“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you,
remember Christ crucified and be silent.”
St. John of the Cross
(the week’s gathering / Rosemary Beach, FL / Julie Cook / 2018)
“Yet such are the pity and compassion of this Lord of ours,
so desirous is He that we should seek Him and enjoy His company,
that in one way or another He never ceases calling us to Him…
God here speaks to souls through words uttered by pious people,
by sermons or good books, and in many other such ways.
Sometimes He calls souls by means of sickness or troubles,
or by some truth He teaches them during prayer,
for tepid as they may be in seeking Him,
yet God holds them very dear.”
St. Teresa of Avila, p.26
An Excerpt From
Ok, I admit that I’ve been a bit remiss in my reading here in blogland as of late.
As I’ve been here, there and yon for quite some time—
really, if the truth be told, I’ve been running willy nilly since February
when the ‘wee one’ was born.
And I will be out of pocket once again starting today, on and off throughout the week
and weekend as I scoot back and forth babysitting.
Yet sadly, all good things must come to an end as next week a new routine is to
With our son’s position and hours soon to change and our daughter-n-law beginning
a new school year teaching in a new school, the ‘wee one’ will be going to a lady
who keeps about 8 kids in her home—two of whom are the ‘wee one’s’ cousins.
So it will be an all in the family sort of home care situation that is the best and
more viable solution.
The other option…
my husband and I sell our house and move…
Not exactly practical but don’t think for a minute that I’ve not entertained the idea.
But I digress…
So back to the issue at hand…
I’ve been noticing a rather alarming and running theme amongst many Christian bloggers.
For there is a growing and rising tide offered by non-believers, nay-sayers and
even from within the ‘family fold’ to silence those who continue to hold true to
the Word of God.
Not some watered down Word.
Not some rewritten Word.
Not some progressive liberalism mishmash of The Word…
Not some uber feminist militant anti-male bashing blatant denial of The Word.
But rather an adherence to the authentic Word…
as in Words that are a couple of thousands of years old, Holy in inspiration, and stated
as is for all of eternity…
As in God said it and therefore, it is.
Be it an Aramaic text, Greek text, Jewish or Latin text…His authority does not change.
I AM remains I AM.
His Words, His tenents, His commands have not changed nor evolved with the times.
We are the ones who are evolving with the times and those various cultural norms and sins…
sins that we continue to claim as new truths…
And no, I’m not talking about the argument of evolution of monkey to man or
anything to do with Darwin…
I’m simply talking about us not being a consistent lot.
We are fickled and we like to have our cake and eat it too while eating everyone else’s as well
or telling others how and what to eat and when they shall eat it.
Now my dear friends, Bishop Gavin Ashenden and Pastor David Roberston, have each been quite
busy as of late posting various observations and articles…as have most of my
dear blogging family…all while I’ve been torn for time.
And one thing I’ve noticed while playing catch-up in my reading of blog posts is the
same theme…that being the theme of frustration—
And I should know….as I’ve had my own share of frustration from those who come
around pretending to want to engage in dialogue when their main objective is to belittle,
malign and obliterate as they are frothing and rabid with atheistic zeal.
So much so that they cannot nor will not rest until they feel as if they can silence
a Believer’s words.
Slaughter the lambs as it were.
There are many in the fold of the Faithful who have also come across these rabid foxes and
wolves…each on a daily basis…
Our dear Oneta over on Sweet Aroma became “embroiled” in my absence with a younger
whippersnapper on FB, who was bashing the social media of her day…
that being handwritten letters and autograph books.
Not one to be on FB, I don’t know the 1, 2, 3 of her tale but I have gleaned that
somehow the conversation turned,
or perhaps it was an entirely different conversation with an altogether different
commenter, but the gist was that Oneta challenged someone for stating that John McCain
was a traitor…she wanted documentation to back up that statement but
somehow it came across that Oneta was echoing that notion of McCain as traitor…
but the thing is, Oneta never said such.
She merely stated some negative observation against the dear senator while also wanting to
see documentation as to his acts of treason.
(see, I have no idea of how it went from social media to traitors)
Oneta responded that she had not labeled Sen. McCain a traitor but rather her
negative observations regarding the good senator could stand as negative without
her words being twisted around that she was now calling the senator a traitor.
