What’s up all you CTI blog readers, it’s Ryan Dewey again, here for more excitement and action in Scotland.  I broke this blog into two parts.  So here we go, enjoy!

Part 1: Vacation, all I ever wanted!  During the first week of November Rocco  and I traveled to London and Paris for our vacation week.  We both figured we don’t know when the next time we will be so close to the rest of Europe will be, so we jumped on this opportunity.  London was great.  We got to see all the main sights of the city.  Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Spurgeon’s church, a World War I and II museum, you name it we saw it.  Transportation in London was very simple to figure out, and the prices were very reasonable.  All the museums were free too, which was a plus.  Each day we got to see a different part of London.  Both Rocco and I enjoyed our time in London.

The English know how to treat tourists.  I would definitely go back if I ever had the chance.  I still love the Scots the best in the UK but England’s not bad.
Paris was a totally different ball game.  The city was not as tourist friendly as I thought.  I got to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Versailles Palace, but the trip itself wasn’t as relaxing.  Sadly, the main reason we went to France was to head over to Omaha beach in Normandy, to honor our ancestors and troops who fought in WWII.  The problem was Paris was so expensive that we just couldn’t afford a trip to Normandy and then back to Paris.  We had to scrap the Normandy trip.  I’m disappointed about that, but I don’t regret going to Paris.  Now I can say I saw it.  I mean how many Americans get to go to Paris, not many.  Paris just has a different mentality than America.  If you like shopping and have the money to afford it, Paris might be the city for you.  I just know it’s not my favorite town.  Overall, it was a great trip.  I thank God for the opportunity to go on it.

Part 2: The Religion for Sinners.  Ok, so the other day I was listening to John Stewart, the host of the Daily Show, interview Bill O’ Reilly, Fox News.  They were talking about Obama becoming president and then moved toward Stewart’s understanding that O’Reilly is more right wing in his beliefs.  Since Republicans/Conservatives are supposed to be more religious than liberals, Stewart said this, “Just because you go to Church doesn’t mean you are good.  It just means you go to Church.”  Now when I first heard this comment I just thought how sad it is that many non-Christians view Christianity in this light.  I would say that a
majority of unbelievers believe people go to Church because it’s the right thing to do.  It makes you better.  It’s good for you.  Or at least they think people who go to church think this.  When I tell people I’m studying to become a youth pastor they usually respond, “Good for you.”  They think I’m doing it to make myself feel better, or that I’m doing charity work.  In the world’s eyes, Christianity is for people to feel better about themselves.  Going to church is just part of how the religious man gets into heaven.  It makes God love you more.
All these views of the world are lies, foolish, and blind.  They have no idea what Christianity is all about.  If they did, they might be a Christian themselves.  Matthew Henry put it perfectly in his commentary for Romans.  He said, “Christianity is the religion of the sinner.”  To answer John Stewart’s comment, I do not go to Church because I’m good.  I go to church because I’m bad.  I’m so bad that I need a Savior or I will spend an eternity in a place where bad people go.  To correct him further, no one is good but God.  We are all bad.  We are all fallen.  We are all born sinners.  We all need a Savior.  People don’t understand their sin and the terrible consequences it brings.  On my own power I could never go anywhere but Hell.  I could go to all the Church services I want.  It’s not gonna save me.  Only Christ, that perfect beautiful sacrifice He gave us, can save us.  I trust in a perfect, good, and Holy God to save.  I don’t trust in anyone or anything else because everything else is bad.  Again, the only one who is good is God.  I’m not doing youth ministry because I want to make myself feel better or because I feel the Lord will love me more because of it.  I’m doing it because I love God and want others to feel the same joy that I have.  That joy is in my Savior, Lord, and King, Jesus Christ.  I want God to be glorified not me or man.  I go to church/am a Christian because I know how terrible I really am.  I’m a sinner in desperate need of a savior.  I thank God for Jesus and the free gift of grace he offers.  This amazing grace takes away my bad, my sin because of faith in Christ.  I pray others will see their sin and run to Christ, the only one who can save us.

Rom 7:24-25  Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

In Christ,
Ryan Dewey