I am Going to Die…

I have some very sobering news to share…

I am going to die…

I’m not sure when and I’m hoping not any time soon. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is one day I am going to die and then that’s it (at least in terms of this temporary realm). The reason I share this is because we oftentimes live every day as if the next is promised and as if we aren’t wasting away with each passing moment. A wise man once said (paraphrasing) if you live with the end in mind you’ll get the accurate approach to life. As a young black male, I have one of the shortest (relatively speaking) life expectancies. According to statistics, I probably have about 50 years left of life. THATS NOT A LONG TIME! When considering the fact that within that 50 years ANYTHING could happen that could cause me to lose my life, that gets a little more troubling to think about. With such little time left and the possibility of that being cut short at any time what’s the only sensible thing for an individual like me (or anyone else) to do? Start investing NOW in what is to come AFTER.

Eternal life is promised to the followers of Christ who accept the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus and repent of their sins and live a renewed life. Coupled with the espousal of my faith, God expects an enactment where there is clear evidence of fruit bearing. At the end of it all, I am promised a place in paradise with my Father which no one can take away from me. THATS the ultimate security blanket. That’s what’s afforded to everyone through faith in Jesus, and faith in Jesus alone (according to Christian orthodoxy and not off-shoot “Christian” sect false doctrine and theology). This is why I live with ZERO INSECURITY in this present world. Just as the Apostle Paul said, if I live I can help others grow in God or if I die I go on to be with the Lord, so whether I live or die there is gain. I don’t intend for this to be long so I’ll wrap it up here. In closing, I want you to begin to think about the end. Will the only thing you’ll be able to say is “I lived a good life now it’s time to pass with zero hope of anything after” or will you be able to say “I followed Jesus with all my heart and now that I am passing I have full assurance and hope that my life to come will be the best ever!” Let that sit and marinate.

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

Is God Against Sex?

It’s commonly believed that God and Christianity are anti-sex. It’s actually quite the opposite under the correct confines. Within the marriage covenant, sex is not only permitted but it is celebrated and encouraged! From the foundations of the earth, God ordained the marriage covenant between man and woman to protect us from the negative effects of sexual immorality and giving ourselves to multiple people. It is a beautiful and holy thing that has been tainted by our modern way of thinking, which has been largely fueled by society. God is a good Father that is not trying to withhold our “pleasure” and “fun” from us; He is protecting us from abusing pleasure and fun. Would you feed your child candy or ice cream every night for dinner because they really wanted it? No. Why? Because you know the negative effects and what’s good for them even if they don’t see it yet. Sex is God’s creation. It’s one way that husbands and wives grow in intimacy. Why would He be against what He created to be enjoyed under His boundaries?

“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.” (Proverbs 5:15-19)

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebrews 13:4)