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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Blog: Past, Present, and...Future??

This particular post is dedicated to those who have been reading the blog since day one. You all know, back when the blog was called “Crystal's Random Blog”.Almost 3 years ago on July 7th 2007 the blog was born. To date I have written 87 different posts not including the current one. I am a different person from when I first started the blog, yet in many ways I am the same. I like to go back and reread the archives just to remember the old me: fiery and uncertain, unapologetic yet insecure, sarcastic and probably just a little irreverent from time to time. What changed? Well sad to say I am not 22 anymore. I miss 22, but I really never want to be that dumb again. In fact, in just a few months I will be celebrating my 26th birthday—that's a long way from 23 fears. And yes I am still terribly afraid of growing older.

My hopes initially when starting the blog were to “impale people with the truth”, promote honest discussion, and challenge peoples traditional opinions and ideas. I started this blog a year after I graduated college. I was feeling alone. I needed an outlet. I felt like my life was stuck in nowhere and I longed for the mental stimulation that I was not getting from my dead-end job as a strawberry dipper (I really was a strawberry dipper see here for more info). Moreover, I was tired of reading other people's commentaries and opinions. I felt I had a voice and that a blog was one vehicle I could use to make it heard.

Along the way I made some good friends. Mostly from my most popular post “I'm not buying it” which was a response to a fellow blogger who was charging black women to read her blog on how to get white husbands. LOL. Yes I was a bit to hard on her, but I apologized in my post “I'm still not buying it”. That blog got me a whopping 15 comments but it made me pretty notorious in the blogosphere as I found links to my blog all over the web LOL. Funny thing is that I'm not happy that such a blog was my most successful and I'm kinda sorry that people stopped reading my blog because I failed to deliver more anti-Evia content. That's not my style and I hardly think that was any of my best writing.It seems the blogs I like the most are the ones that received the least traffic. Irony.

I also made friends with a religious conservative who frequented my blog during it's early days mostly as a courtesy because I read some of his stuff. Later, I exchanged comments with an openly gay political blogger who's humor I richly enjoyed. I only stopped reading his blog as it became a bit too vulgar for my particular taste. (Hello, friend wherever you are? I hope you have finally found solace). I even experimented with vloging but found that it was not really my style as I'm not much of a video editor. It's sad that I didn't get into the vlogging game back in 07. Now black women vloggers are taking over youtube talking about topics that I addressed ages ago here. Sigh. I could have been one of those women, but you live and learn.

On this little dot in cyberspace I have been loved, hated, and everything in between. It really has been an interesting ride and I don't regret any of it. That's why I have not deleted my old posts, even if I don't agree with them anymore because I am in a different space now. I know that those post represented an important growing time in my life. I can't just delete my past because it has helped to mold me into who I am today.

So over the years I have covered such topics as the presidential election, domestic abuse, relationships, my breaks ups, ethical quandaries, eugenics, panic disorder, breast implants, the Jena 6, graduate school and everything in between. I have stripped myself bear recording my failures, and successes, my joy and my pain.

Then on New Years day 2009 the blog changed! The name was changed to Crystal's Purposeful Blog, emphasizing my belief that life is not just random, but that it does indeed have purpose. My writing then took on a more spiritual tone, focusing on the existence of God, the importance of Biblical prophesy, the sabbath, my own spiritual struggles, and my ever-growing love/hate relationship with the media. 2009 was a somber year. After I moved here I rediscovered a passion for God that I had not had in years. I wanted and still want the whole world to share my passion. Yet I realize that I have probably alienated most of the people who used to read this blog. That hurts a lot because my faith is such an important part of who I am. I thought I could use this blog, instead of a sounding block for my trivial opinions, as a way to evangelize, to bring people to make solid decisions for Christ. I have failed in that attempt. So what next?

I am still on fire for God, and yes I am unapologetic (as always) about that! But I also want to try to focus on other topics ( which of course will be infused with my Christian perspective). I long to explore other aspects of my faith, yet still write about social, political, and random topics. I think with all my transitions, grown-up responsibilities (rent? Bills?), that I lost the essence of what this blog is and what it meant to me. At the end of the day one of the things that has not changed about me as I continue to evolve is my LOVE of writing. That's what I lost! In typing up a witty note on my facebook page the other day I re-discovered why I used to write :To be funny, to humorously express serious things, to receive feedback, to poke fun at myself and the world around me, and most importantly, because it's my ever-burning passion. I think that's why I've not written consistently these past months. I lost my drive. I got fed up the that blog wasn't as successful as I'd fantasized it being, I got sad that no one was reading it, and forgot the promise to myself that even if no-one ever read me I'd still write.

