Thursday, March 31, 2011

Going to Hell in a Handbasket

"I don't want to hear anymore about it!" my coworker lamented as she shared the latest on the political agenda of bankrupting our state. I could totally sympathize with her. Our governor is reducing the quality of education, medical care, and law enforcement. Added to this, the homeless will be cut off of government help, and the poor will no longer be allowed welfare. On the flip side, the laws that have tighten the health of our ecosystem is also being laxed. Soon, the laws restricting the sewage being dumped into our rivers will be relaxed a bit. Sound wholesome? Sound like the decision of someone with their public's best interest? No, we didn't think so, either. But what to do? Our governor isn't acting alone. All across this nation, we're hearing of totally ludicrous laws being passed, and encouraging things to go from bad to worse.

Can't blame the politicians, though. They're simply playing into the prophecies. We've been told that things will get worse and worse, until some charismatic false prophet guy will swoop in to 'save the day'.   We're heading towards a one world government. Mr. Charismatic will miraculously solve all the stupidity of humanity with one swoop.  Of course, before he comes in... the world will have to be traveling fast to hell, tucked tightly in a hand basket.

I have no intention of getting into that hand basket.

Spending 8 hours a day listening to the political dogma, hearing people's frets and worry, is enough to send me spiraling down into depression. This is why it's important that we renew our minds daily on God's promises. What are God's promises?  What did He claim about Himself and us?

1. God loves us. He loves us with a love that the world simply cannot understand. We ourselves don't fully understand it right away. Every once in a while, as we study and grow in our relationship with Jesus, we get a glimpse of the intensity of that love.

2. God will never leave us nor forsake us. There will be none of this, "But you can leave him" business. There will be no, "you sinned, you're toast!" God simply promised He'd never leave us. Did He mean this, or is this a lie?

3. Jesus told His disciples, "I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3) Yes, we've been waiting a very long time, humanity in general. Could we possibly be closer to the His return? I believe so.

These are just a few of His many promises. If nothing else, God has proven over and over again in my life that He remains faithful, even when I am faithless.

So what do we do in these perilous times? Turn your eyes to Jesus, look full in his wonderful face. Then the things of this world, will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Yes, we'll have an onslaught of bad news most every morning on the news. But fear not, Jesus has overcame the world.

No, I'll pass on that trip in the hand basket. I invite you to step out of that basket as well, and put your trust in God. If you're not sure what He's about--just talk to Him. In the privacy of your own home. What do you have to lose? If he's real, you'll experience His love, and if He's not... you've spent a few minutes talking to air.  If you've listened to any of our government officials of late.... it won't be the first time you've talked to air....

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