Something to think about it, eh? Or is it?
Depends…are you a Christian? Then you will abstain from that which glorifies sin and the powers of darkness. If you are the other 99%, then you will partake in that which is violent, ugly and sinful. It’s part of your nature.
You will be judged.
It’s been a beautiful spring day in the suburbs of Pennsylvania on this Thursday, June 7th, 1961. You just got home from work and your wife is almost finished preparing one of her typically delicious dinners. Your kids, a boy and two girls, aged 15, 13, and 9, have been out all day riding their bikes around the neighborhood and playing with friends. Now everybody’s hungry and ready to sit down for the family meal.
Last night was game night, and you barely emerged with a victory in Monopoly. Your kids are getting good, and your wife, normally the more savvy player, had some bad luck. Tonight is TV night, and everyone is ready to enjoy Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver.
Of course a live, in-person show is incredible–who could forget your family outing two weeks ago when you all drove into Manhattan and saw My Fair Lady on Broadway? But TV has its own unique appeal, especially with shows like Lassie and Andy Griffith and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and Father Knows Best and The Flintstones. And they’re all on at night so the whole family can enjoy them together.
Well, on this lovely spring night, you’re a bit more tired than you realized, fighting to stay awake through the current Beaver episode, even though it’s a bit more suspenseful than normal. In this show Beaver loses his haircut money and is afraid to explain the loss to his parents, Ward and June Cleaver.
So he gives himself a ragged haircut with his brother Wally’s help–and the two wear stocking caps to dinner, saying the caps are part of a secret club initiation. Later, Ward and June lift Beaver’s cap while he sleeps and discover the truth, and the show ends with June explaining to the boys that they have no one but themselves to blame for the deception. As always, there’s a good moral conclusion to the show.
But this night, you doze off just before the end of the program, and when you wake up a few minutes later, everything has changed. The TV is still there, except it’s gigantic now, flat and hanging on a wall, exploding with colors. And instead of the smiling Cleaver family, it’s–no, this can’t be real–a nude couple going on their first date together. What is happening?
In a panic, you look for another channel while quickly figuring out how to use the newfangled remote control you now hold in your hands. But your eyes can’t believe what you’re seeing: two men making out passionately while taking off each other’s clothes.
This must be a dream–a really bad dream. You hit the button again, and to your relief it’s a nice, old-fashioned show with a man and his family–a really big family, with lots of children–and five wives! What?
But wait. You discover that Walt Disney is still here. In fact, there’s a whole Disney channel, and it’s time for Good Luck Charlie–except that the show is celebrating a two-mommy family. Is this meant to be a joke?
You click once more, and this time it’s two young moms with their daughters talking about the struggles of life. But the more you listen, the more you realize how young these single moms are–they’re both 16 and unmarried–and their babies were born out of wedlock.
This is now on TV? (And though you don’t know it, one of these young moms would later release her own sex tape–a term you can’t even imagine–in order to stay popular.)
You’re now in a cold sweat, frantically switching channels as if somehow you could find a way out of the nightmare. Finally, you come across a show that looks a little like Bonanza–at least the people are carrying shotguns like they did in the old Westerns. But who are they shooting? Walking dead! Zombies, with their brains exploding on TV! (Don’t switch to the next channel. There you’ll see vampires having sex.)
“Did I wake up in hell?”
But something else is different when you look around the room. You’re the only one there.
Your 15-year-old son is out with his best friend Robbie–who used to be called Robin back when he was a girl–along with Robbie’s 17-year-old brother. All three went to see a new movie in the Hostel series, where people are tortured to death and mutilated for fun, but hey, at least he’s out of the house. It’s better than playing Grand Theft Auto for six straight hours where your boy simulates raping women and killing cops on his video screen.
As for your wife, she’s at the psychologist’s office with your 13-year-old daughter discussing whether they need to up her antidepressant medication. She’s still cutting herself–she’s been doing that for the last year, ever since her best friend at school killed herself after the “sexting” scandal when the girl’s ex-boyfriend sent out her naked picture to all the kids in middle school. And what’s more, your daughter’s weight gain is out of control. (She’s almost a hundred pounds overweight, and she’s barely a teenager.)
