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My name ain't Earl...BUT...

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Benjamin, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member
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    Oct 6, 2004
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    In the TV show Earl wants to fix his “karma” by going back and fixing all the things he messed up and did to people.

    Of course a Christian wants to grow while following Christ but does a Christian have a responsibility to go back and undo some of the negative influences he has had in or on others? Where does Luke 9:62 play in this?
  2. Helen

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    Aug 29, 2001
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    The looking back of Luke 9:62 is like Lot's wife looking back in Genesis. It implies looking back with longing and not just seeing the past more objectively.

    Do what you can to make amends where it is possible. But don't linger there. Remember Paul's words:

    But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

    Phil. 3:13

    And Paul had a LOT to try to make up for! But instead of lingering in the past, he put it behind him and pressed forward.

    If you have stolen, repay it plus extra. If you have lied, humble yourself and tell the truth. If you have hurt anyone, do what you can to make amends.

    Then walk on with Christ.
  3. Johnv

    Johnv New Member

    Oct 24, 2001
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    While karma is a pagan word, the concept is not alien to Christianity. Scripture constantly tells us that we reap what we sow, and that we will be treated as we treat others, and that unrighteous acts make us unfit for the Kingdom.

    I happen to believe that part of repentence is righting the wrong we've done. If you stole $20 of merchendise from a store, and repent, you must still either return the merchendise, or pay for the item. Simply saying "I'm sorry" doesn't repair the damage.

    Call it karma if you like, or refrain from it if it offends a brother. But don't avoid restitution just because you don't like the word.
  4. All about Grace

    All about Grace New Member

    Feb 11, 2002
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    I'm not sure about the scriptural principles, but the show itself is hilarious (especially for those of us who have Southern relatives who could fit the script with absolutely no acting).
  5. nate

    nate New Member

    Oct 14, 2005
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    I agee with All about Grace hilarious show.