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Suppressing Discomfort Brings Disaster

14 Oct

Recently a school district in Mississippi removed the classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” from their junior-high reading list. According to the school board president, Kenny Holloway, the reason for its removal was that “some of the book’s language makes people uncomfortable.”

The book, written in 1960, chronicles the lives of siblings Scout and Jem Finch as their lawyer father, Atticus Finch, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town. Despite evidence that proves the man’s innocence, the all-white jury finds him guilty.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” was Harper Lee’s first novel. Critically acclaimed, the book garnered Lee the 1961 Pulitzer Prize. It has been widely read both in and out of the public school system across the United States since its publication.

The subject of racial inequality is understandably the cause of much discomfort. It’s undeniable that it exists in this country. But the idea that people – especially children on the verge of adulthood – should be shielded from uncomfortable subject matter it dangerous.

People who are willing to only hear what they want to hear have no chance of improving. Improvement can only come when one realizes they are not what they should be and then takes the steps to improve. Used properly, discomfort is a stimulus that motivates us to make changes that make lives better for ourselves and for others.

Over the past few decades the United States has become a pleasure-seeking culture. We only want to experience things and be told things that make us feel good. Hence, the explosive influence of sex into virtually every aspect of our lives. Anything that causes emotional distress is seen as bad and sometimes even criminal.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the efforts we’ve seen in recent years by special-interest groups and government to remove God and the Bible from our society.

The Bible – God’s word to mankind – calls every member of the human race a sinner. And a hypocrite. And a liar. And sexually immoral. And selfish. The list goes on.

But people don’t want to hear negative things about themselves. Instead, they only want to hear words that make them feel good, regardless of whether those words are true or not. They want to think they’re wonderful and good just as they are.

As a result of the discomfort caused by the Bible, we’ve been removing God from our country as fast as we can. In the past few decades we’ve removed the teaching of creationism from our schools. We’ve removed the Bible from schools. We’ve criminalized prayer in schools. We’ve removed monuments of the Ten Commandments from public places. We’ve even removed references to the role religion, specifically Christianity, played in the history of the United States.

But we’re not done yet. There are on-going efforts to further remove God from our culture including removing the words “In God we trust” from our money and coinage.

All because people are offended by God’s word.

Each of us can choose how we’ll react to any information we receive. This includes how we react to what God says. We can choose to reject His words, and even to fight against them. Or we can choose to see them for what they really are – the truth.

Suppressing or ignoring the truth, even if it makes you uncomfortable, is never an appropriate response. Doing so may make you feel better about yourself, but a comfortable feeling built solely on lies is a precarious place to be.

Even worse, you’re only delaying the moment when you have to finally admit the truth about yourself to yourself. The longer you delay, the more disastrous the consequences once you inevitably do admit it.

The Bible certainly does make people uncomfortable – much more so than “To Kill A Mockingbird”. C.S. Lewis, the English philosopher who went from being a staunch atheist to being one of Christianity’s most ardent apologists, famously said: “If you want a religion to make you feel comfortable, I certainly do not recommend Christianity”.

God intentionally makes us uncomfortable for a reason. He wants us to know how broken we are. He wants us to realize that due to our brokenness – our sin – we’re headed for a horrific eternity in hell.

And He also wants us to know that He loves us has made a way for us to avoid such a fate.

The way God made for us is through the death of Jesus. As Jesus hung on the cross He became sin and took on the wrath due us because of our sin. As a result, everyone’s sin has been paid for. All you have to do is accept that payment.

If you do, then you are no longer seen as a sinner in God’s eyes. Instead, God will call you His son or daughter. And His heir. And His masterpiece. And blameless. And righteous. And holy. And beloved. And a citizen of heaven. The list goes on.

Telling ourselves lies will only lead to disaster. When it comes to lying to ourselves about our sinfulness, that disaster is eternal. We need to acknowledge what we are so we can change.

True change cannot happen without motivation. Our motivation to repent of our sins begins with being made uncomfortable by what we really are.

