Common Sense

“Doth not even nature itself teach you, that,
if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?”
“But if any man seem to be contentious, we have
no such custom, neither the churches of God.”      I Corinthians 11:14,16.

People realize that there is something wrong with our society. One need to only look at the politics in the United States to understand that the citizens are tired of the lies, corruption and fraud that is prevalent now. Then the way the media has degraded sex to the point of utter filth.

The language of this nation is so degrading that the idiots try to express thoughts in four letter words in a way which only illustrates that a loss of mental agility. Churches have clothed themselves in the social gospel which is not the Gospel but only a by-product of the good news of Jesus Christ.

The Western world for some reason that is unexplainable (to me!),  has decided that we must take in the muslims.

The problem is they are muslims  —   which means killings, rape of women and murders. This is the basic foundation of their religion. These people are evil. They bring death and destruction to all who oppose them.

It appears that the muslim-leaning man who is in the seat inaugurated by George Washington, loathes America and our moral core.

People sense there is something wrong with the way this nation is headed. Common sense tells us this. Paul in writing to the Corinth church said this in I Corinthians 11:14,15

“Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair,
It is a shame unto him?”
“But if a woman have long hair,
It is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.”

He was merely stating this about how women present themselves. We know certain facts instinctively. There is no need to deny these matters. Here are some.

  • Don’t put a left shoe on a right foot.
  • Don’t drive through a red light.
  • Don’t eat too many sweets.
  • Don’t’ drive a car after drinking alcohol.
  • Don’t light a match around gasoline.

The above short list is just common sense.

 

WOMEN’S HAIR

The hair of a woman is a sign of beauty on their bodies. Women have a way to create beauty as covering for their bodies. Paul never downplays this ability, but he encourages this.

When a man seeks to do this, Paul condemns this. I Corinthians 11:14 tells a man to watch his appearance as to hair.

“Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a
shame unto him?”

As a Christian male  –   ACT as a man.

 

CONTENTIONS

It may seem strange that Paul would write in the same area of the letter that his desire that is the body of Christ that there be peace. Women’s hair must have been an issue and then men were contentious with each other. What Paul was writing in I Corinthians 11:16-17 was  –  are we to be subject to the fashions of that age or do we subject ourselves to God alone?

“But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the
churches of God.”
“Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together
not for the better, but for the worse.”

Be careful what you contend with others about.

 

ONE REASON TO COME

The Lord’s Supper is a ritual in the modern church. It is not a habit, a ritual or just a remembrance or a time to talk to those around us. Briefly what should speak to him who gave us His Son, Jesus. This is a time of confession and repentance as well as thanking God for his marvelous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. The world should be blacked out. In effect this is what I Corinthians 11:18-20 tells us.

“For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be
divisions among you; and I partly believe it.”
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may
be made manifest among you.”
“When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s
supper.”

This is not the time for a meal for our bodies but, it is a moment of reflection as well as the future thoughts.

 

COMMUNICATION WITH CARE

Mankind really knows that they need help. Yet when speaking to the vast majority of people the leaders always say he or she knows what to do. Many countries are proud of their religious heritage. The United States supports 59 countries of the 64 nations that have religious symbols on their national banners. Yet in our own country we are welcoming more atheists and/or agnostics.

The record for supporting mass murderers is a well-known fact. We have chosen some horrible people to prop up. Here is a list of a few:

  • Reas Montt – Guatemala
  • Mobotu – Congo
  • Chiang Kai-Si – Taiwan
  • Park – South Korea
  • Diem- Vietnam
  • Subade – Indonesia
  • Hussein – Iraq
  • Mubarak – Egypt
  • Saudi – Arabia

The consequences have been a colossal disaster. This is the basic fault of the church. It did not look at the world and seek to correct the problems with missionaries and Christian teachers. The reason is –  it lost sight of its mission.

The church at Corinth had some deep-seated trouble that was dividing the body of Christ.

Here are listed some of Paul’s concern as found in I Corinthians 11:21-22.

“For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry,
and another is drunken.”
“What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of
God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you?
Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.”

Paul instructed that church as well as us today, what he had received. There was no praise for what he was doing. He condemned them His remarks are appropriate for us today.

 

WHAT IS COMMUNION?

We know that Jesus celebrated the Passover Feast. Then he started a new means of a New Covenant.  Luke 22:19 tells us of this new beginning.

CREDIT: SacredHeartChurch.ca

CREDIT: SacredHeartChurch.ca

“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them,
saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

We should read carefully what the Son of God said this was. It was/is the body and blood of Jesus the Nazarene. He said it.

Thus it is just that. The body! The blood!

The scoffers will ridicule this statement. Yet He said it! How it becomes the body and blood or when this happens this writer does not know. It is what it is. This is one of the secrets of the Bible.

Christians have so accepted the ways of the world that it will take forty years for it to be removed from their mental state of mind.

 

PAUL AND COMMUNION

What we do in this world is to offer what Jesus said this was. I Corinthians 11:24-25 quotes the Master.

“And there was also a strife among them which of them should be accounted
the greatest.”
“And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them:
and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.”

There is no doubt that Paul was explaining what this was. It is not to be taken flippantly or out of a habit. It is a serious moment.

The issue is how often should we take the Lord’s Supper. From the reading of Acts, it seems that the Lord’s Supper was taken daily but it soon became a means of worship on a weekly basis. Acts 20:7 tells us this.

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to
break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow;
and continued his speech until midnight.”

It is the way of the early church as told to us in Acts that they came together to celebrate this institution. We say to the world He is coming back. Read I Corinthians 11:26.

“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s
death till he come.”

It has two elements – confession and hope.

 

WHAT HAPPENS

These few moments tells us to look deep with out souls and tell God what is taking place. This is a time of honesty. This is not a light moment. It is serious. When one has read  I Corinthians 11:27-28 it is obvious.

“Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink
of that cup.”

When this is not taken seriously it is then a condemnation factor. Read I Corinthians 11:29.

“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation
to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”

Paul knew what was going on. The believers were not participating with a godly attitude.
Judgment day came on us for this as I Corinthians 11: 30-32 sets out.

“For this cause many or weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not
be condemned with the world.”

After the communion we are to talk to others. This is an instruction in I Corinthians 11:33. It is interactive with other believers.

“Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.”

 

Christianity is a social and commutative religion. Speak to each other about the world and Jesus.

Keep the faith!

 

LEAVE IT THERE

“If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
and you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it t here.”
If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal-
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”

Charles A. Tindley
Gerald Fugit

October 18, 2015

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