“I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people--a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split…” John Jay, Founding Father and First Chief Justice of the United States, Federalist Paper 2
We are coming up on the forty-fifth anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling in the landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restrict access to abortions. Since then "abortion-on-demand" in the U.S. has killed over 60 million babies “legally”. That is more than 10 times the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The Scripture verse above has been quoted over and over again increasingly in the past two decades as an urgent cry from those who know America is in deep spiritual trouble. They have endeavored to sound an alarm by quoting this verse in hopes that enough people will also perceive the urgency that something must be done to save America from imminent doom if she doesn’t change her course.
What will the year 2018 bring us? There seems to be optimism and dread at the same time. Optimism due to the expectation of better economic times and dread due to the threat of nuclear war and conflicts among the nations.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when families make it a point to come together and endeavor to spend as much quality time as they can. They work hard to make as many meaningful memories as possible. It doesn’t always turn out as people wish but they keep doing it every year in hopes that it will get better. The results are not the desired ones because, in my view, most families leave out the most important reason for the celebration, they leave out Jesus, the Savior of the world come to earth and how God fulfilled a four thousand year old promise by this great event. So you see, it hurts when people’s Christmas celebration is all about them, for the most part.
There are many things that threaten us in today’s world. Why do humans experience fear? Where does fear come from? Naturally speaking, and in all fairness, I must say some threats are very real, not imagined. Especially the ISIS inspired terrorist attacks that are increasing and becoming bolder in various parts of the world and now in our nation. Americans are more fearful today of a terrorist attack since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new poll by the New York Times.
I have imagined that there are no dead leaves or branches on bushes, trees or flowers, and that gorgeous hues in colors that we have never seen before come through reflected from brilliant sunshine. I have also tried to imagine what it would be like if there was never any rain, thunder or lightning yet all vegetation received its moisture rising from the ground like Genesis 2:6 says, “But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” Can you imagine the perfection and bounty that would create in all the landscape that you could see in any direction? In a perfect world, there would be no ferocious animals because they would all be tame and approachable and maybe even talk, why not? I imagine there would be such unimaginable beauty, harmony and maybe even music permeating the entire earth. Light would be so pure and the air so clean it would invigorate us immensely with every breath. Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
It is common knowledge that a building is only as strong as its foundation. This is not rocket science. So by logic, if the foundation of this structure is compromised, it is only a matter of time the building will crumble and no amount of propping up will sustain it.
Lustful sins have always been a part of the human race. They are part of the human fallen nature. But, is it normal acceptable behavior? Absolutely not! Proof of how this misbehavior is viewed are the laws that regulate and punish such actions in society. God did not leave us in the dark on how to understand these actions and how to deal with them.
If you are one of the few people who have never experienced betrayal from someone you greatly trusted you have been spared great pain. Betrayal is not a pleasant experience in any sense of the word and it brings many negative consequences that many people may never overcome in their entire life. Unless people seek help to heal, mainly from God or a knowledgeable godly counselor, people will go through life damaged and carrying bitterness, anger, resentfulness and may always be distrusting because they never want to be put in that vulnerable position again. But by the same token, deciding not to forgive and overcome this hurtful experience also carries devastating consequences that carry over into eternity. It also causes people to live on the defensive and miss out on many benefits, among them are peace of mind, better spiritual, emotional and physical health and better relationships.