If you’ve never seen the movie “Pay it Forward”, I recommend it highly…with a full box of Kleenex for the ending. There’s a scene where the main character, a young boy (Haley Joel Osment), brings home a homeless man (Jim Caviezel). Of course the mother (Helen Hunt) freaks out on first scraggly impression, but soon warms up to the man’s kind and gentle spirit…
I brought God home a few weeks ago and got the same “What are you, nuts?” response. After giving acupuncturists, infectious disease specialists, pain specialists and physical therapists a crack at solving my hip pain for the past 4 months, I said “It’s time to bring God in on the case.” [eye-roll] One of the treatments in my self-prescribed divine medical plan calls for reading the Bible from cover to cover over the course of a 12 week period coinciding with medical treatment. 981 pages over 12 weeks turns out to be 12 pages per day, I was delighted to realize! Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!
The God Divide
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.”~ Samuel 8: 1-7
The September issue of Newsmax has an article written by Temma Ehrenfeld entitled The God Divide. It’s about modern families who pick out a religion the same way new families pick out a kitchen or a new bathroom. Sara was raised Catholic, and Michael was a non-practicing Jew [I guess he had no desire to make it to Carnegie Hall!] So…did you hear the one about the rabbi and the priest who married Sara and Michael? [badaboom!] It get’s better…they find a nice Unitarian Universalist tabernacle in the country where we’ll dedicate the little munchkins. Who needs Baptism…when there’s no Hell below us, above us only drones? “Universalist” in ancient Hebrew means, “It’s all good.” dontcha know… 🙂
There is a “God Divide” to be sure. But we suffer from a much more tragic divide than the article suggests. Ehrenfeld draws attention to the divisions in families that resulted from the very same rejection of God as pointed out in Samuel 8…but she leaves God out of the story!! Sara and Michael rejected the Faith of their upbringing. We have divided ourselves from God and turned him into a utility and function of interior design where we pick out the color. We’ve turned God into nothing more than wall paint to conform to our tastes…while we’re forced to walk on eggshells and fear a muslim god created by tyrants…our real worship and homage is given to the “appointed King” we asked for! In other words, Ehrenfeld missed the story completely!
We should expect this from Newsmax on the eve of the Mid-Terms closing in on 2016. They are about politics and the politician who represents the most popular and acceptable wall paint wins! It’s sadly that simple…as our world spins into the black hole of consequence where our “appointment” has left us in the hands of a ruling class that makes promises and weaves the lies to dress them with. God told Samuel this would be so…even before Jesus was born!
“Render unto Caesar…” but KNOW God, by knowing where they have taken him. This is not the first time. The whisper inside confirms what you know to be true in spite of all the glitter and distraction they seek to attach you to. They hide eternity and present the instant as the North Star! Because they always know what we want…
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.