The Great Confusion: Part 2

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Christ crucified…a stumbling block?

In a previous post I touched on the subject of the human heart or soul as being the source of our actions, whether for good or evil. I also mentioned the theological concept that all of humanity has been separated from God through sin, i.e. we have all missed the mark of God’s highest standards for our lives, as individuals and as nations. Finally, I referred to the historical life and death of Jesus Christ as God’s way of reconciling Himself to all of humanity.

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There is someone out there…

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You won’t be popular as you step out of line

To befriend the lonesome slightly out of step with time

You see the world is full of people like you and me

But those who are alone are the ones we do not see

 

Show some compassion and reach out like a friend

You never know where this will end

I see tears of gratitude in my new found love

God sees their heart from far above

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God…we will talk…just as soon as I finish being busy…

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This morning I woke up feeling a little out of sorts. My dreams were a bit of a mishmash of movies that I had recently watched and real life experiences all thrown together in a high-speed blender. The colours and seeming distortion of people and events was rather psychedelic almost like an impressionist painting.

I have learned over many years to pay attention to my dreams – no matter how bizarre they may be. I am certain that there is some sort of scientific explanation for our dreams and many old wives tales as to their meaning, nevertheless, I also believe that God can and does communicate to us through our dreams.

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:15 NIV

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The War Memorial: Lest We Forget

Recently, during some of my road rides, I have felt drawn to stop at some of the war memorials around Regina, and the smaller communities nearby. These memorials have caused me to think acutely about all those soldiers who gave their lives over two world wars (and others) to keep Canada strong and free.

It is so easy to take for granted all the blessings we have as a nation. I thank God for those brave men and women who gave up their lives in service of their country. They, and their families, suffered unspeakable horror, devastation, and loss in order that we might live in peace.

This particular memorial is located in the small community of Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan.

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Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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A Strange New World: A Call to Change

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Why do some individuals and groups feel that society owes them everything? At the same time, these same individuals and groups neither contribute significantly to society nor recognize or accept their responsibility for doing so.

Is that the kind of society you want to live in? I doubt it, yet your average citizen (myself included) is either disinterested, preoccupied, or too afraid to say or do anything about it. We all want the benefits of our respective societies, but so many are unwilling to do what ever it takes legally, ethically, and morally, as a citizen of their nation, to ensure a peaceful and secure future for their children’s children.

Perhaps, for the first time in the history of humankind, the pendulum can swing either way. We are at a crisis point, as it were, of whether our very species will either thrive and prosper in peace or utterly destroy ourselves.

Nevertheless, the enemy is not external to us – the enemy is within our respective societies. The great civilizations of history did not fall because of predominantly external forces, they fell from within. When a nation decays internally due to poverty, injustice, corruption, lack of morality and ethics, and tolerates the same – it will fall.

History is littered with the broken minds, bodies, and souls of selfish men and women.

Terrorism is not the number one problem of civilized societies. Neither is collapsing economies and global unrest. Our collective problem is moral and ethical decay from within. There are numerous secular and religious ideologies, and even institutions in global society, that earnestly and violently seek to overrun and destroy peaceful society as we know it today. When the mainstream media begins to encourage, propagate, and glorify civil disobedience and violence towards anyone in authority, you know we are sliding down a slippery slope of no return.

The good news is that we are not alone on this planet to fend for ourselves to the best of our abilities. The very God who created the heavens and the earth is present in the affairs of men and women. He is the One who holds our times in His hands. He alone determines the future of our planet and the inhabitants within.

Psalm 115:3 “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”

Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Isaiah 40:23 “…who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.”

2 Chronicles 20:6 “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”

Zechariah 4:6 “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

But, don’t be fooled by our relative security or lack thereof. Our individual nations will rise or fall according to our collective morality and ethics. If we do not turn to God, as we understand Him, in fervent repentance (literally, to turn 180 degrees around from our errant ways and walk towards God) and sorrow as a nation(s), we too will suffer the consequences of our own collective wrongful choices (free will). The pendulum of history will swing against us, and we too will perish.

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow.

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What does the Scripture say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?

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The innocence of a child who knows only of LOVE.

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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.

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Is it worth it?

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A promise of hope and a future.

An Old Testament character, King Solomon, wrestled with what he saw as the futility of all endeavour in this life:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth remains forever.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And hastening to its place it rises there again.
Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.
All things are wearisome;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
There is no remembrance of earlier things;
And also of the later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

King Solomon was struggling with the “big” questions of life and living. Is life worth living?  Are the things that we occupy ourselves in this life worth it?

“Is it worth it?” is a question that I ask myself all the time. Is that which I am doing, even now, worth my time and energy? Is there a return for my hard labour considering my limited physical and emotional resources, and the proverbial time-crunched existence we all experience? Important questions to ask, especially in the light of living but a few short years on this planet, and then passing on to eternity.

Perhaps, the answer is right there before me, though I still struggle to comprehend it, let alone act upon it. What I am talking about is the very limited amount of time that we live and love today compared to living for eternity in the presence of a loving God.

I think that dichotomy between the here and now and our seemingly distant future has tortured philosophers and poets, theologians and the faithful alike. How can I experience life and living, in the fullest way possible, and yet still be conscientious of tomorrow and ultimately eternity?

Do the choices I make today become who I am tomorrow?

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