Christian Theme Memes

Christian Theme Memes

These are Christian themed memes or word pictures. Feel free to use these Christian memes for free. CallahanWriter retains the copyright, the memes on this blog are free to use without modification. The various text used in these Christian memes or pictures comes from the Bible, some from Christian writers (credit is given when such is the case) and some of the text is written by CallahanWriter.  These  are public domain use for non commercial purposes.





























Living Sermon by Edgar A. Guest

Living Sermon by Edgar A. Guest




























Behold, I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands




Bless The Lord who bears us up.



Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the places you can. All the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you can. John Wesley


Do what you can and pray for what you cannot do.






God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t. That must tell us something…


Stress makes you believe everything has to happen right now…Faith reassures you that everything will happen in Gods Timing.



Footprints In the Sand


The first to forgive is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forgive is the happiest.



Forgiveness: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, you Heavenly Father will forgive you. CallahanWriter.



Please forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others their trespasses against us.



Forgiveness allows you to stop carrying the burden and pain associated with whatever hurt you.



Forgiveness is more important to the victim than it is for the victimizer.




When God speaks and a man that men will always will be right. Thomas s. Monson.


Everything happens for a reason. Oh really? Everything happens for one of two reasons…Consequences or because God wills it so.



Trusting God’s plan for your everyday life is equally  as important as trusting God’s plan for your eternal life.





A Christian is someone who believes Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light, and the only way to gain salvation.







Jesus Is My Hope

Jesus Is My Hope

Jesus Is My Hope







Free Christmas Memes

Free Christmas Memes

Merry Christmas Meme


Merry Christmas Memes. The Christian themed Christmas memes are free to use as is. Please reference this blog if you can in your usage. Enjoy Christ in your Christmas celebration.


Merry Christmas Meme:

Yet in the dark streets shineth the everlasting light. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.



Merry Christmas Meme:

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.


This is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing…The babe the son of Mary!

Merry Christmas Meme

Merry Christmas Meme

Hail, hail the world made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary! So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh the King of Kings salvation brings!

Merry Christmas Meme

Merry Christmas Meme

Raise, raise the song on high! The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy! Joy! For Christ is born, the babe, the Son of Mary!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas


Keep Jesus Christ in this blessed holiday season.


O holy Child of Bethlehem descend to us we pray. Cast out our sins and enter in. Be born to is today.



Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad: above they deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.




Merry Christmas

O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth.





















































Racism In America: Much Improved But Still Needs Work.

Racism In America: Much Improved But Still Needs Work

Racism in America is a very frustrating thing. To a minority, in a subculture surrounded by a majority of different people, racism is very frustrating and very suppressive. To a middle-aged white man such as me, racism is also frustrating. Racism is frustrating to everybody in America, except for the people who make money on it.

These so-called “social activist,” and the so-called “preachers,” who are supposed to be teaching from the Bible but in actuality promote a counterculture of violence to make a point about racism, these types of people are the only ones who benefit from racism.

We Can All Get Along!

We Can All Get Along!

It is unfortunate that to have a voice on the topic of racism requires credentials that are defined by the various minority groups and one of those requirements is that you have to be a minority from a bad neighborhood and in bad circumstances.

Thankfully, this is America, where anyone can say just about anything on any topic one wishes to speak on.

I have spent my life watching one struggle after another regarding racism and discrimination. I have seen many riots in many cities across America where property is damaged and ruined, and lives are lost and chaos reigns.

Just to be up front, I am a middle-aged white man living in a predominantly white community. However, we do have many minorities all around us, and these minority groups are growing. I suspect that the predominant minority group in our area would be Spanish-speaking people with a lot of Asians and the growing number of black people.

I live in the heartland of Utah which was once considered one of the whitest places in America. But that is no longer true.

If one wishes to join the public debate about racism one puts themselves out there as an open target by some minority group that doesn’t connect or identify with what you’re saying. This is unfortunate because the solution to racism and discrimination in America is a calm and rational open dialogue amongst everyone who wants to say something about it. Education is another solution to racism and discrimination.

What I have to say about racism is based on observation and personal opinions and what I believe are thoughtful ideas concerning racism and discrimination in America.

