Just a note to say that I will be bowing out for awhile.
I caught a portion of the Beck radio program last week where Glenn was talking to Pat and Stu about how a thing can be spoken into existence. It was in relation to their joking and carrying on about each others wives. Some of it is funny and all can laugh at it. But there is a point that it can cross the line and it becomes degrading. Glenn was making the point that he did not want any of them to cross that line.
Crossing the line can speak things into existence. Derogatory comments can get implanted in a person’s mind and become reality—at least in their mind.
I caught a portion of another Beck radio program where the three of them were talking about bottled water. In general, they were talking about how we have bought into paying for water that we can get relatively free from our own faucets. They commented on the source—some city’s public water supply. I happened to notice that night, having the same brand they were referring to, that they were right. The source was some city’s public water supply.
Their point was that we buy into things that are ridiculous. Granted, there are times that a bottle of water is more convenient, but to just always feel we have to grab a bottle—thinking it is better—when we have close to the same thing nearly free of charge . . . we have bought into it.
The left is speaking things into existence and we are quite simply buying into it. I had the thought as I was thinking about all this that as sure as something can be spoken into existence, it can be spoken out of existence. When our government can go from 0 to 60 in one school shooting, I say they have successfully spoken into existence the idea that major restrictions need to be placed on guns. And what are the most of us who disagree doing, other than buying at a record pace; we’re entering the debate on where the line should be drawn. They have spoken a thing into existence and we are buying into it.
Now, as I mentioned earlier—that they have spoken a thing into existence—who is going to speak it out of existence? Who is going to stand up and say to hell with notion that you can restrict our ability to defend ourselves? All the attention is on making our society a safer place. All the attention is geared toward protecting us from ourselves. Have you noticed that there has been no mention of the possibility that we might one day need to protect ourselves from foreign infiltrated forces? They are already here by the way. Instead of all this effort on restricting law abiding citizens, why don’t they dedicate the same energy towards punishment of law breakers?
It’s not just the issue of gun control; you name it. We are being sold a bad deal on many fronts and We the People just buy it. EPA shuts an energy plant down or keeps entrepreneurs from accessing our own natural gas and oil. They encourage people to not work. They have convinced us that we are wrong to not tolerate gays, lesbians and baby killers. They have spoken these things into existence and we simply tolerate it. Who is going to speak it out of existence? When they stand with arms crossed and say, in effect, who is going to stop us; who is going to stand with their arms crossed and say, “I will.”
We the People are the ones who have to put our foot down. We the People are the one’s who have to eventually say, “To hell with the left.” Since hell is where their ideas come from, let’s instead, speak that into existence.
I was watching a documentary a few nights ago about the role video games are playing in these mass murders that are happening in our schools and elsewhere. The point was made that man has a natural tendency to not pull the trigger—to not take another man’s life. In combat, men have to be trained to overcome that tendency. Courses are set up where they are trained to shoot instinctively and by this repetition, the tendency is overcome.
Video games have the same effect. By repetition—realistic repetition—a person can potentially overcome the tendency to not pull the trigger. It is this very thing that enables a kid to walk in a class room and just start shooting or gang members to think nothing of shooting each other.
All this has caused me to consider, a little more than I ever have in the past, the need of making sure I have the ability to protect my family should I ever encounter one of these insensitive individuals; which makes me go through the mental steps of one day having to pull the trigger myself.
All the thought made me think of a verse in Revelation 6. It is the beginning wave of judgment. It is a result of the second seal—the beginning of the beginning. “When the Lamb opened the second seal . . . its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.” It is at least possible that this answers the question, “Why is all this happening?” I’m not saying for sure that it is, but it is at least possible.
One thing is for sure; things will get worse and worse. We are in a funnel. We are all heading to one great and final conflict. John, in chapter 12, I think, stops for a minute and goes back in time to show the root of this inevitable conflict. It all started in heaven before man was ever created. Rev 12:7-9 says, “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”
So the dragon (Satan) lost his place in heaven. John uses this chapter to give us the why. Why is the dragon against us? Quite simply, he wants to take as many as he can with him. He wants to keep as many as he can from making it to heaven. He has been against us ever since we showed up. In the garden he deceived us. When Mary was giving birth to Jesus, he tried to destroy them both. Rev 12:4 says, “The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.” Later in vs.13, John says that, “he pursued the woman”, but God protected her.
Since the dragon couldn’t take the holy family out, he has had to settle for the next best thing . . . us. John concludes this 12th chapter with this: “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring-those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” Why is life so hard? Why will it continue to get harder? Because the dragon has declared war on us and as he sees his remaining days coming to an end, he will try even harder to take us out. He will try until that great and final conflict when God takes him out once and for all.
Why is there always a push to get rid of guns after a terrible shooting, and never a push to get rid of the video games and movies that stir people to think of such things?
Corporations spend millions on advertising because they believe if they can keep their product before us, certain people will be motivated to want to buy it. But then the same people will argue that the content of what they are selling will not motivate certain people to want to do what their product suggests.
We have had guns for hundreds of years. We have had video games and movies for just a few. We use to use our guns for what they were designed for – hunting and protection. It was not until our media have suggested other uses that these needless killings have sprung up.
Something is wrong about a government that will protect the right of these video and movie makers to produce this crap – knowing the effect it is having – but doesn’t seem to have a problem with infringing on the right of we the people to own and possess guns.
