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.
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run
down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.
On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,handmade,
ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover the hole in the front
wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus, 45 minutes later.
She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet. "Pastor,"she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten "The Tablecloth". The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and she never saw her husband or her home again.
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;but she made the pastor keep it for the church.The pastor insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again, in all the 35 years between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid who says God does work in mysterious ways.I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you. His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares we know He will see us through.
So when the road you're traveling seems difficult at best, just remember I'm here praying and God will do the rest.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.