One thing about history is that in spite of the warnings about repeating it if we do not discover from it is that it constantly repeats itself. Those riding the crest of the wave are generally discovered having a party while those caught in the crash of the wave are gasping for air and combating for life.
There is little doubt that America is riding the wave. She is at the peak of her power and at the top of her game. Trying to get her attention would be a lot like trying to stop a train with a handkerchief. Every similarity to previous world powers regardless of our collective national habits is so near to ancient Rome that all that is missing out on is the togas.
The land of the magnificent Caesars made a noise heard around the world for a season then passed away alone in a drawn-out whimpering that went mostly undetected as the world got in the modern-day era. What can we learn from this? Leaving this question unanswered might normally indicate that the response is understood, however, it is apparent that for Americans nothing at all is understood.
The threats are neglected, the cautions go unheeded, and the party goes on. Contrasts of our lifestyle which of other nations make all of us more pompous and less ready to question our own extravagance. We have actually been all too willing to conclude that there should be something incorrect with those people there. The prophet, bard, and poet must now suppress their urgency and put out a more entertaining message in keeping with the tone of the celebration spirit. We are only one action far from jailing, hurting, or eliminating the messengers who provide us with a call to conscience. Or have we already taken our first few infant actions in that instructions?
Like a mangy little pet dog scuttling behind us and nipping at our heels comes the ACLU defending the rights of Gays and Lesbians while beating down manger scenes at Christmas and Ten Commandment plaques in public structures. It makes me wonder if even typical heroism has actually come down with perversion. Are these acts heroic, or are they really securing our freedoms?
In Pennsylvania, a law was just recently rammed through the legislature that makes it unlawful for a minister of the gospel to quote passages of the Bible from the pulpit that point out homosexual habits as a sin. That law has actually been challenged by people with a little bit of sound judgment still left to them in that state.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, we are kept from going into and searching mosques that are known centers for Islamic jihad groups or where weapons are stockpiled and cached. Contrast this to the latest effort to keep military pastors from praying in the name of Jesus Christ with those who they are shepherding.
On a recent flight through a rural district of Arkansas, I saw that there was a church building about each and a half miles on the roadway I was on. There were Pentecostal, Full Gospel, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Nazarene, Catholic and some unprecedented varieties of churches stretched out in abundance for well over two hundred miles.
As I drove I was thinking about an old adage spoken by one of our most well-known missionary pioneers who stated …” why must anybody hear the gospel two times when there are a lot of individuals in the world who have not even heard it when” I questioned if this profusion of churches laid out to us like a grand spiritual buffet is simply considered given. No, I’m sure that it is.
On a news site online was an image of 3 Indonesian police officers standing behind 3 seated women they were securing. 3 middle-aged primary school instructors who had simply been sentenced to three years each for teaching their young trainees about Jesus Christ in their mainly Muslim school sat shocked as the sentence was noticeable. Conserve that Mosque however waste the lives of three harmless but dedicated educators, now that’s great thinking.
Over here it may not appear so bad …. Hollywood would have to make stumbling wimpy idiots of many gospel ministers; it goes with the area and may seem even a bit tolerable. , if you’re going to pump out a secular worldview full of obscenity and degenerate living you do not desire gospel preaching ministers to be taken too seriously. It would be too difficult to offer a product if the naysayers were allowed a soapbox from which to stand and proclaim that the product was trash within the very medium the item was offered through.
Need a dedicated Christian to take place to slip through the fractures with the gospel on their lips and life to back it up, they too would be relegated to the class of the disdained. It seems appropriate to make enjoyable the born-againers and bible thumpers in media and in society in general.
The land of the mighty Caesars made a noise heard around the world for a season then passed away alone in a drawn-out whimpering that went mostly unnoticed as the world went into the modern era. There were Pentecostal, Full Gospel, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Nazarene, Catholic, and some unheard-of varieties of churches stretched out in profusion for well over 2 hundred miles.
As I drove I was thinking of an old saying spoken by one of our most well-understood missionary leaders who stated …” why ought anybody hear the gospel twice when there are so lots of individuals in the world who have not even heard it once” I wondered if this profusion of churches laid out to us like a grand spiritual buffet is simply taken for approved.
Hollywood would have to make stumbling wimpy morons of most gospel ministers; it goes with the area and might appear even a bit bearable. If you’re going to pump out a secular worldview full of blasphemy and degenerate living you do not desire gospel preaching ministers to be taken too seriously.