PARADOX

Aren’t we living at a strange time? Maybe every generation has said this, but I wonder. We see worldwide celebrations of the birth of a new prince, yet we turn our backs on the thousands of aborted babies every day. Paradox! We go after young Zimmerman and throw gasoline on the fires of racial-hatred when there is no racial component in the case. Why? Do the emotional marchers have another agenda? They are not looking at the facts, so they must have other motives…but why all the hatred? These mis-guided marchers cry out about the unfortunate death of one young man, while ignoring the other hundreds of black on black deaths. The liberal programs have all but destroyed the black family; we should be crying out about a much bigger picture of destruction! Those crying for peace actually seem to dispose the most hate! Paradox!

We talk about diversity and allowing all to have their view points, but just propose a view point counter to the liberal masses and see the extreme hate that follows. Paradox! The ugly obscene posts on social media; the coarse language pouring out of unlearned mouths! These so-called loving people calling for the death of someone simply because they have a different point of view? What is going on in our culture now? Of course, they would say, “we don’t really mean it…it is just talk.” Oh, really? Just talk? No, it is mob rule and it is serious. Paradox! What you say is what is in your heart, plain and simple!

We must step back and look at where we are and where we are going. Reflect on your thoughts and your speech; are these acceptable in the sight of the LORD? Would you like the same words to rain down on you? Put your brain in gear before you open your mouth. Be alert yet be at peace. Show more love and less hate; this is something we all can do. Yes, I challenge you to become “A Different Kind of Tree”; sink your roots in more fertile soil.

Guns are not the problem, it is the heart that is!

What have we learned from Newtown’s tragedy? …and from the many other attacks such as the recent attacks on volunteer firemen and police officers that put their lives on the line for us? Many have learned nothing! NOTHING!! We currently have the diversional debate of gun control which will only bring much more death! The national media doesn’t have a clue or they simply chose to ignore the facts. Most of all the school shootings have been in gun free zones while so-called assault rifles were banned. In 2011, rifles accounted for less deaths than hands & feet! Worldwide and in the USA, the facts are that murders actually rise when guns are removed from law abiding citzens; the proof is available, look beyond emotions for truth. Don’t you fall for the trap of gun control; it is NOT about guns but about control over the people. The whole mess is a diversion over the real problem; it is a problem of the heart. Why would all these evil people (yes, I said evil people) why would they take innocent lives and then kill themselves? Why not just go kill themselves if they hate this world so much? They don’t kill themselves over their remorse for killing the innocent…they have no remorse! Their hearts are hardened. Satan drives hate and creates evil; it is the evil within that kills the innocent. These killers have only hate and their easiest mark is upon the innocent. It is a darkness over the land. Hitler took out the churches, removed the guns, and then took over the people in mindless hate. I fear we are on the same path! We are busy to bring down the Christian, to remove our only Savior Jesus Christ, to remove the law-abiding guns to protect us from evil man and government, and then to teach all to hate various societial groups in a stew of class-envy. It is all sinful and very ugly! We will be doomed if we don’t turn back to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Light of the world! At Christmas time we should be about welcoming the Chist child who came into the world as Savior to show us the way back to God; He, a sinless man, who took our sins and made them His own that we might become righteaous to come back to God. Any deviation from this very path is THE REAL PROBLEM.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don't blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don’t blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Young people – death is real, it is not a video game!

Dear Lord please comfort those hurt and suffering loss in Colorado this day! 14 innocent have been killed and many hurt while attending the new Batman movie! The youthful killer, decked out in body-armor like in some violent movie, acted for 20 minutes dropping tear gas and shooting the innocent, like he was racking up points in some bloody video game. To blend in, it started during a shooting scene in the movie. At first attendees thought it was part of the show…they expected the violence…but certainly not all real…and this was VERY REAL! Life and death is real; this is not some electronic game…push a few buttons and it is over! Memories of these events are NEVER over! Murdered people have families that love them and have dreams for thier lives. What are we becoming as a society? The ugly insane coarseness of our language! The sloppy way of dressing! The destruction of the body through piercings, tatoos, huffing, and drugs! Violent music! Violent video games! The ugly actions of  6 to 30 year olds upon their peers! The bullying! It is all related together! With the break down of the family, our morals, our integrity, our honesty, we have created generations crusted-over with a shell of deadness! …all the while, our society continues its work to remove God at break-neck speed! Oh, and it will break us alright…is that what you want? Pray and work to change our direction for the sake of the children…and my grandchildren!

Where do you stand?

Jesus tells us the “Parable of the Sower” in the Synoptic Gospels:

“Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away (Mark 4:5-6 ESV).

Fire is coming from those haters of Christianity, seeds not in the good soil of the Bible will be scorched and perish. Where are you? Are you standing on rocky ground? If the answer is yes, then turn toward Jesus, the Great Creator God.

What I got out of the Royal Wedding

I was NOT wrapped up in all the trappings of the Royal Wedding. It just seemed like a bunch of gossipping to me. But I awoke on that Friday morning with all the airwaves filled with TV coverage, and lo what did I see? I saw smiles, happiness and excitement. I saw a nation pull together for a singular event. I saw pride, laughter and merriment. People, lots of people, calmly wishing to be close; to be close enough to actually be a participant in the event. They were seeking to be included in something worthwhile and much bigger than themselves. I saw a world interested in something positive and happy…something good, instead of being a world we see in the news as being so hateful and ugly! The world was groaning and now is on fire; we need something beautiful and refreshing to put out those flames!

Peace is Impossible as long as there is Evil

A wonderful ministry, Truth for Life, shared the following comment:  “Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; to pretend otherwise would signal a victory for the powers of darkness.”  It was based on Revelation 12:7. Unlike the book entitled, “War and Peace”, peace is not the opposite of war; it is the opposite of threat…threat from evil.  Sometimes to remove the threat, we must engage in war; there is such a thing as a “just war”.