Until We Return To The Lord, We Will Weep!

Until We Return To The Lord, We Will Weep!

“I myself said, “ ‘How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.’ I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following me. But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,” declares The Lord. A cry is heard on the barren heights, the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel, because they have perverted their ways and have forgotten the LORD their God. “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” “Yes, we will come to you, for you are the LORD our God. Jeremiah 3:19-22 NIV

In the wake of sadness because of the hatred and violence across the land, we must realize that nothing is a surprise to God. Since the days of the prophets (the true prophets), we have been warned that if we willingly forsake God’s ways, our crying would be heard from every corner. And here we are–crying–foul, injustice, hatred, bigotry–and souls are lost because we have turned from God.

Not all of us are guilty of perpetuating violence and hatred, but there are so many who are that the most the rest of us can do is to pray–appealing to God’s merciful nature--while submitting to His Ways and interceding for all who turned from Him.

I don’t know of any one person who would celebrate the lives lost–through gun violence–and yet–our legislators would rather spend time and money on a witch hunt–simply to hinder a person from being elected. It would appear to me–and I’m not serving in Washington–that it would take far less time to legislate sensible gun-control, provide the financial assistance for law enforcement agencies to train personnel not to overreact in situations than it has taken investigating Hillary Clinton. And they think–all the pointless time and money spent–tax payer money–is money well spent! How sad for our country–we have elected leaders who are spending more time and money promoting their agenda than in serving the needs of the people.

Personally, I think every person who has been sitting on their thumbs, refusing to work for the people–should be removed from office and they certainly should not be paid. If anyone else–hired to do a job refused to do it–they would be fired, so it’s time to fire the obstructionists legislators and hire those who will work for the people–not a party.

Until we get things right with God–in our own lives, in our communities and exercise common sense (exercising Godly Wisdom) when electing officials who make decisions, we will continue to hear the cries of those weeping, and we will continue to see the violence because without God guiding us–love is swept aside, so hate reigns.

There are some who think we’ll be brought to our knees if Hillary wins the election and there are some who know we’ll be brought to fall on our faces, prostrate–seeking God’s grace and mercy if Trump wins. We have seen in the past how fearmongering results in foolishness with a president who started a war–over misinformation–and the number of lives lost because of it and the trillions of debt incurred behind it. I knew then, if Bush won the second term, we’d be praying–like never before.  I wasn’t wrong, then and I’m not wrong now. We need a leader who cares about the people–all of us–regardless of our skin color, religious affiliations, ethnicity or gender–every human being in America and knows how to love–unconditionally.

Lord, forgive us and give us a heart of flesh, filled with a desire to please You and not people so love will overflow, drowning the hate and bigotry. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

Wisdom Works For The Wise!

Wisdom Works For The Wise!

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength. Proverbs 8:14 NKJV

Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths. Proverbs 24:6 NIV

Whenever there is foolishness and rash speaking, we know that wisdom does not exist in that immediate arena. Though there are many who believe what they believe to be wise–the evidence–the truth of the matter–resides in whether the wisdom exercised is from God or mere mortal.

Promoting the use of guns in a nightclub by attendees and saying that shooting someone between the eyes is a “beautiful sight” is not wise and therefore we can conclude–wisdom does not reside in the speaker’s mouth.

The gun control issue has revealed a great deal of angst between those who believe people should own as many guns as they want and any kind of gun and between those who believe wisdom is key in gun ownership and no one needs to have an arsenal at their disposal. At least not any sane person. Insanity runs rampant among those who believe it’s okay to gun down innocent people who have done nothing to them personally–but because they exercise their free will choice to live how they live or because of their beliefs or the color of their skin.

Let me be clear–no backpedalling here–For anyone to hate another person just because they won’t live according to “their standards” or because they were born with skin color that is different or they believe differently about “anything,” that is the epitome of INSANITY.

No one person–on earth–has a right to dictate to anyone how they should live or think or believe–people make choices and we may not like their choices, but the consequences of those choices is on them–not us. But when people make “overgeneralized comments” and decisions about people because of the color of their skin–something none of us has any control over–then insanity reigns deep in the hearts of the haters.

There are a number of things I do not support as a matter of Godly principle and I offer no apology for my beliefs–they are mine! I do not support same-sex marriage or the practice of homosexuality; I do not support anyone having access to weapons–whatever they are–that are designed to kill and not for hunting or the defense of home and family; I do not support killing innocent people to “maybe” shoot a killer; I do not support lying and thievery; I do not support the legalization of drug use; I do not support bigotry of any kind–regarding race or gender; and I do not support people who hate–just because.

What I would love to see more than anything is for people to learn to love one another (not lust after one another)–in all Godliness and learn to accept our differences and embrace one another as human beings. If we are not able to do that–we prove our foolishness because history (all the hatred because of being different) will continue to repeat itself until we learn the lesson well. Hatred breeds contempt, confusion and chaos and eventually destroys lives.

Everyone reading this has a right to accept or reject or refute or ignore. It’s an individual choice and I respect that choice. And it is my choice to address a matter that is about to erupt into a situation of violence–like we’ve never seen before. We must stop the hate! The only way we can stop the hate is to replace it with LOVE! Love causes no harm to anyone, sees beyond faults and works to create community between all–human beings!