“Area 51” Christians

Above are pictures of top secret “Area 51” in Nevada.

One of the strangest things in American history is the mystery and continual misinformation given by our government about the infamous top secret base called “Area 51” that is located just outside of Los Vegas, Nevada. No matter how secret the government wanted to keep this place, in July of 2013, the CIA was forced to  publically acknowledged it for the first time due to a Freedom of Information Act request that had been filed 8 years earlier.

What’s so bizarre about this whole thing is that “Area 51” had been under public and private scrutiny for decades. It’s existence was well known, and thousands of photographs, articles and eye witness accounts had been collected about the facility and it’s location, following the report of a “UFO” Crash in the 1950’s. Information and speculation continually surfaced about it year after year. Some of it was pure fabrication, while other things were either undocumented half-truths or simple eye-witness reports by military people who worked there or been in the facility.

With all this going on, the federal government continually denied the existence of “Area 51”. Strangely enough they also debunked or threatened anyone who claimed to have been there, or been close enough to photograph it. I personally know of military personnel who mistakenly went on the property and were confronted at gun point and threatened to be shot or immediately arrested.  Thus, our government openly denied the reality of this place, and deliberately mislead the public for years, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In my mind it is hard to believe that such a thing could possibly happen, and yet it did. The facts did not matter. The truth did not matter. The evidence did not matter. What others wanted us to believe was in place, and that was blindly followed regardless of the truth. Finally, a few brave souls broke from their comfort zone and refused to simply go with the flow. They began to think for themselves and search for the truth. They forged ahead against the prevailing mindset and the end result was the truth finally had to be admitted. Once the lie was exposed, the “big secret” was over. It certainly did not uncover all that had or may still be going on in “Area 51”, but it did bring in some much needed honesty and light.

As I pondered this, I began to see the parallels between what happened with “Area 51” and what still happens when it comes to people understanding real Christianity. For the most part people see Christianity as being mysterious, full of secrets and still shrouded in a great many misunderstandings. Let me also say that in part, this is correct. What I mean is, for those who are on the outside looking in, much of what we do and say as Christians really does not make sense. Our language, ideas, beliefs and practices are pretty strange and they can’t connect the dots. Things can be so strange in fact, that we have lost touch with the very ones Jesus sent us to, to bring into His Kingdom. Basically, we are as strange in our ways and are as odd in our practices, as the atmosphere around “Area 51”.

Take, for example, our language. We say things like, “I’m pleading the Blood”, “I’m covered in the Blood” or “I’m washed in the Blood”. Now these may be Biblical truths, and we as Christians may understand their application, but consider what an unbeliever thinks when such things are spoken. The response is likely to be ….“Huh??? You are what????”.  It’s a foreign language and they are not likely to be drawn to God because of it. To them you are speaking a foreign language, from a foreign land, and they have no interest in following you to wherever that is.

In my experience, another issue is that far too many Christians come across as having an attitude of superiority or self-righteousness when it comes to connecting to unbelievers. We shoot down their music, their style of dress, their language and personal recreations. However, for them this is normal life. My point is, Jesus never did that! He simply went where they were and demonstrated the love and power of His Father’s Kingdom. He ate with anyone and even went were tax gatherers, prostitutes and the ungodly were hanging out. He never snubbed them, criticized them or refused their invitations. He simply participated where it was permissible and used each situation to introduce them to the love and light of God.

We, on the other hand, tend to be “sin conscious” and uncomfortable with the ungodly things around us. Because of this we miss the cry of those broken hearts that are looking for the truth we possess. Imagine what would happen if you were able to look beyond the mess, past the alcohol, the addiction, the sexual sin, the language, tattoos, piercings, etc . Think of how God changed you and how He wants to change those who are  hurting, soaked in and stained by the things of this world. Is it possible that He could use you in amazing ways if you were only willing to go where He needs you to go, and do what He needs you to do?

Let me encourage you to speak so those around you can hear what you are trying to say. Let me suggest that building bridges into the culture that is around you is much better than build walls to protect yourself from it. Look for the good in what people are doing, no matter how they dress or where they go. Focus on what’s right about them and not the sin or lifestyle that holds them captive.  Our job is to be the hands, feet and mouth of Jesus to a lost and hurting world. That job is made easier when we demonstrate the love of God and leave judgement up to Him.

Do we condone sin? Never! Do we participate in ungodly lifestyles? No! Is it our job to police the unsaved and point out all that is wrong in their lives? Certainly Not!  Our Job is to do what Jesus did, the way He did it. He loved the people. He met them at their own level, right where they were at and exactly the way He found them. He spoke the truth in love and He spoke it in language they could understand. More than that, he demonstrated the power of the Father’s Kingdom without judgement, and the people responded to it. If we can learn to do the same, God’s Kingdom will come and the harvest that is waiting will certainly be brought in.

