Cops. Friend or Foe?

160213-baton-rouge-shooting-417p_a6b509fbf582470cce1495f37de464ae.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg (1659×1000)To be honest, I cannot get my mind around the senseless killing of our law enforcement officers. I do understand that those who committed these crimes have a totally different world view than most of the world. They have been taught from childhood to hate and distrust anything that even hints of authority.

Most people do not realize that God instituted authority for our good and those who have authority are God’s “agents.” Listen to Romans 13:1-5 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities,for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

I realized that there are a FEW people who will misuse their authority but we cannot paint ALL police officers with the same wide brush. We need to respect those in authority and pray for them daily.

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Choose Peace

1951In 1951, the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still was a box office hit! Today it is considered a film classic. When a flying saucer lands in Washington, D.C., the U. S. Army quickly encircles the spaceship. A humanoid (Michael Rennie) emerges, announcing that he has come in peace. His galaxy has been obsereving Earth and they are concerned about the Earth’s future.

As many of the world’s greatest scientists gather, Klaatu (the alien) pointedly tells them that the people of Earth have a choice. They can join the other planets in peace, but should they threaten to extend their violence into space, “this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. We shall be waiting for your answer”. Klaatu then leaves as he came.

Though this was produced years ago, it shows us that America was concerned with its future years ago. Weapons have since developed that people in 1951 could never have imagined. Laser weapons. Heat-seeking missles. Drones. Dirty bombs. Iran and North Korea with nuclear weapons. We have the capability of destroying each other many times over!

While this film is fictional it is thought-provoking. How long can this world survive? How long before God says, “Enough!” Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,  for his compassion never fail.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Reign of Terror

isisThe Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.The psychology of ISIS is reign by terror. It is “salvation” or elimination. Fear is a very strong emotion that may cause people to do things that they would not do under normal circumstances.Though the threat of terrorism is real,  we as Christ followers should not be overcome with fear.

While the threat of terrorism is real, we as Christ-followers we should not be overcome by fear.                                  For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7                  You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Psalms 91:5

We forget the power [terror] God possessed when facing the enemies of Israel.”… the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them. Gen. 35:5

“That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.” Isaiah 37:36

Without sounding over simplistic, what we are facing is a battle between good and evil. Isis is motivate by hate, genocide and a lust for power. I am not sure that Isis can be defeated militarily alone. I believe that our warfare is more spiritual than physical. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” 2 Cor. 10:4. Time for the Church to pray and ask God to intervene and stop this evil!

The Itch No One Can Scratch

itchWe have all had an itch that we cannot scratch. It is usually located somewhere on your back that your arm is too short to reach. So, you reach into your desk for a ruler but you cannot get enough pressure. Next, you get up, walk from your desk and rub your back against the door frame. No good! After several other attempts, you give up and try just to ignore the itch you cannot scratch.

Maybe no one was better at scratching than Solomon. The book of Ecclesiastes is devoted to his search for The Next Thing. He had wealth, power and ability. The phrase “I devoted myself to…” keeps coming up in his book.

  • Solomon threw lavish parties that we today cannot comprehend the cost
  • He surrounded himself with gardens, parks, and houses
  • He constructed a palace that took 150,000 workers thirteen years to build.
  • He accumulated 1,000 wives and concubines
  • He indulged in every appetite. “I denied my self nothing my eyes desired.” 

You can walk down the same road but you find, as Solomon did, nothing brought lasting soul satisfaction.  We are called to contentment. Contentment does not come when we acquire enough. It is a product of the way we think.  The goal of advertising is to get you to think how dissatisfied you are with your current it. 

A spiritual leader went to spend a few days in a monastery to reflect. The monk who showed him to his simple cell said, “If you need anything let us know and we’ll teach you how to live without it.”

“He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance with increase. This also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 5:10