Today’s Pondering: Is anyone else concerned? Part One

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,”

~Titus 2:11-12~

It becomes increasingly clearer that “they” who are in power are determined to wield that power not in an effort to better our society but in an effort to promote the ever-increasing degradation of man through any means possible.  If there is any visible sign that more than one person might have faith in God or otherwise derive a sense of power or belonging from anything other than their job, their “idols”, or their bank account, it must be promptly nipped in the bud.  We aren’t permitted to bring our religion to work with us, though “they” will never admit just how doggedly they work to keep any hint of faith hidden from public view.  Employers wouldn’t want to invite a discrimination lawsuit by being intolerant of our religious preferences (just read their five page policy on it), however; “they” will go to great lengths to explain all of the reasons why your religious preference might be offensive to someone else and thus cannot be openly broadcast to those around you.  And by the time they finish with their explanations, somehow we are too tired to continue our objections.  The funny thing is that generally, someone who is truly following God and isn’t concerned with the things of this world will not waste their time contributing to the litigiousness of this society by bringing a lawsuit against their employer for being so narrow-minded.  Lucky for “they.” 

And what about this California Memorial Cross controversy?  “They” have been arguing for some time now that having this giant cross erected as a memorial to fallen soldiers is somehow unconstitutional because it violates the U.S. constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion.  On one side are those who feel that it is a “judicial slap in the face” to our military veterans and on the other are those who feel that the cross somehow presumes that “they” are taking sides with the Christians.  How dare we bring God into this?  I believe you could ask almost any soldier in battle how much time they spend praying every day and they would tell you that it is somewhere around 23 1/2 hours a day.  But that’s just me.  If it were me on the front line (and this would be highly unlikely), I know that’s what I would be doing. 

I get so tired of all of the political correctness that we are forced to display when there seems to be no moral compass, no devotion or commitment to anything required, and absolutely no real gratitude for the God that makes it possible for us to be here.  All you have to do is watch the news to see where our priorities as a nation lie.  Wait a minute, you don’t like Justin Bieber?  Or you haven’t seen the newest Twilight movie?  What’s wrong with you?  Didn’t you watch that last episode of Jersey Shore?  OMG…I know, right.  Expletive, expletive, expletive…and so on, and so on.  The conversations I overhear in the grocery store or anywhere for that matter are generally focused on the afore-mentioned themes.  I’m pretty sure I hear that silly phrase, “I know, right,” at least ten times during a given week and I don’t even have a teenager. 

Perhaps I’m just cranky because I don’t get enough sleep, or maybe I don’t have enough fiber in my diet.  Surely, something has to be wrong with me because all of the things I see these days make me wish I had a ticket off of this planet.  Those of us who are struggling to shrug off the things of this world are stuck in a vicious cycle of dependence (if we choose to try and fit in at all) on the very things that we must avoid in order to follow God.  You can easily get your hands on nearly anything that will hurt you, ensnare you, or otherwise hinder your progress as you attempt to walk with God.  But try to find a Christian bookstore, a movie that isn’t full of either violence or sexual inuendo, a television station that doesn’t cater to the despicable nature of  this society by constantly bombarding you with awful images and unnecessary information; sometimes its nearly impossible to dig up a good influence. 

Aren’t you even a little concerned that nearly everything we are being told to like, enjoy and emulate is as far from God as possible?

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
~Isaiah 40:8 New International Version~