Weapons of Hope

This culture is weaponized to destroy our children, and it is systematically designed to do it. What weapons you ask? Consider or public schools, the media, political groups, liberal corporate entities. They all have their role in promoting abortion, homosexuality, racism, transgenderism, and the weakening of parental control. They promote, foul language, sexual innuendos, injustice, the twisting of truth, and all the other vices of wickedness. But I’m not complaing, however, because it’s crazy to think that something created good and controlled by a godless culture will remain good, even when or if it begins well. Public education, for example, began with reading, writing and arithmetic, lessons designed for the betterment of all. But we all know now how Satan’s warriors have diluted the good and introduced the bad. Eventually all man made things fail in society. Castles crumble, empires fall, ideals like fashions become passe. Conservatives by nature are try to preserve the past and liberals push to destroy it with progressive idealism, but each fail miserably.

Still what is true, and good, and righteous can never be changed. God’s word for instance. It cannot be changed. People can twist it to say things like black people are OK to own, but eventually truth is revived and we relearn “all men are created equal in God’s eyes.”

So while the world often sucks, and the powers to be can be rightfully blamed for its demise, I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful because what is good and perfect and righteous can never be exterminated. And for those of us who believe in redemption, Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and raising us to eternal life through faith, well, life in a fallen world is not so unbearable; although we often groan for something better. We enjoy our eternal position because God called us to it. We love our neighbors, we love our lives and we fight against the culture that consistently destroys itself from within. This is living.

It’s Sunday Oct 24th, 2021

Have mercy, have mercy on me cried Bartimaeus the blind man as Jesus walked by. But some tried to keep the blind man quiet. Consequently he yelled even louder. Jesus finally heard him as he drew near and said to the others,”call him here!” Then Jesus asked the man, “what can I do for you?” The man said, “I want to regain my sight,” and Jesus replied, “go your faith has made you well.” What a nice story right, a Hallmark ending.

But I noticed something new from this old story today. The blind man did something we don’t see too often. He cried out for mercy. But why? I’m pretty sure Bartimaeus had not attended church, bible studies, seminary, or even met Jesus before. He hadn’t read articles or saw Jesus on the cover of Time Magazine. But he must have known that Jesus was capable of restoring to him his sight. He was simply begging for mercy, asking Jesus to do for him something that he could not do for himself.

If you are not a Christian already, haven’t you heard all your life about this man Jesus? This is America. You know way more about Jesus than this man did, what’s your excuse? You know Christians like me believe he was crucified and rose from the dead, I’ve not been shy about my faith. I said before that He healed the sick, restored the sight of the blind, raised the dead, and ascended to heaven. I know you have heard mercy is at the core of forgiveness and your life is far from glorious perfection, right? This Jesus guy said, if the blind will turn to me and have faith, they will be made to see. He said if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can move mountains. So why not cry out for mercy yourself? If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. Are you perishing? Or is Jesus calling you? I’m telling you He is nearby! So scream “Mercy.” Scream it till He hears you. Faith and mercy are at the core of receiving your sight and His eternal forgiveness.

Have a blessed sunday.

The Metaverse

The real world is nuts. But if you think things are bad in reality what about this “metaverse” every company is talking about?

Right now the metaverse is essentially a digital universe where people can buy clothes for the avatar they create. The idea is to create an alternative you to live in a world the imagination designs. It’s a place where you get to decide who you want to be. So if you want to be the good guy or the creep, it’s up to you. Sounds cool right? But what can be more sinister than letting you have your way?

They say the digital universe has no rules, right? How wrong you are! In the real world we have laws, a constitution, historical norms, biblical traditions. But in the metaverse corporations set the rules. They set the boundaries. This is why CEO’s are so excited. In this space they can shape your mind, distort your reality and totally get away with it. But I won’t blame them for all the worlds ills. In this space our own alter egos will allow us to be rapists or thieves, woke or conservative, Godly creatures or heathen devils. This makes the identity crisis of today like playing with Barbie dolls. The consequences of our actions in the metaverse will be “moderated” by corporations,  much like Facebook does today. Does this sound fun? Imagination will have the freedom to shape the digital world. Its morals, its margins, its beliefs, its ideals will be regulated and supervised by corporate elites. This is why Zuckerberg and others are pushing their companies toward the metaverse. In some cases the metaverse will just be like a fun video game, but if silicon valley builds it, it will likely be a place like Hell; a social experiment that has little upside.

I think about this stuff and I’m warning you, the real world has enough troubles of its own.