Saturday, November 08, 2008

Winds of Change

No need to mention the outcome of the recent American presidential elections since the whole known universe is all too aware of the results. But, "change" is on the wind. The whole world is clamoring for change. And for good cause. With the never ending war on terror and all it's outward manifestations,( ie. people dying and suffering and bleeding), with the economies of the world teetering on the brink of complete disaster, with the cost of living around the globe continuing to squeeze every ones budgets like an ever tightening noose.

Change is what we all want, change is what we need, how convenient that the new American president elect has offered it at such a time as this in history. But, just what kind of change, remains to be seen.

If you think about it, the past almost 8 years have given us so much change it's enough to make your head spin. So in all reality the proposition of change being heralded today, is change that's supposed to change the change, that has already occurred, right? I mean hardly anyone is happy with how things have gone during the past eight years. Who wants wars and rumors of wars? Who wants a failed economy? No one in their right mind!

The world wants a
savior , someone who will undo all the damage that has been wrought over the past 8 years. Change is what we all want. Right? But, undefined change is relative. My idea of change might not necessarily be your idea of change. One mans change might be another mans nightmare. A campaign based on undefined "change" is brilliant. It appeals to all people who are fed up. Fed up with the changes that have been brought about since 911 and the Bush administration.

How convenient that at virtually the same time change is being heralded by a
$450 million dollar presidential campaign a "new world financial order" is being called for out of the seeming disorder of the current world economic system.

Mankind insists on building their empires and trying to find their own way to heaven. They kick God out and say "I'm doing it my way".

Recently a nearby town had a wake up call at the local high school. There was a couple bomb threats and a death threat on several of the students. The death threat said that the kids named would be shot at noon the following day or something like that. As a precaution the young people named on the list were pulled out of school and one of them reenlisted in a different school district. Two suspects were being held for the bomb threat but, none had been implicated in the death threat as of the other day.

Kelli and I had breakfast at our local diner and this scare was being openly discussed by all the patrons. People wondered about the motives, was it all some kind of sick prank or were they really dealing with some disturbed individuals? After we left the restaurant I pondered the discussions we had just heard in the diner and I said to Kelli, "What do we expect, when we remove the idea of God from the schools, banish the ten commandments and tell kids they come from monkeys?" What do we expect when we remove all semblance of a higher authority? A kid might say, "just because the principle and the teachers say I can't shoot my fellow classmates what makes it wrong?" "Who are you to tell me what is right or what is wrong?" "Who are you to define morality?" With out a higher standard our kids have learned that it's all relative. The lines between right and wrong have been not just blurred but, erased. After all, what is right? What is wrong?

It's the same thing with society. We've banned God from public discussion. We want to go our own way. Define our own rules. We want change. We want things to be good again. So we look to man made solutions and systems. Just like in the days of the Tower of Babel we seek to find our own way to heaven. We set up high places. We look to earthly saviors or worldly wisdom to bring about the change we all so desperately want. It will never work. It cannot. Just like every empire that ever came before it will crumble.

The bible tells that false messiahs will come before the one true messiah, Jesus, really comes. It's been said that bank tellers aren't taught to study counterfeits to know what one looks like, they are taught to study the real thing and then, when they see a counterfeit they'll know it when they see it. In the same way those of us who know the true messiah will know when an impostor comes on the scene. This new messiah is not "the one" as so many have been suggesting. He's just one of the many false Christs that are foretold in the bible that are to come.

The true messiah will and does bring real and lasting change. But, we don't have to wait until the second coming, we can have it right now. When we except Him (Jesus) as our personal savior true change starts in the heart and spills over into the world around us. That's the "change" the world really needs.

Until Next Time


Blogger jayedee said...

may i just say, AMEN?

10:20 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Yes you may. Thanks for the Amen!

5:53 PM  

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