I have been thinking all morning about 9/11/01. I remember so many different feelings. Anger, frustration, despair and a new concern for radical muslims.
So this morning I pretty much rehashed all those feelings, but not about 9/11/01, instead about our circumstances right now – today!
Our government no longer works the way it was intended and on the day we remember radical Muslim aggression our government has allowed a very pro-radical Muslim treaty to pass by default.
“To get around the Constitution, Obama negotiated a swindle that requires him to garner a mere one-third of one house of Congress. Indeed, on Thursday, with just 42 Senate supporters — remember, a treaty requires 67 — the Democrats filibustered and prevented, at least for now, the Senate from voting on the deal at all.
As of now, however, it is done. Iran will be both unleashed — sanctions lifted, economy booming, with no treaty provisions regarding its growing regional aggression and support for terrorists — and welcomed as a good international citizen possessing a peaceful nuclear program. An astonishing trick.” — Charles Krauthammer (Washington Post
After several generations of Christian children attending our public schools, we have a large majority of “Christian” young people as well as an increasing number of older “Christians” not willing to stand up for absolutes found by studying and delving into the Scripture. So on any number of issues from abortion, to marriage, to church leadership requirements, to alcohol, etc. we believe that the circumstances dictate what is right and wrong.
According to dictionary.com:
For many the sign of being a “good” Christian is no longer how holy you are in searching and living by God’s Word. Instead it has to do with how tolerant and adaptable you are so you can be “relevant.” And to add insult to injury many Christian schools have changed their vision and emphasis now looking to produce “excellent” students who will be relevant in our world today. These schools are forgetting where true wisdom comes from and that it is God who brings people to key positions, not our intelligence.
In the US we have a parenting crisis with a large number of parents on drugs and no longer able to take care of their children. In many rural and inner city areas more than half of all children are being born to moms and dads who are not married and who, without death being the cause, will at some point in time not be part of the child’s life. Presently 43% of children in the US live without their fathers. According to our government some 12% of children live in a household where the parent is dependent upon or abuses alcohol and/or drugs. Some two thirds of all child welfare cases are due to alcohol and drugs. (Parental Substance Use and the Child Welfare System) Alcohol and drugs are becoming a horrific force in the US claiming lives, marriages, devastating childhoods and more. Yet the church seems oddly silent on these destructive dangers. Instead concentrating on those who “abuse” alcohol and drugs. The church seems more interested in justifying lifestyles than preventing tragedy.
Speaking of churches, they are healing their people lightly and are embroiled in their own issues, seemingly unable to be a powerful force to help and heal a hurting world. Sin issues from sexual purity, divorce to alcohol and drug use seem to be devastating the church and its leaders with no real hope of forgiveness and restoration being demonstrated to the world.
Yes, at times I feel the same hopelessness I felt on 9/11/01. But then I remember Psalm 20:7. Some trust in Chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
As Psalm 20 states we do not trust in governments or their armies. I don’t trust in churches or the family structure. I don’t even trust in myself. My trust is in the Power and Authority of the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 62:8 declares:
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
In Him and Him alone I will trust.
May God make Himself mighty to you in this day of need. May you find your hope and trust in Him!
At times like this I go back to why I started Colossians 2:
from Colossians 2:2-10:
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
Mark Strohm, Jr.
Colossians 2 – Helping families be “rooted and built up” in Christ.