It is not difficult to understand the societies we live in when we look at the actions of individuals as stemming from the human heart or soul. All our actions stem from the desires of the human heart, both good and evil. A group of individuals is what makes up our villages, our towns, our cities, our provinces or states, and our nations. It is the corporate thoughts and desires of a group of individuals that also determines whether something good or evil will come out in our corporate actions.
As one who lives in a predominantly secular humanistic society, there remains much confusion and conflict over racism, prejudice, and discrimination. It seems that the more Canadian society tries to find answers and/or solutions to the aforementioned, the more our society contributes to the problem rather than eradicates it.
As a follower of Christ, I look to our Creator and the Scripture for answers to age-old problems termed “hatred” in modern society.
I would like to address an issue that has been on my mind for a very long time, perhaps too long. It has to do with the sufficiency of the Scripture in modern times. Is the Bible sufficient in all matters concerning a follower of Christ (a Christian) in their emotional, physical, and spiritual lives? Is the Christ of the Bible sufficient for all matters pertaining to life? Is Jesus and His people (the Church) all that we need in our daily walk with God?
I can’t speak for others, but I can relate my story as to the quality of people, or lack thereof, that I have met in my lifetime. For the most part, people in North America are pretty ordinary folk who tend to go about their daily lives in a quiet fashion without drawing too much attention to themselves. Of course, there are others who are always screaming out for attention, positive or negative, they will have their way.
Of all the kinds of people out there, I find a number of the Hollywood personalities as being some of the most shallow people on the planet. Rock stars and other music celebrities are a close second.
What puzzles me is that the aforementioned are the very type of people that the general public tends to mimic and follow after like dumb sheep heading for the slaughterhouse. It boggles my mind how anyone can admire and emulate the type of people that live shallow, materialistic, unethical, and immoral lives. Perhaps, it is merely a justification for our own less-than-desirable lifestyles. It just seems that the obnoxiously squeaky wheels always get the oil.
OK, I get it! One cannot take a broad sweep of Hollywood and Music personalities and claim that they are all debase degenerates. There are many good quality people in the industries of film and music respectively. How do I know that? Because I have worked professionally in video, film and audio post-production. I have met genuine and sincere people throughout the creative industry. For those in the know, Canada has a well developed film and music industry that is not bogged down with unionism (although that is rapidly changing) compared with our neighbours to the South. Hollywood North is an apt description.
I could appreciate what she was saying. After almost three decades of working with the general public in retail sales – she had her fill of rude, self-centred, and rather stupid customers. The “customer is always right” no longer applied in her way of thinking.
I have often thought about her statement about not suffering fools and wondered how that applied to me, as an individual, and my relationships in the present.
Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt. Proverbs 18:2-3
As a blogger, there is a considerable danger that we will stumble into foolishness based on something we have written. I am not talking about someone else’s opinion of our blog, but rather how God sees us in light of what has been presented to humankind in the modern form of literature we call the Bible. I find it quite convicting to do a simple word study on fools and foolishness as depicted in Scripture. We accept and internalize so much of contemporary culture that we are not even aware of the foolishness of our ways. What is often normal to contemporary North American culture and society is the very opposite of what God expects of us – we have become fools in the eyes of God and will continue to suffer the consequences in this life and the life to come.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NLT
Is there a way out of this foolish madness? Yes there is, but we must start somewhere, fully realizing it will take a lifetime of surrender and commitment to God as we understand Him. The tools to discover who God really is are there for the taking. It is up to us what we do with them. He is waiting for our response.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 NIV
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 NLT
The narrow path is a difficult path to walk upon. The way is strewn with rocks and roots and all things arduous. Yet, we do not journey alone, for God is with us. Few will walk this path towards God. The rebellious of heart will choose the broad path of least resistance, a life without God for eternity. Please turn your heart towards God, and let us walk this narrow path in life together.
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. Matthew 7:13 NLT
There are some conservatives in the US that believe that Obama’s progressive politics would lead to a broken America that would gladly accept a Socialist state. Others would suggest that Obama and now Trudeau are following a similar playbook. The end game will ultimately lead us into some form of Global Totalitarianism and not Socialism. The end of national boundaries and Democracy as we know it.
If there was ever a time in the history of the Church where we need discernment concerning the day we live in – now is the time.
God said to the prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me” (Ezekiel 3:17).
The Bible uses the role of a watchman to describe the work of a prophet among God’s people. Is there more to this symbolism than many have understood? The role of a watchman is vital to a full understanding of the work of God in the end time.
Where are the Watchmen? And what do they have to say in this day and age?