Friday, April 29, 2016

Crazy Election Primaries

Did you ever think you would see the day when a reality TV show host who once stood with the Democratic Party dominate the Republican Primaries with unconventional ideas, poor speech skills, and stances that are so extreme to the system it would be a miracle if he could make them happen?

I understand the desire to elect an individual that is not part of the system. I understand the desire for actual change that benefits the country and the people rather than the pockets of the politician. I, like most people, am for change. The system needs to be changed. However, as I watch the news I am stunned at the protests against the candidates. One in particular.

These are campaigns for the elections! These candidates have done nothing and can do nothing until they have been elected into the position. What is the deal with the protests? This is America folks. If you don't like the candidate for whatever reason, do not vote for them. It is as simple as that. There is no need for violence and destruction of property.

This is very ironic. Those who protest are protesting against hate speech and disagreement of policy. They protest in criminal manner and America thinks this is okay? All they are doing is justifying the candidate's reason for his comments.

I must say I have never seen anything like this. America, it is time for a change. Not only in government, but also in the hearts of the people. If the heart of man changes first, then change in government will happen in time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Isaiah

Isaiah 6:1-5

6 In the year that aKing Uzziah died, I bsaw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, cwith two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: 
d“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; 
eThe whole earth is full of His glory!” 
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 
5 So I said: 
“Woe is me, for I am 1undone! 
Because I am a man of funclean lips, 
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; 
For my eyes have seen the King, 
The LORD of hosts.”

The closer we are to Christ, the more sinful and unworthy we will feel. The fact that we are aware of sin and feel guilty is a sign of spiritual life. However, let’s spend a minute looking at the world that we live in. There is a lot that goes on in Christian circles that is not very Christian like. Some of the actions of Christians today illustrate that they have not comprehended or experienced God as Isaiah did. We have arrived at the point where we are flippant about God. We don’t see God for who He is and we don’t see ourselves for who we are. We are rapidly moving into a godless society.

We don’t realize how this offends a Holy God. We act as if it doesn’t matter how we live, what we think, or what we say. We have moved in with the world and we have allowed the world to penetrate how we live. So the things we used to call sin are no longer sin to us.

This vision of God’s majesty, God’s holiness, and God’s glory made Isaiah realize that his actions were not pleasing to a Holy God. This is the guy that in the last chapter pronounced threats of judgment on the nation of Israel.  Now he is saying “woe to me”!

It was not only Isaiah who responded in this manner, but we see the same things with Ezekiel, Job (42), Peter (Luke 5:8 - When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”), and John in Rev 1.

When we see ourselves standing before perfect holiness, our impurity is so much more evident. The closer you are to the light the easier it is to see the dirt. How close are you to the Lord? Are you aware of your actions before the Father? Make time for Him and His Word.

Blessings,
Doug