Forgive Them Father

1 Peter 2:20-25

“But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

“Who committed no sin,

Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

John Piper says of this:

“No one was more grievously sinned against than Jesus. Every ounce of animosity against him was completely undeserved.

No one has ever lived who was more worthy of honor than Jesus; and no one has been dishonored more.”

Jesus said from the cross of his crucifixion, “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.”

This precept of Christ from the New Testament of the Word of God, from the mouth of our suffering Lord, is the one I struggle with the most in the times in which we are living. It is the precept of “turning the other cheek,” of walking that extra mile with the one who stole you coat. It is, in fact, the Lord’s precept of forgiveness.

I’m afraid that I have become a bit too much like the prophet Jonah, who said to God, when He relented to destroy the people of Nineveh, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.”

While Jesus called for God to spare us as He hung from the cross that we ourselves devised for Him, I can be found yelling at the TV. Something is very wrong with that picture.

Yesterday we talked about “Trust and Obey.” We must also learn to trust, by faith alone, in God’s righteous judgement of our suffering, if it can even be called that. Peter reminds us, in verse 21 of this scripture, that we are called to suffer for our righteousness, just as Christ suffered. (ref. Mat. 16:24) But how shall we find the strength to “suffer patiently?” The answer to that lies in the example Christ left for us, that we “should follow in His steps.” Jesus did not revile or threaten in retaliation. Instead, trusting fully in His Father, Jesus “committed Himself to Him who judges righteously,” and that, in spite of “suffering unto death,” which God demanded of Him.

As John Piper has put it, “If Christ conquered bitterness and vengeance by faith in what God, the good judge, had promised to do, how much more should we, since we have far less right to (complain) for being mistreated than He did?”

Christ has “overcome” the world by forgiveness, and that, even before the offense. Forgiveness comes by the courage of faith found in a willingness to suffer both for, and, as a result of, a fallen world. The courage of faith comes to us within God’s infinite supply of grace, and grace comes to us through earnest, fervent prayer, not prayer like Jonah’s, who complained of God’s grace toward a lost world, a prayer in which he sought their destruction, but our prayer must be aligned with Go’s will, “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

This is why Jesus called it “the narrow way.” It’s certainly not the path of least resistance, and, so also, it is less traveled. But we are called to obedience and that can only grow out of trust; Trust and Obey, “for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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The Simplest Truth

As a student of the Bible I have learned at least one thing and that is, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, and for a very good reason; so that no one can misunderstand it. It can be found in its entirety in the verses of John 3:16 and 17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

As an engineer for many years I learned an invaluable principle for living. We called it “KISS,” (Keep It Simple, Stupid.) Simple is the best way. It is the straight-line path, the way of the crow. It is the shortest route to our destination, the path of least resistance. “Simple,” is simply the best way. God knows this, that’s why His word, the Holy Bible, His revelation of Himself to us, His love letter to all humanity, His instruction book for life, can be boiled down into two simple words that are best illustrated in one of the simplest songs ever sung by the church. A song so simple a child can understand it; two words, “Trust” and “Obey.”

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The Power of God’s Grace

God’s grace goes well beyond just the forgiveness of sin. It is a continuing power that brings strength and courage, wisdom and understanding, guidance and comfort into our lives. It is the power we require to resist the desires of the flesh. God’s grace is a power that can stand against the gates of hell. It is the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit in you and, in that power, no weapon forged against you by angels or by men can prevail, but you must take God’s grace seriously. It is not provided to you by any cheap means. The grace you are given was purchased with the blood of His only son. To treat it as anything less than the greatest treasure of the universe is to spit in God’s face.

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Glorious Gospel, Blessed God

1 Tim. 1:8-11

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.”

I have told you many times before, “a people who cannot love their neighbor, cannot be free.” Pastor Jesse Kennon once cried from the pulpit, “What is it that constrains you?”

Is it that you’re a good person? If that’s the case, you’re unconstrained! Is it the law that constrains you? Then I tell you that you are unconstrained, the lawless care nothing for the law, and we who do care, know that what Paul told Timothy is true, “…that the law is good (only) if one uses it lawfully.” Today, in our courts I see the law used against us, and all around us I see the law perverted, twisted unlawfully to satisfy our own selfish desires.

How do you see God when you look for Him, assuming that you do, and fully aware that most people don’t. Do you see Him an angry, wrathful God? Do you see Him sad, pensive and withdrawn? Or do you see him exuberant, joyful and happy? Any of these are possible at any given time, according to circumstances. God is a living person, with feelings and emotions, like us. We are made in His image, and how you see Him may be a reflection of your relationship to Him. If you are one of His children you might see Him as Paul did, in verse 11 above, where he calls God, “blessed,” in this usage meaning “joyful.”

