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Jesus Puts a Smile on Our Lips And Joy Into Our Hearts
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageHave you ever run into a person who is a real "cynic"? When I think of a person who is a cynic, I think of someone who is very negative. It doesn't matter what you talk about they have something negative to say about it. "Looks like rain today. We sure can use it." To this the cynic replies, "That means that the grass will grow and I'll have to cut it." "Did you vote yet today?" To this the cynic might reply, "I don't vote anymore. It doesn't do any good. All the politicians do what they want any way. There's not an honest one in the lot."

The Greek word for "cynic" is a word that means "dog". Various ancient philosophers came to be known as being "dog-like". Apparently they were considered to be rude, shameless, and abrasive, like a barking dog.

One such cynic was a man by the name of Diogenes of Sinope. He lived in the early fourth century B.C. Among the often told stories about Diogenes was the he would go about the city with a lantern in the middle of the day seeking just one honest person.

Even though the term cynicism is of more recent use, cynics have always been around. The people of Noah's day who scoffed at God's message of repentance were cynical of Noah and the God whom he worshiped. When Jonah was sent to preach to the city of Nineveh, he wondered if it was going to do any good or if the people were not getting what they deserved.

Modern day cynics scoff at everything from politics to religion. They often characterize the church as an institution that simply tries to control people by using the threat of punishment and hell. There are those who scoff at Jesus and ask, "How can one man, who lived 2,000 years ago, do me any good?" Cynics often scoff at the Christian thinking that they are fools for believing in the Bible, in prayer, or in heaven.

There is only one cure for cynicism. That cure is Jesus Christ. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (Jn 3:16) Anyone who sees only gloom and despair in his future. Anyone who sees no hope for the future or is pessimistic about everything that goes on around him, needs to go to Jesus.

Jesus is the answer to cynicism. He is the one who give us a reason to live, who turns troubles into blessings, who makes our dark futures bright. Jesus is the one who gives hope to those filled with despair, strength to the weak, and makes the poor rich. Jesus is the one who takes frowns and turns them into smiles, the one who gives meaning to our life here on earth and the promise of a life to come.

Don't let the cynic get the best of you and don't let cynicism creep into your heart. Keep your eyes on Jesus!


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