I would like to point out a few things that I think are important to consider as Americans regarding racism. If you compare America with all the other countries in the world, we have one of the best existing environments for races to get along with each other.

However, America does have a lot of room to improve regarding discriminating against each other and in solving racist attitudes. Racism is considered by most people to be discrimination of black people by white people. That is not true. Racism is a discrimination by one group of people toward another group of people based on gender, religion, the color of their skin and their social economic standing . . .

truth_both_sides_storyWe must keep in mind that we are talking about generalities. There are always exceptions to any generality. A lot of discrimination is based on ignorance and this goes both ways.

I propose that the solution to discrimination and racism in American is as simple as: 1. Education. 2. Polite and respectful public discourse. 3. Get real and stop the hypocrisy. 4. Be the solution, not the problem.

Of these four principal solutions, I think Education is by far the most important. Education and rational thinking could go along way to resolve the animosity between different classes of people.

One good example of education can be derived by this scenario:

A business owner is motivated by one or two things. The first is making money. Some business owners want to make a difference in the world with their product or service. That business owner should surround him or herself with the smartest, most experienced people they can get in the salary range they can afford. If that is a black man, an Asian or white woman, a Native American or a white man, then so be it. Hire the most qualified.

Forcing that business owner to hire a certain number of women or a certain number of racial minorities isn’t good for business unless they happen to be the most qualified.

This is a basic principle, hire the most qualified person that you can afford regardless or race or gender.

Being the best qualified candidate makes the most sense from the standpoint of a gender minority or a racial minority.

This scenario is all about education. This scenario educates people on business practices to be successful. To the business owner, don’t discriminate, hire the best qualified. To the candidate be the most qualified. Whatever your gender or color of skin, get the education you need for the job or career you want to pursue. Get all the experience you can and make yourself qualified. Be proactive, not violently reactionary.

The final lesson of this scenario is to be color blind and get the best person for the job and be the best person for the job and let the chip’s fall where they may.

Another example of education being so beneficial to overcoming discrimination and racism is to make sure that everybody is educated that wants to be educated. A great example of lack of education is what’s happening in Ferguson Missouri right now. Last night the grand jury announced that the white police officer that shot and killed Mike Brown will not be indicted for Mike Brown’s death.

Video clips and pictures show many people, white and black, holding signs that say “we demand justice for Mike Brown” or “justice for Mike Brown” and “black lives do matter.”

In this example education is very important because so many people are being rallied by outsiders to protest, regardless of the results of the grand jury. If these people were educated and rational they would understand that the prosecutor presented evidence from both sides of the spectrum regarding the police officer shooting of Mike Brown.

This is important because the prosecution controls the evidence presented to the grand jury and this prosecutor gave the grand jewelry everything he could for them to make the best decision and the most educated decision that they could make. If the protestors were educated, they would understand that indeed justice was done for Mike Brown and justice was done for the police officer. But these social activists are manipulating these people to lash out against logic and against education. A criminal is a criminal regardless of the color of their skin.

I have no way of knowing, but I suspect that the majority of those protesting in Missouri would probably be less likely to protest if they understood the proceedings completely. The activist keeps them fueled up so that rational thought becomes virtually impossible.

This sad story of what’s going on in Ferguson Missouri also speaks to another aspect of discrimination and racism. Many of these protesters are overlooking the fact that Mike Brown was involved in criminal activity when he was fighting the police officer who trying to talk to him, detain him or arrest him.

If “Joe Protester” who let’s say, happens to be black and was quietly going about his business in his own neighborhood and had Mike Brown been going after him to beat him up, rob him, or commit some other kind of crime, what would “Joe Protester” do?

Would “Joe Protester” be carrying a sign in a mob saying “we demand justice for Mike Brown?” I doubt it. In our society the rule of law needs to work both ways regardless of gender or race.

In Utah, this year, 2014, there have been twelve or thirteen police officer shootings and we still have a month and a half to go. People are protesting (peacefully) and are making ignorant claims about police officers doing what they want and getting away with it. A couple of years ago a police officer shot a woman who was in a car trying to hit the officer with her car. The officer shot and killed her. The district attorney said that he was criminally liable for her death and the case went to court. When the judge heard the evidence from both sides, the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence against the office to go to trial. This verdict was handed down just a few weeks ago.

