don’t put a squashed pine cone in your mouth…

“the ‘task of the conscience’– a word of great value in Western civilization,
is to determine what that divine purpose is and then to live
it out irrespective of the cost”

observations about Pope John Paul by George Weigel
excerpt taken from The Divine Plan
John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and the Dramatic End of the Cold War
by Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando

The above image is a picture within a picture…or rather, it’s a still-shot from a video.
And the title is a quote I actually uttered yesterday…
as in, “DO NOT PUT THAT SQUASHED PINECONE IN YOUR MOUTH!!

However, that story will have to wait as I simply needed an
the attention-grabbing title today…
As in I wanted your full and undived attention.

I’ve been spending time with the Mayor and the new Sheriff the past several days,
helping out…and I hate that I’ve not even had the chance to share with you about their
charming encounter with the ocean…
But it seems as if the world has tilted just a bit further off her axis and has needed
a tad more of my attention than merely my chattering on as a doting grandmother
who’s droning on about her grandkids…

But first a quick word to the wise…it is not prudent nor is it wise to pick up a run over
and flattened pinecone and proceed to poke it into your mouth and then bite down…just saying.

But now to the matter at hand.

It seems that there has been a lot of talk as of late…here in the blogosphere, FB
(or so I’m told) as well as on various Christian media outlets about more and more
big-name Christians announcing their seemingly sudden withdrawal from the fold
so to speak.

As in there appears to be a slight uptick in the number of those recanting their faith
all in very public places and on very public platforms.

Odd to want to grandstand over losing one’s faith.
Opting to be vocal and in the spotlight rather than introspective, sad and
living the loss.

Or as IB so aptly noted the other day, in the words of the famous band out of
Athens, GA—REM—grandstanding over ‘Losing My Religion’…

And to be honest…not being one who runs in the evangelical or other
protestant denomination’s circles or one who keeps up with the current mega-church craze,
I can’t say that I’m familiar with many of these recently fallen sheep.

But as I’ve been reading…there is indeed a long, sad, public and very vocal fall
taking place.

I have, however, on the other hand, been a bit more focused on the sexual abuse scandal
rocking the Catholic Chruch as well as the naming of a few notable and now long deceased
Anglican priests whose names have been sullied by the same accusations.

And so as I look out over the horizon of our collective Christian faith—
our denominations far and wide, I can see Satan being very busy as work.

I’ve written about this so many times before that I think I must just be beating my head
against a brick wall but there is a divide and conquer mentality being applied to the
Christian fold and it is being applied fast and furious…
And the thing is… nobody seems to “get it”

I’ve also written that this is indeed a mad world—a mad mad world on so many levels.
Mad as in crazy nuts and mad as in viscerally angry.
We have troubles my friends and I do indeed fret for my darling grandchildren.

The slick lies that are being tossed about fast and loose as truth
from things such as children’s tv and music, to what defines a family, to
legalized murder in delivery rooms, all the way to the odd notion of fluid genders…
it is enough to make me want to grab up my babies and run and hide.

But we cannot hide.

We cannot ignore it any longer.
We cannot turn a blind eye and pretend this isn’t happening.

We are being spoon fed lies as truth.
Lies as legalized truth.

As a once overly zealous teen, when reading the stories of those early Christian martyrs in
places such as Rome and Judea, I would often imagine having been there and how I would have
hoped to have stood up so bravely as those countless men and women who suffered
grievously under torture, mutilation and even death—
suffered almost readily rather than giving in and recanting their faith.

Because their faith was precious.
It was dear.
It was sacred.

Today it seems to be more passe, victimized and tired.

And so when I read of these modern-day Christians recanting their faith
so flippantly and arrogantly, apologizing to the masses of those seemingly innocent souls
who they feel as if they had helped to lead astray, I am more than saddened, I am sickened.

For they have bought into the culture gods hook, line and sinker…
They are now the poster children of a hedonistic and self-absorbed culture…
selling a bad bag of goods to an innocent fold.

There are thousands around this world of ours who continue to die for the Christian faith.
They worship in secret and in whispered tones.
They live in places such as Russia, China, Africa, Myanmar, Yemen, Iran, Iraq…
They love Jesus and are willing to pay the ultimate price for that love.