Unless you are constrained by the blood of Christ Jesus and His love, having the law of love written on your heart by the indwelling Holy Spirit, you are not constrained at all. You may have a creed, a convenient standard of behavior that you follow, but I warn you that the circumstances of this fallen world can render your creed meaningless at any moment, and standards of behavior are lowered by every generation as a convenience for immorality. Paul points out to us, as he does to Timothy, that “sound doctrine,” that is, doctrine contrary to his cited list of lawless behaviors, is structured “according to the glorious gospel of (our joyful) God…” and I point out to all of God’s children that, like Paul and Timothy, we too have been entrusted with that gospel, the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Share it with someone. Share it today so that you and someone else might both see God’s smile.

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The Love of Many

1 Jon. 3:14-15

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

So the outward evidence of our salvation is our “love for one another.” This love for your “brothers,” and for your neighbors, that is, the people around you, cannot be self-generated; it cannot come from “works, so that no one may boast.” There is only one source for this Agape form of 1 Cor. 13 love, and that is from God Himself, through the Holy Spirit. This supernatural love, then, is the evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life, not speaking in tongues, as so many would have you believe.

God reinforces this truth in Gal. 5:19-21, by using counterpoint, as He often does in the scriptures. Here, He lists the conditions that signal lives of sin, lives that are bereft of the Holy Spirit and the holiness the Spirit imparts to us.

Gal. 5:19-21

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Lord then charges us, in Hebrews and elsewhere, to be diligent in maintaining our relationship to the Holy Spirit, as that relationship is vital to our continued access to His resource of supernatural love.

Heb 12:14

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:”

And, finally, in Matthew, a warning concerning the times we live in today and the conditions of our relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit. Do not quench, or grieve the Holy Spirit, that is, the presence of God within you, lest He depart from you and your very salvation be put at risk. How can we know the measure of the Holy Spirit’s power within us? It’s simply this, His power is directly proportional to the love you have for one another, and for your neighbor. Examine yourselves then. Is your 1 Cor. 13 love for your brother’s, your sisters, and for the lost, fading in the face of a lawless world? Jesus predicted the possibility.

Mt. 24:12-13

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

How then can we restore what has been lost? You must “return to your first love,” that is, renew the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, but how? Jesus tells us in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” We are only able to properly love the people around us because He first loved us. Return to Him. Seek Him in your heart, listen to His voice. He is right now, today, inviting you to join Him in some work nearby. Show Him that you love Him, by joining Him in that work and through your obedience He will fill you with every power you need to accomplish His purpose in this world. Try it, I dare you. No, I double dare you.

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Living Each Day in The Spirit

Daily Fellowship With God

  1. It is only in daily, direct, living communication with God that my soul can be strengthened.
  2. Be still before God no matter the time it takes. In prayer, or worship, or in any act of daily life all success is dependent on God being first in your heart, your mind, your soul and your spirit.
  3. Humble yourself before the Living God. Allow God to take his proper place on the throne of your heart by assuming your proper place of lowliness at His feet, so that He might fill you with His Holy Spirit.
  4. Nothing in creation delights God more than His beloved son, therefore, enter into God’s holy presence with a heart that is thankful for the blood of Christ and the assurance that it gives you of The Father’s acceptance.
  5. God loves you with all the love that He has for Jesus Christ. He seeks your daily response to His love. Trust Him with your love by showing Him a heart of obedience to His will. Join Him each and every day in the work that He is doing around you.
  6. Live in the faith of Christ’s presence and power in you. Be conformed to His likeness in mind and spirit. Live so that those who interact with you today will see Christ in you and be drawn to Him.
  7. If we are properly humbled before God in Christ’s death on the cross, dead to our sinful nature, then we will also be made alive in the power of His resurrection. One can only be powerful in humility before God; humbled before him as Jesus humbled Himself in obedience even to death on the cross.
  8. Rely entirely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the things of Christ through you. You can only succeed in this by remaining humble and still before God and man. Never run ahead, seeking to accomplish things FOR God, but always wait on Him to express His will in your life first, then work WITH Him to glorify Him in whatever you accomplish.
  9. As you meditate on the unfathomable reality of your salvation, seek the grace to live your life as completely devoted to God as Jesus lived His.
  10. Begin each day in a deep, restful faith and fellowship with God, and He will fill you with all the power and blessings of His Kingdom of the Heavens.
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Star in a Jar

Speaking Light Into The Universe

In Genesis 1:4, God spoke and His words brought light out of the darkness:

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day.”

