Christian Rocks

Anonymous asked: Christians and rock music?

I said: 

Thanks for the question! Alright here we go. 

Rock music is not:

  1. Satanic
  2. Evil
  3. Secular
  4. Godly
  5. Good
  6. Christian

It’s just music. Biblically speaking, there is nothing wrong with it. Read 1 Corinthians 8. It’s all about wise decisions and being an example. Simply replace “Food” with rock music.

Culturally speaking, rock music can be looked down upon, and it can actually be a bad witness. Other religions look down on rock music as something that street punks listen to, so it can actually create a difficulty for a Christian from reaching someone with the Gospel. At the same time, lots of non-Christians think that Christians aren’t allowed to listen to rock music because it’s “from the devil.” So rock music can actually make a great witness at the same time. It can open up the minds of a lot of people who have preconceived judgements about Christians. Now the lyrical content of any music genre is a completely different topic and may come with concerns, but that’s a different story.

Bottom-line: Rock music is neutral. Rock music isn’t for everyone, but it’s okay. It’s just music. 

I’d just like to add, as a final note, that many Christians who play in rock bands are misunderstood because no one takes the time to listen to their story and purpose. I’m going to put a link to a post about one of my favourite bands, and it may give a good insight on the whole topic. You don’t need to listen to the song, but definitely listen to what they have to say in the quote. You can read the article here. 

God bless and much love!

Samuel Assaf

"All truth and no love is brutality.
All love and no truth is hypocrisy."

— James Mcdonald

Bitter, Bitter, Bitter.

Some of us have very good reasons to be bitter. There are awful things that have been done to us, and we cannot seem to let it go. Many of you following me have been victims of racism, sexual abuse, deception, bullying, neglect, and a myriad of other things.

But there’s a catch.

Bitterness is an emotional Voodoo doll. You pain yourself over and over with different thoughts about vengeance, altered reenactments, and ill-meant wishes for your offender. 

Let me explain something to you: Bitterness is harming no one but yourself. In fact, by refusing to forgive those who do evil from you, you are being demonic. BItterness is so evil and so profound, that James, the brother of Jesus, calls it wisdom from Satan.

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” - James 3:13-16

When someone wrongs us, we can tend to think “I did not deserve that! I deserve to be treated well, I deserve this, I deserve that!” As image bearers of God, we understand this conviction. There is nothing wrong in knowing how human beings deserve to be treated. However, when you start to follow that simple truth with: “They took what is valuable to me! This person deserves to die. I hope terrible suffering comes onto him/her, because they wronged me! I hope their heart shatters.” 

That’s bitterness. Someone wrongs you, and you just watch their every step, filling your heart with more and more bitterness. Everything they succeed in, you gnash your teeth at. Everything they fail in, you rejoice in and have an emotional banquet with yourself. When your focus goes from the will of God and onto yourself and how you can commit harm for harm, you are being tempted and coerced by evil. It’s completely selfish and only causes evil.

James then continues: 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” - James 3:17-18

Every single one of these qualities crushes bitterness. And yet, if there is anyone in this entire existence that deserves to be bitter, it’s God. He comes to be tortured, mocked, beaten, rejected, and crucified, offering Himself as payment for our own sins, and we do the complete opposite of that act of love. He cries out “Father, forgive them! They don’t know what they are doing!” and we cry to that same Father “You better punish them! Look at what they have done to me!” 

God forgives us, and we withhold forgiveness from the very people that we are supposed to be giving our lives to. And yes, we might have extremely good reasons for being bitter. God sure does. Look at what we have done to His creation and to ourselves. But He loves you anyway and died for you. 

So next time you’re angry with someone, no matter if it’s been years or minutes, stop and ask yourself “Am I being forgiving just as God forgave me?” 

Take these moments and reflect on those who have done evil to you, and then forgive them. Pray for them. Tell them that you love them. Ask how you can serve them. Because no matter how many times we slap Jesus in the face with our sin and wicked doings, He keeps on turning the other cheek. Maybe it’s about time we follow His footsteps.

I am praying for you all. I am always here to listen to what you are going through.

God bless and much love

Samuel Assaf

Idolatry is not just loving something sinful more than God.