So what's the future of this blog? I don't know. For one thing I have a thesis to write (though admittedly it would be kind of funny to talk about my experience with that). Then, I'm not sure if I want to export my blog to a safer site. Apparently, I have attracted a spamming troll who harasses me everyday by leaving sexually explicit comments and links on my posts. (GET A LIFE STUPID TROLL!). It's a bit frustrating that I have to have comment controls, and yet even with these safeguards the troll returns over and over again with different aliases. And then there is the fact that I'm not sure what kind of writer I want to be. Can I really find a way to share my faith, while being relevant, funny, and outspoken? Maybe. Will my blog ever have any real impact on anyone, particularly concerning their spiritual considerations? I don't know. Lots of unanswered questions. So the future of this blog is up in the air.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think I should do.

If I never write another blog again know that I have loved doing what I do. I have love you (all 2 of you that still read me), and that you and this blog have really made a difference in my life. Thanks,

Crystal Clear

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


There is something evil in your house—another dimension in which morality, love, and basic human kindness are replaced by lasciviousness, violence, and hatred.  In this dimension every one of God’s laws are broken incessantly, God is blasphemed, and human pride and extravagance are exalted. The sad part is that every day you sit down to enter this dimension. You invite this evil into your home and you don’t even realize the spiritual implications of what you are doing. I am talking about secular media (TV, the internet, video games, and magazines etc).
According to recent estimates the average person spends 9 years of his life watching television. With the invention of TiVo, On Demand, and internet TV sites a person literally has the whole world of media at her finger tips. To make matters worse, so- called Christians spend just as much time and money investing in secular media as non-Christians. This series of blogs is particularly geared to those who profess to be Christians. In the current blog I will highlight some basic Biblical principles that should guide your life and especially your media watching.

First I don’t believe that all media is bad. I’m clearly communicating with you via a 21st century media: blogging.  So, that said, the first principle I would like to highlight is what makes us Christians. According to Exodus 19:5; 1 Peter 2: 9; Titus 2:11·14, God’s people are to be peculiar. Another word that floats around in the Christian vernacular is sanctified, which means to be set apart for a holy purpose. “What fellowship has light with darkness?” the apostle Paul asks in 2Corinthians 6:14. Every Biblical example points to God’s people as standing out and refusing to conform to the wickedness around them, from Noah who was ridiculed and mocked for 120 years, to Abraham who seemingly without reason up and left all his familiar circumstances to move to a strange land, to Stephen who was stoned for confessing Christ. All these people were nonconformists! Hebrews 11 gives an entire list of them. Moreover Christ explains to us simply that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).

What are God’s commandments? Well here is an abbreviated version of them.
1. We shouldn’t have any God’s before Him
2. We shouldn’t make any images or idols.
3. We should reverence God’s name
4. We should set aside each 7th day because it’s God’s Sabbath
5. We should respect our parents
6. We should not kill
7. We should not indulge in any sexual immorality
8. We should not steal
9. We should not use deception
10. We should not covet

Let’s consider secular TV and movies.  How much time do you spend watching secular media? The bible asks rhetorically, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans 6:16.  Many people spend more time with TV than they do with God. So secular media breaks the 1st commandment. Let’s consider the second. Many of us have idols. In fact we refer to our favorite sports and music celebrities as our idols. Secular TV promotes created beings above the creator! (I don’t think shows like American Idol are misnamed). And let’s just forget about the 3rd commandment. God’s name is thrown about so randomly in secular media and it is paired with the most vile curses, yet Christians embrace and promotes these types of programs. We are not even offended when we hear the words “O My__? “ because we have become desensitized. I don’t even have to go into how TV promotes lying, sexual immorality, covetousness, and murder, disrespect for authority, and denounces God as creator. The Bible is explicit, if we break one commandment we are guilty of breaking them all James 2:10.

But you are probably thinking that you aren’t actually engaging in these behaviors when you watch TV. You aren’t swearing, lying, stealing, and killing. Well Jesus would disagree with you. He said “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:26-28. Notice that you do not have to literally have sexual intimacy for it to be sin, but you can be looking and lusting and guilty of it. Paul puts it more plainly when he says” being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,  wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;  who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:30-32. This text rocked my world! Not only are people who sin deserving of death but people who gain pleasure from these sins deserve to die too!  Ouch!

Let’s consider a definition of sin. The bible says that sin is transgression of the law 1John 3:4. So if what we are watching clearly violates the commandments of God and violating the commandments of God is sin than that means many of our media habits are sinful! And we know what the wages of sin is Romans 6:23. To be more frank consider what David says, “ I will set no wicked thing before my eyes” Psalms 101:3.