 

I have seen many strange uses of sound in my life, both in the laboratory and in the natural world. I have seen dolphins create bubbles in the shape of rings then push those bubbles ahead of them, through the water, like a toy, using nothing but sound from their built-in sonar. In the laboratory I have seen sound used to levitate objects, lifting them into the air and floating them on invisible waves of energy. In addition, sound-like energy is at the root of string theory and thus, M-theory, but Stephen Hawking would have to come back to explain all that to you.

The point is, that sound is capable of many mysterious things, things science cannot yet understand, and yet, we seem to have so much trouble believing in the God who spoke the universe into creation. Today, however, we come a bit closer to understanding God’s creation by the scientific discovery of a process that defies our sacrosanct laws of physics. It is being called “sonoluminescence,” that is, the transformation of sound into light within a fluid. Remember that the spectrum of fluid densities is very wide. It includes high-density materials such as liquefied metals, like mercury, but it also includes the lightest of gases, such as hydrogen. All of these, including water, are considered fluids and all are subject to the laws of fluid dynamics.

In  the book of Genesis, The Bible describes all of these different densities of fluids as, “Waters,” and, today, within flasks of water, scientists are creating light from sound in tiny bubbles they call, “Stars in a Jar.” They are called such because they are tiny bursts of super-heated plasma energy, the very same form of energy that makes up the stars in the vast universe that surrounds us, including our own star. Scientists are studying these stars in jars all over the world today because there is speculation that one day the process could be used to produce consumer energy.

The process of sonoluminescence, however, defies the laws of both fluid dynamics and thermodynamics and though it’s being reproduced in laboratories, we find that it daily occurs naturally in the depths of the oceans, produced there by a tiny crustacean called a pistol, or mantis shrimp. These shrimp stun their prey with an explosive sound that is so sharp and powerful, it often produces the sonoluminescence effect. God has said that we have no excuse because the evidence of Him is all around us. He can be denied, but He is undeniable, and far beyond our laws of physics. In Him, all things are possible, even making light from sound. Science proves Him every day.

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Truly Free

There can be no greater irony regarding truth than the inscription of John 8:32 on the lobby wall of the CIA in Langley, Va.. I’m sure that it was well meant at the time of its installation, but neither the person who authorized it nor the organization have any more understanding of truth than did Pontius Pilate in the first century, AD. The truth is that, as Jack Nicholson’s character, Colonel Nathan Jessup said in the motion picture, A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.”

Such is often the case in our world. There are nations of people, societies, cultures, and individuals who can’t handle the truth. Millions and billions of people who are in no way prepared for the freedoms promised by the scripture in John 8:32. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When Jesus spoke these words He prefaced them with a stipulation that few in our world today have accepted, or kept. There can be no stronger evidence of it than the so-called, “Arab Spring,” of 2010, with its continuing tsunami of violence and depravity spreading across the Middle-East and onto the shores of the entire world.

If I were free to rewrite the scripture, I would write it thus, And you shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free. Did you notice that the word truth is capitalized in the second stanza of the verse? That’s because the Truth is a person. Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.”

But the world today, as we approach the end of time, is filled with every kind of human depravity, exactly as it is described in the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Mankind have altogether become filled with unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit, and hatred of God, but there is another form of depravity that pervades society today. It is the depravity of willful ignorance. Willful ignorance is defined as the intentional denial of an obvious truth or condition because it doesn’t support a commonly held popular opinion. It is, in effect, a form of mob hysteria. A prime example of such ignorance today is the hysteria over gender identity, but it doesn’t stop there, it permeates every aspect of our daily lives, and, In large part, it is a sign of the times in which we are living, a fulfillment of the prophecies of Sodom and Gomorrah.

That brings me to the bubble of time. Time is like a soap bubble that is floating through the atmosphere of eternity. While eternity exists both inside and outside the bubble, time only exists on the inside. When the bubble ceases to exist, time will be no more and, like any soap bubble, cosmic forces are terminally at work constantly thinning the transparent walls of the time bubble, until, one day, in only a moment, the bubble will burst and only eternity will remain. Where will you be when time comes to an end? Where will you spend eternity?

