Posts Tagged ‘holiness’

The Heat is On

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by James Flynn

Did you ever look around you and think “These people just don’t care anymore—whatever happened to trying to live a moral life?”  Not that I have that area altogether, but I am shocked at the indifference around me some days.  Sometimes it makes you want to give up, and just go with the flow.  Why should I care about how I live, if no one else seems to care? Then I snap back to reality and remember that every decision—every action has a consequence.  Maybe that’s why Jesus spoke the way He did about purity and its importance in our lives. Striving for purity does make a difference and is worth the fight.  Purity does matter.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). The word used for “pure” in the text has a message for us—it is the root that gives us the English word catharsis. The word is a violent word and pictures the process of the purification of metal in a furnace. When I worked in industry, I worked for a specialty chemicals company that purified metal. I would see furnaces heated above 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Metal ingots were dropped into these furnaces. The furnaces were so hot that the very light they emitted was the heat itself—the light could set things on fire across the room when a furnace door was opened. I had to wear special goggles to protect my eyes from being burned. The hard metal ingot would melt like an ice cube before our eyes and disappear into an orange-white puddle of bubbling liquid—unless there was water trapped in the metal, in which case the ingot would explode. I will never forget seeing a white powdery substance floating to the surface of the liquid metal. That powder was the dross—impurities trapped in the metal were now floating up so we could see them. As I stood there observing the process of purification, my life experience was yielding another one of those precious teaching moments…

Read the rest of this entry »

Holy *#$@! or A Tale of Two Cities

Monday, June 7th, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

A curious sign can be found in some streets of Virginia Beach. You may not recognize it at first; it means “no cursing,” “no swearing,” “no profanity.” The “No Cursing” rule was established in the early 1990s as part of a “Beach Behaviour Campaign” intended to control wild behaviour in and to improve the public image of one of America’s favorite resort towns. Nearby Norfolk, on the other hand, dropped the so-called “antiquated profanity law” and determined “a ban was unconstitutional” (Virginia Pilot, August 27, 2008). To some, cursing is a violation of the personal sphere, to others the prohibition of cursing is a violation of the right of free speech. What is a proper Christian perspective? What is the problem of cursing?

Read the rest of this entry »

Rated Holy – Movies and Games fit for Christians

Monday, May 31st, 2010 by Wolfgang Vondey

What movies do you like to watch? Do you like a particular genre? What’s your favorite movie? And what kind of movie would you never watch?

If asked those questions, answers will vary. But most likely, few people would answer based on the audience rating of the movie. Have you ever heard someone say, “I just love PG movies” or “I only go to see what’s Rated R”? If anything, the R-rating is a boost for sales.

What games do you play? Do you like a particular kind of game? What’s you favorite game? And what kind of game would you never play?

If asked those questions, answers will vary. But most likely …. Well, you get the point. If anything, favorite games are rated “M” – for mature.

I would be surprised to find that Christian households differ. In fact, most Christians do not care how a movie is rated if they really want to see it.


Read the rest of this entry »