Daily Post: Dignify
Dignity is the state/quality of being worthy of honor and/or respect.
Why do we continue to dignify the lunacy in this country? It’s 9:50am CST, August 26, 2017, and 3 of the major news channels in this area (Dallas, Texas) aren’t even covering the Category 4 hurricane event that hit the Texas coast last night.
Are we really that far gone? Are our hearts so cold and unfeeling that human lives disrupted, and property destroyed by 150 mph winds, doesn’t really matter? Yet we tear down statues, disrespect the flag, dishonor the office of the president by verbally assassinating the man who sits in the Oval. Or worse, just ignore it, and get on with the normal Saturday programming. I don’t get it! I really don’t…
I’ve written a bible study help on the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the last book of the Bible. I do not set timelines or timetable events regarding the end of days, rather I take a literal view of the events in that book of the Bible taking place at a future unknown and unknowable date and time.
That said, there is a verse of scripture that jumps off the pages of the Bible for me today. Jesus was explaining as clearly as He could at the time, to the disciples, His closest followers, the things which would be happening at the “end of the age.” Listen to these words carefully…
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
I’m neither a seer nor a sayer of future events and how close they may or may not be to us today. I’m an observer. I’m a seeker of truth. As I observe, and seek truth today, my humble evaluation is that our world is not only growing darker (see yesterday’s post), but in a very real way, love is growing cold.
What does love growing cold look like? Listen to talk radio and the hate mongering of the conservative right. I was listening at noon yesterday when I heard a man do a call in interview with a popular nationwide talk-show host. The caller was irate about the decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. Joseph Kennedy a Seattle coach at Bremerton High School routinely held prayers or motivational talks before and after the teams football games. He was suspended by the school for these actions in 2015. The court system and justice(?) have finally had the final say. Apparently, Coach Kennedy had no right to do such things.
The court ruled:
“When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected.”
So the caller said to the radio host (my paraphrase, I don’t have the transcript of the call):
“I know how we can resolve this. When a judge makes a ruling like this, just publicize the judge’s name, the ruling absurdity, his phone number, his house address, his car license number, and I’ll guarantee there’s someone out there who will take care of this problem permanently.”
Do you see what I’m saying here? It’s not just the lunacy of those who want to re-write history and take down statues which don’t mean what the revisionists are trying to make them mean, within their self-deluded ideologies. And it’s not just the liberal media that is going nuts here. Ultra conservatism is the birthplace of violence and the death of love itself, just as much as the Alt-Left.
Where will the madness end? When will true Christ-followers rise up and say, “enough is enough.” We can rant and rave all we want, but something’s gotta give.
Yesterday, I wrote: “What’s next? Removing the statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? What has gotten into these people? And after these political icons are destroyed, then what? Can the religious freedom of having a cross on the top of a church be next? There are churches in America today which have already conceded to make their places of worship more public “friendly” or “comfortable” by removing the cross both inside and out.”
Some might think I’m making this stuff up. If so, check out this headline, and click the link to follow the story:
Calif. Catholic school removes Jesus and Mary statues: ‘Alienating’
Jesus told the disciples…
And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.”
Remember, I’m just an observer. I don’t pretend to know God’s designs or plans beyond what He has told us from the lips of Jesus, or from the writings of John the Apostle.
Can God still intervene in our world, or in the United States of America, and resolve this mess we’ve made? Sure.
Will He? I just don’t know. But while there is still time, surely we can learn to be more loving and look for solutions to our differences without resolving to tearing each other apart at the seams.
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