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And Justice For All

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It was released on May 9 on news media such as KDKA, WPXI, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and even Yahoo’s website that Alex Hribal, the boy who is being accused of stabbing 23 people at Franklin Regional High School on April 9, 2014, is being tried as an adult for these actions.

First, let me say that we are told to have Jesus in everything that we do. Clearly, there was no Jesus in this horrific crime.

There are two sides.

One is that he is getting what he deserves. I can understand that. He stabbed over 20 people and people want him locked up.

The other side is that he was bullied his whole life and that is what made him do this so he should not be held accountable. I can understand this as well.

As a bullying victim myself, though I have never wanted to stab or shoot someone as a result of bullying, which is what happens in most school massacres, I can understand the pain.

I understand the frustration, the anger.

I understand the feeling of wanting to take matters into your own hands.

I understand why people think that violence will get the message across.

Because sadly, it often does.

Here is what I can’t understand:

I cannot understand a school that has the nerve to say that they have zero tolerance for bullying, but turns their backs when someone is being bullied. That is pretty much telling the person bullied that they are worthless and that the administration is on the bully’s side.

I can also not understand people who still bully. We have stabbings like Franklin Regional, where thankfully no one was killed, but then there are massacres like Columbine, where 12 students and 1 teacher were killed, and 24 were injured.

Do people still bully out of boredom? Do they do it because they think that things like Columbine won’t happen here?

Well, think about this: Did anyone think that something like Franklin Regional could happen here?

This is why everyone needs Jesus.

And I don’t mean it in the, “y’all crazy, y’all need Jesus” way.

I’m completely serious.

I can’t help but think about how maybe these massacres wouldn’t happen if Jesus was allowed in schools. Isn’t it funny how you aren’t allowed to bring a Bible to school but it’s encouraged to be read in prisons.

This is what is wrong with our world today.

We do not have enough Jesus in our daily life.

Trust me. There is more than enough of Him to go around.

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”-Matthew 17:20

If we all had some Jesus in us, I believe the world could and would be a better place.

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What do you do when your heart is in complete ruins for what someone else is going through? I’ve been asking myself this question for the past few weeks. Someone I consider very dear to me is facing a huge trial in their life and it’s breaking my heart. I’ve cried over it. I’ve prayed about it. I don’t know what to feel. My head’s spinning. My heart’s stirring. I don’t know what is real.

But I look to Christ.

I pray. I cry out all my fears and concerns for this person. I pour it all out to Him because He is always listening. Will I be able to concentrate everyday? Heavens no. But I’ll keep praying that all will go well; that the right thing will be done. And I pray that they will be safe.

I know things will always be changing because God is always working. And it will take time but I know I will eventually see that the right things are happening because it doesn’t always come to you right then and there that God knows what He’s doing.

And if there’s anything you can take away from this, it’s that “If it’s not good, God’s not done.”

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How We Should Use Social Media

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There’s really so much that can be said about this thing that has threatened to taken over our lives.  So let’s talk about just a few:

#1: “You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus 20:3 NLT

This is the most important point I’m going to hit, so if you leave this post with nothing else, leave with this: social media very easily leads to idolization if we aren’t careful. There are two different forms of this.  Both incredibly toxic. God will not tolerate us worshipping anyone or anything but Him.  Nothing.

  • Idolization of others
  • Self-idolization

When we think of idolization in terms of the Old Testament, we often think we might never have any god like that.  How dare we! It’s so simple to find examples of both forms of these types of idolatry all over our society; just look around.

#2: Glorify God!

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT

There are so many ways to share your faith on social media.  Word of caution: there’s a difference between sharing and shoving down someone’s throat. 😉

#3 Use it for fulfill your spiritual gifts!

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV

Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? If not, there’s a great test you can take here.

#4 Use it to speak life into others’ lives.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who life it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

The way we speak to others can change lives.  It really can.  Social media is no different.  Be positive and encourage others. Do your best to avoid the “Facebook Fight.”  It’s stupid. If it’s going to hurt someone, don’t post it. Think. Pray.

#5 Use it to grow relationships!

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NIV

You actually can build your relationships that you aren’t constantly involved in day-to-day contact in online.  Just be careful.

#6 Use it to learn!

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15 ESV

People actually post some pretty cool stuff on social media other than things about politics and videos of cats. Find something (or things) you’re interested in, pages that share things related to it that will give you videos or blogs related to what you want to know.

#7 Share Scripture!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16

We share quotes all the time. Take the time to find Scripture that means something to you..and even better..give the world (a.k.a. your friend list) a little insight as to why.

#8 Take some time off from it once in a while!

“Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7 NIV

It’s good for your mind! Just spend some time with God.  Spend some time with your family and friends.

#9 Obviously, use it to share your faith!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV

This one’s really pretty simple, to be completely honest.

#10 Don’t use it to promote yourself!

I saved this for last because I want you to remember it.

“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'” Luke 9:23 ESV