It is impossible to take a look at current events without believing that the world is rapidly spinning off its axis. The hideous insanity of today’s obscenity in London, where two subhumans hacked an innocent soldier to death in the name of their false prophet, should serve as a warning sign to all that madness has descended on the earth to a level seldom seen before in man’s sordid history. Here in our own land, the madness of a completely out of control, arrogant and contemptuous government spying on its own citizens, hassling innocents in the name of political correctness and generally acting like a pathetic schoolyard bully should also serve as a red flag to anyone who has taken the red pill. We live in insane times.
It is lamentable that in times like these, so many who should know better are consumed with trivial pursuits that mean nothing and bring nothing to the table save yet another round of self-aggrandizing, self-promoting vainglory. One side provokes the other, the other responds in like kind, the trolls on both sides of the bridge hurl their bile and all the while nothing is accomplished. It is a game played by both sides, one in which there are no winners except those who through it garner yet another round of shoe leather fellatio from their adoring followers. The goal ought to be never becoming what we profess to oppose. Indeed, this is being accomplished. Unfortunately, the accomplishment is being even worse than what we profess to oppose.
We have seen nature’s fury these past few days; something which ought to humble us all and bring into full perspective that which truly matters. Instead, after momentary tongue-clucking and self-promoting charity exercises it’s back to business as usual, with left and right berating each other while playing to an adoring crowd within their respective echo chambers. There is much talk about changing the culture, breaking out of the aforementioned echo chamber and not applying litmus tests to one another in order to determine who is and is not on our side. Why, then, is there such an overwhelming amount of playing to the crowd, reciting the same tired lines and doing nothing that genuinely reaches out to others with a message of anything except endless reruns of what everyone else is currently saying?
We wear Scripture tattoos on our arms, but do we bear the wounds of Christ on our bodies? Do we see the world in terms of right and wrong based on political preference and not as a collection of individuals who, like ourselves, are in desperate need of a loving Savior? Do we truly know that Jesus died for everyone? Do we even care?
Are we coming to grips with the reality of how Christ calls us not to a life of luxury and adoration, but rather sacrifice and service to all? Do we understand and put into action simple gestures such as actually helping one another in the menial tasks of life as well as what we perceive to be great and glorious? Many aspire to stand beneath a spire, preaching from the pulpit where they dispense pearls of wisdom, grace and truth to a mesmerized congregation. Very few are equally eager to clean the church restroom.
It is time to reevaluate thinking; to re-examine priorities and put into action the principles and goals we assign to conservatism. For those of us who believe, it is time to begin boldly proclaiming the Word of God along with analysis of political events, philosophies and personalities. It is time to put into action the principles of Christ’s love, reaching out to all with genuine compassion, care and concern regardless of whether doing so earns us brownie points in the eyes of others or advances our career. It is time to lift up and support those who are dedicating their lives to sharing the Good News without regard to whether this pads our resume or garners a greater following. It is not the separation of church and state we should vigorously oppose. Rather, it is the separation of church and statements we make through our lives, words and deeds when we preach politics but fail to preach the Prince of Peace and practice what He has instructed us to do. We eagerly recoil in public horror at the abomination that is Gosnell. Are we equally eager to publicly share the Gospel?
Confront evil with full force, yet with the unshakable belief that Christ’s power can overcome even the hardest hearts. We need to strive toward being a consistent witness, not fearfully hiding our faith and bringing it out for public consideration only when it seems to be the least offensive to others. By doing so, we not only make ourselves look hypocritical by being afraid of stating what we believe, but we also make God look like an utter weakling. A very dangerous path to pursue.
Jesus was a man of action when He walked this earth, zealously and directly opposing those who said one thing and hypocritically did another while reaching out with compassion to society’s misfits – the prostitutes, the tax collectors. He made a whip, turned over tables and drove the moneychangers out of the Temple. He physically put Himself between the woman caught in adultery and the crowd with rocks in their hands itching for the opportunity to stone her. We must do likewise.
Like Him, we must zealously oppose those who say they are with us but whose actions and words reveal them to be anything but. Yet at the same time, we should reach out with compassion and genuine love to those on the other side of the aisle no matter who on our side it may aggravate. We serve a mighty, or to be more accurate the Almighty, God. We should not get in the way of His flexing His muscle.
The world needs love, not another lecture. The world needs Jesus Christ, not jostling to curry favor with fanbois and gurrls. The world needs us refusing to make every battle a pitched personal as well as political conflict. The world needs our complete witness, both telling it about Jesus and living a life worthy of His sacrifice for us on the cross.
This is how we can fight the madness.