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Change

What do you do when life circumstances are suddenly changed, never to be the same again?

Almost everyone reacts.  Few act.  The difference between reacting and acting is like the difference between night and day.

Change is a big word.  It can mean something different to everyone.

What does change mean to you?

When Barak Obama became president under the banner of change, America was excited. The first black president sat in the White House, expectations were high.  Eight years later many were disappointed others were pleased.

This past November Donald Trump became president.  America was excited.  The first successful billionaire business man sits in the White House, expectations are high.  He too ran on promises of change.  Some were angry and others rejoiced.

The map of America after the election was mostly red.  In California and the major big cities of the nation the map was blue.  America as a whole wanted change.

As usual most of America looks to the coasts to set the tone and the media is the standard bearer for that tone.

I recall sitting with my mother many years ago, watching T.V.  The ads would come on and she would ask to go to the store so she could buy the product she saw.  If it was on T.V. it must be good, i.e. it must be true.

Media still has a big influence on the American public. Faith in the media may even have become more pronounced in news programs in particular.

Americans watch “the talking heads” of the media talk and debate, asking themselves what they think.  Opinion is what matters to them…your opinion, my opinion, their opinion. Every opinion except the one opinion that matters, God’s.

For the most part, the American people would say that they believe in the Judeo-Christian God. They may not go to church or believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world to bring people to God the Father, but they profess belief in God.

In the Christian church of today, many doctrines that were held true for centuries are no longer accepted as truth.  It is a time when each does what is right in his own eyes, the Bible calls this an evil day.  The love of money, position and power move many.

But for some of us, this is a new day, a day of awakening. We have prayed for years:   “God, May your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!”  We believe that now is the time, God has heard our prayers, and He is going to get involved.  As someone said, “God is going to show up and show out.” 

A few years ago I was reading Isaiah 60…it read: “Darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but the light shall rise upon thee and nations and kings shall come to the brightness of your rising..”

I have heard many proclaiming this truth:  God will move when it is very dark.  Jesus is called the light of the world in the Bible and the contrast between darkness and light is seen over and over again in scripture.

We know that when it is dark, even the smallest amount of light brightens the darkness.  That is not to say that everyone likes the light, because as the Bible says it shows that their deeds are evil. So, there will be those who react to light, to change, by anarchy. They become violent in their anger, lashing out at whoever happens to come close to them.

The Bible tells us that the anger of man accomplishes no good thing. It cannot be perpetuated, it will always deteriorate into hatred which will destroy the person who harbors it, eventually leading to death and destruction.

My pastor and her friend, along with many other Christian people went to Washington D.C. for the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America.  They were there to celebrate and support.  It was a joyful time for them.

There was one dark spot where some angry people spit at some celebrants, called them names and would not let them pass through where they were standing.  It made them sad and they prayed that they might know the love God had for them.

Peaceful protest is part of the American landscape. We are a diverse people and have the right to stand up for our beliefs.  But, looting, burning, pushing and shoving, even sometimes beating up someone you disagree with is not the American way.

May God have mercy upon us and restore America to His vision. May His will be done and His opinion be sought after.

Christians and Jews are among the most tolerant people that I know.  In Israel and America a Christian church, a Jewish synagogue and a mosque can stand in the same area. Their people can work side by side without conflict.

When radical factions enter in to any of these groups who believe in one God, there will be trouble and eventually there will be war.

Something must be said about the enemies of America who have an agenda to take her down and make her a subservient country to a one world government.  God will not allow it until the time He has set on His time line.

It is vain to fight against God, you cannot prevail.  Unbelief does not affect God.  He is the great I AM, the one who has always been and always will be.  His will is going to be done.

As we embark upon the four year term of Donald Trump as president.  Let us set aside radicalization and work together in Unity to make America a better place for our children and our grand-children.  Unity in diversity is a wonderful thing.

We live in a country where we can make our requests known.  I write to my congressman and representatives when I disagree with what is being done.  No one comes to put me in jail for being a dissident.  I have the right of free speech.

You can write to your local newspaper, you can produce a program on Public T.V., (for free), you can set up a peaceful protest, there are many ways to communicate your opinion and try to influence others.

Change can be good, it depends on whether you react to the change in a negative way or respond with a construction action.  It is your choice.

God Bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Absolutes

Right or Wrong. True or False.  Good or Evil.

Are there really absolutes or are these archaic concepts?  Do they apply to my life and yours, are they relevant to everyday living…or are my rights right regardless of the infringement upon your rights?  My truth the absolute truth, my good right and yours wrong?

In America, the founding fathers agreed to the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and signed it with determination.  They envisioned a land where “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  They believed that these truth were “self-evident”.