This example shows the ignorance of the people protesting. Police officers are accountable for their actions.

If people were half as anxious to obtain an education and to learn how to have rational thought as they are to chaotic protesting, many of our racial problems would be gone.

I am not an expert on the issue of race relations and discrimination practices throughout America. However, I feel like I am educated enough and have enough rational thought to realize that most people who protest about racial issues regarding police officer shootings and similar subjects are usually uninformed or choose to let emotion guide their thinking rather than rational thought. And there’s absolutely never excuse to have violent protests or destructive protests.

We need respectful public discourse on the topics of race relations and gender discrimination. The nationally syndicated talk shows are, for the most part just are entertainment shows full of verbal fighting and one-sided thoughts. They prefer good ratings over rational thought.

People in America, from all walks of life regardless of your skin color or gender have the right to peaceably assemble and let their voice be heard.

But no one has the right to protest it in a way that causes property damage or that causes injury to other people. That is against the law. If you participate in a crime by violently protesting and you do it claiming to want justice to be done for Mike Brown or John Doe or anyone else then you are a hypocrite and a criminal. How hypocritical is it to protest the treatment of a criminal by committing crime in a violent and destructive protest?

Before you start throwing stones at me, think what wise men have done and said over the years that have accomplished many great things that endure even to today: I’m talking of people like Mahatma Gandhi or the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahatma Gandhi protested in a nonviolent way and his leadership and his wise words are still studied and talked about in our day. He caused change to occur in his day and left a positive legacy for us today.

Martin Luther King Junior talked about judging people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Racism and discrimination know no boundaries. White people discriminate against black people. Black people discriminate against white people. Asian people discriminate against women. Women discriminate against women. Women discriminate against men. Black people discriminate against Asian people. Native Americans discriminate against white people and on and on it goes.

Truly racism and discrimination know no boundaries. It is not just white people versus the minorities, racism and discrimination are an unintelligent trait that resides in the hearts of men and women of all colors and of all genders.

Be the solution by not adding to the problem. Talk in an educated and rational way of what is happening in the world, avoid knee-jerk reactions and let the system play out until a decision is made. Then peacefully protest as is you right to do. But keep it civil.

I do not propose to have all the answers to fix the inequalities, racism and gender bias that is going on in our society today. I know it could be worse when I look at other countries and how they deal with these issues, but it could be much better in America, and it should be.

We need to compare our progress against our own history. If we compare ourselves to society before the Civil War, we’ve come along way. If we compare ourselves against society just after the Civil War, we’ve come a long way. If we compare ourselves to 100 years ago, we have come a long way. If we compare ourselves to the days during segregation, we’ve come a long way.

In the last twenty-five years we have come along way in improving race relations and gender discrimination. Janet Reno, a woman, served as Attorney General in Bill Clinton’s administration, for eight years. Condoleezza Rice, a black woman served George W Bush for eight years in his cabinet, four years of which were as Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton was a serious contender for the Democratic party nomination and lost to Barrack Obama, a black man, who was elected as president of the United States. Hillary Clinton, a woman served four years as Secretary of State. Janet Napolitano, a woman served as Secretary of Homeland security under Barrack Obama.

Yes we have come a long way, but we still have room for improvement, so that there is no discrimination against any people for any reason.





We’ve all heard the old adage that “if it’s too good to be true” then it is. However, I take issue with that aphorism, I say that if it is too good to be true it probably is, but not always.

2_good_2_b_trueLet’s take the following story as an example to the exception of this adage. Imagine that you have lost all your worldly possessions, you’ve lost your family and you have been living in the street for ten years. You have no income forcing you to beg for money and food, and you sleep for wherever you can find shelter. Let’s add to this sad scenario, a substance abuse problem. You have many illnesses related to exposure to the elements, poor diet and substance abuse problems. It all seems hopeless and it all seems lost! Surely, there is no hope.

You have been raised right, you know that you not supposed to steal or lie. Living on the streets has jaded you. The environment that you are forced to live in has taken away much of your humanity and your sensibilities. You find yourself committing crimes to survive and you find yourself committing crimes to sustain your substance abuse. You’re living a senseless life filled with despair and no hope.

