LOOK WHAT “THEY” DO
Who can endure today’s dilemmas found in the divisions, the waste and turmoil in the media, the Church and governments, entertainment, education and families—even in nature? THEY can. Who? There are two kinds of THEY, the active and the inactive — the ordered and disordered. Some cause chaos and strife; some prevent. Who’s in charge?
The active (THEY) appear in great numbers. THEY are noisy, smug and rebellious. THEY don’t abide by traditional Christian principles — the Order of do-and-do-not. THEY dominate with their preferences and their selfish narcissistic opinions used to control people and programs. THEY avoid distress and discomfort. Their interpretations are relative. THEY are friendly only to those who fit their profile. THEY are worldly.
The inactive (THEY) live in denial. THEY are silent, some finding peace in their own righteousness, in their own space on Sundays keeping their pew warm. THEY hide in their comfort zones and their planned events, dodging disturbing realities appearing in plain sight. THEY uphold a busy schedule. THEY sidestep even the obvious, destructive dynamics, and the noisy extremists. To avoid confrontation, THEY overlook moral and spiritual violations. THEY dodge their part in significant obligations as parents, teachers, etc. THEY too easily ignore the offenses made against innocence, justice and decency – “it is better not to look, to not see or be seen!” What are they afraid of?
History records that there are lukewarm-THEY, being neither hot or cold (Revelation 3: 15, 16). Very few of the faithful-THEY are on the front lines AND get next-to-no assistance from other Christian warriors. Single-handedly, the hot-THEY fight to uphold peace and safety. Eventually many who watch chaos on the sidelines will join-in when it arrives in the backyard.
Be it up or down, there is a DIFFERENCE. By being loud and gritty, the active-THEY intimidate. THEY contrive against what is hallowed. THEY are a dominating force-to-be-followed -- outside of the Will of God. These “dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory are more precious than a small and short-lived folly” (Ecclesiastes 10: 1). The other THEY foolishly do not see their privileged authority: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4: 4). If He (God) is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8: 31).
The noisy-THEY become more deceptive in their time, picking illusive preferences and getting caught in delusions, escaping God’s Order. This is opposite of the other THEY who can clearly be in-the-lead through the Power of God, where all things are possible (Mark 9: 23). The silent-THEY don’t recognize their Holy Spirit power yet THEY have a Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16-20) to come against what comes against Absolute Truth, “all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). THEY need to speak up! The family needs their voice to survive, and to prevent the critical demise and deterioration of unity, tradition, obligations, virtues, peace and holiness.
There’s power for good if good is sought, but, getting into one voice to uphold and defend Absolute Truth is difficult for Christians. Why? Professing, teaching and evangelizing is worthy -- something to be hailed considering how Almighty God promises success — when He is invited. Awaken! As an example of faithfulness, study the reluctant warrior Gideon, who overcame doubt to answer God’s call on his life (Judges 6-8).
Come against the rebels, the angry and proud liars, cheaters and killers, against the-THEY who target freedoms, human rights and pursuits for happiness, even the helpless unborn. THEY manipulate laws, remove reason, sound standards, doctrines, principles and expectations that the innocent and vulnerable minds (especially the young) need to know and love. “That’s too harsh.” No, dissent from God’s Order is harsh! Disorder (sin) is the sticky syrup seeping into the spirit, the mind, body and heart to rob, kill and destroy. Who can survive that?
Who will confront the deviants who take over the streets, the media and entertainment, the various levels of authority, who twist, omit and attack the Word of God AND history, its events and heroes? Call it all destruction, i.e., some young boys in some nations are taught to hate an enemy, to aim a rifle at them and shoot to kill. How can THEY be softened so that their consciences are cleared of hate? Globally find adults and children addicted to sports, food, drugs, alcohol, even cartoons and movie characters, violent video games, bullying, the ways of opulence, secular humanism, mysticism, witchcraft/occultism. How can THEY be released of such bondages?
Who can help? The THEY who are faithful can present Jesus, the Savior! THEY can rescue those held in bondage by using Truth, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5: 22, 23). Good flows out of intercessions and sacrifices. Good is supplied by the Holy Spirit who engages with His power — when invited.
