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“To Like or Dislike” (Brussel Sprouts)

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dislike button? On facebook, WordPress, email, in your home?

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benefits of a dislike Button:

No comment required.

You dislike it whatever it is.

Your expression is a simple opinion to deter fights, bickering or assault. Or not.

For the most part you are safe from physical attacks unless they track you down.

You can dislike but not hate.

The result may change your life.

Examples for the use of a dislike button:

I don’t like brussel sprouts, licorice and deer meat. (yuck)  Instead of having to describe in detail my disgust for these non-edible, detestable so-called foods I can press the dislike button. The nasty deer meat aroma cooking on the stove makes me feel guilty my husband killed Bambi. So if pressing a button eliminates my emotional trauma so I don’t have to ponder the suffering of poor Bambi, I am released from one less debilitating distraction.

Or….facebook Timeline (I didn’t opt for it)

Or…Football. No comments please.

Or…..Horror movies, Harry Potter and his un-soulish goonies or I can’t even speak it.

Or ….Dr. Pepper (taste like cough medicine), camping or anything the government runs. Or tries to.

These buttons might make life in cyber space a little easier, less complicated or formidable foes depending on how you take it.

Who’s to say pressing the “dislike” button won’t end a friendship because you disagreed with their recipe for meat loaf?

Who’s to say disliking one’s political views won’t start WWIII?

If you dislike another culture, does that make you intolerant?

If you dislike one soft drink over another is that discriminating?

What if you dislike my blog should I be offended?

If you dislike your spouse, does that make you an ogre?

If you dislike Charter schools does that mean you like public schools?

If you dislike Baptists, does that mean you like Presbyterians?

“To like or dislike, that is the question.”

Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What counts is God’s truth.

We either like it or we don’t. Whether we like God’s truth or not doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Rationalizing God’s truth is as silly as believing God is counting how many brussel sprouts I’m not eating.

The atheist/agnostic can argue the non-existence of God all day long; it isn’t going to make God go away.

The worldly skeptic rationalizes the validity of God’s goodness by asking “If God is a good God, why does he allow bad things to happen?” I don’t know. Go ask him yourself. Ya think it may have to do with the fall of man? Duh…..

Then you have the eroded soul of Christ. The saved soul who believes the Bible condones living with someone outside of marriage. Sorry……you either like what the Bible says about marriage or you don’t.

You either like what the Bible says about stealing, lying or taking another life or you don’t.

God formally set his rules in place to be “liked” not “disliked.” The Bible is clear on how God determined for us to live from the Ten Commandments to gossip, to how we treat others. Believe me; he didn’t leave a single sin out.

God doesn’t give waivers. He isn’t going to make me eat brussel sprouts and let my husband off the hook.

God is no respecter of persons. No waivers. No Deal. No Bargains.

Got it?

Exodus 20 The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words:

2I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

13You shall not murder.

14You shall not commit adultery.

15You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/are-we-pawns-or-knights/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-mountain-of-god/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/following-the-shepherd/

http://refusingtotiptoe.com/2012/04/16/sharing-sunday-taking-care-of-business-before-its-too-late/

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12 thoughts on ““To Like or Dislike” (Brussel Sprouts)

  1. I absolutely agree that God’s word is not up for debate, no matter how much people like to debate it. But I do LOVE Harry Potter – what’s up with the no love for Harry Potter?

    • Thanks for stopping by….Harry Potter is not my idea of good Christian reading. Luke 8:18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” What we hear, read, listen to, watch directly affects us.

      • Oh, I agree with that wholeheartedly. I just don’t take Harry Potter very literally – I see it as a fantastic parable of Christians vs. the world. Good vs. evil, of those who do good often getting the short end of the stick and being persecuted, of love being the most powerful thing this world has ever seen and vanquishing the darkness.

        But I don’t dig that ‘Twilight’ stuff – I don’t think the undead are ‘cool’ or romantic.

      • Oh, by the way, does ‘Naphtali’ mean anything? It’s a neat word and wondered if it had a special meaning for you . . . .

  2. It’s okay to dislike Brussels Sprouts or deer meat maybe. But what if you visit a person’s house for supper and that person goes out of her way to make her best meal which is Brussels Sprouts and deer meat. Then what? The Bible states that we are to eat what’s set before us (Luke 10:8).

    This is especially important for missionaries in foreign lands. Most of them have learned to never ask what they’re eating because it might be something like fried rat or worse. Better to eat and not know.

  3. “God is no respecter of persons. No waivers. No Deal. No Bargains.” Amen — we are to set our sight on Him and commit to following Him HIS way.

  4. For the atheist that argues and debates there is hope… at least they are engaged. The dangerous one is the one that just doesn’t care to be bothered.

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