Put yourself in that situation, assume that you do not know of the tender mercies of Christ. You’re sitting on the street corner in filthy clothes with filthy hygiene and you’re holding a sign asking for money. Someone comes up to you and talks to you while they’re putting money in your hand and they start to tell you about a person who came to earth and he paid the price for all of your sins, and of all the sins of all the people on earth. This man has felt everything that you have ever felt or that you will ever fill. This man has provided a way for you to not only get off the street and not only get into clean clothes but to get into heaven with the righteous.

truth_never_2_good_2_b_trueDoes this sound too good to be true? If you’re reading this Blog then you know where I’m going with this illustration, but really think what would be like to be in those circumstances and then you are introduced to Christ and his love and his boundless saving grace and mercy, wouldn’t that all seem just a little too good to be true? Well it’s not too good to be true. It is a fact. It is the most blessed fact or truth on the earth.

The story of Jesus Christ, and the doctrine contained in the Bible that teaches us about His Life and His teachings are true. Within the book covers of the Bible is the way to the truth and salvation, they are the pathways whereby we can receive eternal happiness.

Consider what the word eternal means? The word eternal means “without end.” So think what this means, happiness without end. To live with God and his son Jesus Christ is happiness forever, without end.

Even though we started off with the story of the homeless person that appeared to have no hope, each one of us are beggars, we all depend on the same God to give us life, we all rely on that same God to forgive us of our sins and through His grace and His mercy to live with Him throughout eternity.

We can all say that this idea is too good to be true. But it is true! So when you hear the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, it is” always keep in the back of my mind that sometimes it can be that good and still be true. When it comes to Jesus Christ, it is too good to be true but it is true. We all need to remember Jesus Christ our Savior, and our Eternal Father in Heaven love us unconditionally, they are perfectly willing to give us grace and mercy if we are willing to reach out to them.


Irish Sayings


Irish sayings are a homey little statements and expressions that have a certain Irish spice to them. Some are wise and witty while other saying and fun and fabulous.  These Irish sayings, to the best of my knowledge are not copyrighted and free to use by anyone, any times. The Irish themed memes are free to use without modification. They are copyrighted by but you can use them freely.


If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.




May you always have
A sunbeam to warm you
Good luck to charm you
And a sheltering angel
So nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
And whenever you pray
Heaven to hear you




A newborn babe
brings light to the house
warmth to the hearth
and joy to the soul
for wealth is family,
family is wealth.





Irish Newborn Baby Blessing

May all the blessing of our Lord touch your life today.
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way.
Such a wee little fit, sent from above.
Someone so precious to cherish and love.
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over you head
As you quietly slumber in your bed.
May good luck be with you wherever you go.
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.


Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.




Irish Quote

Deep peace of the running waves to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.

Deep peace of the son of Peace to you.






I lay my head to rest and in doing so I lay at your feet
the faces I have seen
the voices I have heard
the words I have spoken
the hands I have shaken
the service I have given
the joys I have shared
the sorrows revealed
I lay them at your feet
and in doing so
lay my head to rest



Irish Blessing For A Baby

Sleep, my babe, lie still and slumber,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night
Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
Mother dear her watch is keeping,
All through the night
God is here, you
’ll not be lonely,
All through the night
‘Tis not I who guards thee only,
All through the night
s dark shades will soon be over,
Still my watchful care shall hover,
God with me His watch is keeping,
All through the night.






Irish Baby Christening

Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day
Of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child
And surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of
Love, faith, hope and charity.











We cannot share a sorrow
If we haven’t grieved a while
nor can we feel another’s joy
Until we’ve learned to smile.



There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships,
and may they always be.



May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.


Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.


Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.


Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.



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Lessons Learned From the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Lessons Learned From the Parable of the Prodigal Son

It is no secret to any Christian that Jesus taught frequently in Parables. He used the Parable style of teaching so that those who heard Him teach, but were not ready to receive the message, wouldn’t be condemned. He taught in Parables so that those who had eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to know and feel the message, could by taught important saving principles The Savior had to offer.

Parables are a symbolic way to teach. Like a metaphor, the symbols give us something to compare the teachings with which can greatly aid our understanding. With Parables you can learn lessons beyond what a superficial reading can teach you. In that vein, we will look at the Parable of The Prodigal Son.

