Tuesday, July 23, 2013

More from Jan Markell

Just a short excerpt from Jan Markell's EAlert that spoke to me today.  You can read the rest at the link. 
If you're like me, you're fed up. You're disgusted that evil always seems to win! You wonder why God allows serial liars in government and elsewhere to keep prospering and even to win re-election in many places. Just being aware of the fact that we're in an Isaiah 5:20 world isn't enough: that we're likely in the midst of evil being called good.  
We have unspeakable atrocities going on at the highest levels. People are being silenced on Benghazi and the perpetrators are still running free. America funds one of the most evil outfits on earth: the Muslim Brotherhood. All Americans are being spied on! What I'm typing here in real time is likely being recorded somewhere. You and I are being watched and listened to as if we were criminals. Truth is, we are being watched by criminals -- the ones who are murdering the Constitution.  And soon we're going to have to trust the most corrupt institution there is - the IRS - to administer our healthcare.
And even if we rioted in the streets, or started a third, fourth, or fifth political party, we wouldn't see much of a change for the good. Government is supposed to serve us yet it is clearly operating the other way around and to many, government has now become a god. Just quoting the familiar verse from Proverbs 29:2, "When the wicked rule, the people mourn," is not a comfort. We want to throw the wicked bums out and cannot.  
...Set aside the world for a minute and let's consider the church. We're outraged that people love false teachers and that they cannot see that they are false!  We're driven nuts by the death of discernment. We watch a lot of Christians today beat up on one another probably for their own personal gain. We're sick of the religious Left deluding Christians to take their focus off of the gospel and onto global warming, immigration, and social justice. And we're even more outraged when these Christian Leftists parade around as evangelicals, but then we're saddened that the word evangelical has become so trashed.
..."Do not fear" is in the Bible 365 times.  Is there a message there? It is an act of faith to look at this world and not fear. Not be anxious. Not be angry. Not be frustrated. Focusing on eternal things neutralizes the attitude and the angry juices in your gut telling you that you can't stomach one more dilemma.
So, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

I'm so weary of it all I don't even feel outrage much any more, evil is just the new normal, at some point you grasp that there is little to nothing you can do about it and it's just sad. 

It's just a handful of people who even know the world is as evil as it is these days, many of the rest have a strange optimism that day by day we're getting better and better, and if there's anything wrong more often than not it's the fault of the crazy Christians and other anti-progressives. 

But yes, do not fear but look up for your redemption draweth nigh.