I admire McCain as much as the next person for his service to our country and for being
an American war hero, but his time representing the Republican party in a strong positive
light is rapidly spiraling outward and downward as are all of his kith and kin of the
old guard on both sides of the aisle.
And last I checked, we are each entitled to our thoughts on the legendary senator along
with his colleagues…
Oneta is a positive and well-learned person who engages with a wide and diverse audience.
She is a woman of deep faith and conviction.
And one whom I greatly admire for her life lessons, knowledge and the teaching of that very wealth
I don’t think Oneta would mind my sharing her observation.
“Just called it off with my FB “foe.”
It was fun.
You know I would enjoy that.
The issue was that someone posted that John McCain was a traitor.
I challenged by asking for documentation.
I couldn’t seem to get through to my responder that I was not calling McCain a traitor.
But I did have plenty of negative charges to pass on.
He said he was 56 and a history buff who had read three books about McCain.
I told him I was 84 and I didn’t need history. I lived it.
I would say we parted as almost friends.:D
Have a good rest, dear friend.”
Oneta is 84 and is not new to this world’s rodeo—she’s ridden her fair share of bronking
bucks and has lived to tell about it.
So to be silenced when it comes to God’s Truth and tenants or to be silenced when challenging
the observations of those who turn personal notions into sweeping accusations…
accusations which ring of falsehood…accusations without any sound basis…
well none of that is going to be happening around our tenacious little octagenarian who expects
nothing but the sound Truth…because there is no need to quibble over Truth.
And of course, we next have IB.
Insanity Bytes is a woman around my age who resides in what she likes to claim to be
the 9th circuit of hell…
or so I think it to be the 9th circuit as most of our current ‘circuits” are none too friendly
to certain political leanings nor to that of certain faith leanings these days…
so it’s not surprising that I can easily get my circuits confused.
IB actually seems to stay embroiled whether I’m around to
read about it or not…and she lives not only to tell about it but to actually
laugh about it all…like it or not she finds the last word and her last word is
build on that notion of Truth.
IB mixes it up with those who are unbelievers as well as many who actually confess
to be believers…it’s just that their beliefs are more of that rewritten Word business.
IB knows her stuff and isn’t afraid to say her peace…
a peace I might add that is steeped in that same unrelenting ancient Word of Truth that I was
talking about earlier.
And as for our friend the Wee Flea, Pastor David Roberston, notes in a recent posting on his blog
“Keep silent or speak out?” that…
“As an undershepherd of the Great Shepherd,
it is my job to counter such error and to protect the flock of God.”
David has been taking a really rough beating by the Scottish press as well as from
those progressive liberals and atheists who troll his blogs, his speaking engagements,
his magazine columns, etc.
And yet he does not waiver…never wavering from the Truth no matter how hard the beating.
Yet David has expressed his frustration and exasperation with what he sees playing out
against the Chruch from both within and without her sacred halls.
Of which brings us next to our good friend and rouge Anglican bishop, Gavin Ashenden—
a non-wavering soul who has also been lambasted for his firmly rooted stance within
the Word of God…a stance constantly hounded by the British liberal press.
Bishop Ashenden challenges the powers that be within the Anglican Chruch over their growing
acceptance of all things transgenderism as well as all things of homosexuality and the ever
growing liberal theology…The Chruch of England’s continuing push for the total acceptance
and teachings of all things that run counter to God’s Word.
In a recent offering on the latest edition of Anglican Unscripted, with the sad reporting of
a horrendous incident committed by a once beloved bishop along with the apparent cover-up from
a former Archbishop of Canterbury, the good bishop notes that “there must be a moral independence
of the Chruch such that She is to say to the State (the government at hand) that “you’re getting
it all wrong”—
yet sadly we are reminded that the Chruch of England and the State of the British Government
just happen to walk hand in hand without separation…so rather than holding each other accountable,
there is actually a deeply obvious collusion.
As I paraphrase the good bishop, he goes on to say, ‘if we set ourselves up as saints then
all is lost. But if we admit to being sinful creatures, the Lord can and will pick us up…
and it is in that picking up where Hope actually begins…
There is forgiveness but that forgiveness is predicated upon our asking for it and then admiting that
we must now live with the consequences of our actions…yet we will live with the knowledge of
Naked disaster in the Church of England. Anglican Unscripted. IICSA, Carey & Ball.
And so I’ve found a rather interesting book that I’ve just ordered…
“The Cost of Our Silence: Consequences of Christians Taking the Path of Least Resistance”
by David Fiorazo.