The primary message is about repentance, mercy and forgiveness. Luke 15 begins with begins with the Parable of The Lost Sheep which is followed by the Parable of The Lost Piece of Silver. The Parable of The Prodigal Son brings up the rear with a little more detail about forgiveness than what is found in the first two Parables. The clear lesson to the first two Parables is the joy that the Father has when we repent and He forgives us.

The Parable of The Lost Sheep found in Luke 15: 3-7 is best summed up in verses 6-7. The Shepherd leaves the ninety and nine and goes after the one lost sheep. When he finds that sheep he says to his friends, “Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

Then The Master goes on to teach, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

The next Parable, The Lost Piece of Silver, emphasizes the joy the woman had in finding her lost piece of silver. She wants to share the joy with her friends. Then comes the punch line in verse 10: “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

The recurring theme in Luke 15 is about sinners that were lost, then repented and were found through repentance by The Lord. Luke 15 teaches us also about the very great joy that our Savior and our Father in Heaven have when we repent and are found again.

Parable of The Prodigal Son

To drive the point home, the Master Teacher uses The Parable of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). The lesson of repentance and forgiveness through God’s mercy is illustrated in this Parable, but there is more to learn from that Parable.

The great Parable tells of a man with two sons. One son was faithful and stayed with his father. The other son asked for and received his portion of his inheritance. He left his father and brother and went off to a far country and spent his inheritance over many years of riotous living with harlots. After the prodigal son had exhausted his resources, there arose a famine in the land and he had nothing to live on.

He went to work for a farmer and was given the job to feed swine. All that the prodigal son had to eat were the husks that were fed to the swine. This indicates the prodigal son was as low as he could get. After a while he “came to himself” realizing that even his father’s servants had more than enough bread to eat.

The thought occurred to him that he could return to his father and be a servant and have plenty to eat in return for his labor. He realized that he was no more worthy to be called his father’s son. He knew he had sinned greatly both before his father and against Heaven.

lessons_learned_from_prodigal_sonHe journeyed back to his father’s house. While he was yet along way off his father saw him returning. The father of the prodigal son had compassion upon his returning son. The loving Father ran to met his son and wrapped him up in his loving arms and kissed him.

The prodigal son confesses to his father “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”

The loving father of the prodigal son instructed his servants to clothe him in the best robe and put shoes on his feet and a ring on his finger.

In celebration of the prodigal sons return, the Father’s household killed the fatted calf for a feast and they were merry. Rejoicing, the father said, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.”

Lessons Learned

Lessons learned from this Parable are emphasized in the preceding two Parables. The Lord our God rejoices in the sinner that humbly repents and seeks forgiveness. The father of the prodigal son celebrates the return of his lost son, restoring him with clothing and food in a joyous celebration.

The message of God’s mercy and grace is demonstrated in the act of forgiveness and also reinforced with the other two Parables in Luke 15. Again, Luke 15:7 in the Parable of the Lost Sheep we learn “Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” And in the Parable of the Lost Piece Of Silver the woman finds the lost piece of silver and seeks to rejoice with her friends. Then in verse 10 it says, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

The sinner who humbles himself and repents will be forgiven. Our Lord and Savior is anxious to forgive and does so through His tender mercies. Along with His angels, He celebrates in the return of the lost sinner. It is deeply moving that not only does the Lord want to forgive but also celebrates and finds great joy in forgiving the humble sinner. These Parables, especially the Parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us of humility, sorrow for sin, repentance, mercy, forgiveness and the joy that Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ has in forgiving us and bringing us back into the fold.

There are more lessons to be learned from the Parable of the Prodigal Son that highlight other important concepts than the Lost Sheep and the Lost Piece of Silver.

The father had two sons. We have discussed the prodigal son but there is another son who at the beginning of the Parable was the righteous son. He stayed with the father (keeping the commandments) while the prodigal went off in living.

The faithful son was tending to the fields while the drama of the return of the prodigal son took place. He comes back to the house and hears music and sees dancing. He asks one of his servants what was going on? The servant responded “Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.”

The faithful son refused to join in the celebration. After a while, noticing that his other son was not in attendance, the father went after the “righteous” son. After finding the faithful son the Father asked him what was troubling him?

