We live in such a toxic world politically that the Diversity Chief of the Department of Defense is allowed to write scathing hate articles and say that she is “Exhausted with White People.” Diversity? Maybe that is the redefined practice of what most of us thought diversity was supposed to mean. But, alas, we are living in the Unicorn World of la la land in 2022 and only the chosen definitions and ideologies of the toxic liberals are acceptable.
The incessant, inane, and insane rhetoric about the imminent danger of Climate Change, Global Warming, or Climate Disruption and the demand that we immediately give up our guns, trash our combustion-powered fossil fuel-driven vehicles, and Go Green keeps meeting reality. God, the Creator of All Things, will not be forced into a box. Recently, I read a report that asked the question, “Where have all the tropical storms gone?” It was referring to the strange absence of the normal amount of such storms.
Well, of course, it must be Climate Change, right? Wait, that will not fit the narrative of the increasing horrific killer storms being produced because evil man is using fossil fuels. In May the NOAA predicted an above-average number of tropical storms and hurricanes. In their words, “the ongoing La Nina, above-average Atlantic temperatures set the stage for a very busy storm season.”
The prediction was that we would see 14 to 21 named storms (with winds 39 miles per hour or higher). They projected that we would see 6 to 10 hurricanes (winds of 74 miles per hour or higher), and 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5 with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.) Remember the hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Instead of the above-average number of storms we have had a very quiet storm season. That is not to say we have had none, but less than normal.
Please understand, that I do not want to see storms and damage, but it is ridiculous to insist that we can predict the weather or near-term climate and that is even more difficult for long-term weather trends. The cyclical nature of our climate continues to defy the so-called scientific certainty that what we have is due to Climate Change and will only increase year by year.
However, that is not really what I want to address in this topic of Redefining Reality. I have, for a very long time, been convinced that America is drifting into a moral abyss that leads to destruction. I know, I know, I am putting on my preacher hat in the minds of some, but what I see is what I see.
I believe there are answers to the issues that we are facing politically, economically, socially, morally, and even spiritually in America. I do not, and this will disturb some, believe that we can fix the problem politically. By that, I do not mean that we should not seek to restore order and limit government through the electoral process. We most assuredly should. However, draining the swamp and dismantling the deep state is not electorally possible, in my view. You may adamantly disagree.
I have been thinking along this line for some time, and recently Messianic Jewish Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn authored a fascinating book addressing some of the issues I will mention in brief. If I gave you his outline and it would express succinctly what I have been musing on for a long time and do so much more concisely. But I will not, and suggest that getting his book, “The Return of the Gods.” The gods of which he writes are with a small ‘g.’
Long before, I saw the rabbi’s book, I contemplated the decline of numerous institutions in America. I grew up in an era when if a girl got pregnant, she and the man who impregnated her were expected to get married. I grew up in an era when nudity on television and in public was not acceptable. I grew up in an era when prayers were offered at the beginning of each school day along with the pledge of allegiance. I grew up in an era when the Bible was not a foreign object for schools and when the ten commandments were not tossed aside in the public square. I grew up in a time when the news was not totally invested in promoting a particular political ideology and functioning as a political propagandist.
What happened? In my childhood and teen years, even in my early adult life, marriage was considered honorable and two-parent families were the norm, not the exception. Divorce was frowned upon, and discipline was still administered in the home and even in public school. I had an audience with the board of education applied to my fundament more than once during my scholastic journey through public school. Sometimes, I am not sure who was teaching whom, but I graduated.
Rabbi Cahn specifically cites the removing organized prayer from the public schools as the crack in the door for America’s drift away from God and drift toward paganism and influence by the dark principalities and powers. I believe he is right. Over four decades ago, I preached and taught that America was loosening her moral moorings and devaluing God’s influence and that was being evidenced in allowing governmental actions affecting our ability to fully exercise our religious freedoms. I did not specifically cite prayer, but it was in the broad stroke of my brush.
The sexual revolution of the 1960s spoke of our shift from the moral principles of the Bible to a physical gratification mode. It, to me, suggested that we were redefining our biblical views and even in the 1970s and 80s were seeing a clamor for ‘tolerance and acceptance’ and drifting from moral absolutes. I watched as church adherents adopted philosophies that demanded more openness to ‘new ideas’ religiously. That was, in my world, a response to the overt legalism of many within the denomination or movement I was a part of.
We began slowly to see and hear things on television, on the movie screen, in print, and in public that, at one time shocked us, and now we are bothered by them. We have become anesthetized (numbed) to the use of profanity, nudity, perversion, and overtly using sex to sell products and promote ideas. We shifted to a world where the perfected physique was sought at all costs. The new ideal was that we had to be Mr. Atlas or Miss Universe to be acceptable and we shifted from worshipping God as the creation and celebrating our uniqueness to seeking to alter God’s creation.
That has led us to perversion, gender blending, openness to transhumanism, the deification of the physical, and a glorification of the sensual. There was a term back a few years ago, “If it feels good do it.” That idea permeated much of our society, and we have accepted and exposed our children to things that distort their view of God, life, marriage, and morality. We opened the door and are paying an extremely high price for our laxity.
Years ago, I preached from a verse that Rabbi Cahn used as his catalyst and did not carry it to the extent he did. I made it personal, and he made it national. The Scripture was Matthew 12:45 as Jesus used the parable or story about the spirit being cast out and wandering about finding no rest. That spirit went back to the house and found it swept and in order and went and found seven spirits more wicked than itself and brought them to the person and his state was worse than before.
My point was if you come to Christ and then drift from him and a principle in physics and life is that if something is filled with one thing it is emptied of another. If you fill a room with light it is emptied of the dark. If you fill a glass with water, you empty it of air. In your hearts, if we fill ourselves full of God then the influence of the devil diminishes. However, if you stop praying, stop meditating on God’s Word, and stop worshipping God, the very nature of man is to fill that void with something. What happens is we become more susceptible to the influence of the devil, principalities, and powers. If we seek God and turn to Him, we are enabled to resist the devil and the devil will flee because he is no match for God.
In America, I believe we have been emptying ourselves and our society of God, the Bible, the Gospel, and His influence, and when that transpired the diabolical found fertile ground and has crept in. Now, it is not slowly eroding our culture it is traveling at the speed of light and destroying everywhere. That is why I believe we cannot fix this politically, but it must be addressed spiritually.
I am praying for an outpouring of God and that every parent will seek to teach and train their children in biblical precepts and principles and turn to God with a whole heart and become epistles known and read. I pray for churches to once again, if they are not, preach the clear precepts of the Bible and warn of the dangers of drifting from God’s Word. Come out from among them and be separate is not to isolate but to be distinctly different in this world. Present reality to the redefined world we are being forced to accept.
God bless you and God bless America!