This one excerpt grabbed me:
Christian in name only, America has become an epicenter for the culture war as too many of us
keep ducking the issue of sin.
Due to decades of Christians being silent,
failing to preach the gospel and speak the truth in love,
we’ve reached a tipping point in which political correctness refuses
to coexist with religious freedom.
Why do you think Christians who defend God’s Word are often called hateful,
intolerant, or judgmental?
There are consequences in this life and for eternity,
when Christians take the path of least resistance.
We cannot reverse the moral decline, but we can choose to stand for righteousness
as we pray for revival and be the salt and light Jesus called us to be while we’re still here.
Hide the light of Christ and retreat,
or let it shine and expose the darkness; live an inconsequential life,
or bear fruit that will last. If most Christians remain silent,
fewer people will be saved, society will collapse,
and we will continue to be part of the problem.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.
God will not hold us guiltless…”
And so we are slowly learning the cost behind remaining silent in a
world that is so opposed to the Truth…
the cost is much greater than most of us are willing to imagine.
Yet thankfully there are those voices who continue speaking…refusing to be silenced.
And we are all the better for it.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears,
and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Powerful analysis, dear Julie!! Great to have you back!! 💜💜
thanks Lynn—I’ll be glad to have some consistent blog time as I do miss that creative factor from my day 🙂
Hello Julie my name is Deborah Garrott- I am an Australian. I want to say that I totally agree with your honest and brave page. Thank you so very much for providing some sanity. Please be exhorted to continue- you are refreshing. May God continue to richly bless you today and always.
Deborah, thank you so very much for reaching out and for such encouraging kind words!
I do know that David Roberston has just recently returned to Scotland from having spent about a 3 month sabbatical in Australia—from what I’ve read, he found it more than rewarding on a spiritual level—hope seems to be alive and well in Australia, thank goodness!
Blessings to you as well Deborah…and please come by to visit anytime!
Ephesians 6:10-20 doesn’t present us with the vision of a great, world-conquering warrior. It just tells us we must stand and fight, speak the Word of God, not flee. James 4:7 reminds us that if we submit ourselves to God it is the devil who will flee.
Thanks, Tom—a constant and consistent course for living 🙂 God’s truth seems to have that sort of staying power 🙂
When you go for some R&R, you come back full of energy! Great post. Most of those who believe in that altered Word probably never read the real Word, or could not understand it. It takes the Holy Spirit working within you to understand.
As for the frustration, and anger for some, we forget, or at least question, that God is in charge. How can the church stray so far from God’s Word? If I were in charge, I would not let that happen! If a group of Christians rebelled against the king of England to establish their own country, I would make sure Jesus reigned supreme. BUT, my personal Bible reading is in Judges right now. In Judges 2, it says that God allowed the Israelites to screw up and leave remnants of non-Israelite people here and there as a test. We are going through our Judges period. We need to have our voice heard in our community, but we also have our ‘blogland’ (as you called it) that has its own church. I thank our friend Kathy B. who corrected one of my posts a few months ago. We need to encourage and help each other.
As for Sen McCain, before he left the military, he created and ran a mock POW camp outside Washington DC to test how new engineering officers in the US Army would react if captured. He praised me for my actions after he had tortured me (personally, I was ranking officer among the prisoners) for a few hours, but my actions came from a Christian heart, not a matter of military loyalty, esprit de corps, as they say. I think McCain lost his way in trying to be everything for everyone. Today’s post on my blog is on popularity. Maybe that was McCain’s problem. He trusted his popularity instead of trusting in God.
Again, great post, and thank you.
thank you Mark—my R&R was really a bit of work—as seems to be the case when the family heads to the beach with a 5 month old in tow—but a change of pace is indeed always good for clearing out thoughts and gleaning a bit of new perspective!
Wow—mock POW camps…I had no idea that that sort of training took place…but given the time period…it makes sense.
And I totaly understand from whence came your tenacity of endurance—a Christian’s heart vs the Esprit de Corps as you say!
I fear the good senator didn’t quite think of that tactic…
Yep, despite the attacks and the naysayers we find assualting us, even here or perhaps more aptly, especially here in blogland, we must continue to hold fast and true to the One Truth…and not the hybrids that seem to be thrown at us on a daily basis—thank you for your encouragement Mark and wonderful stories!