Sometimes I feel like a man out of time. Displaced. Finding myself in a world these days that’s becoming increasingly estranged to me from the one I thought I was seeing when I was a considerably younger man. Feeling a nostalgic predilection aligned more with the sensibilities, orthodoxies, and ruggedness in eras of history now long gone. The times we live in today have become a cluttered diorama of paradoxical social political anomalies and aberrant “pop culture” trends that seem predisposed towards no other aspiration than the further dissolution of our individual and group intelligence.
Just more of that “dumbing down” effect making its presence prominent to those of us unwilling to fall in step with the delusive allure it projects through vain and ostentatious material seductions, temptations, and hollow promises. We can see every day from our respective vantage points, this unceasing progression of events and circumstances, the masses scattered across its territories, grazing its sterile pastures, cocooned in a sort of glazed eyed state of apathetic passivity and submission.
Consequentially we question ourselves. Wanting a definition. An answer to provide for our own consternation and sense of disturbance. Lately, in the reclusiveness of my observances, reason dictates my acquiescence towards recognizing, understanding, and accepting certain and specific truths if I want to find those answers. As hard as that is to do at times. The first truth being, I am not sufficient in and of myself. Not really. Any reliance I place on my own individual abilities and the domineering inclinations intrinsic to the emotional capriciousness of my human nature are, by their flawed propensities, destined to failure in the end.
So I reiterate. I am not sufficient in and of myself.
Yet conceding to the truth in my acknowledgment, I am far from feeling despondent or even remotely close to defeated. Simply because I know in Whom the answers (that on my own I am insufficient to provide), can be found.
My belief in God is generally a tacit belief. For the most part I keep it to myself. Basically because I consider myself, by my own defining character flaws, the least to speak on such a topic. I’m prone to the imprudence of a strong willed nature on occasions. Stubborn. Hot headed. Given over to the intemperate disposition of passions that at times are easily provoked and quick to wrath depending on what and who it is pushing my buttons. I don’t always articulate my disposition when it becomes disjointed in the most graceful or tactful of language either. My tongue can become a lingual conveyance of interspersed scorched earth profanities at times. That isn’t a boast either. Just an admission of guilt. But guilt doesn’t mean I abandon my efforts to keep trying…
But whatever faults I contain, whatever skepticism, or hate, or ridicule, or derision, or mockery some disbelievers of the world harbor towards the idea of there being a God, doesn’t alter or change one margin, the immutable and absolute reality of His Sovereignty over this world and throughout the infinite expanse of the cosmos.
So for those of you out there wanting to disparage me for my belief or perhaps opt instead to descend into a detailed key hammering tirade expressing your personal revilement towards God, let me try and spare you wasting precious minutes of your life you’ll never get back again: I don’t care! I don’t care what you choose to believe or not to believe! That’s ‘your’ choice AND ‘your’ Right! I don’t care because it still doesn’t change the unchangeable in the designation by my Right of what I choose to believe! I just ask you extend to me the same courtesy I’ve shown you.
Which brings me now to an article I was reading earlier in ‘The World News And Prophecy’ section of my January-February edition of, The Good News Magazine, written by Managing Editor, Scott Ashley, titled: “Where Does America Go From Here?”. What I read was grim in the narrative of its context detailing the present state of our Nation today and especially where it intersects with the correlating scripture referenced as is indicated in the following excerpts….
~A look at the state of the union:
Early each year the U.S. president gives his annual State of the Union address to Congress—and, by extension, the nation and world as a whole. It’s typically a lofty speech filled with ideals and platitudes expressing the president’s agenda.
But despite what it’s called, the speech seldom addresses the actual state of the nation. If we were to examine the condition of the United States from the perspective of God’s Word, what would we find?
On the rostrum above the head of the president as He gives this speech, seemingly avoided by TV cameras, is the motto “In God We Trust.” The president is himself sworn into office with his hand on a Bible as he pledges to carry out his duties “so help me God.”
So what would God think about the current state of the United States?
Growing acceptance of immoral behavior:
The November 2012 U.S. elections were a revealing window into the prevailing mindset of voters. For the first time, voters legalized marriage between homosexuals in several states—Maine, Maryland and Washington.
Same-sex marriage had already been approved by state legislatures or courts in six other states, but this was the first time it was approved directly by voters—after it had previously been rejected 32 times in statewide votes dating back to 1998.
Homosexual behavior is repeatedly condemned in Scripture (Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:10) Yet far from being ashamed of such behavior, many pride themselves on their acceptance of it.
With the country’s many “gay pride” marches and parades, could Isaiah 3:9
be a prophecy for America today?
“The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves” (New International Version, emphasis added throughout).
Meanwhile, in two states—Colorado and Washington—voters approved possession and recreational use of marijuana, a hallucinogenic drug that remains illegal under federal law. Nineteen other states allow what is called “medicinal” use of the drug, though it’s clearly abused by many who want to use it simply to get high.
Although marijuana isn’t directly mentioned in Scripture, God’s Word clearly condemns intoxication in any form—calling those seeking it “drunkards” who will have no place in the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:10; Galatians 5:21).