If we consider ourselves Christians we shouldn’t have a wicked thing before our eyes either. Jesus says that if one of our limbs causes us to sin we should cut it off Mark 9:43. The wise Christian should react the same way when it comes to most secular media and CUT IT OFF!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

You Can't Get Rid Of Me That Easily

Greetings Everyone. I have written on here so infrequently that perhaps many of you felt that the blog was over. Nope. The blog has changed because I have decided that I want to write for God. That's why there are some blogs on here that are not 100% Christian. I think the blogs have become increasingly spiritual as my spirituality deepens. Don't worry they're will still be personal revelations, sarcasm, commentary, etc but this time with an emphasis on God. Hey God gave me the ability to write, it would shameful if I did not use the ability for him. Hope that answers the questions about why some of my past blogs are a little less than spiritual. I do not want to delete them because they still make interesting points and they remind me of what I was going through during those particular times. Also I think that readers of this blog will be able to see my personal growth as a Christian as a struggle to grapple with obstacles and reconcile my personal beliefs with the Word of God.

The second FAQ about Crystal, is why do you go to church on Saturday? I wish I had a dollar for every time I got that question. It's an excellent one and certainly one I do not want to gloss over. I will be addressing that question a lot in the upcoming blogs, but here is an article that answers that question better than I can right now. It's call Seven Facts About the Seventh Day. I hope this answers your question. I love you and pray for each person who stumbles across this little blog.

Seven Facts About the Seventh Day
"Part of Satan’s strategy to destroy humanity’s trust in God has been to attack His claim as the Creator. Obviously, the theory of evolution is part of this deceptive and soul-destroying effort. With its amoral humanistic emphasis, Darwin’s doctrine has turned millions into religious skeptics and enshrouded in darkness their need for the Savior.

Yet while many Christians rightly denounce this unscientific belief, ironically, many are still falling into the devil’s trap of denying God’s sovereignty over the earth. That trap is the ages-long effort to twist and destroy the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath.

Through Satan’s false information and man’s trust in traditions over the sure word of Scripture, millions of Christians have been led to discount or even reject the importance of observing the Sabbath. “The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord: … in it thou shalt not do any work” (Exodus 20:10). No one disagrees with the clear meaning of this text, yet millions are finding ways not to follow it.

Why? The general Bible ignorance of the church and the clever arguments of Satan have created a climate of prejudice against the holiness of the seventh day in favor of the observance of Sunday. So in the interest of promoting God’s law over the theories of men, let’s take a moment to rediscover some amazing facts about the seventh-day Sabbath.

Fact #1: The Seventh-day Sabbath Establishes God’s Sovereignty

Why does Satan hate the Sabbath so much? Because the Sabbath identifies the true God and His claim of ultimate sovereignty.

God certainly anticipated the controversy over the Genesis account of Creation. He knew that after the fall of man, there would be doubts about His claims of manufacturing all the staggering mass of matter by merely commanding it to exist.

To safeguard His sovereignty, He established a mark that denoted His absolute right to rule as Lord. He chose to memorialize His display of creative power by setting aside the seventh day of the Creation week as a holy day of rest and remembering.

God wrote these words: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is: … wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8–11).

Once a week, as the earth rotates on its axis, the Sabbath reminder travels around the earth reaching every man, woman, and child with the message of an instant creation and the one who did the creating.

Why did God say remember? Because to forget the true Sabbath is to forget the true Creator.

Does it really matter that much? See “The One Unimportant Commandment?” below.

Fact #2: The Seventh-day Sabbath Was Made for Everyone
A multitude of Christians call God’s fourth commandment the “Jewish Sabbath.” But nowhere is this expression found in the Bible. The seventh day is called “the sabbath of the Lord,” and it is never called “the sabbath of the Jew” (Exodus 20:10).

Luke, a Gentile writer of the New Testament, often refers to things that were particularly Jewish. He writes of the “nation of the Jews,” “the people of the Jews,” “the land of the Jews,” and the “synagogue of the Jews” (Acts 10:22; 12:11; 10:39; 14:1). But he never refers to the “sabbath of the Jews,” although he mentions the Sabbath repeatedly.

Christ also taught that “the sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). Adam and Eve were the only two people who existed when God actually established the Sabbath. There were no Jews in the world until 2,000 years later, so it was never meant just for the Jews. Jesus uses the term “man” in the generic sense, referring to all mankind. The same word is used in connection with the institution of marriage that was also introduced at creation. Certainly no Christian can believe that marriage was made only for the Jews.

Fact #3: It’s Not About Just Keeping Any Day
Every word of God’s Ten Commandments was written by His own hand in stone. Every word is serious and meaningful. No line in them is ambiguous or mysterious. Sinners and Christians, educated and uneducated, are not confused about the words “seventh day.” So why do they discount those words if every other word in the commandments is considered to be ironclad?

Satan wants the world to accept Sunday as the day he has chosen for worship, but any day will do for him so long as it means we’re breaking God’s command.

Genesis describes the origin of the Sabbath like this: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. … And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1–3).

