Monthly Archives: March 2017

Have we forgotten?

Over the past few months I have been pondering some things. I have been wondering how did we get here, to a place of such division, to a place where our opinions matter more than the people around us do? We can blame social media, because that’s the place where our opinions have mattered the most. It is the place where anything can be said “no holds barred” because I am at my house and you are at yours, everyone can remain anonymous. I for one won’t blame social media or any other outside causes. I mean we can have valid arguments for why we believe these things are to blame or at the least partially to blame, but here’s a question, does that take away our individual responsibility? I have a few questions more that run through my mind, like, what am I responsible for and who am I responsible to when it comes to my life? When did “my opinion” become the only right one ? and Whatever happened to “I agree to (respectfully) disagree”?  Opinions are not facts, they are a belief system held by a persons own thoughts toward any given topic. For example, it is my opinion that vanilla is better than chocolate. I’m not saying  that those of you who like chocolate better than vanilla are wrong, I’m simply stating my own preference and belief. It is clear that something is wrong if we get offended by someone else’s opinion, and its not usually their problem we are offended. Are we not free anymore to have a difference of opinion? I am going to touch on a sensitive topic in this post. I am going to touch on the elections and the voting in of now President Donald Trump. I have stayed as far away from the topic as I could get because of such strong, no forceful opinions on the matter. I don’t live in the United States, but I know what its like to have someone I didn’t vote for get elected and  I also know what its like to have someone I did vote for get elected. This particular election shocked me, I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen such biased news reporters, who gave their opinion and made it obvious what “side” they were on. I say this unbiasedly because I’m on the outside looking in, whom ever was voted in would have nothing to do with me. In all honesty, (please don’t let this ruffle your feathers) neither candidate was a good candidate, they both had their issues. I can see and I have also been there that if you like or want something you can turn a blind eye and willfully not see the problems with it, where do you suppose the saying “love is blind” comes from. We choose as individuals what we want to see and how much we see. Right now  I’m still seeing (I do thank God for free speech), the news, articles, blog posts and social media stuck on this topic. This is very sad to me. I’m actually not surprised with the “worlds” behavior, they are doing what they know to do. As for me and I know I’m not alone, I believe in God, and I choose to put my faith and trust in Him and His word. If I claim to be a believer then, *I must be a doer of His word and not just someone who hears it and knows it in my head, but to know it in my heart and do it (James 1:22). For” a moment” I got carried away with this topic, until  I was reminded of (King) David, who frequently in the Psalms  would remind himself of the things God had already done for him, that God had been faithful and that it was God who brought him through all his troubles. I realized that somewhere along the way I had forgotten who God is. I had forgotten how big God is and how powerful God is. I had let  these circumstances, *the cares of this world (Mark 4:19), to dictate my words and my actions. This isn’t right, because  I’m saying to God that these troubles are bigger than what He can handle and that the resurrection of Christ has no  power to save and that is simply not true!   Today I was reading in Daniel chapter 4,  the story  of  King Nebuchadnezzar who dreams of a great prosperous tree that gets cut down to its stump is bound with an iron and bronze band, and a harsh declaration is made over the tree, this becomes very troubling to the King. As the story goes he calls on all of his people for the interpretation of his dream and none of his people can interpret it. Finally Daniel is called and God gives King Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation of his dream through Daniel. The interpretation;  the tree represents King Nebuchadnezzar and the cutting down of and the declaration over the tree means  that the king will soon be cut down. The angel declares that the stump and its roots remain in the ground, that it be bound by an iron and bronze band……. and that the king will be drenched with dew of heaven and for him to live  with the wild animals and that his mind would be changed from that of a human to that of a wild animal and that he would live like that for 7 periods. Daniel urges the king to repent that he might not suffer this plight. Sadly the bible says that 12 months after the dream and interpretation King Nebuchadnezzar declared from his balcony over looking Babylon “Is this not great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty? “. What I read next struck me, the voice from heaven spoke these words to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be driven  from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, UNTIL YOU LEARN THAT THE MOST HIGH RULES OVER THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD AND GIVES THEM TO ANYONE HE CHOOSES”. It hit me, Daniel chapter 2 says it best…He (God) removes kings, and sets up kings. Have we have forgotten that our *God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)? If God set up King Nebuchadnezzar and in the kings pride removed him for a time then  that is true of him today. God rules over all, the kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water,HE turns it wherever HE pleases (Proverbs 21:1). If we have been doing what 1 Timothy 2:1-3 says and we have been praying for our own countries, our government, our judicial systems and for those in authority, then we can expect good things from God. *We should expect God to keep his word (Hebrews 6:18). If the man/women chosen to lead your country/ my country isn’t the person you would have chosen you should NOT panic, you should NOT go with the flow and to let the negative media and the negative people around you  get you to forget YOUR GOD! *The one who gives grace to the humble and resists the proud (James 4:6). If the person running your country now seems the furthest from capable one can get, take your eyes off of them and *put your eyes on God (Hebrews 12:2), put them on His word. Like King David, remind yourself of how big God is and what God can do, because I’m telling you this,  there is strength in unity and *if we are divided against ourselves our nations our kingdoms will fall(Luke 11:17), these are not my words but Gods. He is bigger than all this, *rest in His unfailing love (Hebrews 4:3, Psalm 6:4). He knows what He is doing, *let us not be wise in our own eyes (Proverbs 3:5-6), we don’t know everything! *God on the other hand knows the end of a matter from its beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10). Use the power and the privilege of what God has given you, *PRAY (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and *cast all your care on him for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)!