(sun coming up /Rosemary Beach, FL / Julie Cook / 2019)
I’ve been chatting a great deal, as of late, about the current state of events
taking place around this Nation of ours.
Not a great deal of positives to report–or so say the news outlets…
or so say many of us average observers.
Because according to anything newsy, the sky is falling, the Russians are coming,
the White Supremacists are already here, everyone is a racist and if you support the
President of the United States of America, you are to be immediately outed via all things social media,
shamed, tarred, feathered and branded a deplorable, annihilated and readily destroyed…
plain and simple.
Heck, they wanted to make a movie about that very thing.
100 years ago such news would have been met with shrieks of laughter or the
hushed tones of berating to never say such heresy.
The other thing I’ve been chatting on and off about is the state of the Chruch
(be it the Chruch on either side of the pond)—
As in there’s been a big sell-out by denominations and clergy…all opting to follow the culture
gods and not the God of all Creation.
Happy happy is the key.
Abortions are okayed.
Same-sex marriages are approved, as well as happily conducted in sanctuary after sanctuary.
Gay clergy are a-okay.
Transgenderism is embraced.
The biological concept of male and female is now passe as gender is a fluid notion.
The traditional family is a cumbersome dinosaur and considered obsolete.
Males are to be neutered all because we no longer like strong male figures in the world.
Intolerance is the new tolerance.
Violence is the end to whatever means…
all the while the Chruch turns a blind eye or jumps in willing, into the thick of it all.
Yep, things seem all topsy turvy if you ask me.
And so I think I’ve finally figured out the problem.
At first, I thought the problem was simply that we had become an angry people.
Think Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Neo-Nazis…or even the angry progressive liberal news…
However, I think I’ve actually narrowed things down beyond the mere angry component.
Yes, we are indeed an angry people but that is just a result of our real problem.
The real problem is that we have lost The Sacred.
We have lost our understanding of The Sacred.
We have lost our longing for The Sacred.
We have lost the reality of our very need for The Sacred.
But here’s the thing, The Sacred has not lost us.
But for us, on the other hand…well…we lost The Sacred like we lose our keys.
We put Him down and can’t seem to remember where we put Him.
And if the truth be told, we don’t care if we find Him or not.
We’ve become so consumed by ourselves that we’ve squeezed the space The Sacred occupied
till there is no space left.
We are smug and arrogant, powered by tremendous appetites and egos…and yes, anger.
And yet I dare must ask… exactly how happy are you?
How at peace?
And so here’s the thing…it’s not too late to make room in that overly crowded
It will take, however, a little humbling,
a little letting go of that ego and of course that anger…and a simple,
“Dear Father, please hear me…”
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy,
and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17