Preaching by Mike
Those who know me well are aware I am a huge Breaking Bad fan. What??!? How can you (being a preacher and all) be a fan of such a "sin filled" series? Well, I am also a member of a discussion page as well. Can secular and spiritual meet in agreement? I submitted a post and the Admins allowed it. Kudos and thanks to the Admins!
Here is my post:
Breaking Bad from a preacher's perspective:
The beauty of BB is its ugliness. Walt definitely had a "dark side", and all who have watched the series would nod their head in agreement. Yet the character study of each and every member of the cast reveals the same darkness within.
Skylar? Apart from being unfaithful to Walt, I have read many accurate assessments of her flaws in the many threads on this page.
Jesse? His good and bad sides were prevalent throughout the series.
Walt Jr, a/k/a Flynn? Trying to buy Beer at the liquor store.
Hank? Wrongly pummeled Jesse within an inch of his life. True, he was angered about Marie being injured used to deceive him into leaving the scene of the RV, but it was Walt who actually did it.
Marie? A shoplifting kleptomaniac.
I think you see my point. Vince Gilligan composed a masterpiece, such as I have never seen on stage, screen or television. He had the ability to see inside, the dark secrets we all have, whether we admit or not.
Yes, I have used the story and characters of Breaking Bad in many of my homilies as they are so perfect. In fact, I learned a new word from watching the series: kafkaesque. It was used in the episode bearing that word. Jesse was in rehab and the leader used the word. Not really knowing the meaning, Jesse used the word himself. How many others were sent to the dictionary to discover the meaning?
To make something kafkaesque, is to take something simple and overcomplicate it until it has become so confusing it makes no sense whatsoever. This is what most preachers for hire have done to the beloved Gospel I preach.
I will resist the urge to preach at this juncture and assure you that Breaking Bad has something to offer...even to a poor old preacher.
I'm sick and tired of hearing people say that politics should be kept out of the church.
That is exactly what the enemy wants.
But know this, when politicians start ramming evil laws down the believer's throat you can bet that those same believers who think we should be silent about politics and government will be wondering what happened and how did we get here?
Like cattle that are in the pen for slaughter they will look at each other with fear in their eyes wondering what fate awaits once they enter the gate.
I for one will not keep my mouth shut. We have people in our Government today at the Federal level who support sharia law and think socialism is the answer.
I challenge you to look for yourself what sharia law means. Regarding socialism; it is just the gateway drug to communism.
The lunacy from elected officials like Democrat Rep. Cortez (AOC) is astounding. But we Pastors are supposed to just sit by and preach love and peace and just shut up about anything that rocks the boat. But our elected officials can say and do whatever they want?
Questions: is abortion evil? Should our borders be secure? Should we take care of illegal immigrants over US Veterans? Is the Constitution a living document that should be re-interpreted? Do we REALLY have concentration camps at our southern border? Should liars and traitors in our Government be put in jail, or making speeches and writing books?
What a travesty.
Consider the following and judge for yourself:
Proverbs 16.12, “It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.”
Proverbs 17.15, “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”
Acts 4.19, “But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;”
Acts 5.29, “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
So as far as this Pastor is concerned I will challenge Government lunacy and I will do so publicly.
I saw a post, so I had to ask, Hey Google, who is Jesus?
The answer given:
"Religion is complicated and I'm still learning."
Yes Google, religion is complicated and that is the very reason why ALL religion belongs in the nearest dumpster.
Jesus has NOTHING to do with religion. Religion was nailed to the Cross with Him.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved is NOT religion. It is access and a personal relationship with God THROUGH Him.
C'mon Google, its Christmas. Share the truth!
This was from a year ago (Dec 20, 2017).
I have recently been browbeaten by FB for a similar "infraction". What the powers at be of FB are not understanding is there no access to God other than the Lord Jesus Christ. PERIOD.
Secondly, allah is NOT God. It is a figment of Mohammed's imagination. Islam is a flesh driven religion and the end result is eternal torment in the lake of fire. I have no desire for ANYONE to end up there.
My motives are pure. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
FROM THREE YEARS AGO (Dec 20, 15)
I came onto FB and it immediately logged me out, saying my session had timed out. I was allowed to log back in but they showed me one of my recent posts and asked if I was the one who posted it. I acknowledged in the affirmative. They went on to scold me as it was contrary to FB standards. Okay, duly noted.
What was it? It was a repost that showed up on my "On This Day" ... from THREE years ago! The subject matter was that of someone who unfriended me because of my position on Islam. I tolerate them, yet I do not accept them. As a Christian, I cannot accept what most decidedly allows someone to go to everlasting torment. They have the right to make that choice, but I do not have to be accepting of it. I never will.
Be clear, I am NOT being intolerant, I am being unaccepting. FB, and whomever it was who reported me needs to learn the difference.
Thank you for allowing me to state my case.