EARTH TO CHURCH: Believing in God Does Not Mean You’ll Be Trouble-Free


by Doug Giles

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

One of the main things that I like about the Jesus of Scripture (aside from Him saving me from being deep fried in sulfur and stuff) is this: He didn’t pawn flapdoodle off on His friends, followers or foes. He told them the unvarnished, non-tweaked, very un-PC, straight up truth—whether folks liked it or not.

Jesus, The Warrior King, wasn’t a needy autoerotic politician who would tell you whatever in order to get elected. He was the Savior out to salvage dunderheads like us from temporal and eternal self-destruction. This mission of rescuing our souls from eternally roasting on Dante’s Viking Grill coupled with us having a productive schlep on this globe required that Christ tell us truth and not goofy fairy tales. That sounds nice and good on paper, but truth—like some girls without makeup — can be scary.

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