Monday, December 04, 2006



The Wilderness Looks More Inviting All the Time . . .

What a week it's been. A snowstorm hits my part of the country and brings all to a standstill. It strikes me as metaphorical as well as meteorological. Why? Because of another kind of storm that has global ramifications.

A friend informs me that the Emergent/PD juggernaut has swept some more congregations away, this time out west. The individuals who raised doctrinal/biblical/methodological concerns were forced out of these congregations. It really is sad. Given the number of relationships shattered, congregations ripped apart, and new believers led astray or deeply wounded by these shenanigans, it amazes me how people naming the name of Christ can think this stuff bears good fruit. If this is good fruit, I'd hate to see the rotten.

As odd as it might seem, events around the world that you wouldn't think are connected might be after all. John Bolton is out at the U.N. The left (including some Republicans in Name Only) managed to stiff arm this fine man who represented the U.S. well out the door. This nation will rue the day.

Someone keeps leaking classified information to the New York Times, continuing to jeopardize our national security and undermine the administration. Whoever is doing this, it seems their hatred of George W. Bush is overriding what concern they ought to have over the damage to our country in the long run.

As we near Christmas, the hatred and contempt people have for Christians (and ultimately Christ) is rearing its head in bolder and bolder fashion. We allow Islamic crescents and Menorahs on public land, but a Nativity Scene is forbidden. Worse yet, a Nativity Scene is not allowed to be part of a CHRISTMAS event because of political correctness. Go figure.

Concerns are being raised over a new coin out from the U.S. Mint. The national motto "In God We Trust" has been relegated to the edge of the coin instead of the coin face.

Delta Air Lines shows a film on an international flight that would appeal only to a pedophile. Passengers object and their concerns are dismissed by the flight crews. Who, pray tell, having even a modicum of morals would want to see a young child gyrating in a sexual fashion mimicing a strip tease? In this day and age when abuse of children is constantly in the news, is this really the image a responsible business would want to put forth?

I could go on, but you get the point. My question now has to be, "How long, O Lord . . .how long?" And how is this all connected? Think about it. In the last days, things are said to go from bad to worse. The world wants to live without God, so the world is getting what it wants. The world is spiritually dead, and it's not going to leave a good looking corpse. As dark as it's getting, we who trust in God must always remind ourselves that this is only temporary. One day, He will make all things new and bring justice. In the past, I have wanted that day to be delayed so that more might come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior before it's too late. That wish is growing dimmer, and that is sad because I don't want my own love to grow cold. But the Lord has promised not to allow us to be tempted beyond our ability, and in that promise I must trust. One thing is certain. It's going to get worse in the relatively short term. A LOT worse.

EDITED TO ADD:

Okay, it's nice to have a brief reality check. I just had the privilege to hear a brief address by the president of the Baptist Union in one of the former communist countries of Eastern Europe. The things he had to say reminded me that people HAVE had it much worse than I have, or in America collectively. What will be interesting is if things get as bad here in America eventually. It could happen, and happen a lot more easily than we think.

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