live with her son in her basement!! Yep, you read it and I blogged it!! I’m not happy about it. This isn’t how we raised our daughter. And living with her boyfriend in her boyfriend’s mother’s basement is not what I envisioned for her when I was raising her. She deserves so much better than THAT and I have no respect for her boyfriend’s parents whatsoever!! None — Zip — Zero — Zilch!!