The position of being dominated by the king of England was repugnant to them, they believed they had the right to govern themselves. The founding fathers of America looked forward to an America where the principles that they held dear, ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, would be the standard by which the new nation would live.  They were independent, they fought for what they believed and won against all odds.  A new nation was born.

Yet, as often happens, the vision of the founder does not come to fruition when the visionary dies.  Those who take over after him cannot see what he saw and therefore, they decide they have a better way…their way.  “Out with the old, in with the new.”  “A new broom sweeps clean.”  Change.

America today has many problems.  What has been the norm for hundreds of years is now being interpreted, challenged and changed or ignored altogether.  There are “conspiracy theories” that some group has put into motion a plan to take away the rights of the American people, reversing what the founding fathers fought, bled and died for.  America is in trouble.

Have you heard this:  “If it feels good, do it!”  “If you don’t take care of number one, who will?” 

I suggest that in the world today, not just in America, what matters to most people is what they think and what they want.  People don’t want anyone telling them what they can and cannot do.  “I have the right to do what I want to do.”

Consider this word:  Relevant.  Not right or wrong.  Not good or evil,  Not even true or false, only what I think matters, what is important to me, what is relevant to my life.

We teach our children to be independent from a very young age; we train them to take care of themselves, we help them learn to walk, go “potty”, tie their shoes, dress themselves etc.; we see it as “growing up”.  It is a good thing.  A child is thought backward if they do not become independent.

The Declaration of Independence states the intent of the founding fathers, that America is an independent nation, no longer dependent upon Britain and her king, that we have the right to govern ourselves as we see fit through majority rule.  It was a good thing, a goal to strive for.

But today, many have declared themselves independent of constraint or restraint when they feel that their rights are not being honored.  They fight against the majority of Americans, not to just do what they want to do, but to force society to support them in what they want to do.

I don’t have to enumerate the “rights” that are fought over today, I have no doubt that they are clear to all of us.  But, I want to provoke you, dear reader, to consider how the “rights” of the minority have infringed upon the “rights” of the majority.

How can a small minority of people or even one person, cause a whole society to be changed.  Is it because they cry the loudest or is it because it is  “the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.”?  Or is there another reason, something that is far deeper, something hidden to the natural eye?

“In the beginning God”…  I believe it is because we have taken God out of the picture.  A friend of mine used to say,  “The world is going to Hell in a hand basket.” It appears to me that society is going forward into the hand basket of “relevance”, that the whole fabric of American society is being permeated by this insidious enemy.  An enemy that shoves everything out of the picture but human self-will.  A society that is moved by its senses….”If it feels good, do it.”

There is movement in the church that has pushed the one true God out for a version of their own making.  A God who loves people just where they are, and He does, who does not bring any conviction regarding sin or styles of living, which He does not do, rather He “disciplines those He loves”.   They rewrite the Bible in their minds, omitting those things they don’t agree with.  And once more the Christ, the Messiah, is the stumbling block.  Because He is Truth they must counterfeit Him for another Jesus.  This is what religion always does.

The “Emergent Church” is the buzz word for what is happening in the Christian religion, old is bad, new is good, so out with the old and in with the new.  Another new thing on the scene is “Chrislam” which combines Christianity and Islam.  They believe that Allah and God are one and the same.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  This did not happen, could not happen, until Jesus was removed from His rightful place as the Son of God, divinely born, crucified, dead, buried and resurrected.

My point…In 1963 we shoved God out of school.  Since then He has been pushed out of literally every area of our lives.  Several Christian denominations have put away foundational doctines of the faith because they are “no longer relevant” to today’s society.

Soon to arise on the scene will be a “religion” that is acceptable to all man-kind, acceptable to all religions.  It will be relevant.  It will be accepted, even hailed by the masses.  Humanity at last will have a god that all can worship, a perfect human.

The one true God, the creator of Heaven and Earth, is no longer honored and respected in the life of individuals, in the home and thus in the society.  We have arrived at the time when every man is doing what is right in his own eyes.  It is the evil day that is spoken of in Scripture.

There are absolutes.  There is that which is right and yet does not infringe upon the right of another, there is truth that never changes and there is good, found in the only One who is good.  And, there is unity in diversity that does not command conformity but allows freedom for the person to be all that the creator planned for him.

Unity is Freedom to be what God designed you to be.  Uniformity demands conformity.

United States of America…United, in Union, in Unity of agreement and purpose.  But not now……….  Splintered, shattered, wounded……..America is sick unto death.  How long before collapse… internally or from wounds inflicted from enemies?  Sorrow in the creator’s heart, grief.  His plan for her was good, but she chose her own way, like her sister before her.  What next? Only God knows……

If you believe, pray.

I am thoughtfully and prayerfully His,

Joy