Caution is Advised

( Note:  First time doing a post from my new laptop, and just getting used to the keyboard layout and how dang sensitive it is, so if you run across words with parts of other words in them, or other strange anomalies, I hope you will be able to decipher what was meant.)

I know there are all kinds of emotions being felt by American conservatives and many Christians today. Remember the Bible says be angry and sin not in your anger. Trust me when I tell you that I am in need of this reminder as much as anyone. We have claimed America is a Christian nation. Or was. I was surprised to hear so many news people say “I didn’t see this coming” (the attempt to breach the Capitol Building). I saw it coming. Did you see it coming? I don’t think I am the only one. That is not the shocking part of any of this to me. I only watch Newsmax on television for news these days, and get almost all of my news from alternative sources., Lets be real, the television news gets it’s news from the independent citizen journalists these days.  They don’t share it they just watch to know how to counter it. They certainly don’t hesitate to use citizen footage without crediting or permission, but then, they see it as property of Big Tech, and themselves to be among the elites, and everything is rightfully theirs in their view.

I was taken aback by the nature of the comments made by so many yesterday and the day before.  About the “sacredness” of the seat of the President of the Senate and seat of Speaker of the House. About the “desecration” perpetrated when a mere peasant sat there. It is important, but it’s not sacred.  If you have any doubt those long-time elected officials see themselves as gods, you need to get that fact nailed down. The alarming thing to me were the people who see that seat as hallowed ground. I can see using that term sort of tongue in cheek, but wow, they meant it in the way we consider the throne room of God. Granted those seats aren’t from Ikea, and no doubt they are made of the finest leather and wood by the very best craftsmen. But come on!  I knew we American Christians at times have a little trouble separating our patriotism from our faith. But I never realized that some citizens’ patriotism actually is their religion in that literal sense.

I have been there in that chamber. It is brick and marble. Impressive, yes, historical, majestic, all of that. But “sacred” is a stretch.  Christians ought to know America is not invincible and though America has led the world for a long time, scripture plainly lays out in Daniel that there is a coming singular world government in Chapter 9.  America has to be diminished or destroyed for there to be a one world governing power. Pastors stopped teaching prophecy because seminaries stopped teaching it. Many of the ones who do have a grasp on it, are afraid to preach it in the same way most of our congressional representatives and the state legislatures were afraid to stand for the rule of law in these election issues. Fear of man.

My political enthusiasm ramped up with the prospect of a Trump presidency and with the things he accomplished. My own interest in the political goings on were probably much higher than they should have been at times, but I didn’t have my future hopes wrapped up in it. I have said many times I view politics as many people view sports. I enjoy the intellectual dissecting of  the issues, but there isn’t that emotional element to it that apparently a lot of folks apparently have.  What just happened at the Capitol has also given me a greater awareness of how our contributions to the social discourse which is now mostly digital, might influence someone’s perspective, and it gave me pause. Do I blame Trump for the actions of those who rushed the doors and gained entry? No. But he is certainly accountable for his own words and actions. The left have no business condemning him on that score, their side knows the power of narrative and are masterful in harnessing and using it to their advantage. Trump knows too. That is a big part of how he managed to prevail. He beat them at their own game in many respects. But getting back to what hit me hardest about the protesters getting into the Capitol while congress was in chambers; yes, it is shameful, just the spoiling of beautiful craftmanship, with graffiti and other damage, is all pretty tragic, not to mention the death. To see thugs hanging on door frames like monkeys, glass smashed, and all that, was disgusting.  But by the reaction of some people, you would think it was AD 70 and Antiochus Epiphanes just desecrated the temple alter with a pigs head all over again. If that was lost on most people, then no wonder God has allowed this .That is literal worship. I knew some people are extremely zealous and serious about their politics, but I never knew people had government quite in the very place of God.

I also think trying to pin the blame where it belongs is a waste of time. We will never know, and now that it has had the impact it has, nothing will change that.

Discovering this, and also having observed the absolute fervor of the pre-election rallies, so similar at times to the teenyboppers that attended Elvis concerts back in the day, has had a profound impact on my perception of things. Something took hold in those gatherings that only happened there. Like a mass euphoria. To be fair, having someone actually hear us, consider us, and advocate us, after so many decades now of having little to no voice, might tend to do that to people. Kind of like a need to laugh when you have been stressed or sad for a long time and someone says something not that funny, but you can’t stop laughing, then you suddenly start crying because you uncorked the seal on that place where you stuff all that emotion over things you have no power over.