THIS IS HUGE: Disorder causes consequence on the ground and in the sky. The earth shakes, rumbles and erupts because whatever is outside of God’s statutes and decrees is sure to become an abomination. Disorder defiles the planet, it vomits-out the inhabitants (Leviticus 20: 22). What does that look like? Watch and see the volcanoes, mudslides, hail, earthquakes, floods, fires – global storms – famines and pestilence – where survival, safety and beauty diminish.
Why does God allow “natural” disasters? All the THEY are made from the dust of the earth, sharing life with, on and through creation BUT carry-around a powerful Freewill whereas nature reacts amid those who groom it according to God’s Order. A clash is sure to occur between the rebellious, stiff-necked-disobedient-THEY and nature that naturally maintains its intended purpose. As sin prevails, the intensity of global disorder surges with pollution, plagues and famines. Nature reflects how each THEY maintain life – physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Study the turmoil causing persecutions, tyranny and hypocrisy. Find the roots: lies, pride, anger, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and laziness. Know what to avoid. Study how aligning with God’s Covenant guarantees His protection whereas removing Him from homes, schools, medical fields, vows/courts/government and lifestyles encourages the cantankerous-THEY to dominate. With Satan at the helm, the misled-THEY will blanket the nations with dreadful darkness, division, destruction, depression and despair – evil that is difficult to restrain.
The manipulating-THEY control others with their pride, lies, idolatry, sorcery, division, hatred, strife, jealousy, anger, dissensions, disruptions and intimidation. Disorder (sin) gives darkness a throne. Disorder restricts the innocent, nullifies creative minds and taints the future of every age, creed and race. Disorder obscures traditional, cultural and natural norms, the moral and social platforms originally intended for resolutions, safety and comfort in being alive. Disorder champions confusion, negligence and inferiority-complex, fear, timidity and anxiety.
On the grand scale, a definitive example of disorder is CERN (The Large Hadron Collider /LHC in Geneva, Switzerland), where eager scientists seek to open portals to other dimensions, to deal with dark matter, to reconstruct the “big bang,” and to find the “God-particle”! How revolting! CERN’s determined enthusiasts go nose-to-nose with God, competing with Him just like Lucifer who became the-Satan, he who seeks to control the earth and its inhabitants. (CERN was tagged in 2017 with causing a 3.2 magnitude earthquake.)
Now what? Is there any hope? Yes. First, humbly submit to God’s Order. Repent, then, follow Him. Praise and thank Him.
Second, recognize the enemy. Avoid the unseen forces of powers and principalities (Ephesians 6: 10-12) who use people as pawns to rebel against our one-and-only great joy and wonder given in the beginning of time – Almighty God. Discern right from wrong!! Know the Lord!
Third, read Sacred Scripture – daily. It is the Who’s-Who and How-to Manual. The Bible reveals how history repeats itself. It reveals a safe refuge found in God’s Covenant, how He provides and how THEY are asked to agree, then live as His willing and faithful children. Unfortunately, history reveals how the stiff-necked-THEY are more comfortable being rebellious than obedient.
Fourth, be warriors wearing God’s armor (Ephesians 6:13-18: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit). Then, enter the battle of good against evil. Active combat is expected 24/7. Read Psalm 91 for confidence.
Five, be prayerful (unceasingly) as apostles, prophets, parents and teachers to praise, thank, heal, lead, teach, comfort, guide and protect. Let the tongue speak, but be careful-as-you-go: “Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are nevertheless directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot determines” (James 3: 4). Clearly, prayers said to Almighty God bring forth almighty answers. Be specific. Pray out-loud.
Six, activate. Activate as the commissioned-up-and-ready Ambassadors of Christ (Galatians 6: 10-17; Matthew 28: 18-20). Seek to find the Way, Truth and Life (Matthew 7: 7). Be “more than conquerors” (Romans 8: 37), well-supplied with God’s enduring love, coming against what comes against Him and one another. Discern all spirits using critical thinking and good judgment, reason and logic. Use faith, hope and charity, prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude (courage), wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Holy Spirit powers are freely given. When the THEY ask, the THEY receive (Matthew 21: 22).
Seven, take hold of all the halls of education where minds are formed, there where the ways of the world can easily dominate without much notice from the community. Get involved!
There is no value in being naïve, ignorant or lazy, or living in fear. There is always value in giving God His due in praise and thanksgiving, in joy and obedience! In faithfulness, be the THEY who live and love in Absolute Truth.
Which THEY are THEE?