Is it just me, or do these posts seem to be getting longer? As long as at least one person is reading them, I will continue to write them.
This morning I was reading a passage in Job, that reminded me of something I saw yesterday.
Job 12:7-8, "But now ask the beasts and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you."
Yesterday morning, as I was taking out a bag of trash that had sat unattended over the weekend I notice a V shaped shadow on the pavement, and lifted my eyes just in time to see a flock of geese flying overhead.
They were bidding old Wisconsin farewell, and beginning their journey south, to warmer climates. I stood there watching until they were well out of sight, their departure making me sad, as I realized the warm weather was about to end. I started thinking about their graceful flight, how when the lead goose gets tired they rotate, and another takes his place, how they feel for one another in that when one goose falls out of formation, two others follow, and wait for that one until he returns to the flock, or they realize he is no longer able to continue the journey, then my thoughts went deeper still.
If geese, who are simple creations in comparison to mankind can feel when it's time to leave, if geese can sense through that inborn barometer with which they have been endowed that delaying their departure will mean certain death, why can't most Christians today discern that the darkness is approaching, that turbulent times are ahead, and that they must find shelter, and refuge in God before it is too late? Yes, sometimes even geese can teach us lessons on discerning the times and the seasons, and that in order to withstand the days ahead, we must prepare.
I figured the only way a goose would keep from leaving when he sensed he must, is if they were somehow trapped, or incapable of flight.
If the Christian today is weighed down by sin, trapped by the very trappings he thought would bring him freedom, then even though a small part of him might be crying out, he is unable to flee to safety, spiritually speaking, because he is unwilling to let go of the things that are holding him back. The things of this world have such a strong hold on some, that they override both sense and sensibility, and cloud the primary imperative stamped onto every human soul, that of knowing God. The temporary respite some find, in possessions or vices is just that, temporary, and the soul once more begins to cry out, 'leave this world behind, leave it now, and don't look back for only death can be found here.'
For some that inner voice is so troubling, that they spend an entire lifetime trying to find ways to disable it, or get rid of it altogether, rather than heeding the warning, and discovering repentance. Others go looking for answers, only to find a long line of now multi millionaires with their hand out, saying, 'we know the answers to your burning questions, but first you have to pay an admission fee.'
I realize the segue into the second part of this post was as graceful as a giant boulder rolling down a hill, but hopefully by the end of this post it will all come together quite nicely.
Apparently the 'god business' is under attack by the US Senate. I realize that some of you are already going, 'yep, they're starting to persecute the church', but the fact of the matter is, they are starting to persecute those who have for years now, made merchandise of God's house and God's Word, those who have mercilessly fleeced the sheep until there was no wool to be had, then went about butchering them for the lamb chops. Will this lead to a widespread and general persecution of Christendom? I believe the times are as such, that yes, eventually it will.
For now however, enough dissatisfied customers of the prosperity heresy have written letters to their congressmen and senators, that an official inquiry and investigation into the finances of six of the top ministries in the United States has been launched.
That's what happens when you make God a business, and you fill people's heads with unrealistic expectations of palatial estates, yachts, and Rolex watches, when you twist scripture to such an extent that it is no longer recognizable as scripture, simply to feed your own greed.
Is this persecution? No, not yet. It is the consequence of deception, the reckoning that is long overdue.
If I know the wolves, and I've been in ministry long enough to believe I do, soon you will see them portray themselves as martyrs for the cause of Christ, and those who are suffering persecution at the hands of evildoers. To believe that these people are being persecuted, or that they are martyrs, would be a great disservice to those who are truly being persecuted, and martyred.
God is not mocked, and sometimes He can even use something as corrupt as the United States Senate to bring judgment on those who profess Him with their lips, but reject Him in their hearts.
As the cold descends, some sheep seem to be waking up, realizing they've been left without wool. My hope and prayer is that some would be wise enough to come in from the cold, to bow at the foot of the cross, to leave behind the foolishness they have believed for so long, and embrace Christ, in simplicity, humility, and obedience.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.