I have been to many rallies in DC, and visited often there to see for myself the history preserved in the Smithsonian and other museums, see the sights, and once to watch the 4th of July  fireworks.  Where else in the world can citizens go walk through the house of one of Americas founding fathers and even see the china he ate meals off of?  Where else can the citizens enter the very residence where all but a couple of our presidents have lived and worked, and sit in the gallery and watch a session of congress or a committee, or hearings, in person? All of that is gone now, by the way. And the wall that was put up yesterday is surely just temporary, and will be replaced by much sturdier ones. I can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks of America for “throwing away” with both hands the very privileges and freedoms many of them would, and have, given their lives to even taste.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t lay any blame at the 900,000 peaceful rally attendees.  From what I understand some of those peaceful protesters tried to stop the ones who were trying to get in. But history will not remember that. Especially now that the left has total control. They don’t just hate Trump and want to destroy him. They want revenge, and they want his supporters to be the first to go in the depopulation. But that’s their narrative. God has a slightly different plot twist in store.

Conservative men in America are probably the angriest of all of us  I know my husband is really struggling. Everybody reacts and processes things in their different ways.  I get that. I am not telling anyone how they should or shouldn’t feel, but I think that there is a crucial piece of this that too many don’t get. If you claim to believe the Bible, and have any familiarity with scripture and prophecy in general in scripture, you know that a global government is coming.  America was in the way of that, as a superpower. America doesn’t have to cease to exist for that to happen, but  America would have to change quite a bit. Her power and station, lets just say, would have to be brought down a a great deal. We also know that God has dealings with nations, just as he deals with people. Many of our governmental authority figures and “public servants” like to refer to America as a “Shining City on a Hill”  That is arrogant. It is.  It is taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount”, which is all about humility, being a light to lead people out of darkness as Christians reflecting the image of Christ.. Just when and how it became a reference to America, I don’t know. Reagan? A topic for a different post. There is a particular verse in the Sermon on the Mount that really states the point I am making here, which is, be very careful of your own heart and very mindful that we are also sinners, as you contemplate what has just happened. Remember the Israelites They acknowledged God as the giver of all things just by praying and asking for things, but in times when He let them live with less, they griped and groaned and resented and pouted.

God is going to deal with those who are destroying this nation. All throughout the scriptures God uses the evil perpetrated by men to chasten His people. Railing at Him for “letting it happen” is a foolish plan. It’s like when growing up, one of your siblings was in “big trouble”. If you are witnessing the parental reaction, and you stand there and get carried away and start “yeah and amen”-ing every statement your parents are making about how irresponsible and bad your sibling’s actions were. What is going to happen in that scenario? Do you think your parents are going to appreciate your support and input at that moment? No. I don’t think so. You are probably going to hear something like “you shut your mouth and go sit down”.

God is God. Not you, not me, not the congress, not Donald Trump, and not Joe Biden.

He is GOD!  I know that word has been diminished, tarnished, abused and made “common”.  But He is as Holy as He ever was He is also as powerful as ever.  He still has the authority and power of casting souls into hell. This is not a good time to be casting stones. God doesn’t need that kind of help or input from us.

Verses 25 and 26 of Matthew 5 say this:

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

As Christians we are not appointed to God’s wrath, but we are subject to chastisement. When we veer over into His lane, He doesn’t tolerate it. We may have some ideas of our own about what ought to happen to the treasonous rats that sold us out, but it may not be wise to broadcast them, and not out of fear of the Gestapo. I am concerned that we who are beneficiaries of His grace and forgiveness forget, when it would do well to remember right now, that we are not any better, and but by the grace of God, we could have been guilty of similar things. We technically are guilty of them because sin is sin.

I can tell you that I approached the Lord with more humility than usual this morning. We are in a solemn moment. But maybe a tragically few Americans realize that America is on life support now. I really do not think it was hyperbole when several prominent conservatives said if they succeed in getting the White House, and we lose the two Senate seats in GA, that is the end of America. Yes in years past. in every election there are prognosticators of doom. There are also Pollyanna’s who insist on believing nothing can break or defeat America, and that we’ll swing back the other way eventually. Not this time, I’m afraid.

It is often said “I can’t help how I feel”.  I used to believe that too. But actually, we can learn to have a good deal of power over our feelings, mastery over them is a mark of maturity, and takes effort and determination. There are some things that can overwhelm us, in fact many things can. Rats can get into your cupboard too, but that doesn’t mean you ought to make them a bed and let them get cozy.

What we feel is going to depend on what we believe, and what we allow ourselves to dwell on. I am not just spouting something I read. I am speaking from my own battle with depression that was a physiological result of sleep disorders, as well as extended periods of legitimate struggles.

When  you are seething over what has taken place, remember Yes, God gave the  blessings and freedoms we have in America, but that doesn’t mean we are entitled to them. We call them “God given rights’  because they come from God to begin with. He certainly has the prerogative to take them away just as well.

God is not asking you to trust Joe Biden, He expects you to accept that HE sets up kings (and judges, and presidents) and He takes them down.

America needs a refresher on the definition of the word GOD.

God: The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator, and the sovereign of the universe

Remember the words of Asaph in Psalm 73 KJV, but let’s bring it closer to home and use America in the position of Israel, because in the history of the world, I would say America is the second most blessed nation there ever was.

73 Truly God is good to Israel (America) even to such as are of a clean heart.

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works

 

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