Thank You! Memorial Day Thoughts from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

In the past several decades, respect for the Lord, our Christ, Messiah, and Savior, has greatly diminished. Where once it was common to pray, it has now become taboo. In recent years, a picture was circulated online: a large group of high schoolers had went out to eat before the dance. The picture was of them joining hands in prayer. It was posted in celebration that there are still those among us, and young ones!, who remember to offer grace for the food they were about to eat. And the comments? Some, like the poster, found the image heartwarming. But many others could do nothing but deride these individuals for their choice to pray.

May 27, 2019, DAY 150 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Exodus 33-36

May 27, 2019

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend… (Exodus 33:11a, NIV))

The Journey Beyond False Idols

  You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them… (Exodus 20:4-5a, ESV)

“As Moses was receiving the 10 Commandments from the Lord, the Israelites were actively engaging in idolatry by worshipping a golden calf that they had made by melting the gold they brought out of Egypt. Not all those in the desert had also, at this time, cast off the worship of the Egyptian gods.” “But professor, come on, Christians aren’t worshipping false gods today. If they are, they are part of another religion.” The class broke out in laughter at the humor. “No one is worshipping the Egyptian gods, Roman, Greek, Norse or whoever gods and proclaiming to be a Christian.” “So you believe that Christians have this commandment beat? That they don’t need to worry about it because it doesn’t happen any more today?” the professor countered. “Well, yeah,” the student answered sounding sure of himself. “Anyone disagree?” asked the professor. One student shyly spoke up from the front row. “What about celebrity culture? Isn’t that a form of worship?” she asked gaining confidence. “People buy products recommended by celebrities. They will vote a certain way because a celebrity tells them too. A lot of people follow along with celebrities regarding how they should act or think about a subject. They will arrange their plans around their favorite show, movie, or a special performance. And what about Christian symbols - a crucifix, a cross, preachers, saints, or even the Pope? Couldn’t some people, perhaps mistakenly, be worshipping these symbols and people?”

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