Beginning Monday here I am going to begin a series of posts that presents, dissects, and evaluates two extremely revealing interviews conducted by Steve Deace of WHO Radio. Both interviews are going to leave you chafed, chagrined, and confused. These feelings will not come from Steve; those are the feelings he has after conducting the interviews. Now Steve has great moral clarity on what happens and does a great job analyzing it, nevertheless the responses of Michael Reagan and Richard Land will no doubt cause in you the same feelings that Steve had after conducting and I had after listening to the interviews.
As I sat and tried to figure out how we had come to this place in Christian America (I know it’s an oxymoron) the Holy Spirit revealed to me that my vision had become blurred. I found this unattributed quote on the internet of that was fitting for what I was feeling:
“Sometimes in our confusion, we see not the world as it is, but the world though eyes blurred by the mind.”
What causes my blurred vision when I look across the political landscape of America? Quite simply it is political pragmatism, which in and of itself is not a bad thing, but when I allow it to overcome and replace my personal pietism then I am seeing the world through eyes blurred by the my mind.
So how do I maintain clear vision or what I describe on my blog as bringing political and moral clarity into the fog of political correctness?
You know the answer; go ahead and say it! That’s right…the Bible; God’s Holy Word is what clear up all confusion in our minds. The Apostle Paul reminds us:
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Confusion is a normal response when calamity comes to our lives and it blurs our minds causing our eyes to see the world through our circumstances instead of seeing it as it really is. How do we overcome such confusion? No doubt David was feeling confused when he found himself held captive by the Philistines and yet he was still able to write Psalm 56 claiming:
“In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3)
David’s question in verse 3 is one we need to constantly be asking ourselves when facing even the possibility of the downfall of the United States. I hear everyday that America’s demise is coming and that brings great fear and confusion to many. But what if that did happen? How should born-again Christians face this possibility?
The last line in the chorus of Caedmon’s Call song “Faith My Eyes” comes back to me when I wonder how to deal with the circumstances in life, no matter what it is:
“And I’ll walk with grace my feet and faith my eyes.”
If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, what can anything on earth do to you or as David ask, “what can flesh do to me?” The worse possible thing is death and yet for the saved soul it is the beginning of eternal paradise.
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’” (Luke 14:23)
Did you catch Jesus’ first word? Assuredly.
If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, can you not trust in Him to give you grace like heavenly manna to walk through the darkness of this evil world?
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Jesus is with me.
If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, can you not know that you can see not with eyes of doubt but with eyes of faith?
“So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’” (Acts 26:15-18)
He is Jesus. Has He opened your eyes? Has He turned your darkness to light? Has He turned you from the power of Satan to God?
HE IS JESUS!
Shout that out loud! Go outside and shout out: “HE IS JESUS!”
We sing in church this chorus:
The Lord is my light and my salvation,
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear,
The Lord is the stronghold of my life,
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?
Oh yes Bro Dave I love that song! Yes but do you know those are David’s words?!
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
Beloved I am not yelling at you; please remember that I am allowing you to eavesdrop on God’s conversations with me and last night His voice was deafening loud to me even though He was whispering within my soul.
And He whispers “Go back to my Word my son. Rest your weary soul in Me. Fear not for I am with you forever.”
And he makes me weep; I am weeping now as I write this.
Rest in His Word beloved.
I pray you have a very blessed weekend and please remember to go to church on Sunday.
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