Their worship is not easy nor is it easy to come by…
not as it is here in the West.

And yet here in the West, we too indeed suffer as well.
It’s just that we suffer on a quieter level.

Our suffering is on a more insidious level.
Our suffering is often more psychological than physical.

We are shunned, ridiculed, threatened with legal action and told we may not utter
the name of God or Jesus as we once did…
Words spoken, along with the right to speak those words, was simply taken for granted.

And maybe that’s part of the problem.
We’ve taken for granted the Precious and the Sacred.
We trivialized our God and made that which is Great, small.

And now Satan is working overtime.

Time is running out.
He knows this.

So, therefore, be not quiet.
Speak up and speak out.
Because it is a mad world…
in all sorts of places and in all sorts of ways…

11 comments on “don’t put a squashed pine cone in your mouth…

  1. SharaC says:

    “Lies as legalized truth.”
    Making them even harder to fight. I keep reminding myself that this crap is no match for a righteous and holy God… He won’t let it win, and boy is that going to be something glorious to watch!

  2. Salvageable says:

    I am also unfamiliar with these famous Christians who are publicly renouncing their faith. Since I don’t know what faith they were holding and teaching others to hold, I don’t know if they are renouncing genuine Christianity or some twisted version of the true faith. It’s not my job to judge–the Lord will take care of that–but it may well be that the god in whom they no longer believe is a god that you and I never believed in either. J.

    • Oh I so totally agree—is it a false narrartive, so prevelant in our world or those who are so weary of balancing the fence of faith and the world that they simply fell to the side of the abyss?
      Cultural pats on the back and the welcomed shouts of “hear, hear” will be all but fleeting…

      • Salvageable says:

        “All but fleeting…” and if that’s what they were seeking, how sad that others looked up to them and respected them. I also wonder if they were expecting life to be peaches and cream because they were serving the Lord and stumbled at their first taste of adversity. Perhaps the Beatitudes need to be preached more often. J.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Keep preaching truth. I think it is Ezekiel where it says God is looking for a watchman to fill the gap. Since we are not to say anything with “man” I will say you are a true “watcher” to fill the gap. Maybe it could be watchwoman. Our land is oozing with idiocy!

  4. Dawn Marie says:

    “the world has tilted just a bit further off her axis and has needed
    a tad more of my attention than merely my chattering on as a doting grandmother
    who’s droning on about her grandkids…”
    Drone on all you want, Julie! I love the advents of the Mayor and the Sheriff. I do pray for a future filled with peace and hope for them, as I do for our own grandchildren. Thank you for your courageous post – I know the Saints will go marching on & on as they did in difficult times in the past and oh, how I want to be counted in that number!

    The saints go marching one by one
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching one by one
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching one by one
    Their Christian walk had just begun
    And they all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching two by two
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching two by two
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching two by two
    O can we walk along with you
    And we’ll all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching three by three
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching three by three
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching three by three
    They said a little prayer with me
    As we all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching four by four
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching four by four
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching four by four
    We’re in the army of the Lord
    As we all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching five by five
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching five by five
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching five by five
    Thankful Jesus is alive
    As we all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching six by six
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching six by six
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching six by six
    Praising God while tapping sticks
    As we all go marching on with the Lord today

    The saints go marching seven by seven
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching seven by seven
    Hurrah-hurrah
    The saints go marching seven by seven
    Glad they have a home in heaven
    Let’s all go marching on with the Lord today
    On with the Lord today
    On with the Lord today
    On with the Lord today

    • A great song!!! And here’s another:

      I sing a song of the saints of God,
      patient and brave and true,
      who toiled and fought and lived and died
      for the Lord they loved and knew.
      And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
      and one was a shepherdess on the green:
      they were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
      God helping, to be one too.
      2 They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
      and God’s love made them strong;
      and they followed the right, for Jesus’ sake,
      the whole of their good lives long.
      And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
      and one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
      and there’s not any reason, no, not the least,
      why I shouldn’t be one too.
      3 They lived not only in ages past;
      there are hundreds of thousands still;
      the world is bright with the joyous saints
      who love to do Jesus’ will.
      You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
      in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
      for the saints of God are just folk like me,
      and I mean to be one too.

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