By John Miltenberger
I personally don’t think we can afford to “try on” socialism for the next 4 or 8 years and simply bounce back if we don’t like it.
Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. ….” [Jeremiah 6:16; NASB]
So far, 2020 has been a year of great change, as was predicted late in 2019. And the changes are far from over! I’m sure everyone would agree, 2020 is not a ‘snoozer’. With just a little over a month until the election in this country, doubtless probably the most pivotal election(s) in our entire history, many thoughts come to mind. For me, many of these thoughts are almost like a rotating menu that keeps cycling through, with daily or weekly updates. It is exciting and exasperating all at once. But indeed, we are the ones called to be alive at this time.
I don’t understand how non-Christians navigate these times. I suspect most of them get their notions of what’s happening by watching the mainline news media sources. I feel genuinely sorry for them, for they are being lied to by a globalist, media cabal. Even worse, many of them simply don’t care enough to try to find the truth because it is more difficult at the end of their day than just popping onto the boob tube and mindlessly sucking down the lies along with their beer and pizza. What could go wrong? Sadly, they vote – well some of them at least.
We Americans have always had the global market cornered on naiveté. We are traditionally reactive rather than proactive, even to the extend of looking blind. Almost all of our wars have been begun that way (i.e.: Pearl Harbor), and we seem destined to be stuck in that expensive niche. However, with regard to the upcoming election, I personally don’t think we can afford to “try on” socialism for the next 4 or 8 years and simply bounce back if we don’t like it. At some point, the bounce back will not be possible, and I think we are facing just such a time right now.
We are also handicapped by having a rather large population of “religious” people. For a belief system based solely on a personal relationship with the Savior, we’ve done a great job of evolving into a belief system based on doctrines of performance soulishness. As a believer from another country recently observed after visiting numerous American churches, “It’s amazing how far they’ve managed to go without the Holy Spirit.”, or words to that effect. Of course, that completely explains the so-called conundrum of how and why the “church” in America has become increasingly irrelevant in our American society. The mainline church voice, if I can be so sloppy, counts for very little in 2020 compared to what I think God had in mind at Pentecost almost 2000 years ago, and I doubt it’s God’s fault.
The target goal of “unity” has remained unattainable since the Christian church was first founded, and it’s a sad joke to watch the mainline church denominations try to breath life into that goal every so many years. Denominationalism, by nature, is the antithesis of unity, and ever will be. There is one God, one Son and Savior, one Holy Spirit and one Church – and that Church is the Bride Christ is returning for. There will be no denominationalists in heaven – only blood bought sons and daughters. I should correct myself: the churches in America do unify in one tragic respect – they unify against each other. We all hate well, and we all deny it well while we do it.
We believers ARE the Church. We like to meet together to better function as a whole ‘body’, but we’ve let the physical walls of our church buildings define who we are, and as long as we hold that segregationist viewpoint, we will remain ununified.
In 2020 we see Christians still dithering about who to vote for. This is incredible! And I’m astonished that although God gave us this country (He really did), many millions of Christians will stay home and not vote because they see the candidates as ‘flawed’ people. Do these people not own mirrors?! The choices in this election in particular, are more obvious than ever in our history, and they boil down to these: Good or Evil, or if you prefer, Life or Death. In a personal observation I would also add: if Christians align and endorse the candidate that stands for the genocide of innocent human beings, something God repeatedly condemns as the ‘shedding of innocent blood’, they take on themselves those horrible sins – it is unavoidable. Murderers will not inherit heaven or eternal life; that’s what the Bible says. If a person doesn’t believe that, he or she is not a Christian, no matter what they claim on the census.
In my referenced verse I quoted above, I left off the full quote. The rest of that same verse, in context says: “…But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
The rejection of Christ certainly didn’t end at the cross, but it should have ended for all of those called by His Name.
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