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The HEART of the Matter

Recently, the media has been quick to jump to conclusions, especially when current events align with liberal talking points.  The recent feeding frenzy began following a church shooting during a Bible Study at a Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sadly, nine dead African Americans are being used as a political pawn to accomplish a specific agenda, ban the Confederate Flag.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of, Luke 6:45.

Since June 17, the night of these murders, anyone who displays, owns or doesn’t condemn this flag has been labeled an accessory to this hate crime.  Afraid of negative press, P.G.A. star Bubba Watson decided to paint over the flag on his General Lee, Nascar offered fans attending the July 4th weekend race at Daytona American flags in exchange for Confederate ones and several in the south have removed this symbol from state buildings and court houses.  While this act of terror on Christians is an awful tragedy, the human heart is the main culprit not a flag.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9

During debates with religious leaders and discussions with his own twelve disciples, Jesus proclaimed that what comes out of a man or woman makes them unclean.  Hearts set on evil are like ticking time bombs ready to explode.  Whether killers display a Confederate flag or swastika, acts are conceived by angry hearts according to Jesus, Matthew 5:21-22.  There will always be opinions which have some valid points.  However, owning the Confederate flag doesn’t make you anti-Christian or anti-black.  Rather, those who are raised and taught to embrace bigotry are planting seeds of evil for future actions.  May those filled with hatred receive a spiritual heart transplant to insure future attacks will cease.

by Jay Mankus



Easter Sunday at the Masters

Every calendar year Easter fluctuates from March to April.  Likewise, the organizers of the Masters in cooperation with the P.G.A. Tour try to have their final round on Easter Sunday.  What most people don’t realize is that several P.G.A. Tour events have sunrise services on the 18th green, not just on Easter Sunday.

In fact, there is a growing number of believers on the P.G.A. Tour.  Current and former professionals often share their testimonies in place of a sermon during these services.  Former stars like Tom Lehman, Bernard Langer and Payne Stewart have paved the way for the Christian Fellowship which ministers to the road weary members on the P.G.A. Tour, traveling from week to week throughout the United States and oversees.

However, today was a special day as a Christian won his first major tournament, the Masters.  Located in Augusta, Georgia, the Majors Tournament is held at Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most aesthetically pleasing and beautiful courses in the world.  After winning in a 2 hole sudden death playoff, Bubba Watson was surrounded by several Christian brothers on the P.G.A. Tour.  Instead of taking credit for his victory, his Lord Jesus Christ received praise and the glory.  As Bubba embraced people like Aaron Baddeley, Rickie Fowler and Ben Crane, the love of Christ was demonstrated for the world to see on CBS.

While many of the clips and Christian references are often cut out by the media, it is refreshing to see a humble believer rewarded for his hard work and dedication.  Although there will likely be many more Masters in the future, Jesus remains the master of all.  Well done Bubba!  Thanks for being a light for Christ in a dark world, Matthew 5:13-16.

by Jay Mankus

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