"Creating these (pots) from the dust and clay help me to understand the Lord better. I see how fragile we all really are." -Hosea (Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea). This quote brings up an interesting point; we are all broken in different ways. We all sin and fall short of the expectations God has for us, and being broken means being fragile, like a pot created from dust and clay. If you've ever read Hosea, you know that it is one very powerful love story. On the surface, it talks about Hosea and how the Lord leads him to marry a prostitute. Once you look deeper, you see that it symbolizes so much more than a surface level understanding of the love story, and you can see that Hosea loves Gomer no matter what, even when she continues to go back to her life of sin and multiple lovers. The Lord led Hosea to make these choices to show that even when all of us slip up and do the wrong thing, He is always there for us no matter what. This book is defining what unconditional love really means. It unpacks all of that and the children that Hosea and Gomer have together and the symbolism they share with other things happening as well. Their first child's name, given by the Lord is Jezreel, as a warning that Jezreel will be destroyed. Their second child's name is Lo-Ruhamah, meaning no love because the Lord will no longer show love to the Israelite's. But, the chapter is not over yet; they still have one more child, named Lo-Ammi, meaning not my people because the Israelite's are no longer His people and He is no longer their God. This is all just from the first chapter of the incredibly powerful book of Hosea. The unconditional love shown from Hosea to Gomer is meant to showcase the unconditional love that God has for us through everything which is crazy when you try to wrap your head around that thought. We have an eternal Father who loves us and never gives up on us. This book is probably one of my favorite books in the bible, next to Esther because of the amazing faith that both Hosea and Esther have in the Lord. Esther risked her life to go to the king, so the Lord would give deliverance to the Jews. Hosea trusted God so much, that he married an unfaithful woman, and loved her, no matter what other people thought. Thanks for tuning in this week! If you don't have time to read, check out Transform Media on Spotify for a weekly podcast. Hope you guys liked this week's post, tune in next week for a more in depth discussion of Hosea chapter 2. Feel free to talk below this post or email me at email@example.com or call (316)295-8889 for post ideas, podcast episode thoughts, or interview inquiries. Have a blessed weekend!
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So to hop on into what I would like to talk about today...there’s been some controversy surrounding the christian media field recently and I felt as someone in the christian media field, I wanted to address it.
the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief
That’s the dictionary definition for apostasy and it’s pretty clear what it means. Recently, Marty Sampson (Hillsong member) and Josh Harris (author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye) have renounced their faith and it’s heartbreaking. In this day and age, there are a lot of christian artists, actors, authors, and many more professions that are idolized in a way. Here’s an example: let’s say there’s a young singer who releases a song that is deep, profound, and speaks about God in a good way. That’s amazing and I fully support that but then because of that they become idolized because christians all over are like “wow, that artist is so super christian and oh well now I found my new favorite artist!” and look up to them, putting an overwhelming amount of pressure on them to always be the quote on quote “perfect” christian in everything they do. When that starts to happen is where, I believe, the apostasy comes into play because of all that pressure in the limelight to be perfect, it becomes a list of rules and expectations for them instead of following the One True King, which is what it should be. This applies to pastors/ youth leaders as well...anyone we listen to...one good example/sermon/song/lyric does not establish a strong disciple of Christ...it doesn’t all of a sudden mean they have all the understanding. You have to test everything you hear with the Word of Christ to make sure it’s accurate. These people aren’t all knowing, and we can’t just leave it up to everybody else. While these people are great and selected by God to do what they are doing, it is our responsibility to discern what is true. Acts 17:11 gives some great advice to back up what I’m saying here talking about the Jews reading the scriptures to make sure what Paul was saying was the truth. Even one of the most devout followers of Christ had to be fact checked with the scriptures...we can’t just go on what other people say. We have to put in the work to figure the truth out. John Cooper of Skillet spoke out on this same issue not too long ago and his words were spot on. To read that article, click here.
Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.