“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
[Meditations Divine and Moral]”
(a neighbor’s wanning blooming tulip tree / Julie Cook / 2018)
Still in Atlanta, still playing nurse and grandmother…as our daughter-n-law,
the new mother, is still quite ill…
and as we are all still very very sleep deprived.
This new grandbaby has her nights and days confused…
she is, however, her father’s daughter as I seem to recall having the same problems
Slowly I’m making my way back to redirecting a little bit of outward focus.
Yesterday in my post I wrote about the disparaging remarks being made about the
now late Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
In that post, I referenced our lovable renegade Anglican bishop Gavin Ashenden’s post
regarding that now very troubling trend of Graham bashing…
of which leads us all back full circle to that of Christian bashing.
I followed that up with a similar observation being made by our friend the Wee Flea
who had also written several posts regarding the recent and ever-growing secular melee
taking place regarding the passing of this ardent Herculean Christian crusader.
I don’t know—but maybe this business about being a new grandmother has resurrected the
sleeping mama bear in me…
Whereas I have been rather glum over the direction I’ve watched our society skirting
these past many months…
I think I am now gravitating back to just being flat out mad.
What type of world are we….we meaning you and me…those of us who are members
of the Faith, what type of world are we allowing to mould and shape our children?
Do we not care that each and every day more and more famous, infamous and
just plain ol folk are taking aim at the practice of our personal Faith and beliefs?
Even that of the very underpinnings of Western Civilization’s foundation—
a Judaeo /Christian base?!
As the attacks grow, we find growing ridicule against our beliefs in God’s mandates—
Mandates such as marriage being between one man and one woman.
Mandates that children are born either male or female—
Mandates that Jesus Christ is the Way and the only Way to Salvation.
Do we not care that those who are considered to be conservative, a traditionalist or
an orthodox member of the faith, those who adhere to the moral fiber of the
Christian faith, do we not care that they are now being considered expendable
and a pariah?
Perhaps we’ve simply decided that it is best not to upset the apple cart…
perhaps being a non-committal, disengaged ostrich, sticking our heads in the sand,
is the best approach to life.
Maybe if we just keep our heads down, ‘they’ won’t notice us.
Does it not bother us that because we seek to adhere to God’s word that we are in turn
ridiculed, attacked, threatened and told that we may no longer believe or
act upon that Word of faith?
Does it not bother us that our rights as Christian believers are no longer the
same as others who are non-believers.
It bothers me.
It bothers me that boys and girls as young as 6 are considered “mature” enough to
decide if they want to remain said boy or girl.
What does a non-sexually active individual, one who has yet to develop or mature
sexually, understand about sexual orientation?
Boys are boys
Girls are girls…
When did we decide that man was a better guide than God in our lives?
You may answer to the contrary…
You may counter that none of that is who we, the Faithful are…
Answering with a resounding no…that no, we haven’t allowed those things to happen…
And yet haven’t we helped to create this current caustic life…??
Our indifference, our appeasement, our fear, our choosing blindness to the chipping
away at our very foundation…that is indeed the fault of us all.
However, it should be noted that Christians, as in you and I are currently being told that we
may no longer hold our prayers publically…
that we may no longer demonstrate our faith outwardly…
all the while other religions are encouraged by our current culture to bask in their rituals.
Are we not being dubbed as homophobic while being branded ignorant…
all because we believe in the mandates of our God.
And as our Wee Flea friend succinctly points out…
we are now being told that we exist on the “wrong side of history.”
That even Jesus Christ existed on the wrong side of history…
as the demigods of today have hailed themselves the all-knowing wise sages
who are currently attempting to alter and rewrite our history.
Our Wee Scottish friend continues in his latest post with a stinging observation
regarding the current negative coverage of Billy Graham’s death:
“And as there have been many fine tributes to the life and testimony of
Billy Graham, what struck me were the number of people and organisations who couldn’t
even wait until his body was cold before they stuck the boot in.
These reactions tell us a great deal about our culture and churches.”
Billy Graham preached Christ, and he preached the cross of Christ.
He may have been on ‘the wrong side of history’ from the perspective of those who think
they know what that is, but he is now on the right side of eternity where I’m sure he has
already heard the words that all believers long to hear:
‘well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord.
So perhaps the question which we must ask ourselves…
are we merely riding a seasonal wave of a series of modern-day Christin persecution or
are we experiencing something much more sinister…
Was Billy Graham a homophobic, Christ denying, antisemitic and bigoted failed evangelist on the wrong side of history?
Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.
Our world has become a sick place, but we have to take heart and remember that God’s kingdom is not of this world. There will be trouble on earth until Jesus returns to judge the world. But the truth is that in the end, He wins and so do we. We must cling to that thought in order to survive the persecution – the slings and arrows – the humiliation and hatred. GOD WINS – WE WIN!
As Wally would readily add- YEP!
And FYI— I’ve been back In editing a few of my sleep deprived errors — maybe it’s not safe to post until I one day go home—I was up again all night as she is all upside down with a sleep schedule and Abby is still running a fever
Has Abby been to the Doc? I’m sure they’re glad to have you there. The first baby is always the hardest.
Yes— urgent care Sunday then her obgyn today— they changed up the antibiotic, added some pain meds and might have an abscess— she goes back Friday— if not there- it’s off to the ER as per doctors orders
People sometimes don’t like us? Do tell. I had not noticed this; blog land seems so safe and secure, and everybody is just so NICE!
Prayers for Abby also.
Don’t I know it!!!
And new antibiotics today so we shall see
our society is a bit backwards. They have no idea that they are buying into lies that will only fuel their sense of emptiness. We just have to keep shining the beacon of hope and showing them love—even if they do not respond in kind. I hope your grand baby starts sleeping soon and they all start feeling better. I enjoy your posts, my friend!
😴 we can only hope and pray — for all of the above 🤗
Boys are boys and girls are girls isn’t the hardest part of theology or science yet thats’ where our culture is going. This crazy society wants things to be a free for all in terms of gender identity and all about equality so much they are willing to let a boy say he’s a girl and allow him to win first place beating up on girls in the wrestling ring…sigh.
I’m liking in tomorrow’s post to an article written by Bishop Gavin Ashenden regarding the growing issue o ver transgenderism in the UK— we the people are slowly being brainwashed by the culture gods and we must remain vigilant
I wonder what would be sad of Mother Theresa now? Our culture is definitely rejecting all forms of Christianity. Very scary in terms of the inevitable persecution that will result. ❤ and hugs to you, dear Julie! Hope you will have a chance to catch up on sleep soon. ❤
oh I think she would be front and center on all things of fake news