Time and tenderness

Have we come so far in our struggle to understand each other or not far enough? Instead of coming together, it seems that the time and the process of repairing our differences has driven a wedge between us. Is it because there are many who don’t want the rift repaired? I have thought that for the past fifty years or so, America and the people living here were supposed to be taking Dr. King’s advice and his struggle to heart? But it seems that instead of growing into a society which accepts each other based on our character rather than our skin color, it is our cultural differences which are driving our society apart. We are heading in the wrong direction concerning our relationships with each other.

Many people talk about the racial problem in the world and in America. It is not a racial problem! It is a cultural problem. When the people of Earth split up because of their language differences at the tower of Babel, we all spoke the same language and our cultures weren’t so different at that time. Now, we have developed many different cultures and religions, different ways of dressing and talking, all kinds of differences from the outside, but we are all Homo Sapiens….mankind.

Our racial differences today seems to mean our different cultural heritage and the appearances that go along with that today. We are all of the human race. Culturally we are all different in many thousands or even millions of ways. We have different beliefs that we cling to in times of trouble. We have different dress and music preferences than “those other people”.

But, when you get down to the DNA of us, all of us, there is very little difference. Two arms, two legs, two ears, one mouth and two eyes, these are the characteristics of a being that is supposed to listen more, see and take notice of more of the injustices in the world, go out and do more with your arms and legs. If you are able to go on a mission trip then do it! We are to be Christ’s eyes and hands and feet in the world so that people can see Him through us and our actions. If your life and your actions don’t reflect Jesus’ attributes, then you need to repent and come back to Him, get into His Word and truly follow Him.

When you speak you should speak in such a way as to bring wisdom into a situation instead of making it worse with accusations and baiting people into actions which cause more problems than they fix. That is why we have only one mouth and two ears, we are supposed to listen twice as much as we speak. Every person needs to hear the gospel of Jesus, whether it is through a sermon in a church or from a blog on the Internet like this one. I pray that you will consider this in your life just as I try to do in mine.

In the gospels, Jesus’ words were powerful but not inflammatory. He told those who weren’t listening to Him exactly why they weren’t listening and suggested what they should do about it. Take His words into your life and heart so that you can use them in all of your situations, regardless of what kind of situation it might be. Why? Because if we don’t, our world is going to get to a place spiritually that is even worse than it is today! Jesus gave us the power of His name and we can use it, IF we belong to Him and claim Him as our Savior. Believe in Him, come to love Him through the reading and study of His Word, pray to Him in the morning and at night. Listen with your spiritual ears and your heart so that you will know what He says and when He says it.

Take the gospel to all of the world where you work and live and elsewhere. Time grows short, seek Him and be watchful for He is coming back!

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How do you live?

This is a question which I have never asked of myself let alone anyone out in the world or on the web. So, I will try to come into this with an answer for you that makes some sense, at least to me.

I live in a rural community in the middle of a Southern state. I am a Caucasian with a family tree which goes almost back to the original colonies, although I believe that my ancestor came over as an indentured servant from what I can determine at least. Not that it makes any difference in how I view the world today, since my ancestor and those that they or he served was over three centuries ago. The past is fine to look into and wonder about, but it cannot dictate your life today and it shouldn’t. Even the time in which I was born, the first years of the ’60’s, is foreign to us now because that is over fifty years ago. A different time and culture, even in the South.

Time makes a lot of difference in how people view the world and the history which happened in our past. From the recent decades all the way back to the founding of the American colonies. Yes, there have been many mistakes and wrong turns in many countries all over the world, but with wisdom and the knowledge that we glean from learning about real history, not altered or manufactured history, we can determine to do better in the future.

Life itself causes us to work through our days and weeks and months and years, one day at a time. Just as we learn about life, one day at a time. We don’t see the future and it seems that many are trying to erase or change as much cultural history in our past as they can. Why? The different cultures are what make us unique! It doesn’t matter if two millennia ago they were worshipping a different god than we do now? Getting rid of antique and irreplaceable sculptures and artifacts will not correct history to what you wish it to be, but it will destroy art that cannot be replaced.

How can you live in a world where the culture that is trying to dominate and take over the world is also trying to reshape the world’s history to suit its own ends? Life can teach us many things but destruction doesn’t teach anyone anything except how to remove the past from view. What is left is dust and fragments of a cultural period which will never return and we can’t duplicate even today. How would many of the world’s people feel if someone dropped a bomb on Mecca or on Jerusalem which would destroy all of the cultural and religious artifacts contained in those cities? What about the destruction of the pyramids in Egypt?

These are cultural and world history sites which cannot be replaced, much like the ones from ancient Babylon which were destroyed recently. These are not idols to be worshipped, just cultural icons and sculptures which could be studied today. Yet, they are rubble now.

Your life and mine may not be impacted much by these lost cultural icons, but the world will be different in some aspects. Hate on this scale is infectious and it seems to be spreading in many parts of the world and it has made its way to America too. We are in for a rough ride in the next few years. Pray about your own salvation, read God’s Word and learn the wisdom in it. We, as human beings, are in this together. Different cultures and religions may be separating us along lines which are blurred in some ways and crystal clear in others. Find common ground and work toward it, regardless of your skin color or your religion.

 

Sugar coatings don’t get you to Heaven

Have you noticed that there are some preachers on TV that don’t tell you the whole truth, they try to make things seem to be OK and politically correct. I have noticed that some don’t say anything about us being sinners at all. Yet, there are so many people in America who don’t claim any religion at all, sugar-coating or not.

Belief is another matter. Most people seem to have some type of belief even if they claim to be atheists. Belief in a higher power seems to be growing, even though many won’t claim to know what higher power they are referring to. In life there is no moral absolute they say, we are our own gods and we control our existence. Really? Then, why are there so many health issues and hair color products and plastic surgeons today? I mean, if you are your own god, you should be able to choose your hair color or get rid of your own wrinkles and your health problems, right?

Sugar coating the message, regardless of what type of sugar it might be, is not the answer to mankind’s problems. Ignoring our mental problems or societal problems doesn’t make them go away and neither does glossing over our weaknesses. Yes, mankind is a spiritual being and we are linked to a plane of natural existence while we live but that doesn’t mean that we ignore the past.

The past being our historical roots. Regardless of the pronouncement that this country isn’t a Christian nation, it is and always has been. It was founded by a group of people who were escaping persecution for their beliefs in their home country so they decided to begin fresh in a new country. They didn’t sugar coat their messages and if you read any of the sermons from the colonial period, they were pretty fiery.

In many religious meetings today, we need more fire if for no other reason than to wake people up. Living a life of ignorant bliss, not knowing the Truth of the wisdom contained in the Bible or in some cases just not caring about the Truth, while it won’t endanger your life here and now it will have repercussions in the life to come whether you believe in that life or not. Just as I have written before, not believing in something won’t get rid of it, so we need to truly face the facts whether we like it or not.

People who were persecuted for their faith in the past, by the Catholic church and others, did not give up their faith in Jesus or the message that they received because they knew it to be true. No one is going to die, sometimes horribly, for a lie unless they believe it to be an absolute truth. That belief has to be ingrained into their heart and soul for them to be burned or otherwise tortured to recant or disavow what they believe.

Turn to Jesus and seek the Truth in the Bible. This is the only Truth that has stood the test of time. God allows Satan a bit of freedom to persecute the church and others in this world so that questions like this come up, but God is still in control.