The Facebook Question |Part 1

Letter to My Son Christopher

Hi Chris,

On March 27th 2010, you asked a pivotal question “does America or the whole world HATE talking about religion.”.What an awesome question Son!

I had a question of my own I asked around age 8-10 years old which was:

“If a little boy in China, who never heard of Jesus died would me go to hell?”

Since questions have power, decisions are made and philosophies shape lives…you deserve a real answer.

In 2010 when I moved to the chicken ranch , I had hit a personal bottom. I lost hope. Living in a shack with my physical situation at that time was hard. Our relationship was polite but strained, same with Laura and to some degree Michelle.

Like most broken families…..Things were not good from your perspective

You had been through allot. When you were separated from me in 1994 you experienced such trauma and you really didn’t know me. In 2006  when we were reunited as adults and do you remember, the first time I saw you and Laura do you remember what I brought you as a present?

It was your step sister Nicole, and a Bible… I mean what are you going to bring you kids the first time you see them in 8 years after they think you abandoned them?

We began rebuilding and then in 2008, I was on that hospital table with you saying goodbye to a father you had never known as a man.  Without a healthy identity, I been carelessness how I had treated my own fragile life. Imagine how it was for me looking at you that night in 2008, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS TO RIP OUT THAT RESPIRATOR AND SCREAM that I loved you and your sisters and to not do what I had done with my life….

When you asked this question I didn’t want to “offend” you with the gospel and sure didn’t want to argue with you. I decided that the answer to this question would have to be lived out.

I tried to answer your question in another way and used particle physics to talk about the amazing universe and some blah blah about the “10,000 names of god”. In effect I didn’t want to appear foolish and that my son is the problem with us humans. It was a short time later that i heard a Indian teacher, which lead to my finally learning how to hear the voice of God and trusting it. Sometimes it takes traveling 9000 miles from home in a foreign country, getting off a plane where you don’t know anyone..it’s was a amzing

I built this site to try and communicate to you and your sisters in a way you were comfortable and create a place if i were to die you could learn more about me… the simple answer is the right one and the gospel is sharper than any two edged sword…..so here goes:

The Cross: The Irony of God’s Wisdom

I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.

I bring this up because some from Chloe’s family brought a most disturbing report to my attention—that you’re fighting among yourselves! I’ll tell you exactly what I was told: You’re all picking sides, going around saying, “I’m on Paul’s side,” or “I’m for Apollos,” or “Peter is my man,” or “I’m in the Messiah group.”

I ask you, “Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul’s name?” I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I’m sure glad I wasn’t. At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas’s family, but as far as I can recall, that’s it.)

God didn’t send me out to collect a following for myself, but to preach the Message of what he has done, collecting a following for him. And he didn’t send me to do it with a lot of fancy rhetoric of my own, lest the powerful action at the center—Christ on the Cross—be trivialized into mere words.

The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,

I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.

So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.

While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” 
– 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 The Message

I found an article written by someone else and referencing J.P. Moreland someone I had heard in a weekend bible study course I had taken in 2005 and posted it. Michael was being pretty disrespectful here and it “shut him up” but after he stopped I realized that shutting you guys up was not going to get you to the knowledge of the truth. For that son, I am sorry. This lead me to try and answer your question by searching out more on particle physics and lead me to find that Vedic temple near our home town.

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December 2010 was a hard Christmas for us, and I had created Voice of Truth TV and a blog about my life for you and your sisters for a Christmas present, it’s the best I could do…I was broke and pretty sick. if you remember I didn’t see you, Michelle or Laura for Christmas and it was really hard. The last post I did on that blog Christmas morning was a sermon called “The Mary Miracle” and a song from Lez Miserables “Bring him home” and it was really my heart cry for our relationship to be restored.

You have seen me in the hospital that night when they told you my death was imminent  and then again “he going to die” with my second heart surgery and car crash, that must have been hard for you.

Over the past few years we have gotten really close and developed a real relationship.  It’s been quite a journey from that Facebook post on April 1st, 2010 (April fools day) and the last comment by Michael on Facebook, and God has brought me from a place of confusion and searching,  to the knowledge that love is the answer and that is the true message of the bible, a heavenly father desiring a relationship with his kids. That son, is the answer to your question that religion for religions sake is dead but God sent his son to die for our sins, his name is Jesus and through simple faith in him we have the assurance of eternal life and to be shielded from all this complexity.

What a blessing that we enjoy a such a close relationship!!!

I love You,

Dad