How many millions use them for what they were designed? And because of a few, the government thinks we should get rid of them. Something is not right about that. I enjoy shooting targets. One day I may have to shoot a rabbit to have food to eat.
Personally I think our government ought to figure out a way to protect our good rights and concentrate instead on the rights that are inciting these senseless acts. And please don’t try to tell me that to restrict these rights would be an infringement. The government thinks nothing about infringing on things that we in this country has believed in and accepted for hundreds of years, all because one person is offended. So if that happens to be your comeback . . . get over it. I’ve got no room for that kind of thinking anymore.
In the first 3 chapters of Revelation, John, while he writes the series of letters to the churches, is on the island of Patmos. This 4th chapter begins with John being called up to heaven where he will remain throughout the rest of this book.
The first thing John describes is the throne in heaven. The thing that struck me was his description of the four living creatures around the throne. One was like a lion. One was like an ox. One had a face like a man. One was like a flying eagle. Each of the four creatures “never stopped saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.”
I had a thought I had never considered before. By the lion doing what it is created to do, day after day after day, is it not perpetually declaring, “holy, holy, holy”? The eagle, as it does what God created it to do, is it not also declaring . . . and the ox? All three with different design do what they were designed to do.
And then I thought about the one that had a face like a man. Do we do what we were created to do? Do we all work to provide for the betterment of our families? Do we all choose as a mate, a member of the opposite sex that we might produce a family? Do we honor God in and with our lives? It is the only one of the 4 that chooses.
As a side note, I thought of when God created man. If God had intended for man to be with man and woman to be with woman in addition to man being with woman, He would have created 6 people – 3 men and 3 women – but He didn’t.
There is a verse in chapter 5; “with your blood you purchased men for God”. Funny, He didn’t have to purchase the other creatures; they do what they were made to do. But man . . . we had to be “purchased”. And then, “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God.”
I’ve wondered more lately than ever if I am doing what I was created to do. I watched Men of Valor a few nights ago. Trained Men of Valor fought against evil to rescue a woman who had been taken hostage and was being tortured. These trained men who rescued her cussed and drank a little, but I couldn’t help but to wonder if maybe they didn’t cause God to stand up and take notice. I wonder if He didn’t stand up and say, “Now that’s what I’m talkin about”.
In both the 4th and 5th chapters, John refers to “the seven spirits of God”. Could these spirits be like facets of a diamond? Isn’t there a part of God that both loves and hates? Is He not both full of mercy and yet He will eventually judge? Is He not both gracious and jealous? Is He not also a God of vengeance?
We are at a critical point in our nation’s history. A couple of states just voted to accept gay marriage. Our government is leaning toward raising taxes so that it does not have to cut its, out of control, spending. Both financially and morally we are bankrupt. Business as usual is as much out of line for our government as it is for us. Personally I am searching for a better way “to serve our God” in these trying times. I believe the question we should all be asking is, what will we, who have “with blood” been “purchased for God”, do to serve Him? And will it be enough to bring Him to His feet?
Where I grew up in the south, there were a few dirt roads. Back then, we didn’t think that much about them. They had been that way. We accepted them. Today, many of them have been paved over in an effort to make things better.
In our not too distant past, intolerance was a little like those dirt roads. There were many who had been intolerant for years. We didn’t think that much about it; it’s just the way it was. It was common. It was acceptable. But someone decided if intolerance could be paved over, it would make things better.
Travel was a little slower on dirt roads. Similarly, when there was more intolerance, immorality moved a little slower. Intolerance kept it in check. It didn’t prevent it any more than dirt roads kept people from driving on them; but when intolerance was taken out of the way, immorality hit the superhighway.
Have you noticed how those who initially pressed for tolerance has now become the intolerant ones? If anyone today does try to voice an opposing opinion they get blasted – just as the owner of Chic-Filet.
As a result of this push against intolerance, many have simply shut down. Over time we have been conditioned. Now we tolerate everything. We tolerate a government that is out of its mind fiscally. We tolerate an arrogant President who thinks he can snub his nose at half the nation and the other half of our government. We tolerate both sides of our government for allowing things to remain “business as usual”.
It was announced yesterday that the Supreme Court is considering the issue of gay marriage. Now there’s an issue that has hit the freeway. Years ago it was suggested that people are born that way, and with the intolerant ones quieted to little more than a whisper, there was no one to stand up and said “No! That is not true. We are all created in the image of God. We make choices as to how we will live.” And so now, because intolerance was removed, we are where we are.
I recently read a letter that was written many years ago. It was written to a group of people who were being pressed to believe things that were not true. Much like today, when our media no longer has to travel the back roads, they now push immorality freely down the interstate with wide open lanes free of traffic and speed limits.
In the letter I read, the writer (whose name was Jude) said, “I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for what you believe”. He goes on to tell of the “godless men, who were changing the grace of God into a license for immorality. By following their own ungodly desires, they divide you.” Sounds a little like today doesn’t it?
Among Jude’s final words he suggests that his readers “build themselves up”. In other words, become more familiar with what God actually requires. He’s given us an entire book that tells us. Read it. Study it. Then . . . contend for what you believe.
In Ben Stein’s response to the White House’s referral to the “Holiday Tree”, he quotes Billy Graham’s daughter when she was asked:
“How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
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