The Pope, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio.

Pope-FrancisIf the Independent, London’s daily newspaper, is correct Pope Francis may inspire a new version of the Bible:  The Bible According to Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio.

If you’ve forgotten the story line of this mesmerizing fairytale for children, it focuses on a craftsman named Geppetto, the puppet he made and named Pinocchio, and his desire that his creation would be a real boy.millennial-pinocchio

When the Blue Fairy hears the wish of Geppetto, she works her magic and in a mystical moment, she infuses the wooden puppet with the gift of life.  To help him know right from wrong, the Blue Fairy appoints Jiminy Cricket as his conscience: “I dub you Pinocchio’s conscience, lord high keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of high temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket.”

In an interview referenced by the Independent, Pope Francis is reported to have said: “Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.” While I have no way of asking the Pope to clarify his statement, it sounds like he’s been dazzled by Disney and wished upon one too many stars.

Are we to believe that as long as a pedophile does not disobey his conscience he is not sinning.  What about a sociopath and his conscience?  With apologies to Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, when the conscience goes stag a person is left in rags and unconscious of his spiritual failings.

I know it may sound a little old school and politically incorrect, but Jesus didn’t say, “Let your conscience be your guide.”  He said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish (Luke 13:3).” 


The Day After the Elections

how-do-i-vote-everything-you-need-to-know-by-state-73091Americans across the United States turned out yesterday in record numbers to vote for the candidate of their choice. There has been vigorous debate over opinion, platforms, and positions, and hopes and dreams for the future were the deciding factors in the polling booths.

I did my civic duty and voted for the individuals who I thought were the best qualified; however, as I voted I did so with the knowledge that the political process has its limitations. The answer to the problems we face as Americans is not found in a political party.

Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent, your party affiliation is powerless to exact the change that is needed. This change will only occur when people begin to thirst for the presence of God.

Please read the verses below, and then read them again and repeat them aloud to God as a prayer for our nation:
• 2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
• Proverbs 14:34: Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
• Psalm 85:6: Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You?

Before we can change as a nation, we must first change as individuals. Ask God to change you, so you can be the change America needs.