My question today is simple: Will you be an “Area 51” Christian or will you be one who engages the culture with truth, transparency, love and care? Your answer to this is very important because billions of souls hang in the balance. Like it or not, you can make a difference!

Unicorn Religion

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Since the late 1800’s, the scientific community has been aware of the mysterious “Siberian unicorn” (Elasmotherium sibiricum) pictured above. This enormous beast freely roamed Eurasia, and new fossil evidence reveals that it was apparently alive when early Europeans roamed those same fertile hills many thousands of years ago. Andrei Shpansky and others from Russia’s Tomsk State University just published these results in the American Journal of Applied Sciences after studying a newly unearthed “Siberian unicorn” skull found in Kazakhstan.

What the skull did not reveal is the question that has long been on researchers’ minds: Just how big was the horn in the middle of it’s forehead? Given the creature’s huge size, at 15 feet long, six and a half feet tall at the shoulder, 4.5 tons of strong musculature, and the fact that the base of it’s horn had a circumference of three feet, researchers are confident that the horn was highly visible form of protection and quite enormous. Fortunately for those early people, it’s teeth indicate that the animal was one of many large herbivores that did not eat meat.

After many years, researchers finally came to the conclusion that the animal co-existed with humans. Scientific studies and numerous ancient documents all seem to allude to the idea that the creature lived alongside the human population. In fact, scientists now feel very strongly that there is a good case to be made for something that has eluded people since the dawn of verbal and written records. They now believe the “Siberian unicorn” is actually the true source that is behind the mythical unicorn that is written about to this very day. Imagine that! This is very likely the historical animal behind the myth that has been spoken of by humans in Europe for thousands and thousands of years.

This idea is astounding when you think about it. The stuff of myths can actually be traced back to an actual truth. The truth may be long gone while it’s reality is still remembered and passed long in a different form over two or three hundred generations. The fact is still there but it is quite hidden and all but lost over time, through the impact of human imagination and lack of actual first-hand experience. The reality of a massive, truck-sized, shaggy beast with a huge single horn rumbling over the meadows and terrifying local inhabitants is eventually replaced by a slender white horse with a slender horn that lightly gallops into the mist. In other words, what people talk about but don’t experience for themselves is going to change into something it never was.

As I considered this amazing discovery, how truth not experienced is converted into myth, I also realized that this is exactly why so many people today are confused when it comes to religion. Ask a dozen people on the street what they believe about God, and specifically Jesus Christ, and they will give you a dozen different answers. Their ignorance and imagination is absolutely astounding. What you will find is that they simply make things up as they go along and soon a “unicorn” religion emerges out of the spiritual fog. What they believe is not based on facts, reality or spiritual truth. They use half-truths and misinformation they’ve been told to create a religion and belief system all their own. What they don’t realize is how deadly and dangerous this is for their spiritual and emotional life.

As the high priest of their own religion, their beliefs or lack thereof, become the center piece of an empty life. They do not know truth, they have no knowledge of life after death and no real meaning for living  in the here and now. All of this self-made religion is based on a shadow of some distant truth they may have heard about or talked about with friends. However, like the unicorn, their beliefs are now more the stuff of myth and mystery than absolute, stabilizing faith. Like those who speak about unicorns, the self-made religious crowd does not realize that the truth is hidden from them by their lack of first-hand experience. Only an encounter, an experience with the truth, the true and living God, can change self-made religious myth into a life-changing reality.

Perhaps you, like so many others, are the creator of your own mystery, “unicorn” religion. My guess is that you also have never given any thought to why or how it happened. Why is God such a mystery to you? Why does He seem so distant and shrouded in impenetrable fog? The answer is quite simple. You have never experienced the love of God or the evidence He left behind. However, once you encounter Him, His love for you and His handiwork, all that will change. Myth will become mercy, fairy tales will become faith and religion will become relationship with the One who loves you more than you can possibly imagine. Everything moves from death to life, from what you made up about God, to what He made for you and freely gives to you.

If you are tired of being the high priest of your own dead religion, then it is time to give life and  truth a chance. Simply put, Jesus is the truth and life you are looking for. He died for you so that you can live with Him. When you recognize your need for a savior He will be there to pick you up and give you the vision and meaning you were intended to have. It’s an amazing exchange. You repent and give Him your sins and He gives you God’s righteousness and transforming love. Your “Unicorn” religion is laid aside and real relationship with God beings. Millions do it daily and you can join them in the ultimate victory where “death is swallowed up in life…”. Why not ask Him to come into your life today? Got questions about all this? Send me an email and we can set things straight:  wemmons@gmail.com.