Which day did God bless and sanctify? The seventh day. How was it to be kept holy? By resting. Could any of the other six be kept holy? No. Why? Because God commanded not to rest those days but to work. Does God’s blessing make a difference? Of course. Parents pray for God to bless their children because they believe it makes a difference. The seventh day is different from all the other days because it has God’s blessing.

Has God ever given man the privilege of choosing his own day of rest? No. In fact, God confirms in the Bible that the Sabbath is a matter settled and sealed by His own divine power. Read Exodus 16. For 40 years, God worked three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy: (1) No manna fell on the seventh day; (2) they could not keep manna overnight without spoilage; (3) but when they kept manna over the Sabbath, it remained sweet and fresh!

But some Israelites had the same idea as many Christians have today. They felt that any day in seven would be okay to keep holy: “It came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.” What happened? “And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” (Exodus 16:27, 28).

God met them and accused them of breaking His law by going forth to work on the seventh day. Would God say the same thing to those who break the Sabbath today? Yes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

But why the seventh day, exactly? See “Why the Seventh Day?” below.

Fact #4: We Know the True Seventh Day
Some reject the seventh-day Sabbath over the belief that we cannot know which day it falls on today, so picking any day should be okay. But this is fallacy. Here are four proofs that identify the true Sabbath.

1: According to Scripture, Christ died on Friday and rose on Sunday, the first day of the week. Practically all churches acknowledge this by observing Easter Sunday and Good Friday. “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. The women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment” (Luke 23:52–56).

This is clear evidence that Jesus died the day before the Sabbath! The day of His death was a “preparation day” because it was the time to get ready for the Sabbath. Notice, then, that the women rested over the Sabbath “according to the commandment.” The commandment says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath,” so we know they were resting on Saturday. The very next verse says, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared. … And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre” (Luke 24:1, 2).

2: The calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week. Just as we know that Jesus and His followers observed the same day as Moses, we can be positive that our seventh day is the same day Jesus observed. Pope Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did not interfere with the weekly cycle. What did Gregory do to the calendar? He changed Friday, October 5, 1582, to be Friday, October 15, 1582. He did not affect the weekly cycle of days.

3: The Jews have observed the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today. An entire nation of people, all around the world, continue to observe a Sabbath they have known for more than 4,000 years.

4: Over 100 languages on earth use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday. For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. What does this prove? It proves that when those languages originated long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day.

Fact #5: The Sabbath Is Not a Memorial of Deliverance Out of Egypt

This is a belief taken and twisted out of the Old Testament: “The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:14, 15).

Some people suggest this means that God gave the Sabbath as a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt. But the Genesis story of the making of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1–3) and the wording of the fourth commandment by God (Exodus 20:11) reveals the seventh-day Sabbath as a memorial of creation.

The key to understanding these two verses rests in the word “servant.” God said, “Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt.” And in the sentence before, He reminds them “that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.” In other words, their experience in Egypt as servants would remind them to deal justly with their servants by giving them Sabbath rest.

It was not unusual for God to harken back to the Egyptian deliverance as an incentive to obey other commandments. In Deuteronomy 24:17, 18, the Bible says, “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge. … Thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”

Neither the command to be just nor to keep the Sabbath was given to memorialize the Exodus, but God told them that His goodness in bringing them out of captivity constituted a strong reason for them to deal kindly with their servants on the Sabbath and treating justly the strangers and widows.

In the same way, God spoke to them in Leviticus 11:45, “I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt … ye shall therefore be holy.” No one would insist that holiness did not exist before the Exodus or that it would be ever afterwards limited only to the Jews!

Fact #6: The Sabbath Is Not Meant to Memorialize the Resurrection

It is true that Jesus rose on a Sunday. It is one of the pivotal moments in the history of the world.

But nowhere does the Bible hint that we should keep Sunday holy. Many other wonderful events occurred on certain days of the week, but we have no command to keep them holy either.

There is, of course, a memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible, but it is not to determine a new day of worship. Paul wrote: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Baptism is the memorial of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. However, the Sabbath is a memorial of creation.

Still have a question about this? See “The Upper Room” below.

Fact #7: The Sabbath Will Be Celebrated for Eternity
The Sabbath is an arbitrary arrangement of God that serves a powerful purpose. It is His claim — His seal — over the world and all human life. It is also a sign of the redemption He offers to every single one of us.

Surely this is why God will preserve Sabbathkeeping throughout eternity. That’s right! “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 66:22, 23).

The Sabbath is so precious to God that He will have His people observe it throughout all time in the beautiful new earth to come. If it is so precious to Him, should it not be precious to us? If we are going to keep it through all eternity, why not keep it now as our pledge of obedience to Him?"

I invite you to prayerfully consider joining me in the keeping of God's sacred day.

 Taken From http://www.amazingfacts.org/Publications/InsideReport/tabid/123/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/459/7-Facts-About-the-Seventh-Day.aspx