Your earthly body cannot survive the eternal environs. Only your soul, a spiritual existence of awareness, will survive eternity, so it’s important you prepare. You can choose to spend eternity either locked in darkness or flying free in God’s light, those two are the only choices. To be free, your heart and soul must be prepared. The test of your preparedness is whether or not you know the Truth, and, by the knowledge of Him, have the law of love written in the blood of Jesus Christ, on the doorposts of your heart.

Morally speaking, freedom requires a large measure of individual responsibility, along with a significant measure of unselfishness. The more self-centered a society is, the more irresponsible its members become. The more irresponsible the less freedom can be allowed, and the concept of freedom brings us to the subject of democracy.

Given the state of education today, I don’t think anything could be more misunderstood than the polity of democracy. For those who went to university but failed to educate themselves, you might be interested to learn that democracy is not a permanent form of government, it is only transitional in nature, moving polity from one form of government to another and it certainly does not, in any instance, result in freedom. An implemented Democracy will consistently result in the tyranny of “majority rule,” and pure democracy can only lead to chaos, civil war, and, ultimately, anarchy. So the idea that you can set people free by planting the seeds of “democracy” among them is not only errant, it’s ignorant and, I’m afraid that, in the case of the “Arab Spring,” the ignorance was willful.

So, if freedom is the goal, how do we prepare people for it? To begin, the world must be prepared morally. By that, I mean that the leaders of any society must have a proper and consistent standard of morality that stems from individual responsibility and unselfish service to the community at large. Because the nature of any culture flows down from its leaders, not up to them, this type of leadership must remain in place until the behavior of the people is fashioned by it. Only when the people, in the vast majority, have adopted a culture of unselfish responsibility toward one-another, will they be prepared to be free. Unfortunately, leading by example could take a very long time to translate into cultural change, especially among the vast majority, thus the temptation toward utopianism, (but I digress.)

Jesus was very aware that leading by example might require more than a man’s lifetime to foment a change of heart in a majority of any people. He had twelve men following Him daily that were a constant proof. In His frustration, He more than once asked them, “Are you so dull?” (Mark 7:18) It was a rhetorical question. The point is that we, humanity, are dull, in every sense of the word, and it takes more than leading by example to change our hearts. The Apostle Peter is a clear illustration of this principle. Peter, in the course of a few weeks, went from denying that he ever knew Christ Jesus to testifying before the Sanhedrin that Jesus was the Messiah. So, by what power was this rapid change wrought in Peter’s heart? It was by the power of the Spirit of The Living God.

So how do we get the power of the Holy Spirit into the hearts and minds of the vast majority of any people? We do it by the power of prayer. On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus fervently prayed for himself, for His disciples and for all believers, present and future. The church must follow His model of fervent prayer, by making prayer a priority in every moment of our daily lives. Only by the power of prayer can we prepare the soil so that the seed we sow will not go to waste. And we must sow good seed, seed that is soaked in the stipulation of Christ’s blood. Only by the power of prayer can the Holy Spirit bring conviction and only by the power of conviction can repentance spring forth. Mankind must repent before the change can come.

The world today is in no way prepared for freedom and their condition is the church’s responsibility. The scripture is clear, the church has been given the power to move mountains and to change the world. There’s no denying the influence of the church in much of the world’s history, the good that has come from it, but we need to do more. We need to resist the legacy of Laodicea. We need to march out into the everyday world around us and testify to the Truth that we know in our hearts. We need to fervently pray for individuals, groups, and leaders so that the soil of their hearts will be prepared to “know the Truth,” so that the “Truth will make them free.” We need to, each and every member of the Body of Christ, commit ourselves to The Great Commission, to “go forth and make disciples of every nation,” so that their hearts will be changed, as Peter’s was. Only then, only in the light of the Truth, will people truly be free.

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Making America Great Again

I’m not sure that we, as a nation and as a people understand just how angry God is with us at the moment. In the early 18th century of Colonial America, Johnathan Edwards, a Puritan preacher, and theologian wrote a sermon entitled, “God Makes Men Sensible of Their Misery Before He Reveals His Mercy and Love.”

 

He based the sermon on the scripture from Hos. 5:15,

“I will return again to My place

Till they acknowledge their offense.

Then they will seek My face;

In their affliction, they will earnestly seek Me.”

Edwards concludes that, in the pride of our sinful nature, we will always turn our backs on God and that, until we clearly see our need for Him, we are not inclined to seek Him out. Edwards put it this way, “Until the sinner is convinced of his sin and misery, he is not prepared to receive the redeeming mercy and grace of God, as through a Mediator, because he does not see his need of a Mediator till he sees his sin and misery.”