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There’ll Be No Excuses

16 Sep

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It seems that anytime Hilary Clinton has spoken over the past 10 months, she’s offered up a new excuse as to why she lost the presidential election last November. She’s blamed Russia, Bernie Sanders, sexism, and Fox News, among more than 50 others. She’s even blamed nebulous content farms in Macedonia.

I’m not sure about all that. But it seems to me that whenever we fail at something we have to take the blame for that failure ourselves. While the road to pursuing a goal is never easy, and there will be those who will stand in our way, it’s up to us to secure the outcome we desire.

Nowhere will that be more true than on Judgment Day.

Each of us will stand before God one day to give an account of the lives we lived here on earth. Everything that everyone has ever done has been recorded. At this final judgment of all mankind, God will open books containing a list of everyone’s deeds, whether good or evil [Revelation 20:12].

There will also be another book open (note, just one, not multiple like the books above) called the “Book of Life”. In it will be recorded all the people who, during their lifetime on earth, repented of their sins and accepted Jesus’ death as complete and final atonement for their sins. As a result, their sins will have been wiped from God’s record books and their name will have been written into the Book of Life.

Those who names are in this book will be declared “Not Guilty” by Jesus, our judge. And will enter into eternal bliss in heaven to be with Him forever.

Anyone whose name is not in the Book of Life will be cast away from God’s presence into hell for all eternity. There they will retain their sin nature and live amongst the billions and billions of other human beings who did likewise. For all eternity this massive amount of people will keep sinning, creating a never-ending life of misery for themselves and each other.

Note that during this judgment scene, none of the accused (that’s us) speak. No one will be asked to offer a defense. There’ll be no need. God has recorded everything we’ve been doing, saying, and thinking since the day we were born. He has it all written down.

If your name is not in the Book of Life you will have no choice but to take responsibility for your own decision while on this earth. You aren’t going to be able to blame the New York Times, or Joe Biden, or Fake News like Hilary Clinton.

Unlike Hilary, you’ll have to own up to your own failure – your failure to repent of your sins and accept God’s no-strings-attached offer of complete forgiveness through Jesus Christ. You won’t be able to blame your teachers. Or your parents. Or the government. Or some celebrity for giving you bad information.

When standing before God on Judgment Day there will be only brutal truth. There’ll be no excuses.

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Company Plans On Implanting Microchip In Employees

24 Jul

A company in Wisconsin is going to embed microchips in the hands of their employees starting in August.

The chip will allow the employees to open security doors, pay for items in the cafeteria, and login to their computers without cards or passwords.

The CEO of the company says: “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, ALL PURCHASING OPPORTUNITIES, etc., We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems, much like micro markets have steadily replaced vending machines.” (emphasis mine)

He’s right.

About 2,000 years ago God told John – one of Jesus’ disciples – to write the book of Revelation. In it, He described a time coming on earth where the economy would be controlled by a world-wide government ruled by a single human being – the Antichrist. Only those who pledge allegiance to the Antichrist will be allowed to buy or sell (Revelation 13:16-18).

Those who do pledge such allegiance will take “the mark of the beast [the Antichrist]” on their hand or forehead. Exactly what this mark would be was a mystery for centuries. But with the advent of scannable tattoos and embedable technology, such as described in this article, the prophecy in Revelation is clearly possible today.

With all economic transactions taking place electronically, it will be very simple for commerce to be controlled. All someone has to do is click a box on a webpage to turn on or turn off the chip embedded in someone’s hand, thus allowing or preventing that person from buying or selling.

While the chips that this company is embedding are optional, people alive when the Antichrist implements this technology will not have a choice. They will have to take the mark of the beast or they will be penniless, homeless, hungry, and destitute.

But there’s a catch.

By taking the mark of the beast, a person becomes the enemy of Jesus as the Antichrist will be vehemently against God and those who believe in Him (this is why the Bible calls him the “anti” christ).

This is just another specific, prophecy in the Bible that is coming true. Considering all that have already come true, one cannot doubt that the Bible is truly the word of God.

If you’re alive when this happens – don’t take the mark. Repent of your sin and stay faithful to Jesus. Better to lose everything on this earth – including your life – than to join forces with the Antichrist and end up in hell for all eternity.

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