Saturday, May 22, 2010
Why? Well, simply because just for that short time, be it a few minutes, hours, or even days... it's as if God is washing the earth clean--again. When the rain is said and done, the air smells sweeter, the plants look more lush and green, and the chorus of tree frogs and bull frogs down in the river swamp are music to my ears. For just a short while, I feel separated from the cares of this world, and cares there are many.
On any given day, when checking my email, it seems that well meaning brothers and sisters in Christ are sending out doom and gloom. "Sounding the alarm" it's been said. Okay.. the alarm's been sounded. What's next? From the terrorist, to abortionists, to child abuse, human trafficking, you name it... I receive at least, no less than 6-7 emails a week, or postings on the social networks about how the world is going to hell in a hand basket, and we must do everything in our power to stop it.
Yeah. Good luck with that.
Seems to me that Revelation speaks of something along the line of one world government, and that government will be the epitome of the Anti Christ. So, exactly what good are these emails doing? What purpose do they serve, other than getting our minds off of Jesus Christ, and onto the depravity of this world? Even if we are against the depravity, are sending emails to other anti-depravity people going to stop the depravity? Seems to me it's been going on for thousands of years. The depravity--not the emails..
I tried to read a few 'uplifting' FWD's from well meaning friends, and would only wind up sighing. Surely you know the ones--the ones that say something along the lines that "I prayed for you, now you send this to 10 people, or the prayers/wishes won't come true" or something like that? Or, better yet, how about those "Christian" ones that end their thing with guilt. "Send it on if you agree, or simply delete if you have no time for God". I can't roll my eyes round enough when I get those type of emails. Not FWD'ing a guilt laden "prayer email' is going be an indication of whether or not I'm ashamed of God? I guess that Bible verse should read, 'Men will know you are my disciples by the emails you send to one another" rather than, "Men will know you are my disciples by the love you have one for another" (John 13:24-26).
I have to admit, I'm rather anxious for Christ to come back. Sometimes I'm fed up with worrying about if a loved one is ever going to come to Christ for Life. Can't God just get it over with? But of course, God is long suffering and wishes that no man should perish. I just wish life would get on with it. Sometimes, waiting to die is a lot like going to the doctor's. You know when you get there, he's going to poke, prod, inject, and who knows what else to you, 'for your good'. You know it'll be better in the end, but you just don't like those razor sharp needles he has to use for injections. That's how I feel about dying sometimes. I wish it'd just go ahead and get it over with. That way I won't have to look at the suffering going on here. But I just don't want to go through the death process. Then, at other times, I imagine myself in heaven, with all my loved ones, both, those that have gone on before me, and those still left with me. Won't that be a grand time? Finally--to be safe from heartache, disease, and whatever else that robs of us peace on earth. We'll have the Prince of Peace in our midst.. forever. A friend of mine once summed up the book of Revelation like this: The Lamb Wins. I have never forgotten that. Whatever battles are being fought and cooked up down here, the end is inevitable: The Lamb Wins. I love that.
Well, my thoughts are starting to drift.. a sure sign that it's time for me to sign off..