Want to turn the secular tide? Stop complaining. Be a saint.
“Want to turn the secular tide? Stop complaining on Facebook. Be a saint. Want to change the marriage culture? Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than teachers. Bear witness in your own marriage. Holy marriages fuel a strong marriage culture. Commit right now to your spouse and to your kids that their vision of marriage will be shaped not by legislators, teachers, or activists but by YOUR marriage–by your heroic devotion, one-flesh union, and fidelity to that truth imprinted on your bodies and affirmed by God. When asked the most pivotal question in this debate–what is marriage?–their answer should be clear: my mom and dad. The Supreme Court may sway the marriage culture with the swipe of a pen. But saintly spouses can move mountains. The tide will surge the other way only when we stop complaining about the state of marriage and instead live a better alternative.”
"When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.” I’m whispering “I was lost, Now I’m found and forgiven.” When I say … “I am a Christian” I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak And need His strength to carry on. When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed And need God to clean my mess. When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible But, God believes I am worth it. When I say … “I am a Christian” I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches So I call upon His name. When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner Who received God’s good grace, somehow"
1. How are you going to tell me you want to spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, if you won’t even spend time with Him here on earth? 2. When my life disagrees with the Word of God, I want to say, ‘This Word is true, and I must change.’ 3. There is nothing colder than a Christian who is unconcerned about the salvation of others.
Teach them. Teach them many things, but especially something like this: you are loved. You matter (pointing to the crucifix). That’s how much you matter. Teach them that there is forgiveness available, no matter how bad our moral failures may be. Teach them they do not have to hide them, they just have to come to Him with them and He’ll wash them away, because God is rich in mercy and He loves to forgive.
But teach them also that life is hard. This is no dream that we live. We don’t preach illusions, we preach Christ crucified and we are called to share in His cross. But, though life is hard, and though the Cross comes to each of us, there is Grace. For every moment, no matter what happens. Not Grace for tomorrow, just Grace for today. So we need not fear. Teach them that death has been destroyed. It’s been changed into a doorway, and we don’t have to be terrified by it anymore.“