Alexis de Tocville

The truth of that message is revealed again and again throughout the scriptures of the Bible and the extrabiblical history of the entire world, not just Western culture. Knowing this, I find it strange that so little of what we hear today from the pulpits of America reflects this truth, or acknowledges God’s righteous anger over our apostasy. In the time that Edwards wrote this sermon, our pulpits were “aflame with righteousness,” as Alexis de Tocville observed. That flame led to a “Great Awakening,” a massive spiritual revival in 1734-35 and again in 1741. As much as the godless in America don’t want to acknowledge that we are a Christian nation, those revivals of the church’s power led to the birth of our freedom from tyranny and our constitution, the greatest plan for secular governance the world has ever known.

Today we, the church in America, half-heartedly pray for revival but our message to a lost nation is a weak, watered-down version of the Gospel, not the meat of our relationship with a living, and angry God. Did you go to church on our so-called “Easter Sunday,” without recognizing that “Easter” is a Pagan celebration? Easter is the one Sunday of the year that the churches in America are mostly filled with the lost who are seeking God’s forgiveness in exchange for their attendance. What was the message you heard from the pulpit on that day? Did it accurately reflect our sin and the misery it has caused in every part of the world? (America’s reach is long and powerful. It has been so since the time de Tocville wrote about its greatness.)

Did the message you heard from the pulpit propound God’s righteous anger, or our dire need to repent and humble ourselves in fear before an angry God? I seriously doubt it. The verse from “Oh Holy Night” comes to my mind this Resurrection Day, “Fall on your knees, oh hear the angels’ voices?”

Our reality is in fact described in the verses prior to Hos. 5:15, where the prophet speaks for God, saying, “For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.”

But we are so blinded by our own depravity that we don’t see the truth of our situation. Whatever we see that we recognize as being wrong, we blame on circumstances, on politics, on each other, or some interfering third party, but Jesus spoke the truth when He said of the church in this age, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—” Wake up America. Wake up from your dream and repent.

In 1831 Alexis de Tocville, a French sociologist, came to America to study our prisons, but on experiencing this nation, he greatly expanded the scope of his journey and wrote his famous treatise, “Democracy in America.” In it, he makes the following observation;

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

Want to “Make America Great Again?” Then recognize your sin and the misery it has caused, humble yourself before our angry God, repent, pray for forgiveness then “go” and Make America GOOD Again!

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The Gray Empire

1Kings 19:21

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.”

Choose this day whom you will serve,” Joshua commanded the people, and be aware that you are going to serve somebody whether you like it or not. The daily choices you make will be based on your worldview, that is, what you believe about the world around you. If you believe that the “world,” and I include all the known universe in that expression, only exists in what you see, touch and sense, and in how you feel about it, then your choices will reflect a sensual reality. That, however, is a very narrow view. It’s a view that refuses to believe that evil exists as an intelligent entity. It’s a view that refuses to believe, or even allow for the belief, that the world you see and feel and sense could have been created by intelligent design. It’s a view that cannot, and will not consider that there is a spiritual dimension to this world that is ever present and has functional influence over our thoughts, our perceptions, and thereby, the choices that we make each and every day. It is a view that is blind to the battle that rages around us in contest for our temporal minds, and our eternal souls.

As Morpheus informs Neo in the movie, The Matrix, “it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” or, as in the case Lt. Daniel Kaffee, in “A Few Good Men,” “You can’t handle the truth!” You have become like Pontius Pilate,  unable to see the truth that is standing right in front of you. The result of this blindness is that you create, in your mind, a mythology I call, “The Gray Empire.” The Gray Empire is an imaginary world where there are no absolutes, no black or white to choose, no truth and, thus, no lie. There is only gray and, therefore, no need to choose. The trouble is, as they say, “to not choose, is to choose not to.” The question, of course, is, choose not to what?

In the case of The Matrix, it is to choose the blue pill and go back to sleep denying the slavery of sin. In the case of A Few Good Men, it is to deny the very existence of evil thus the need for a wall. In the case of Pilate, it is to deny Christ, the light that has come into the world and the promise of eternal life in Him. To live in the Gray Empire is to deny all three, that is the choice that is made by not choosing. So, you decide. Will you take the blue pill and accept the dark lie, or will you take the red pill and know the harsh light of the truth? You are free to decide, but choose you must because the Gray Empire is no more than a mythical reality, it is the matrix, nothing more than a lie perpetrated by the world of men. I implore you, choose this day whom you will serve.

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