Unfortunately, her new best friend at school is also fighting depression. It seems that things fell apart after her stepfather abused her (it was her mom’s third marriage), but thankfully, she survived the drug overdose.
That was a real scare. And it’s a good thing her mom never found out about the abortion. Her mother would not have been happy to find out that her 13-year-old daughter and her boyfriend weren’t using protection.
As for your youngest girl, still so innocent at 9 years old, she’s shut up in her room with her headphones on, dancing to Beyoncé’s latest hit. She sure is a smooth dancer for such a little kid, although it’s probably good that she’s too young to know what the bumping and grinding is all about or what those suggestive lyrics actually mean.
But all is well, since she’s just down the hallway, safe in her room. The neighborhood just hasn’t been the same since two kids were abducted within twelve months, only for their abused bodies to turn up in the woods weeks later. The police still haven’t found the sexual predator responsible for these inhuman acts.
Then, suddenly, you wake up with a start. This was all a dream, a very terrible dream, an absolute nightmare. With relief, you look around at your wonderful family, smiling at their dad who fell asleep in the middle of TV night.
And you think to yourself, “Thank God this was only a bad dream. There’s no way America–or my family–could ever look like that.”
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1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m
working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said;
“Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
2. Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said;
“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
3. Today, after my 72-hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said;
“On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died;
he licked the tears off my face.
5. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.
A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.
I start tomorrow.
6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.
She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after hepassed,
I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”
Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.
9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that,
I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,
“I hope you feel better soon.”
11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”
It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.
12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy then my friend offered him the sandwich he was eating.
The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
On the 21st of September, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (known as the virgin). The moon will be below the “feet” of the constellation. Additionally, Venus, Mars and Mercury will be above the constellation. As the constellation Leo has nine stars and will also be above Virgo’s head, the alignment can be interpreted as a “crown” of 12 stars.
Revelation 12: 1-2 reads: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.”
Interesting if this is genuine.
The devil has a counterfeit for nearly everything.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Proverbs 21. 1
Whether we complain about Donald Trump or Justin Trudeau, we must always remember that it is God who controls their dealings and decisions. It is God who compels them to make the laws they do. If either man decides to outlaw Christianity, it is because God put it in his heart to do so.
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Regardless how anyone votes. Whether Christians think they need to vote or not. Whether Christians think they need to run in politics in order to “make a difference”, it is sovereign God who decides who get in and who loses.
If I decide or you decide not to vote, doesn’t make one bit of difference to God. His plans are written, decided and unmovable from the beginning of time to the end of time.
Now if you continue to gripe and complain against either man, you are in essence complaining against God. We read in two places in God’s Word where sovereign God decides who comes to power and what they do and yet, you puny mortal man have the audacity to complain?
You think that you have the power to change anything?! You can no more change the course of society anymore than you can stand in front of a moving train and stop it by command!
Whether God decides to put Trump, Clinton, Trudeau or anyone else in power will be HIS decision, not ours. He will get glory out of the decision, fallout and laws made. If Christianity is outlawed and we are hunted like animals, He will still get glory. If Christians are deemed mentally incompetent and we are all locked away in a nut-house, God will still get glory.
God will raise up the exact perfect leader to do His bidding and when that leader has accomplished His plans, God will dispose of him and get another.
The quicker we accept this and submit to this truth, the more pleasing we will be to God.
We are finally home! yes, after almost three weeks in the presence of strangers, police, security and the unknown, we are finally home.
Not all is rosy. Our fridge needs to be cleaned out and deodorized, our window needs to be replaced, and we need to readjust to life alone now. We have been living, eating and associating with thousands of people on a daily basis. Now it’s just the six of us.
We did make new friends though. We met Christians and so-called Christians and ministered to all those who we could. We gave food and vouchers to those who had no help. We laughed and teased with those who needed a smile. Hopefully, we were lights in a very dark time.
Was it hard? Yes. Did we have moments of panic, worry and despair? Yes. But through it all, God was very real, very present and very understanding to the plight of these pathetic little souls.
Thank you dear friends for all your prayers. We knew we weren’t alone. God had His hands over us every step of the way, and you were praying. Thank you.