Idolatry is taking anything, even if it is good, and elevating it to a place of recognition where you say “If this god disappears from my life, I will be crippled for life.” Whether this god is a job, financial situation, person, idea, state of mind, place, emotion, event, or anything else, it will rob you of true satisfaction and joy which only comes from true worship of the one and only God: Jesus Christ, Lord of lords and King of kings. 

Take some time to reflect on what or who you are worshipping: Is it creation or Creator? Is it a lie or is it truth? Is it temporary or is it eternal?

What do you hold as top priority and love in your life?

There is only one god who will not fail you in this life and the next. Take these next moments to realize that this god is Jesus, and He will never leave, forsake, or fail you.

Prodigal

Oh God, forgive me, I have sinned
The shattering of my heart within
How long will I repent from repentance?
I keep pushing you away, making distance

I don’t want to live like this anymore
I want to wrap You in my arms
I don’t want to live like this much longer
In the end, I promise I’ll return

Wait outside for me, heat or rain
One day I’ll come back and end your pain
You’ve shown forgiveness, please just one more time?
I know you shouldn’t, please remember why you died

I don’t want to live like this anymore
I want to wrap You in my arms
I don’t want to live like this much longer
In the end, I promise I’ll return

Oh, please stop crying, I’m coming home
Oh, please stop crying, I’m coming home

I don’t want to live like this anymore
I want to wrap You in my arms
I don’t want to live like this much longer
In the end, I promise I’ll return

Driving Thorns

I drove my insanity
Like they drove the thorns in your skull
I pumped my fist
Right into your cheek

Watch me build my empire
You can’t stop me this time
Write on my wall, I will erase it
Send your prophets, I will bury them

Get your wings away from me!
I’m not your baby boy
I don’t need your saving
If I want to leave, you can’t stop me

How much longer will you wander?
Foxes have dens and birds have nests
So just pack your bags and go home
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

I led you as a lamb to the slaughter
Silent you stood before me and the rest
I hate you with all of my heart
I’m my own god, you will die like the princes.

I pressed in my own ambition
Like they pressed the nails into your body
I spilled my heart out
Like you spilled your blood

But the waters rose, and the winds smashed
My kingdom crumbled to the ground
I drowned in my iniquities
I tied my shame as a cinder block

What have I done?
I wash these hands
These blood stains remain
I will not be forgiven

I killed the Son of the Most High
I brought Him to His grave
He said “follow me”
But I nailed Him to a cross

All this means nothing without You!
I tore my heart like you tore the curtain
Bring me into your very near presence
Wash the blood from my hands

I thought I could do this on my own
I don’t need an idol, I need you
You meant nothing to me, I said you never would
But everything changed, except you

I broke your heart like my promises
I carried my sin like the cross on your back
Atlas had nothing on me
Yet you held me in your hands

When I killed you, you brought me life
When my fist shook against you, you held my hand
While I was a sinner, you made me your friend
Everything changed, except you

Dark Girls

A ten minute documentary of racism and the way some black women are viewed. Heart breaking. 

We are just as much the problem as the man behind bars
What he did with his fists, we did with our hearts.

Philippians 2:14

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”


A reminder of what we have and how we should temper our reactions. 

What is there that can punish like a conscience ignored? 

Why do the innocent die?


Anonymous asked you:
How, why, would a “loving” God let innocent people die?


I answered:

Thank you for this question! We have all lost loved ones, and this surely is one of life’s toughest questions. Please let me answer it to the best of my ability. All I ask from you is a patient and open-mind.

There are so many terrible things in this life, and death is one of them. However, I do believe that there is a simple reason for God allowing death in this world: nature. This is the natural course of things. Even God’s own followers die. They die by murder, disease, and poverty, the same as everyone else. In this world, nothing is perfect. Everything is running down and getting worse. How could God let this happen? Well, it’s a complicated question, of course. We can start with a few statements:

  1. If this world is perfect, there would be no reason for death to exist. 
  2. It would be chaotic and destructive to put immortality into the hands of imperfect people.
  3. If there is a God, then there is a life beyond this one. Therefore, He is able to still be loving because there is immortality beyond this hard life. 

