No one can say that this newly elected President is “business-as-usual.” One of the reasons is that he is not a career politician; therefore his approach to problem-solving is totally foreign to those have been entrenched in the government system. His Cabinet nominations have caused a lot of anger and criticism. Our senior statesmen point out that the people he has selected not to have the “experience” necessary to run that office. Really?
If experience equals success, then how can they explain that every government agency has failed, though lead by ‘experts’ in their field?
Department of Energy has had 43 years to free us from dependence on foreign oil. How are we doing?
Social Security has had 77 years to correct all their problems. Failed.
Veterans Administration has had 86 years to provide care for our veterans. Failed.
Our Postal system has had 45 years of a constant bailout from the Federal Government.
Department of Treasury has been in existence since 1789. Over two centuries and today we are 20 Trillion dollars in debt! Failed.
Our experts have not solved our problems. It is time for a new approach and I think that people who have had proven success in their field may bring us a solution.
People do not change very much over time. Indeed, they are pretty much the same as they were 2000 years ago. The same reaction to Jesus we find back then is what we also find today. It is really just the same old story. Consider just one passage of Scripture about this.In Luke 19, Jesus tells a story about a prince who was soon to be crowned king. The prince in this story is clearly speaking of Jesus. The people’s response?
Verse 14 “We don’t want this man to rule over us!”
I know that president-elect Trump is not Jesus Christ but people’s attitude toward authority is still the same. If they disagree or dislike a person in authority; they make it known. I cannot understand why mature (?) men and women are going to boycott the Presidental Inaguration just because their candidate did not win the election! It sounds like children on the playground. If you don’t play the game I want to play; then we will not play at all!
Aren’t these the same people that were elected and took an oath to represent their constituents? They were not put in office to serve their political party nor were they elected to pass legislation that benefits large corporations.
I cannot understand why the two political parties consider each other as enemies. “If you are for it; I am against it.” Why can’t they cooperate instead of compete? Both parties say they only want to do what is best for the country. If that is true, surely the solution cannot be that difficult.
There is no question that times have changed. I am not sure when this change happened but their was a time when people knew their neighbors. They not only knew their names but were actually friends! Their relationship went further than a casual wave as they went to work. No longer are houses built with a front porch, why? No one wants people coming by and sitting on their porch, drinking iced tea and just socializing. People go to work early and get home late. Who has time (or energy) to build relationships with neighbors? Who is your neighbor?
I came across a news article that testify to this fact. The remains of a woman were found sitting in front of her TV – 42 years after she was reported missing. Hedviga Golik, who was born in 1924, had apparently made herself a cup of tea before sitting in her favorite armchair in front of her black and white television set. Police said that she was last seen by neighbors in 1966, when she would have been 42 years old. No one checked on her. No one phoned. No family member has claimed the body.
Which brings up the question: Who is your neighbor? Why not make a conscious effort to build a bridge of relationship with that “stranger” [neighbor] next door?
It seems that a great amount of our news consists of some group or nationality that has been offended. The PC police are working over time. In just about every area of our society we have to walk on “egg shells” to keep from offending someone.
- A restaurant in Vermont offended a Muslim women by posting a sign saying they served bacon. She complained and the sign was removed. Inquisitor
- Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group. National Review
While the church is being so careful not to offend anyone, they forget that truth by its very nature will offend some people.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 Sounds like it just might offend someone, doesn’t it?
Jesus was not afraid to speak the truth no matter who it offended. Matthew 15:12
But this does not justify any Christ-follower from being hateful or rude. The Bible says when we speak the truth it should always be in love. Ephesians 4:15 So when you share the Good News (in love) and they are offended; don’t take it personal. It is the Word convicting them.
Every day I see the evidence that mankind is becoming “less human.” I am not saying as a whole that the majority of people are unkind or even viscous but a quick look at the daily news make me wonder where is our society going and where will it end? It seems that we are killing each other over the simplest things:
Unfortunately, the list continues. I remember years ago, Charles Colson said something that startled me. He said that “we are raising a generation of children with no conscience. A twelve-year old gang member can kill a complete stranger as part of his initiation to a gang and go home a sleep like a baby without a twinge of guilt.” Has life become so cheap? Is abortion a contributing factor that life isn’t precious? When a convicted criminal is sentenced to death and waits decades to be executed, does that encourage violent crime? ( When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong.) Ecclesiastes 8:11
I am sure there are a hundred different contributing factors but my personal opinion is we have pushed God and His principles totally from our society. Romans 3:10-18 There was a time in our country when people reverenced God, His Word, and the Church even if they did not make a profession of faith. But now no one believes in hell or the Judgment of God. Since they will not be held accountable for their actions (they think), then they can do whatever they like without any retribution.
The only hope for America is a returning to the principles of God’s Word.
We are not surprised about Christians being persecuted in Third World countries. It has been happening for centuries. True Christianity has always been opposed. In America, that opposition has more in the private sector but that is rapidly changing. Here but are a few examples:
- A Florida teacher suspended for Anti-Gay Marriage Posts on Personal Facebook Page. Fox News
- High school graduate prohibited from mentioning God, Jesus, etc. from his graduation speech. Fox news
- American war veteran told he cannot fly American on his own house. Right Scoop
The hostility toward morality and decency is increasing at a alarming rate. Unless you live in the wilderness, this is not a surprise. But this blog is not to inform you but prepare you. If you want to please Jesus Christ you will face persecution. “Indeed, all who desire to live a go dly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12
Before you write me off as a ‘prophet of doom and gloom’ remember the Apostle Paul repeatedly warned the church of approaching persecution. The church has lived in complacency for so long, it is hard to get them to see what is coming to the church.
In closing, I do not want to discourage any believer. The Church will prevail. Mt. 6:18 Church history reminds us that the Church always thrives during persecution. (i.e. China) Stay true to Christ and the Gospel. Eph. 6:13
While raising our children we taught them value of always telling the truth. But things have changed. A recent research poll said, “The majority of teens surveyed (71 percent) say they feel fully prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the workforce. Yet 38 percent of that group believe it is sometimes necessary to cheat, plagiarize, lie or even behave violently in order to succeed. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of all teens surveyed think cheating on a test is acceptable on some level, and more than half of those teens (54 percent) say their personal desire to succeed is the rationale. “
Which brings us to the present. The United States Supreme Court may have to decide if a law can be passed to make it illegal for politicians to make false statements while campaigning. This may sound ridiculous because most of us have taken it for granted that they all lie. Recently, our President said he had “misspoke” on several occasions. I don’t believe that we will see lying becoming illegal. Lying is seen by our culture not only to be accepted but a necessity on occasion. While it may not be illegal to lie, it is still morally wrong.
- “But you want complete honesty,so teach me true wisdom.” Psalm 51:6
- “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” Proverbs 12:19
- “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth;…John 16:13
A true Christ-follower is one that speaks the truth: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…” Ephesians 4:25