The Assault of the Present Day World

Mummy, cartoon

 

 

You don’t have to be a Christian to feel the assault of evil in this present day and age. You don’t have to be a believer to know evil is real and tangible.

We live in a world that sucks us into it’s mire. It wraps us in bonds of ugliness, and this wrapping has layers like a mummy. Of course, as a symbol, mummies represent death.

This commonplace crassness and filth assaults our eyes and ears every day. It’s in the workplace where the most foul language is often  usual practice. By the time we get home, we feel as if we need a bath. It’s in the news, on billboards, on daytime TV programs airing in the doctor’s or dentist’s office. Things pop up on our computer screen we did not expect or want. Trash rushes toward us on all sides. We can’t escape it.

The beauty of the life of the believer is that although we live in the world, we are not of it. As long as we walk in the spirit, these things fall off us and away from us. They are there, but cannot touch us. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.

If our flesh is engaged in the mire and is screaming, we can’t hear the Spirit.  Believers must have “alone” quiet time with the Lord each and every day just to be cleansed and refreshed. It is vital to get with God and shut the door, even if it’s for fifteen minutes. Fifteen or more minutes twice or three times a day, even better. There is where our liberty will be.

Matthew 6:  5-6 [NASB]

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

They Claimed Their Independence

Flag, American

I like the notion of the thirteen colonies claiming independence. Taking their independence as a free people.

On July 4, 1776 , the people of the American thirteen colonies exercised their God given authority to be a free people. They declared it and they took it as theirs. Then they began to walk that out…and as a nation we’ve been walking that out ever since. Yes, the road has been bumpy. It’s had pitfalls and tears, but we created a society that had never existed before in all of human history as a free people. We created a society where the individual can strive and aspire to fulfill her or his God given passions, his or her unique talents and abilities. And this is a good thing!

And so with pride for my country in my heart, I wish all American people and especially my loved ones a blessed Independence Day. Let us remember the true meaning of this day: liberty, freedom (especially of speech and religion), and the personal responsibility free people bear.

May you have a happy, healthy day with loved ones. And when the celebrating is done today, may you remember there is great work to be done to preserve the traditional values of this great nation: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps I should clarify. The pursuit of happiness as defined by our founding fathers and mothers didn’t mean the pursuit of some momentary pleasure, but rather it meant that each American had the right to make her or his own legacy. And this is what I wish for all Americans today. Get up, live large, make a name for yourself, help others.

Below is a link where you can read the Declaration of Independence:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html