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Stomping on Jesus

Testimony Reverence Blasphemy

Source: "University Apologizes for 'Stomp on Jesus' Lesson" By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter, published Christian Post, March 25, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-26

Scripture: Hebrews 10:29

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A professor at Florida Atlantic University asked students to write the name 'Jesus' on a piece of paper, place the paper on the floor, and then stomp on it. While most blindly complied, some refused to do so, and one student even went to school administrators to complain.

Ryan Rotela, a junior at FAU who was enrolled at the class, told local media that he went to school officials to protest the assignment. "Anytime you stomp on something it shows that you believe that something has no value … So if you were to stomp on the word Jesus, it says that the word has no value."

Initially, FAU defended the assignment and the curriculum from which it was derived. They have since recanted and apologized. "This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused," said Florida Atlantic University, a multi-campus institution, in a prepared statement posted on its website.

The story made quite a splash on both news and social media outlets, with many decrying it as yet "another example of secularist anti-Christian sentiment."

APPLICATION

While this news story shocks and offends all who hold the name of Jesus dear (and even many who don't), I've got more news for you. You effectively "stomp" on the name of Jesus each and every time you fail to honor Him, whether that be in attitude, action, or principal. Before you call for sanctions against the professor or the school administrators, ask yourself, "How have I stomped on Jesus today?"

"How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:29) .

Man Arrested for 'Blasphemous' Outburst That Santa's Not Real

Christmas Blasphemy Conviction

Source: "Kingston police arrest man who told kids Santa isn’t real" by Sarah Taguiam and Graham Slaughter, Staff Reporters, The Toronto Star, 11/20/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-04

Scripture: Romans 1:25

Author: Sarah Taguiam and Graham Slaughter, Staff Writers,
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Canadians best not blaspheme the hallowed name of Santa:

In Kingston, it’s not the Grinch but a 24-year-old man who police say stole Christmas.

As Christmas-themed floats slowly rolled down Princess St. during Kingston’s annual 2012 Santa Claus parade, an intoxicated man shouted blasphemous lies to shock children: Santa doesn’t exist.

The man, whose gelled hair “looked like a set of devil horns protruding from his head,” was reported to Kingston police, Const. Steve Koopman said.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man around 6 p.m.

It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Koopman said. 

APPLICATION

So let me get this straight, in Canada it's a "despicable," arrest worthy offense, and blasphemous no less, to declare that the fictional Santa Claus is not real, while in the US it is increasingly found to be illegal to display on public property a manger scene declaring the historical reality of the birth of Jesus.*

Our world is indeed upside down. What is fictional is lauded and protected, while what is real is derided and condemned.

Although we don't condone a crazy man disrupting a family friendly Christmas parade, the Kingston constable has it all wrong. What is truly "despicable" is that "someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Jesus isn’t real — which of course we would argue."

"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie …" (Romans 1:25).

*Follow this link to see the most recent battle (in CA) over a nativity display.

Where Have All The Bibles Gone?

Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Source: “Less than half of US hotel rooms now have Bibles,” Published December 05, 2016 FoxNews.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

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Fox News reports:

According to a new study by hospitality analytics group STR, the percentage of hotels that offer religious materials in rooms has dropped by almost half in the last decade-- from 95 percent in 2006 to just 48 percent this year.

... “The decline of religious materials in hotels, as cited in the survey, is reflective of increasing secularism and independence in the world,” said Jeff Pack, the Director of Communications for Gideon International, the nonprofit group that distributes Bibles in hotels across the country to the Time.

... Travelodge hotels in Britain removed Bibles from their rooms in 2014 “in order not to discriminate against any religion,” the company said. And Wyndham Hotel Group, Travelodge’s parent group, said that there’s no requirement to stock Bibles in any of its 15 global hotel brands.

APPLICATION

Jesus once asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"(Luke 18:8).  If what’s happening in the hotel nightstands the world over is any indication, it’s doubtful. 

Daddy, Can We Get A Puppy?

Selfishness Desires Self-deceived

Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2016-03-21

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:

Author: Glenn Newton
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CHARLIE HEBDO Says Don't Pray for Paris

Prayer Religion Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-20

Scripture: John 14:27

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Waiting For the Next Shoe to Drop

God's Judgment Apostasy Second Coming

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:3 ; Isaiah 47:11

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Critics Choice

Hardness of Heart Resurrection Bible

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-08-04

Scripture: John 1:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Running On Half Battery

Second Coming Watching for Jesus Self-deceived

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-18

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1

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The Cult of Prince Philip of England

Idolatry False Teachers Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Romans 1:18

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Chicago and Baltimore Flair With Violence Over Memorial Day

Violence Complacency Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Matthew 5:21

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