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Clueless

2009-01-27

Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. (John 12:9-11)
...we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Cor. 2:7-8)

People just don’t realize what’s going on around them these days. Whether in the church or the world, most heads seem buried in the sand, oblivious to the times in which we live, ignorant of prophecy, and more concerned with popularity and power than preparation for eternity. We’d rather shoot messengers of impending doom than consider turning from our sinful ways. Amazingly, rather than admit what is obvious on many topics, we deny it and threaten anyone who doesn’t.

Are we really any different from the Pharisees, who’d rather kill Jesus and a man he raised from the dead, than to give up privilege? Shouldn’t it be a sign of blindness if we find ourselves in denial of the storms raging around us? Or do we choose to pretend all is well, and fight against anyone who threatens our tranquility or power?

The world is ripe once again for a savior, any savior-- that is, except the real One. They want Santa Claus. They want a genie in a lamp. They want the seats of honor by Christ’s side in the coming kingdom. And they’ll do anything to get it; they’ll follow any pied piper that plays a pleasant psalm. And the pipers, be they political or pious, wax proud on the people’s praise.

I firmly believe that God is hardening hearts now. People have had their chance, as many long-dormant evils are coming out of the closet and parading their perversions publicly, such that it should be obvious even to the most skeptical. But the whole world, church included, seems to choose deliberately to deny what is plainly in front of them. Can it be, as it was with the Pharisees of old, that God is causing those who have long turned away from Him to begin swallowing the lies prophesied about in the last days? Are we seeing another thing God is hiding from “the rulers of this age”?

While the world gasps for its last breath, the Christian community turns to navel gazing. We expend all our energy arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin (i.e., “Can women preach? Did God force us to be saved or lost? Are the ”sign gifts“ for today? Can we wear jeans to church?) while souls are drawn to the piper, following as if in a trance. We will not warn them and even silence anyone who tries, because we have turned inward and have convinced ourselves that evangelism is narrow and divisive. We have traded the awful reality of eternity apart from God for rainbow dreams and the great Sugar Daddy in the Sky.

No wonder Jesus said, ”But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)

11 Comments

Lin

Hard but true words, my friend.

Jamie

I also agree. I hear this one a lot: "We should pray that God will bless our president so he is able to straighten out the mess in our country and our economy." A prayer for SELF.

Why would I ask God to bless the hands of those who hate Him and His ways? Why would I want Him to, and wouldn’t that say something about me if i did?

Paula Fether

Thanks sis’es! :-)

Yes, those who say we should bless an evil ruler are forgetting some of David’s psalms about hating those who hate God (Ps. 139:21), or this from 2 Chron. 19:1-2, "When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is on you." Or how about Ezekiel 22:30? "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one."

Jamie

Thanks for the scripture, Paula. About the only scripture I ever hear quoted concerning Obama is in comparison to him and King Darius in the book of Daniel. I truly believe the reason for this is because the outcome between Daniel and the King was good. It is something ’digestable’ for those who can’t stand a hard word. The scripture you quoted is completely ignored.

If Jesus is truly our peace.. we should be able to take a hard word without the need of cushions.

Paula Fether

I keep hearing Rom. 13:1-7 too. But I respond that in our constitutional republic, the people have the right to hold their leaders to account and oppose them if they violate the laws of the land; the government is our servant. So the rebels in our country are not those who stand up to evil, but those who trash the constitution and oppress the people.

We may well deserve who we got, but that in no way means we should not do everything we can to oppose every law or edict that is against the constitution. To fail to speak out and in fact to support an anti-constitutional president is to be a traitor, IMHO.

Jamie

Exactly how I see it too!

Greg Anderson

I heard that a 93 year old man was found frozen to death in his home in Michigan today. Apparently the utility company in his area had shut off his gas & electricity for falling behind in his bills.

It’s hard to describe what I felt inside. How does one reconcile anger and hurt welling up in the heart (or the Hebrew "bowels" for gut emotion)? Then I realized that Matthew 5:6 and Ezekiel 16:48&49 had come alive for me sharper than any Damascus blade.

You’re right Paula, we are clueless when we as Christians obsess over stuff that doesn’t amount to a pile of you know what.

Luther was wrong when he called James’ epistle an "epistle of straw". The book of James makes it abundantly clear that unless we walk the walk, all the talk of Jesus is just that --- talk and more talk.

Paula Fether

Yeah, I saw that in the news. That’s just cold-blooded. But then, when we consider how our society views abortion, and how so many parents are murdering their children at anywhere from infancy to the teen years, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at this death by legalism. Can you imagine the sins being piled up against the people of this generation, all over the world?

Luther did some very important things right-- and got some very important things terribly wrong too. Big rewards, big penalties; God is no respecter of persons. But even without James, how could he not see the same teachings in Jesus or Paul? Are we not dead to sin? Are we not to obey the Golden Rule?

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Don

P.S. Santa Claus has no "e". You may be thinking of the movie.

Paula Fether

There’s thinking, and then there’s typos... thanks, I’ll fix that. :-)