The faithful son replied “Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.” (Luke 15:29-30)

lessons_learned_prodigal_sonFrom a natural man standpoint one can see his point. He was faithful and the sinner comes back after “sowing wild oats” and gets a big celebration. Perhaps we should make sure to rejoice in the good living of the faithful.

The father responds by saying “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” (Luke 15:31-32)

In a sense, this Parable of the Prodigal son is a story of two prodigal sons. The second faithful son showed signs of not wanting to forgive. He showed a symptom of pride. But the good father taught him of the importance of finding the lost sheep and having joy in finding the lost sheep.

The Prodigal Son tells of a son who was rebellious and goes on to live a sinful life. Thankfully the son came to realize his sin and was humbled and sought forgiveness at his fathers hand.

The first two Parables talk of the joy of finding a lost sinner. The Prodigal Son takes it a step further and talks of a rebellious sinner. The Prodigal Son knew what he had and chose to take his inheritance and go after a worldly life of sin, lust, greed and riotous living. A sinner who has lived a life of sin and becomes humble and desires to repent needs to be saved from his sins through the mercies of the atonement of Jesus Christ. A rebellious sinner is a little more grave because they sinned against a greater light. Nevertheless, they can be, like the Prodigal Son, forgiven. The Lord rejoices in his repentance just like any other sinner.

We, like the faithful son, need to be willing to forgive the “sinner” just like our Savior is willing to forgive. That may not be as simple as it seems on the surface. After all, we are humans living in a world ripening in iniquity. Pressure abounds everywhere. Just trying to withstand the temptations we are faced with is a challenge.

Obviously we slip and fall from time to time and we are in need of The Lords’ forgiveness. The scriptures teach us to forgive others or to “forgive all men.” The Lords Prayer talks about “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

The Prodigal Son speaks of Gods mercy and joy in forgiving his lost sheep. It also speaks to us to forgive others their trespasses against us.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All rights reserved.

An Open Letter To All American Public Figures Of Color

To All American Public Figures of Color


The topic that I want to address in this article has been on my mind since Pres. Barrack Obama was elected president six years ago. It’s no secret that I was very much opposed to Obama becoming the President of the United States of America. It had nothing to do with race, it had everything to do with his public policies and his politics that went against my political ideologies.

But when he was elected I tried to put on a happy face and thought that if anybody could help the racial problem in America it would be he.

With a black American president, you couldn’t ask for a better public example to the minorities of America who feel like they were oppressed by the “man” or by the “establishment.” After all Barrack Obama, a man of color rose to the highest position a person can achieve in the world. A member of the racial minority became the “establishment.”

I was hoping that he would reach out to the racial minority and say something along the lines of “look, if I can do it you can do it. I went through many of the same problems you’ve been through and I made choices and I had a dream for my life. I made choices that would let me achieve my dreams. If I can do it, you can do it.”

I have been very disappointed in his lack of concern for the people of color that are still feeling oppressed and are still living in the inner cities with little hope and with little motivation.

This is not just an issue for Barrack Obama, but it’s an issue for every public person of color.

Now this same thought is occurring to me again after all these years now that Mia Love has been elected to Congress representing the 4th congressional district in the state of Utah. She is the first black woman Republican to serve in Congress.

I agree with her family values and with many of her political viewpoints and I hope that she is successful in promoting good family values and promoting good political legislation that would be a benefit to our district and a benefit to America.

What I also want to see her do is to reach out across the country to all the young people male or female of color and tell them “if I can do it you can do it.” She may not have sought out that responsibility. Barrack Obama may not have sought out for that responsibility, all the public figures of color may have worked so hard and been so focused that they didn’t seek out to get involved in the potential racial revolution.

Anyone who is successful should give back to their community. It was their community and their country that gave them the opportunity to be successful. We all owe our country gratitude. We are all blessed to live in America. We all should give back in whatever way we can.

In the case of a public figure of color I think that giving back by doing their part to educate the racial minority and inspire and motivate them. Let them know they have choices. Let these racial minorities know they can make a difference for good in society.

Why laid such a heavy burden upon these actors, athletes, entertainers, elected officials and other public figures of color? They worked hard and they achieve something great isn’t that example enough? This is a free country. If they think they have done enough then that’s their choice. What a legacy to know you helped make a difference in over coming the racial divide that plage’s different parts of our country.

