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Friday, December 5, 2014

Think About It

Black Friday
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:28

Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is commonly called “Black Friday”. It is the day that many converge upon the malls and box stores in hopes of finding that bargain. Retailers see this day as one of the days that put their sales for the year in the black. By using sales techniques they lure their unsuspecting buyers into buying not only the bait that got them there at 4AM but other things that, although they didn’t know they needed, they bought anyway. In case you’re wondering, yes I’m out there with the rest of the crazy people, not because I’m looking for the bargain but because I’m the driver that drives my various family members from store to store. It’s become a tradition and I enjoy our time together. We reserve our bargain hunting to Friday as we see Thanksgiving as a time for families.

There’s another Friday that is probably more important that Black Friday and it’s one that Christians call Good Friday. It is a day that Christ gave himself as a ransom for many. We celebrate his birth at Christmas. We don’t call the day that Christ was crucified as being a black Friday because it is a day that represents hope and freedom. It, coupled with Christmas, represents the greatest gift of all, the gift of life. It was on that fateful day, Good Friday, that Christ gave his life as a ransom. Notice that the verse above doesn’t say that he gave his life for all but rather many. Why? Sadly not everyone sees a need to be ransomed, because they don’t see themselves as slaves. But the reality is, we are all slaves to something, the question is what. We may be looking for a bargain, but the real bargain has already been purchased and it’s a free gift just for our receiving. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Great news Pastor Knefley! GP

Anonymous said...

You all are slaves to superstition. And great quantities of lies. Which you blindly follow because that's what your parents did and their parents did. Or because you are gullible and will choke down anything a man reading from a story book says. Traditions are good but a tradition of ignorance, hate, and bigotry is not. You have no clue about the actual history of your own religion. You claim truth even when what you claim is proven a lie. Then you use your false hoods as cause to attempt to control or sway others. From everything from currency, to those governing the country. Your religion your whole belief system is flawed. And yet you cling to it like its a life raft. It is in my opinion pathetic. If a person said they had a invisible green man living in their shoe. And every day he told them what to do. You would call him insane and lock him up in a asylum. Yet your believing in a imaginary friend in the sky, is completely reasonable really? I think all you religious fanatics need locked up in a padded room. You are what is wrong with this country hell this world. You stifle progress and forward thinking. With your antiquated pathetic excuse for a loving accepting religion.

Chris Foust said...

Hey Anonymous,
I’m not understanding what you are saying about the tradition of ignorance, hate, and bigotry in referring to the Christian doctrine, could you please expand on that please? I would also like to hear your thoughts on the flaws of Christianity. I think it might help. Also, could you give me a brief synopsis on the philosophy of Causation and how it relates to your worldview. Oh, and one more thing please…might you tell me your thoughts on objective moral reasoning and subjective moral reasoning and how it forms your worldview.