This morning Jeannie and I were discussing what was taking place today in the U.S. Government. While the word ‘division’ could sum it all up, however, there are other words such as anger; bitterness; greed; could easily be other unflattering descriptive words to express the sentiment of many who are involved with yesterday’s proceedings.
My words to Jeannie were something close to this. ‘You and I, along with our grown children can understand the motive behind what is taking place with the impeachment of our President, however, our main concern should be for our grandchildren who have never experienced a time in history such as this. Because of outbursts of anger and hateful unsubstantial accusations, punctuated with words of profanity by some elected individuals…has now led to a vote against a duly elected President…and, our grandchildren, who have not reached adulthood, will never know what it was like to be able to trust the words of many elected individuals. Nor will they know when or if to believe what they hear on the “evening news,” read in newspapers, or see on TV broadcasts. Impeached, or not impeached, our world has changed, with truth being hidden in the shadows of yesterday!’ One radio commentator expressed these words today. “I have already joined with certain elected individuals to begin drafting impeachment papers against the next president, no matter who he or she is!” We have lost all sense of yesterday’s trust we once knew!
Paul warned of such days, and to a great extent, they surely must be upon, or near us. In 2 Tim. 3:1-5 he wrote words that are familiar, however, please take time to read again, considering today. “You need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce. People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right. They will be ungrateful and ungodly. They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit. They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God. They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality, they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like this!”
If you, like me, are feeling a little sick at your stomach, perhaps it’s a good time to encourage one another with the words of Jesus who warned of days that would come toward the end of this age. “Now learn the lesson from the parable of the fig tree. When spring arrives and it sends out its tender branches and sprouts leaves, you know that ripe fruit is soon to appear. So it will be with you, for when you observe all these things taking place, you will know that He is near, even at the door! I assure you, the end of this age will not come until all I have spoken comes to pass” (Mt. 24:32-35).
Words of encouragement are that although this day that may seem dark before Christmas … Christmas is coming … and that means the light of the world has appeared! And in the words of Jesus whom you can trust and rely on, He said, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Philippians 3:20 reminds us “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” While we are citizens of earth, we are also citizens who are on our way to heaven; therefore, we are citizens of heaven who are simply traveling through this earth! Therefore, one dark day before Christmas, has turned into light and confidence, that the Lord Jesus of Christmas has come and is in full control of all things! In that, we REJOICE!
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie