I recently received a “tell yourself” video featuring things – a selection of Bible verses- people should tell themselves. I do not want to tell myself anything that I shouldn’t, just because it is in the Bible, and Deuteronomy 28 is not a blanket of blessings anyone who was not there can wrap himself in. In that video I could not get past “Tell yourself Deuteronomy 28 … I am the head and not the tail”. It is this kind of mixing truth and lies that has brought the world of information sharing to a destructive new low both in the political and religious world
Today, yesterday and careful compliance
How can I tell myself what the Bible says about me without a full hug, unless the self-talk is just a thing to create a good feeling or adjust our comfort level with reality? The only way to be head and tail is to get in touch with what Moses was saying as Israel neared Canaan.
Some people think that they can pray away things that God predicts, even the very things we need as believers to help us learn dependence on God, while even a mention of the darkness that defines all of humanity is hard to find. Fantasy has no place in the delivery of hope and support to an adult population and therefore we find ourselves walking away from the bargains of the decades-long evangelical revolution.
39. And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” 40. Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
Darkness on the face of the deep
Darkness stalks us primarily because we were in that deep – the primeval abyss – of which the world was hatched. Our attempts at fixing our problems seem only to plunge us deeper into the cave where light gets scarcer.
Neither sun nor moon
The time is right for us to be shielded from the light. When light parades as police brutality and public service is billed as corrupt, and violent self-defense is a human right, who needs light?
5) The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6) The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
I know, everyone wants a cloudless day every now and then, and some strange people think that the light humans need can be created in a lab or industrial complex and, to satisfy the buyers and sellers, never turned off. In a way we have, in some places, no difference between night and day. I also know people who talk a great light show who are really employees of the father of lies.
But in this period – how many days are still unknown – of dark days there is the sense that a death angel is visiting.
If the sunlight is not breaking through the clouds it is dark. Even with the moon nights are dark
I am pretty certain that Hades, with its big mouth gaping, is right now gobbling up another batch of victims. The darkness into which the American and Canadian) churches have just plunged with their support exposure for a deeply flawed mouth speaking abominable things without a rebuke from the messengers of light marks the deepening of trouble and a betrayal of the poor and marginalized. In that same darkness we will find a refuge.
Between the murderous and the lifesaving programs of today’s religions is a hard line of conspiracy, not the hard line of mercy and compassion. There is no Christian morality apart from the work and person of Christ.
Guess who matters more to Jesus and any God we can name? It is not the rich and successful, those who want to be listed as loyal to high virtue, who refuse to sell and give to the needy. I can just hear the hard bargain of the status quo: “what poor, what vulnerable, what injustice?” and “Let them enjoy their three and four jobs”. Obviously there is no positive thinking or praying that turns around the death toll. What God did for the Syrian military commander while Israelites were being ravaged by leprosy is not happening in the United States . The bargains promised by what-he’s- done-for-others-he’ll-do-for-you profiteers are not worth a half-penny.
Premiers, police chiefs, and God knows who else thinks they are leaders are quick to say that Canada does not have racist structures. Not the prime minister: he of black face funignorance. One is either blind or corrupt not to recognize that in Canada’s history atrocities related to racism have shaped the country. The videos and stories of brutality and inhumanity will surface and the evidence will challenge the caring citizens of this country to cringe and do what civilized people do: renounce and withdraw from corrupt associations.
Not in my backyard
They swear that they have black or native friends or that their religion is against racial discrimination, but we have been surprised to find that institutions are riddled by ignorant and cowardly noisemakers. The RCMP and our local service agencies are getting a long overdue makeover.
Your church, mosque, temple, and synagogue
Your car dealer
Your grocery checkout staff
Your health care practitioner
These are all condemnable. We can ignore the garments and medals these parties wear. Do not tell me “all doctors and lawyers are great guys and great public servants”. We are aware that the welcoming public signs and reminders of civility in these places may be pure sham. The time has long gone for a redemptive change.
It is still a matter of pride that Haitians rose from the bondage of the European slave trade to become the first independent state of dispersed Africans. The other path taken by our island nations has perpetuated the very tools of injustice that the colonial powers used. Aren’t they just another cog in the colonial gear box?
Holding our noses
The suicidal crew are so accustomed to presidential comedy that nothing in the excreta range registers any more. The ideal scenario for 45, the GOP and the DOJ would be for the population to stop listening while the things American governance stands for get pushed into oblivion. It is a phenomenon worth seeing: serpent tongues flicking to and fro, so much prey, strike ’em all.The land of the free looks more like one giant prison.
A great secular entity becomes a prison
And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation of John 18:2
Everywhere we look there are signs of decay. If we look we will see it. Every time we look southward we cringe because many think that Canada needs what the United States has. If our education and nurture is full of double speak and elitism we will neither care about the history we share nor cringe at the resurgence of corruption and deceit.
When a mosquito bites… When a bee stings… When a dog bites… When people lie to us…When a mutated virus is killing people…
Why all the megalomania and gee whiz optics?
“We do not know what we have here” is what the scientists are saying, nevermind the frantic search for solutions. Wait until a genuine Biblical plague comes down the pike! Forget the magic and optimism. Just tell us the truth.
Humans tend to have a consistent response to mosquito bites, dog bites, lies, but covid-19 has shown us the face of deceit, from the White House, governments across the globe and delusional religious leaders. Coronavirus is going away but not like a miracle and the pandemic was not totally under control two weeks ago. Please God, help me plug my ears from hearing one more syllable from the shameless bigot king potus45.
The idols that populate the universe of deception are many and often are not concealed. They are with us in plain sight. They’re all part of creation.
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14
To avoid idolatry might seem easy since opposite creation stands the Creator. For many people, buildings, purchases, things we have lost, things we want, church membership, and even people are more attractive than Christ. The risk is huge.
As soon as the conversation turns from God’s Son we know the truth is no longer central. Idolatry looms in opting for Moses, looms in the choice of Saul, looms in the choice of Judah over Israel, looms in the choice of Jerusalem over Samaria, and inthe choice of Barabbas over Messiah. That is why we should run if the conversation turns from the man Messiah Yeshua
The extent to which our fear, offering, and worship remain connected to Christ’s suffering and glory reveals our foundation. The gospel is the truth and Christ is sole owner.
Revelation 14:7 has three punctiliar verbs (fear/Φοβήθητε, give/δότε, worship/προσκυνήσατε) give no room for a new evangelism process or for the assumed new related lifestyle. These are all acts of commitment.
God does not convert people who did not repent of their unbelief.