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Green Pastures and Still Waters

How much longer are you going to put up with this?  How far are you going to run before you stop, turn around, and take a stand?  How long will you cower in fear and shame and guilt?  Will you just continue to “take it” and grovel in self-pity and despair?  Maybe it is time to say, “I’ve had enough and I’m not taking it anymore.”  Your first affirmation would come from Heaven.  God is for you.  Jesus is interceding for you.  The Holy Spirit lives in you.  The power of God is available to you.  On the other hand, the devil is a dragon, a thief, and a murderer; he has come to steal, kill and destroy.  He lies to you, he lies through our culture and deceives billions of people a day through his network of misinformation.  We have often believed him.  Like Eve, we have considered what he said and concluded it was reasonable.  Every time we have taken his bait, it has led to death.  Death is the only reward he offers after the thrill of our “autonomy” is over.  We are in a spiritual war!  “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places.”  If that sounds scary, it is!  We should be scared enough to put on the armor the Lord has provided and hold our ground in His power.  The “normal” Christian life is not one of defeat, despair and deceit; that may be average, but it is not to be normal.  Paul ended his letter to the Ephesians highlighting what is available to us through Christ our Lord.  I hope you will join us in-person or on-line for a consideration of the provision of the Lord for our victory over the enemy.

Social justice matters.  People are image bearers of God and should be treated with respect because they have the “dignity of the Divine” stamped on their person.  Regardless of color, culture, economic condition or sexual status, people must be loved as “our neighbor.”  However, many in our culture are taking up the social justice cause with a vengeance that has gone beyond the intent of those who called us to pay attention.  I’m not sure, but I doubt Dr. King would have cancelled Dr. Seuss.  On our current cultural course, while taking things into our own hands, I am afraid the cure may be worse than the disease.  Even those in the so-called “woke community” are calling out their own for a misuse of the paradigm.  That’s the problem with human solutions to human problems—humans are still trying to fix the problem without addressing the real problem.  There is a solution to the problems we are facing as a culture, but it is transcendent.  We need to “wake-up” to the One who died, rose, ascended and intercedes for us.  The apostolic agenda had one thing to cancel, death!  They preached that life was available from the One who conquered the grave.  They had the audacity to proclaim that following Him would change us and that change would be the cure to many of the evils our culture is still experiencing.  Christ is risen, can you see how much that matters?