I keep mentioning public figures of color but everybody should be involved in healing the racial divides that are throughout various parts of our society.

The biggest responsibility lies with public figures of color because most minorities are not going to want to listen to a successful public figure who happens to be white.

America has a very serious black mark on its history in regards to race. There was slavery and there was slavery and there was slavery and there was slavery! And then there was racism during the Civil War on both sides. During reconstruction there was racism. During the 1800s when the West was being settled the Chinese were severely discriminated against. The American Indians were almost exterminated in the name of manifest destiny.

Even as recently as a World War II the Army and other military branches segregated between white and black. Even when so many African-Americans came back from the war, every bit as much a hero as was their white counterparts, they were discriminated against

Thank heavens we finally live in a time where something can be done about it in a real way. I want more for America than just sociological evolution where the Presidency of America could not be denied a man of color. Think of the power that racial minorities could have if all the successful public figures of color advocated for them, inspired them and taught them how to avoid the pit falls and bad choices that could ruin their lives.

Public figures of color have a voice, a powerful voice. It’s up to them if they want to use it for good or for their own personal welfare.

The collective racial minority voice should be telling the young people of America that regardless of their race, be it Native American, Japanese, Vietnamese, African-American, Chinese or whatever other race they may be, they can be successful in life. They can achieve their dreams. These public figures of race achieved their dreams so can all young people in America.

All of the public figures of color have made very wise decisions to achieve what they have. The racial minorities need for these great public figures to tell them that they can also achieve their dreams.

To the hard-working and successful public figures of America, it’s times to give back and educate these kids while they still have a chance. Lend your voice to the fight against racism in a peaceful way and in a motivational way and in a way that encourages people to obey the laws, to make good choices, to stay in school, to have dreams and make those dreams come true. You did it, they can do it and you need to tell them that.

While Barrack Obama had one of the greatest opportunities ever given to a person in America to make a difference in the racial divides of America, he chose not to. The President still has two years left in his term he could still make a great difference in bridging the racial divide. Let’s put pressure on him to do so.

There are many men and women in Congress with different racial backgrounds, they should be encouraged to go out whether they are Democrat, Libertarian or Republican, and make a difference in America by breaking down racial walls. Go out and tell people of color that it’s not too late for them to make a difference in their life.

If the racial minorities hear from people of their own race or other minorities that they can make a difference in society think of how great the future of America would be? The message carries far more weight if delivered from public figures of color than it would from anyone else.

With Mia love being the first Republican black woman in Congress, she is in a very unique position to really make a difference throughout the nation. She was elected from a predominantly white district. However we have many minorities in our district such as Latin Americans, Asians, African-Americans and more.

I think that issue alone sends a message to the country that when a majority of well-educated white people sent someone like Mia Love to Congress we are not looking at the color of her skin we are looking at her as a candidate that we agree with.

She can appeal to both the racial minority and gender minority. I really hope she’ll take on that responsibility even though she may not have sought it out.

I’m a middle-aged white guy. I’m trying to do what I can which isn’t much. With health problems and the fact that I’m just a regular “Joe,” I have no influence on any community or on any ethnic group. Hopefully by putting “pen in hand” and writing a few words will make some difference.

If ever there was a time for a great groundswell to encourage prominent people of color in our country to be a good example and a good influence on the racial minority, that time is now!

Troy Wagstaff ©


To Judge Or Not To Judge, That Is The Question.

To Judge Or Not To Judge, That Is The Question Of this Opinion Piece

Judging others and being judged by others seems to be a big deal in our American society. It makes sense that “judging others” is a big concern for the non secular (religious oriented) segment of society. The Bible teaches the point of not judging others. The secular (nonreligious) part of our society seems equally concerned about the topic of not judging others.

Why is “judging others” such a big deal? Is it because people, don’t want to be judged? Is it because the non secular lean on Biblical teachings that judging others is bad and let God be the judge?

There could be many other reasons for the assertion not to judge others. I will restrain this opinion piece to the two issues mentioned: For the secular, don’t judge others because no one wants to be the subject of someone’s judgment and to the non secular aspect of Bible teachings on judgment.