The reason so many use marijuana is for the intoxicated state it produces. Otherwise, why do it? Any nation brings curses on itself when it turns its back on biblical values and accepts sin as normal and commonplace. Thinking themselves enlightened, people in reality only show how shortsighted and blind they are to the consequences of their choices.
They fail to take into account God’s view, which He states in Isaiah 5:20-25: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! . . .”Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people; He has stretched out His hand against them and stricken them . . .”~
The article goes on to cite a wide range of relevant social and fiscal issues, statistical figures, and the consequential fallout resulting in the evidenced decline we’re experiencing….
~”Broken marriages + broken families = broken society”
“The curses of promiscuity, abortion and illegitimacy”
“A huge financial toll on society”
“The curse of skyrocketing debt”~
Another excerpt I reference here…
~From blessings to curses:
The United States is under a curse—as warned of centuries ago in the pages of your Bible. Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 record the blessings God promised would come when a nation honored and obeyed Him—and the curses that would come when it dishonors and disobeys Him, such as becoming a debtor nation.
For its first two centuries America enjoyed the abundant blessings foretold.
Yet God had warned: “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:15). What curses did He foretell?
“Cursed shall you be in the city,” He began (Deuteronomy 28:16). What is the state of America’s cities? Many are impressive on the outside, but they are rotten at the core. Growing numbers are bankrupt. Many are ridden with crime. Poverty, corruption, failing schools and thousands of unassimilated immigrants eat away at their stability. Millions of people flee them—with many millions more wishing they could do the same.
“Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl,” God continues (Deuteronomy 28:17). These represent our food sources. Study after study shows that many of our food sources aren’t healthy or good for us. For many, our diet and lifestyle may in fact be dangerous to our health.
“Cursed shall be the fruit of your body” (Deuteronomy 28:18). Birthrates are declining. And with the legalization of abortion, we have viewed our own children as curses and slaughtered them by the millions. For the American children who are born, one in six has some kind of developmental disability according to the CDC—and the number is growing.
Moreover, as noted above, millions of children are born into households where the mother or father or both are ill-equipped to care for them financially, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
Cursed shall be . . . the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks” (Deuteronomy 28:18). Only a few years ago the United States was among the world’s largest exporters of food—primarily wheat, corn and meat. Now that too is reversed, and America actually imports more food than it exports.
“The Lord will make the plague cling to you …[He] will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever…they shall pursue you until you perish” (Deuteronomy 28:21-22). In comparison to much of the world, Americans as a whole enjoy good health and long life. But that comes at an increasingly steep price. From 1980 to today, health care expenses have exploded more than tenfold.
Health care costs are currently about $2.8 trillion, amounting to 18 percent of the nation’s GDP. Yet in spite of such enormous expenditures, Americans’ life expectancy ranks only 42nd in the world, well behind most advanced nations.~
~Drought and defeat:
“The sky over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you iron. The Lord will change the rain of your land into powder, and only dust shall come down upon you from the sky until you are destroyed” (Deuteronomy 28:23-24, New Revised Standard Version).
Many Americans were rightfully worried about the widespread droughts and massive wildfires that plagued the country in 2012—as they did in several preceding years. With the nation having moved into winter, the situation remains serious. Lack of rainfall and snowfall has created the worst conditions for the winter wheat crop in almost 30 years.
Drought conditions have caused levels of two of the Great Lakes—Michigan and Huron—to fall to near-record lows, with the other three below historical averages. On the Mississippi River, water levels have dropped 15 to 20 feet below normal in some places, threatening to halt the barge traffic that carries millions of tons of crops and other goods through the American heartland.
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth,” God continues (Deuteronomy 28:25).
At the end of World War II America emerged as a new world superpower. With the collapse of the Soviet Union several decades later, it stood as the world’s lone superpower. Yet in spite of its might, in a struggle lasting eight years and costing more than 4,400 American lives and more than $1 trillion, the United States withdrew from Iraq, leaving behind a dangerous and unstable nation. A similar pattern was followed in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are scheduled to be gone by the end of 2014.
Why is it that the most powerful military in the world was essentially fought to a draw by comparatively primitive forces—the enemies having no navy, air force or massive war machinery and fighting from caves and holes in the ground, armed with IEDs and AK-47s?
This makes no sense at all until we consider God’s warning and curse for our sins:
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies…”~
I realize those were somewhat lengthy and exhaustive excerpts to share here, but I decided it was perhaps time I focus for a change on what will ultimately become for our world its final solution to the profoundly vast dilemmas we’re facing, rather than being drawn into the piecemeal extraneous details of those dilemmas and the distracting conflicts which tend to ensue from them.
Tomorrow will be another day. I’ll continue fighting this good fight, knowing I’ll not always hit the mark, knowing that in the heat of some moments I’ll still turn a deaf ear to the council of my better angels, but I know too I’ll keep fighting. In the end I still know to Whom it will be I bend my knee to in obeisance and honor.
That is the “Good News” to how all of this turmoil, senseless tragedy, and so much inconsolable grief and heartache in the world today will finally come to its end! As it says in, Revelation 21:4:
~4) “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”~
If that’s a myth (as so many atheist liberals like to ascribe that label to what they’re incapable of understanding in their defiance), then it’s one I wholeheartedly embrace with arms wide open!