Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press are being attacked from every side. I will agree some of the things we say are harsh and hateful to some, but where do we draw the line? Today things I could say 10 years ago are now considered hate crimes. If not a hate crime then it is sexual harassment or terroristic threatening.
Granted, some things cross the line of decency but I have seen some things took off Facebook or other sights that border on the lines of total censorship. If the “It Offends Me” mentality is the litmus test of what can be said or printed we are in real trouble. Yet it really seems to be directed more toward the Christian.
Friday I posted one of my sermons to SermonCentral. I have posted for years on and off. Never had an issue still the last sermon. The following is the sermon. After it the reply they sent me.
The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth.
Let me ask you a question. Do you represent the Father? If you are a Christian, the answer is yes. And as His representative, you have certain rights and obligations to fulfill.
Your words, your actions, and your deed are all a reflection of who you are. They also reflect your relationship with the Father.
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
To be God, with skin on, to represent the Father we must love everyone. Regardless of their race, creed, color, belief or practices.
25 Then a teacher of the law stood up. He was trying to test Jesus. He said, “Teacher, what must I do to get life forever?”
26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 The man answered, “Love the Lord your God. Love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.”[a] Also, “You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.”[b]
28 Jesus said to him, “Your answer is right. Do this and you will have life forever.”
29 But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
The short answer to the man’s question, “And who is my neighbor?....The Next Person You Come In Contact With.
Be, God, with skin on!!
The Editors Reply: Thank you for contributing to Sermon Central. Unfortunately, your content cannot be approved because of two reasons:
1) You said, “To be God, with skin on, to represent the Father we must love everyone.” You also said, “Be, God, with skin on!!” Though I assume you don’t actually mean that we are God with skin on if we love people, it is still an improper thing to say, especially with sects of Christianity that are proclaiming to be followers of Christ and who yet believe that they are little gods on earth (such as the Mormon faith).
2) Also, the content was mainly Bible verses. Though the Word of God is certainly better than our words, we are to expound upon it so that it can be clearly understood by people.
If you would like to take out those two statements you made, and maybe give some more meat to this message, I would be happy to approve it.
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