His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
- Genesis 50:18-21
Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.”
This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?”
But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
- John 8:21-24
Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”
“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
- John 18:33-36
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Romans 12:1-2
“Definition of jaded. 1 : fatigued by overwork : exhausted a jaded horse. 2 : made dull, apathetic, or cynical by experience or by having or seeing too much of something jaded network viewers jaded voters.”
“A state of disillusionment and sadness. You see through everything and have no illusions about what is true. So many negative things have happened that it becomes difficult to stay positive about what once gave you hope and joy. Sometimes you might think there’s hope, but then more negative things happen in the aspect you are jaded in, and you become more jaded. This can be felt in many different aspects: Love, friendship, politics, trust, music, objects, etc.”
I was having a conversation about a week ago with a family member. They mentioned something related to a recent news item. I said that I had no idea what that was about and furthermore, I did not care to know.
This family member, someone who thinks everyone should be in the know about such things, was insulted. I was called ‘jaded.’ Then they backed off and said that I might just be tired of all “this” – meaning our nation crumbling beneath our feet. The family member then explained what I didn’t know, even though I had just said that I did not care to know. Then the family member tried to find common ground, backing way back from the topic, almost off the confines of the entire country, but common ground was indeed found.
Then my response was that regardless of the current events, everyone, almost everyone, is looking to the government to solve the problem when only God can solve it, and God is being ignored, for the most part. I have to put those provisos in because I heard on a David Robertson podcast an audio from a recent protest, probably in Great Britain, where two 80-year-olds were in the middle of the protestors telling them to turn away from your protest and turn to Jesus. I admire the two ladies. They tried the best they could as the shouting match got uglier (on the protestor side) and louder on both sides. Praise the Lord! There were two voices of reason in the midst of madness.
My other point was that if everyone loved everyone else as Jesus commanded us to do, this issue would never arise, and thus, we already KNOW the solution. Yet, the powers that be will prevent Jesus and Love being mentioned in any solution.
Our solution will be a government that is forced by public opinion – meaning those screaming the loudest at the moment. They will be forced to enact laws that will be impossible to administer to force one race to like another race. What will remain is each race continuing to not trust the other with escalation in that regard on both sides, the race forced to like the other becoming deeply resentful (if they don’t have the heart of Jesus), and the government seeing something wrong on the hand that signed the bill into law.
All joking aside, there are those (probably mad as the marsh hare) that stand in power today who think that any law that moves further away from God and puts more power in their hands… They think that to be good, but I see nothing but evil in it. And let’s not talk of ‘The Antichrist,’ but thinking of 1 John 2, there had been many antichrists by the time of the Apostle John, and those removing God from our government are indeed antichrists (small “a” thus inferring their insignificance when Judgment Day arrives). At least for a brief moment, Lady Macbeth heard her conscience speak. I doubt that many in Washington, DC, regardless of party, have a conscience, or if they do it is mute.
No, our salvation, both from death and in life, is in Jesus Christ and in Him Alone. To Him, I will bow the knee and to no other.
I wrote recently how the lessons learned in my senior year of ROTC have stayed with me far longer than lessons from even my chosen field of study. One of those lessons was that as an Army officer, I was never to take the knee or bow. My uniform contained the US Flag, and the US Flag dips for no one. The major illustrated this point when he talked of a parade of nations that passed by the Queen of England. All nations, save one, dipped their flag as they passed the Queen’s viewing area, showing her honor. The USA dips the flag for no one, and it gives dishonor to the flag and the nation for which the flag represents for me to bow, take a knee, or in any way dip the flag, from a spiritual and/or emotional sense, even when not in uniform.
May I confess something that I did correctly here? I was called ‘jaded’ and I did not rebuff the insult. Now don’t think that I have gotten much closer to being like Jesus in that regard. If Jesus is holding a Tote Board, He would proudly mark it down and say, “That’s one!” with a cheesy grin on His face. In a way, this post is my carefully measured rebuff, and I can see Jesus erasing the board.
I accept your insult, and I wear it proudly. First, Merriam-Webster provides two definitions and your less offensive insult is the second definition, so you were repeating yourself without knowing it. But, as a follower of Jesus, I am not of this world and my mansion, which I hardly have a rented roof in this world, is not of this world. I am simply a sojourner travelling through a foreign land (although the land of my birth).
Looking at the Urban Dictionary definition for “jaded”, I never found any Joy and Hope in this world, only in Jesus. I have no problem staying positive, but infinite trouble staying positive regarding this world. This world will end. Read the book of the Revelation of John, given by Jesus. There will be a glorious end, but it will not look good leading up to that point when the clouds pull back and Jesus rides in on His horse. When I was young, I had illusions of grandeur. I was smart. The world would see that and pay me well. I was a fool in thinking so. But I know what is true. Jesus is The Truth.
Yes, I am disillusioned, and I weep for the country of my birth and for the world as a whole. Yet, I am not sad, for Christ is in me. The answer to the problem in the world today is in Christ Alone. I pray that we can turn to Him before it is too late. It worked for Hezekiah. It worked for Josiah. But Judah eventually went into exile. Can we stave off the end of the world for a mere generation by repenting? Absolutely, but are we too far gone?
Is it okay to be jaded? Absolutely. Come join me. Accept Jesus, put on your Gospel armor. We may be disillusioned with respect to this world, but I will go down fighting for the next.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.