Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When Your Hut's on Fire

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?'

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.

Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground.
((It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God!))

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Separation of Church and State

Constitution Bill of Rights Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Constitution does not say Separation of Church and State, nor does the 1st amendment.  The term was first used by Jefferson in 1802 in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.  "whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

With that established, we have the freedom of religion but the government cannot establish a religion.  Separation of church and state represents the wall built between government and religion.  Many will quote something from the constitution without researching what it actually says.  Our government leaders have misquoted the constitution.  Many people also confuse faith with religion.  Faith is the belief where Religion is the worship.  A church is a body of people coming together to share their worship.  The building they meet in just happens to be called a church.

My intention is not to offend, but to inform.  If I was wrong about something, I would want someone to set me straight on my error.