Having said these statements, it becomes apparent that immortality in this world would actually be negative, not positive. However, God has still provided an end result for the repentant. Someone who repents is simply one who follows Jesus as God, their Savior who died for their sins. Because Jesus took the punishment for all the evil you and I have done, we can have a personal relationship with Him. Let me briefly explain: 


A good judge will never turn a blind eye to evil. Retribution must always be made for every evil act. So God made a way to still be a perfect judge and still allow us to have a relationship with Him forever.

Having said these things, we can now examine the state of human beings, and whether they should get into a perfect dwelling without Jesus. They of course would have to be innocent (free from moral wrong).


in·no·cent

1. free from moral wrong; without sin; pure.

Are we innocent? We lie, cheat, steal, murder, insult, abuse, hate, cheat, curse, gossip, slander, condescend, and blaspheme. By very nature, our parents have to teach us not to be evil, for that is our natural course. We were not born innocent and then victimized by the corruption of society. Therefore, we are evil. We are then corrupted by society and become even more evil. 

 

e·vil                                                                                             

8.the wicked or immoral part of someone or something.

Clearly, we are imperfect, not innocent: evil. So my question to you is this: How, why, would a perfect, just God die for us evil persons in order to forgive us our debts? That is beyond absurd. You and I, we do not deserve perfection. We choose evil instead of good every day. Yet, He died anyway, because He loves you.

Death is the course of nature. The rampant poison of imperfection is running through the veins of this earth. If humans lived forever, we would all be monsters. The worst notion of a loving God is blessing evil with immortality. Think of all the criminals in the world that are in prison, or have passed away. Now, think of all the people who would commit those same crimes if they were not afraid. Instead of asking me, “Why would a loving God let people die?” you would ask, “How could a loving God let man live forever?”

We would all take advantage of such power. It would corrupt us all. Governments would cease; guns would be useless. You would not be able to die, and you would live in fear of being captured and tortured every day for eternity. Of course, such conditions are barely imaginable, but I suspect that if every criminal that ever walked this earth were alive today, then such would be the case. Instead of allowing this earth to continue in such a way, he limits our lives and dies for us so that we could live. In this way, the evil will perish and the repentant will live forever. How, why would a perfect, just, loving, holy, merciful God do such a wonderful thing?

Jesus Christ. He came to this earth and lived a perfect life, yet He was tortured and killed for claiming to be the very One that He is: God. He then rose from the dead to prove to the world that He truly is God, and He sent those who witnessed this to share what He had done to the world. You have asked me how God could let innocent people die. Yet, I tell you He lets us live, and He died for us in our place. He has always loved you, and He always will. I hope you realize this soon.

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.

    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.Isaiah 53:5-6


I truly hope you have read this with an open mind. Please consider what I have said. I do not wish to fight or argue. Life is hard, and I just want to help you. Please let me know if you have a reply, question, or anything you’d like to share with me. You have my prayers.

God bless and much love

Samuel Assaf

Instead of praying for celebrities, we’re too busy gossiping about them.

As the battle rages on and on
I face the things that put my faith to the test
When fallen angels won’t leave me alone
Father, come and lay the demon to rest
When my sword has broken off in my hand
I see the dark futility of the flesh
When I’m about to fall, please help me stand
Father, come and lay the demon to rest

I don’t understand why people use “Freedom in Christ” to justify their border-line sinful decisions.

 Instead of trying to get away with things like swearing, insulting, or putting people down, how about you try following Christ instead?

Yeah, I said it. Perhaps following Jesus isn’t just about living morally good lives. It’s more than that. Following Christ means being an example to everyone else. It’s being His ambassador. You make a very poor representative of the King of Heaven if you care more about your “freedom” instead of living a life to lead Christians and non-Christians. You’re supposed to be an example. 

Now, I’m not saying we are not to practice our freedom, but justifying your actions with “There are worse things in the world” and “Jesus ate and drank with sinners” is no excuse for your actions. You know what? Go eat and drink with sinners, except act like Jesus. How about that? There you go, there is no excuse left for you. Better yet, imagine you’re hanging out with Jesus. Eat and drink around Him, and see how differently you act. 

You’re not called to be comfortable, complacent, or lazy. You’re called to be outstanding, exemplary, and Christ-like. 

Be worthy of imitation. Follow Christ.

Samuel Assaf 

"Christianity didn’t cause any wars; the lack of Christianity did."

Martel