Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Living In the Midst of a Rebellious Age

Rebellion of heart blinds men to their downfall, and the consequences of said rebellion. I’ve had conversations with runaways who were neither abused, beaten, verbally harassed, nor made to feel anything less than a beloved son or daughter, living in squalor, dirty and hungry and cold, huddled under dingy bridges, yet telling themselves over and over again that they are better off this way.

We lie to ourselves often enough, consistently enough, and with as much conviction as we can muster, and eventually we start to believe our own lies.

Many today look at the society our rebellion has vomited into existence, and continually tell themselves that we are better off than our parents and grandparents. Who needs affection when you have Twitter? Who needs love when you have Facebook? Who needs a loving, caring, involved two parent home when you have streaming video and on demand movies?

Some have even taken to looking back on the idyllic times of yesteryear and mocking them ceaselessly, because it’s just absurd to consider a family sitting down for dinner together, holding hands, saying a prayer, talking about their day, and being involved in each other’s lives.

We have entered an age wherein the notion of affection is neither implied nor expected. Love, and the notion thereof have become a punch line, and the notion of family, is as abstract and foreign to many, as molecular biology. Everything is boiled down to animalistic rutting, inflated egos, and constant feelings of entitlement.

Those who would cling to the basic ideas of family, of true love, of lifelong commitment, of God, of Christ, of righteousness, of wholesomeness, of decency and yes, even humanity, are openly mocked and ridiculed as though their actions could readily be likened to some simpleminded child’s attempt to catch butterflies with a fishing net.

I’ve even met individuals who’ve been browbeaten into feeling shame for having a loving family, well behaved children, or in other words, just being what would have passed for normal as little as a decade ago.

Countless individuals have been made to feel like the odd man out. They’ve been made to feel like a circus freak and an oddity just because they’re still together, because they still fight to keep their family intact and put food on the table.

How is it that we are still aghast, or wonder at how the most gruesome things and the most heinous acts can be perpetrated by young and old alike in our age when we have stripped society of the very notions of morality, godliness, or virtue?

Rather than be something to aspire toward, these things have become something to be mocked and ridiculed. Rather than promote virtue as an ideal, we call perversion the new normal and see nothing untoward in having our children inundated with it day in and day out.

When did it become accepted practice in this country to look down on someone because they go to church, or because their family is still intact?

We have taken to calling good evil and evil good, not realizing that by doing so we are creating the instrument of our own demise.  

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.


Anonymous said...

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
I hearkened and heard, but no man repented him if his wickedness, saying, What have I done? everyone turned to his course, as the horse rushes into battle.Jeremiah 7
The church in order not to offend the wicked have rejected God's salt and replaced it with their sugar
With their works of the fkesh they build their latest idol, a Dr. Ben Carson to fix what cannot be fixed.
Do they really think that God is impressed with their unrepentant ways?
Marcel in Florida.

Anonymous said...

I meant to include Jeremiah chapter 8 along with chapter 7.It reveals how we are repeating the same sins as God's people before.
Only difference is that we have managed to collect and serve mire idols than they did.Just like then they won't listen. As Solomon wrote; "Nothing new under the sun".

Anonymous said...

As in the days of Noah...

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Yes, it is bad but He will never leave or forsake those who have and love Truth and who are Baptized into Christ (not water baptism). In fact they will get more. By their obedience to Christ: the Anointing, they will glorify God. Though we have never seen Him we come out and be seperated unto Him.

Pastor and prophet have left Truth. The love of money, the approval of men and the ways of the world has replaced wisdom and understanding. The traditions of men blind the eyes of those who would enter in. Yet, there is a remnant.

The Lord our God will set a table in the presence of our enemies for those who are worthy to escape wrath. Few love Truth enough to forsake their ways to find it.

Hebrews 10:25... exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Exhort to what? Good works? No. Be full of the Holy Spirit; the oil of the Spirit that leads into all Truth.


meema said...

Vance Havner

Hear the word of the Lord.
Isaiah 1:10

We need to recover Isaiah’s thundering call from the mothballs where we have relegated it. The first chapter could be proclaimed, with a few names changed, to America and be strictly up to date. Surely our people “doth not consider.”

Surely the moral putrefaction Isaiah portrayed (vs.5, 6) smells just as bad in our land. And God hates our Sunday-morning religion without reality as much as He despised the sham formalities of Judah (vs. 11:15). Religion is popular nowadays, but we will not put away evil and learn to do well (vs. 16, 17). We want a religion that involves no break with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Still, God invites us to reason with Him (v. 18). We reason within ourselves and among ourselves, but we do not want to accept God’s reasoning. We want to be saved on our terms, not His.

When America is willing to turn from sin to God and accept His provision, willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land. If not, we shall be devoured with the sword, for “the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

Anonymous said...

Preach it, Brother Michael, preach it!!! My thoughts go instantly to II Timothy 3:1-3"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. . . . "