Why did the prodigal's father let him leave?
Why did he not go after him?
Ecclesiastes 4:12 "if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart." This blog is a forum for 3 of the Paris brothers to discuss stuff. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion--in the abundance of counselors there is victory -Proverbs 11:14
A recent incident in my own family has got me thinking about this idea of how Christian families automatically assume that their entire family will be part of the elect. Many of them "make a decision" at a very young age (4 or 5) and then grow up in the bubble of christianity. They go to church, sunday school, youth group, have all christian friends. So what happens when they get older and decide to reject everything they have been taught? How much effort should be given towards winning them back? For how long? Until they are 18 years old? Is it worse to have them consider/call themselves a christian and yet live with obvious sin in their lives or would it be better for them to forgo the label of christian? Are we wasting our time if she is not one of the elect?
Christmas is not a christian holiday. Or more accurately Christmas was not origionally a christian holiday. There are many historical theories as to the origions of the celebration that has come to be known as Christmas, none of which are christian. One of the oldschool popes created a special mass on Dec. 25th to celebrate Christ's birth (probably because the pagans seemed to be having to much fun in their celebrations during a dreary time of year). So should we not celebrate Christ's birth at this time of year? God forbid! The danger is the same for us today as it was for the church in Corinth where Paul warned the believers to beware of mixing their religious celebrations with the pagan festivals 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 and by doing that they created a distraction from Christ.
Guys, what model should the church follow: