The three-year Lectionary that many Catholics and Protestants hear in public worship gives us a great variety of Holy Scripture. Yet, it doesn’t tell the whole story. My series Forbidden Bible Verses — ones the Lectionary editors and their clergy omit — examines the passages we do not hear in church. These missing verses are […]Forbidden Bible Verses — Romans 14:20-23
There is alot of things happening in America today because of covid churches are being tested in ways that haven’t been seen ever for many Christians. In the bible we see many examples of how people who had God’s word given specifically to them for the purpose of leading others into God’s will. I like to think of Moses leading the children of Israel into the promised land and how God spoke to him. How absolutely terrible the children of Israel were towards the hardships they faced. How over and over they lost faith in God’s plan for them. Over and over God instructions to Moses bring the people back to the right path. At times it took showing his power and righteous anger. Sometimes it took showing his awesome mercy, understanding and love.
Today we have also been untrusted to reveal to the world his great plan started as soon as Adam sinned, passed onto Abraham, eventually being fulfilled his great plan of mercy to redeem man through Jesus Christ by working threw the children of Israel. We have all of his instructions clearly in the gospels and epistles on how to walk in his ways to lead as moses lead. How we show God to be is how unbelievers perceive his righteousness, love, mercy. Do not weary of doing good because of the unrighteousness of non believers. Much love to everyone reading and happy sunday!
Numbers 20:8-12 KJVS
Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.  And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.  And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?  And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.  And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
In ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and ADHD(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), there is an overlapping symptom of the inability to process an over abundance of information on the neurodivers mind. Too much information that the mind can not process properly. The result to the outsider observing is a meltdown, a tantrum. As annoying to the observer, it is worse for the person living through these times of overstimuli.
This brings me to my conclusion for today and for a long time really. America is in deep sensory overload. It is not that people haven’t experienced hard times throughout history. Since as long as history has been kept, people have endured hard struggles. I cannot think of a time in any other generation that mankind has such an overabundance of information. Some embrace knowledge as a defining attribute. Some take from the spiritual interpretation of life. Some view the hardships as what is, is. Some see injustices that have plagued us since Adam and Eve left the garden and are starting to regurgitate. All of this is from a Christian point of view; the wages of sin. We are currently being served our tab.
War, police brutality, climate change, excess living, and certainly turning from christ like morals. Loving the wealth God blessed our nation with to certainly further his word through making widely known his love for us through his son. I see though that like the servant that believes the master is not returning, America began to beat his fellow servants. To abuse and forget about others. Surly for those who were forcefully brought to America never shared in this reward. After slavery was abolished, black men and women were and still to this day being asked to take the blame for the shame of slavery and racism. Which for the most part slavery wasn’t a unique experience but did America not make a sickening art of it. Though we see the laws change, evil hearts never do and complacent viewers have made the stench speak loudly, until a boiling point is being reached.
Descrimination and domination is not only ascribed to race, and brings me to the next subject. Man being created by God with strength, has long lorded over God’s gift to him, women. I know that in a patriarchal society that we men were charged with protecting the fairer sex by God. Because of man’s arrogance and domination of women instead of cherishing and loving, seeing them as equals to ourselves not in differences but completing each other. We see the leaving of the old ways of patriarchal society and the abandonment of children. God’s gift to men and women. Even more wicked than anything man does. Racism, war, abuse of his fellow man. Pedophilia is the ultimate sin that has be shoved in the closet by men of power, and common families alike. I don’t honestly know which is the greater sin. The pedophile, who is wickedly abusing children or those not partaking but enabling by silence, then shaming the victims to protect the offender. This is not different to grown woman (or men) who have been victimized but especially wicked when done to the truly powerless and innocent.
Lastly I come to the least of what the world is going through. A pandemic which is stripping people of their gluttonous lifestyles. Really? Is it so unbearably hard to swallow your pride and wear a mask if you are a healthy adult? I acknowledge that it is a inconvenience. But the truth is it is just another sign of people’s hubris and selfishness. A real virus, man made or not kills and spreads. And all man can think of is his money. Which there is no value in, the value resides in the resources. Perhaps this is not as bad as it is made out to be, or it is. All I know I am not a good armchair scientist. Used to be that trusting anything that was on the internet was considered ignorance and warned against. Now days anything on YouTube is heralded as gospel.
All this in conclusion is the birth pains of the social breakdown of society. We are bombarded daily with so many facts and lies we can’t discern. Unlike when we spoke in our churches, in bars, in barbershops, truth or lies stayed with those people. Now when say something in one place and it rings across the planet. The is a overload of information and no wonder that we see people agonizing over the wall of noise.
All of these subjects I have overly simplified but all of these subjects are important just like many others. We should not downplay some matters because we value others more or think their are more more pressing matters. Thank you for reading.
I started this blog a couple of years ago, thought it was a good outlet primarily for myself before I knew what was adhd, before understanding depression feelings. I find it it interesting that as the world seems to be hitting a wall, that I find myself starting to hit my stride, understanding God’s grace and faithfulness to finish his work started. One of my favorite songs was written by Bob Dylan, and musically perfected by Jimi Hendrix. All along the watchtower was and still today one of the most profound Christian songs ever written, yet finds obscurity within the christian community. Mainly because of the drug use of the days it was written, the push back against rock music in general. I do find it to be though, that the rocks do cry out and praise the name of God in the absence of awareness of God in the culture we live. That all said, the song does start from the end and begins with the last verse. Seems to me a frequent theme in life. We struggle through out life, and toward the end we find out that really if we listen, after however long it takes, our existence on earth, which is minuscule in the eyes of God is only the beginning of life. To lose yourself is to gain. I know much of this to the unbeliever, and really to those “born” into Christianity as far as family ties can be hard to grasp. For what reason do I need to be saved, and from what if I have no understanding of what I need to be saved from?
We do live in crazy times. I do believe time draws near to the end and I believe that the earth groans in longing for peace, or more so maybe just for absence of continual drain of merely existing for the abuse mankind. I know that as a Christian that the end is not the end but a beginning. We cling still though to an idea that we are entitled to certain rights that we must have or else. I do believe God intended us to do his will till the end as much as possible. We can’t simply give up, but should be encouraged to be good stewards. Love God Love truth, love peace, love your neighbor. Lately though I’ve wondered how truly that much of what we cling to is christ or merely vanity as Solomon would say.
Hopefully this will be a good place to inspire thought, challenge ideas, encourage believers and bring more people to christ. If nothing else be an expression of what God has shown me. If anyone reads this cool if not nothing lost. If it’s not in God’s plan it will end and something new will begin.