I was this on the “Jesus Christ Show” website this morning. This was posted by the ‘Holy Host’ on January 11, 2011. I just loved it and had to share it:
It is easy to get swept up with a large group of people bud God calls you to be different. When you are a part of a mass of people you tend to just move with the group without giving thought to which path is best for you.
Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Don’t assume the group is going where you want to go. You don’t want to get pushed in the crowd that leads down the wide, well-traveled road. It often looks more welcoming, more convenient. But take the time to use discernment so you can decide which way God is calling you to go.
The paths that are best for you are often the ones you travel on your own. There are so many distractions in your life that can keep you away from God. He calls you to the narrow road where you must be more focused on Him, where there isn’t room for both Him and distractions. The path is narrow so there’s only enough room for you and enough room for God. He calls you to the narrow road to draw you closer to Him and closer to the purpose He has for you.
I just love that. Keep in mind today and the rest of this week.
Too often people take words from “authorities” as law. Whether it’s an email forward we receive or in the case of my latest Examiner article, your pastor, you have to be cautious about what we hear and believe.
Some of the comments and e-mails I have received about my various articles feel generated by people whose views are very closed off to real possibilities. When we’re talking about God, there are no limits to the possibilities. “No one can say with absolute authority what the limits are of God’s favor and salvation”.
When I hear churches having lecture series on the evils of other faiths (like Islam) it angers me. I doubt very much that Christ would want that. Is a church a place where political agendas should be discussed? Neil Saavedra of “The Jesus Christ Show” has said on the show that churches only political agenda should be to ensure that the freedom of religious freedom is secure. Beyond that there should be not political agendas in our churches. This would include those against Islam, same sex-marriage or battles over denominational issues. For me, it goes back to the “Unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials and in all things charity”.
Continue reading my article on Examiner.com: Is Your Pastor a Bully? Understand the Religious Political Agendas of Churches – National religion & politics | Examiner.com
The Jesus Christ Show has not just been an obsession for the week but for the last couple of years. The show’s website describes it as “interactive radio theatre.” The premise is that the “Holy Host” of the show is “Jesus Christ” himself where callers can call in and ask him specific topical questions pertaining to theology or life situation issues.
I found the show a couple of years ago and was intrigued by the show’s clever premise where listeners call in and greet the host with “Hello Jesus Christ, thank you for saving me from my sins. I have a question…” I laughed out loud the first time I heard callers but soon found that the host spoke to listeners from a strictly scriptural perspective and was well-versed in what he was talking about.
The executive producer and host, Neil Saavedra, calls himself a “self taught lay apologist” who has studied Catholic apologetics, Protestant apologetics, theology, cults, and the trinity among other specific topics through various schools. What is most admirable is that Saavedra’s religious perspective is non-confrontational, non-denominational and strictly scripturally based.
I had the privilege to talk to Neil on the phone a year or so ago when I was doing research for a novel. I had e-mailed him my questions and he responded with a number to call him at so we could talk in depth (not on the radio by the way). We talked for about an hour that day and he gave me some great insight about what I was working on.
Since that time, I have used quite a bit of what I have learned from him, and the show, in my articles. I even based two articles about gay marriage on his response to a caller on his show (Link to the article). It was also Neil who first introduced me to the “Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials, Charity in all things” quotation that has become a driving principle in my writing and religious philosophy.
I’d encourage everyone to check the show out. It’s both enlightening and entertaining and not anywhere near as blasphemous as you’d think. Neil equates the show to a history teacher putting on a customer and acting like Ben Franklin to make a point to students about Franklin’s life. The show can be heard on KFI AM 640 here in Southern California from 6 am to 9 am on Sundays or (more conveniently) on the station’s website archives.