My background is in Christianity and the biblical teachings of not judging others and knowing that God is the real judge of my actions and the actions of everyone else. I find it odd that secular society is concerned about not judging others and not wanting to be judged. Because they are in the secular category, they have no fear of being judged by God which should lift a great deal of weight of their shoulders.

For them, I think the issue is more about other people judging them and making them feel bad about themselves.

I think it is easy to understand the point of view that no one wants to be judged because being judged means that you have done something wrong or that someone disapproves of your actions. This can make one feel bad about oneself. No one wants to feel bad about themselves. If anyone is in this category of thought then they should be reminded that it does not matter what people think about you what matters is what you think about yourself.

Do you give power to others to make you feel bad? Do you keep all power to yourself on how you think about yourself? Eleanor Roosevelt has oft been quoted with this statement: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” So if someone is “judging” you, big deal. Who cares? Only you can make yourself feel bad.

For the non secular demographic the issue of judgment becomes more complicated. We contend with the issues of not judging others even though we must do it every day. We also need to deal with the knowledge that God is our judge and we need to keep His commandments to get a favorable judgment.

The Bible tells us clearly not to judge, “judge not, for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall also be judged.” Most Christians just leave it at the level of not judging others, but like I said we do it every day. Let me illustrate a few examples of how we judge every day.

If your neighbor asked your 12-year-old daughter to babysit his kids for the evening and you knew that one of the parents was a convicted pedophile would you let your daughter accept the babysitting job? No, of course not. Putting a child in front of a pedophile is like putting an alcoholic drink in front of a reformed alcoholic.

If your 16-year-old daughter was asked out by a convicted rapist would you tell her to have a good time or would you tell her that she will not be going out with that man?

Say you come across two street vendors and they are both selling a certain type of wallet that you like. One is handmade, is strong, durable and will last a very long time. The other is mass-produced, has the same features as the handmade wallet but is $5.00 cheaper. Which wallet do you choose? It doesn’t matter, the point is that you have to judge or weigh the options of both choices and determine which is best for you. But you must judge.

In the case of the babysitting job for the known pedophile or the date with a known rapist you have to judge the same way. You weigh the options and look at the possibilities and decide if it is worth taking a chance.

There are all kinds of examples of the many ways in which we judge every day. So we must consider the second part of the statement from the Bible about judging others. “Judge not, for with what judgement ye judge, ye shall also be judged.” The first part is “judge not” the second aspect of the sentence is “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall also be judged.”

So if you want a righteous or favorable judgment in the great day of judgment you will make all your judgments righteously. God knows the intents and desires of your heart. If you’re judging righteously or attempting to judge righteously then God will look with favor upon you in the day of judgment.

Speaking to both demographics, the secular and non secular, I think we should consider the term “judging others” may be a bit over done. What I mean by this is that we may often use or feel that the judging of others as a way to put others down in order to make us feel better about our self. We may use “judging” as a way to insult others. Really that’s not judging others as much as it is just being mean and rude.

The act of judging is a means of weighing the various sides of an issue to make a decision. Is “xxx” good or bad, right or wrong, good for me or bad for me wondering about the consequences of either choice?

I think this is where tolerance comes into play. You may decide there is a need to judge someone. Go ahead and judge that person according to your belief system but be tolerant of that person and their beliefs. That person can be judged by you but you can still treat him or her fairly and with the respect they deserve. Just because you have judged their views as “wrong” in your eyes doesn’t mean you can’t be civil toward them and courteous to them.

As this article is being written, the elections are a week away. The closer to voting day the more vitriolic the add campaigns get. There’s no excuse for that but during the heated debates and after the election results are in we should all be tolerant of each other “learn to give each other what we need to survive…in perfect harmony” as the wise song “Ebony and Ivory” advocates.

My best friend is a life long friend of 47 years. I don’t agree with everything he believes. I have judged some of his views as incompatible with mine and vice versa. But we get along well, we’ve been there for each other and supported each other over the years.

Judging has its rightful place in the lives of either demographic but it does not need to get in the way of how we feel about ourselves. Making judgments doesn’t need to make us feel like we have sinned if we have used the process of judging wisely.

Troy Wagstaff ©

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