Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
– Proverbs 1:20-27
“Reading news without reading the Bible will inevitably lead to an unbalanced life, an anxious spirit, a worried and depressed soul.”
– Bill Bright
On Saturday, I read the quote above in a devotional. That particular devotional is one that I immediately go back to the beginning once completed and start again. I have used the quote before, but Saturday (the day of this post’s writing) was a yuck day. I am not saying I am getting depressed, but it is hard to avoid the anxiety that is preached to you from all sides. You can tune it out, but there is simply too much of it.
My day started by seeing an article on line. An Alabama football team protested the decision to not have a prayer broadcasted over the stadium speakers before the football game. They held signs stating, “In God We Trust” as they ran onto the field. The article discussed the modern view of the separation of church and state. I think the modern view is far from what was intended. Intelligent people have written proper interpretations, but the naysayers are loud and crude. They win the ear of the people by intimidation and name-calling, not justice. The article ended with the reporter stating that the school’s prayers were unanswered. Their team lost.
Note to the writer: They had already lost the battle over the broadcast. The next battle, with the signs, was won, for tyranny cannot stand up to the power of God. The result of an athletic event is meaningless in this war.
I next saw a political cartoon. It showed Trump telling a hurricane survivor that he will deny Florence even happened next year. What?! When Trump does a good job regarding something, we have to castigate him for what we think he might do in the future? When will the media and Hollywood ever stop. (By the way, I read nothing about the Emmys. Why listen to those … people? I wanted to name call, but why stoop their level?) Never, in the history of histories has a president been so reviled by the media and Hollywood, and even before he does anything. Trump is the only president who did not have the honor of a ‘Cinderella’ moment. I will admit that some people had problems with Obama, but he was given a breather before having his policies questioned.
Note to cartoonist: When you cannot joke about the past or the present, shut up. Yes, our federal government (regardless of who was president) has forgotten victims of disasters as soon as something else reaches the headlines. (That makes you think. Who is really running the country, the government or the sensationalist press begging for – or creating – the next headline story?)
Then I did something that I knew was going to be the wrong thing to do. I clicked on an article regarding historical people that historians say never existed. I KNEW one who would be on the list, but I was surprised to find Jesus at number 13, not number 1. William Shakespeare was number 3. Really? Just because some of the works of Shakespeare seem to have a different style and possibly written by others, we now think Shakespeare never existed? Because they never found out who Jack the Ripper was, Jack the Ripper never existed? I guess all of the Ripper’s victims did not die. It may be likely that The Art of War was written regarding centuries of wisdom on the subject, but is that reason to think that Sun Tzu never existed? But back to Jesus, He wasn’t alone in regards to Biblical characters. Mary Magdalene, Moses, and King Solomon were also on the list. As for Moses, the writer even stated how scientists have postulated how the parting of the Red Sea was indeed possible, but no, Moses could not have existed in his view. Regarding other religions, Muhammed and Confucius were also added as having never existed. They fell into the same trap of Sun Tzu and Shakespeare. If all the writings were not written by the same person, then the person never existed. Same for Homer. The legends were the only thing that made sense, like John Henry, William Tell, Robin Hood, King Arthur, etc. My romantically inclined mind wants these people to be historical, but I already had doubts about some of them.
NOTE: Jesus is historical, and I don’t doubt the former existence of the other Biblical characters mentioned. Notice the ‘IS’, because Jesus still IS.
Note to author: Just quit writing. You are embarrassing yourself. (That may be a bit harsh. He did preface the whole thing by saying that nameless ‘historians’ – hiding behind anonymity – were making the claims, not him. As for that, he is probably accurate. But should we listen to such people? Are these people writing our textbooks? Should we be worried?)
I then read an article from atimetoshare.me (my friend Kathy from Minnesota). She was having a hard time ‘finding the right words’ to talk about other things like what I just had read.
In all this insanity, are there any right words?
Thus, back to the quote. We need to read the Bible more.
I try to avoid political discussions for one important reason.
The Reason: This world, country, state, county, borough (or city, town, village, community, whatever) will not be “saved” by better politics. It will be saved by the hand of God. If the politicians turn to Jesus, we may have a revival, but only for a season. I have said it before. Go to a search engine and look at a list of good kings and bad kings of Israel and Judah. (You could read 1 Samuel through 2 Chronicles and take notes, but…) You will find that the excrement rolls downhill. Revivals by a few kings rarely lived past their reign. And these were the chosen people of God. What should we expect in our modern secular society?
Whenever I read the Bible, an old dusty story turns into modern reality in the parallels between today’s headlines and the misadventures of God’s chosen people. Do not avoid the Old Testament for this reason alone. At times you will think you are reading the newspaper. Will we ever learn from our mistakes as a human race? Like the Scripture above, we are fools who hate knowledge.
I usually have something funny embedded in my post, but I am like the older Spike Jones today. When Spike Jones quit writing parodies of popular music in the mid-fifties, he said something about not being able to spoof rock and roll, because it was quite comical on its own. But sometimes the jokes aren’t funny.
Sorry, I am too numbed by today’s media blast to end with anything other than – Turn to Jesus. He is our only hope.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.