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All roads lead to JESUS

A few days before Christmas, I heard a friend speak about a loved one who would spend the “most wonderful time of the year” in a less than wonderful atmosphere.  She then recounted the glory of JESUS’s birth, all who were there to experience it and how it changed them…forever.

I have heard and read the Christmas story hundreds of times, and listened to countless sermons on it. But, through my friend’s circumstances, the LORD opened my eyes to it in a new way – all roads lead to JESUS.

As an adult, JESUS said “come to me…”  Without the ability to utter a word, while lying in a feed trough, HE did the same as a baby.  And, they came.  We come.

All from different backgrounds.  All from different circumstances.  All from different roads.

A poor, newlywed couple from Nazareth became unlikely parents because they followed and trusted the LORD’s promises.  Shepherds, working the graveyard shift near Bethlehem, were invited by an angel, and “the heavenly host” proclaiming the “good news,” to come.  Encouraged to “fear not”, they accepted.  Three “wise men,” “Magi,” would not let the distance from their far Eastern lands deter them from following the “star” to finally meet “the light of the world.”

All from different backgrounds.  All from different circumstances.  All from different roads.

At some appointed time, maybe more than once, our life will intersect with JESUS – a crossroads of the life we have chosen, and the one HE has prepared for us.  It happens to the Sauls in us all, on the Road to Damascus, for those who fish in vain,  women at the well and a thief on the cross.

All from different backgrounds.  All from different circumstances.  All from different roads.

With any crossroads, a decision must be made – to continue in the same direction or go another route.  This choice will render an eternal consequence.  Saul became Paul.  Fishermen became fishers of men.  Women at the well chose to drink from the “eternal fountain,” not life’s pleasures.  A thief destined for damnation took up residence in Paradise.

After seeing “a baby wrapped in cloths,” once “terrified” shepherds left and “spread the word…glorifying and praising GOD.”  Wise men who traveled one path to Bethlehem, “returned to their country by another route.”

An encounter with “the great I AM” will change who we are and send us down different roads…forever.

And there the CHRIST will await because HE knows all about roads.  HE understands how long and painful they can be.  With a cross upon HIS back and our sins soon to be hanging from it, HE traveled the toughest one of all – not because HE had to but because HE chose to.

We all come from different backgrounds.  We all come from different circumstances.  We all come from different roads.

No matter how many detours we have taken, all of us scarred and damaged wayward souls can take hope in the truth that, whether it is in Bethlehem or on Golgatha…all roads lead to JESUS.

Phil doesn’t “Duck” his beliefs

Let me start by saying when sin entered the world, it royally screwed up everything.  Man’s willful choice against what GOD had ordained led to unnatural things that were not present at kickoff in the Garden of Eden.  That includes homosexuality (and any other sin you can think of).  GOD created one couple (man and wife), not three.

In an upcoming GQ article, Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, a devout Christian, voiced his opinion on homosexuality.  Today, society wants to move the goal posts where it fits them best – on any issue.  That definitely includes homosexuality, same sex marriage, etc…

As a Christian, and that is a dirty word to the world, Robertson kicked his answer through the uprights where they were originally positioned.   Sin of any kind, homosexuality to the “little white lie”, is outside the boundaries GOD has drawn.  Phil lived outside those boundaries (“all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD“) for many years and said as such in the interview:  “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior.”  Now, he isn’t ashamed to live inside those same boundaries.

Let’s take the sports analogy a little further.  If there were not out of bounds lines on the football field, more plays would be run east to west than north and south where, the end zone, the ultimate destination, is.  Running side to side is an aimless journey that leaves one frustrated, worn out and without focus.

In the rules context, if boundaries did not exist no penalties would be called and utter chaos would ensue.  Unnecessary injuries would take place – we injure ourselves unnecessarily all the time when choosing to live by our rules.  GOD’s word, HIS boundaries give life; it doesn’t take it away.

So instead of coming out and simply disagreeing with his view, Robertson’s detractors are now trying to destroy him and his livelihood (last year similar groups tried to pluck Chick-fil-A over the same subject).  They cannot agree to disagree.  They cannot discuss.  They continue to move the goalposts. In this ridiculous PC world we live in, they will take their ball (and yours) and go home with it unless assimilation is gained.

If A&E drops the show, so be it. In that decision to abandon Robertson, they have shown their true colors. This “season” of Robertson’s life might end, and, if so, GOD will open another door for that family to make an impact for HIM.  Robertson says his “mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches…However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”

GOD calls us to show HIS love to the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with what the world does.

In the end, Robertson decided not to put his business, or anything else, over the foundation his life is built upon. His is JESUS – and the world just has a difficult time with that.

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