Mirror Images

Do we truly want to understand the gangrenous nature of modern American culture, society, and government?  Then we must look at our own hearts and minds, for that is where it started.  Where it ends is either repentance or fiery judgment, no other choices exist.

Freedom

Freedom is a word ever on the lips of Americans.  Yet it is a word that precious few, even those who claim the name of Christian, know truly.  Because freedom is not opened by the working of our will.  The door to freedom is Christ and Christ alone, and the key is death to self and living unto God.  And few there are that find it.

The Simplicity of Joy

As I listened, watched, and played with my granddaughters, I’m amazed at the simplicity of joy.  It wells up from inside them so freely and abundantly.  Whether playing ball, helping Nana to bake a cake, or showering PaPa with hugs and kisses, their joy is unmistakeable.

I looked upon my wife and rejoiced in her, even as I sorrow because of the pain of her heart.  Most of all I rejoice in Christ, who has given such treasures to me.

Joy is not the opposite of sorrow: it accompanies it; it overcomes it.  Sorrow softly cries, Joy says “Behold the Lord.”  Sorrow weeps in anguish, Joy cries out “Behold the Lord.”  Sorrow writhes in pain, Joy comforts “Behold the Lord.”  Ever and always, with a whisper, with a shout, Joy proclaims  “Behold the Lord!”

Charlatanville

I did not see the erupting of Charlottesville–my wife had surgery and was in the hospital for a few days.  Since then it has inundated my Facebook feed and has disgusted me…and indicted me, but not in the way most may think.

Before our eyes we see a replay of national socialist (Nazi) and international communists (Antifa) violently fighting one another as they did in Germany decades ago.  Both groups possibly carefully herded by the police into certain confrontation with one another, followed by the same police standing idle as the inevitable occurred.  The whole putrid affair capped by a coward using his car as a weapon and the virulent denunciation of anyone who sees both groups as despicable.  Lastly, the scrambling of politicians of all stripes and levels to make a profit on the country coming apart.

I am disgusted by the groups.  I am disgusted by the police.  I am disgusted by the press.  I am disgusted by the politicians.  I am disgusted by…myself.   Sitting idle, I have watched things deteriorate in this country to the point that we are now in a civil war, one not yet hot only because no one has yet blown up Fort Sumpter.  A civil war that thus far has no heroes and no redeeming values, only kettles of vultures fighting over the rotten corpse of our nation.

No more.  By God’s grace He saved me and called me to the preaching of the Gospel.  I will live and if necessary die opposing the evil that stalks our land and declaring to my countrymen, my family, that our only hope is submission to King Jesus.

May God have mercy on us.