Living In An Upside Down World

(A Repost from September 2018)

“Truth isn’t truth,” “alternative facts,” and we are told to not believe what we see with our eyes or what we hear with our ears. Does this sound strange to you? Whether you are aware or not, we are living in an upside down world. What was once absolute, is no longer absolute, and what once was considered evil or even shameful, is now considered good and something to be embraced and celebrated.

This world is rapidly changing. All we have to do is look around. As I was doing my walk at this park, I noticed that the bathrooms are no longer marked with one for women and one for men, now they are both marked “All Gender Restroom”.  All gender? I thought there were only two genders, male and female. How did we get here? We left the word of God, the Bible, the Holy Bible. We exchanged the truth of God for a lie.

So, then who or what determines truth if we are untethered to “The Truth” – Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6a  His truth doesn’t change with the times or circumstances. His truth provides our moral compass.

To live in this upside down world, I believe:

  • We have to, we must return to the word of God, for he alone is unchanging, and his word alone provides the key to life.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 ESV

  • We must value the word of God, rely on it as our authority and guide for living.   “The only authority in the universe is God, and the expression of  his authority is in the Word of God.” John MacArthur

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16 NASB

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 KJV

  • We must daily read our Bibles to intentionally have our minds indoctrinated with the ways of God rather than the way of the world. Doing this daily, will aid to sensitize us through the Spirit to stay on the right course.

I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 NASB

And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14 NASB

  • We must obey the word.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and at once forgets what he was like. James 1:22-24 ESV

  • We must teach our children what the word of God says, and what the word of God requires of them. If we do not pass on what we have learned, it would be as if we are sending our children out into the world without survival gear.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV

Recently, our church discussed catechizing our children. A catechism is a learning tool in the form of questions and answers for instruction of Christians. Here is one recommended source,  A Catechism For Boys and Girls | The Reformed Reader.  This catechism includes scripture reference.

And finally,

  • We must have and share the love of Christ because we know that we all need the light of his word and his Spirit to see. Having the knowledge of Jesus Christ without the compassion and love of Christ means nothing. Christ died for us because we all are  sinners, and only he could save us from the penalty of our sin.

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 NLT

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. I Corinthians 13:1-2 ESV

Is Re-Election That Important?

I’m guessing that most of us have seen footage of what was a most dreadful day in the United States of America, January 6th. After being able to finally close the door to the year 2020, we found ourselves watching an unbelievable scene of an unhinged and fired up mob descending upon the U.S. Capitol with the intention of stopping the certification of the presidential electoral count.

Normally, this happens every four years without a hitch. It’s a rather routine event that is not normally televised. But because the outgoing president refused to accept the results, and had convinced his supporters that if he lost, the election was rigged. President Trump planted that seed long before the November election to his very loyal supporters. These supporters believed everything he said. These supporters, unbeknownst to most of them, were taken up into his cultic personality who claimed one day:

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, President Trump would capitalize on their loyalty.

The scene was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but I had expected something like this would happen because President Trump had been riling up the discontent of his followers which included white supremacy groups. So on January 6th, upon a direct invitation by the President to come and “Stop the Steal”, thousands of his followers showed up at his rally to do just that, and upon hearing the president’s charge to march down to the capitol to stop the certification of the electoral votes.

The mob marched down Pennsylvania Avenue just as their Commander in Chief had instructed to “fight like hell” for their country. They broke down barricades, beat the police, broke windows and breached the capitol building looking for Vice President Pence, who the president said could overturn the results. They also hunted for Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

After hours of this display of anger, and the mob finally left, the House of Representatives and the Senate were able to complete their constitutional duty and certified the election results. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were certified as the winners of the offices of the President and Vice-President.

The U.S. House of Representatives made a decision to respond to the President’s incitement of this insurrection and his dereliction of duty with an impeachment. Last month, the House succeeded in impeaching President Trump; however, the decision was made to delay the Senate’s trial of impeachment. This delay would mean President Trump would no longer be in office.

Yesterday, February 9, 2021, the Senate Impeachment trial began. After the House Managers and the President’s defense team both presented their case as to the constitutionality of proceeding, the majority ruled that conducting the trial of the former president was indeed constitutional.

Today, during the impeachment trial the House Managers showed video footage detailing the timelines of the President’s words and the responses of the insurrectionists. Seeing the footage in context of what was going on at the time along with the President’s words and the mob’s responses was disturbing.

However, I learned through some media accounts that many of the GOP Senators were tuned out, and just wanted to get to the vote. They are ready to acquit the former president even though their very lives were in danger, even though people died and many officers were injured.

To me the case presented thus far by the House Managers was compelling. My question to the GOP senators, why would you not want to be honest jurors? Where is the outrage for what happened? Shouldn’t the former president be held accountable? Will a January exception always be acceptable? Is your own re-election that important?