“Nothing and no one hates God half as much as the wrong disposition in you does. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God’; what we should hate is this principle that lusts against the Spirit of God and is determined to have our bodies and minds and rule them away from God.” ~ Oswald Chambers, What We Should Hate
Looking out on the world from a life of experience with nothing to lose is a powerful vantage point. Why? Because it provides the basis of reference with the freedom to apply it honestly. King Solomon, considered the wisest man to have ever lived, authored the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. If we put Solomon’s Ecc. 10:2 observations of his fellow man alongside those of Oswald Chambers centuries later, an important realization emerges.
Most of us, whether we consider ourselves to be Christian or not, are familiar with the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. This past week I happened to read a review of Sodom: The Official Guide by Brad Miner over at The Catholic Thing. What occurred to me as I read, was the fact that our world is under siege by three “principle(s) that lust against the Spirit of God and (are) determined to have our bodies and minds and rule them away from God.” They are the most unholy trinity of Sodomites, Socialists, and Islamists. Thinking of these three in the context of the current disharmony, building tension, and increasing division ripping our country apart, I wondered what could make such an alliance of these three who ordinarily would have absolutely nothing to do with one another…and then I happened to read (smile) Mark 5:1-20 and realized all three are connected to and possessed by a similar Legion. I posted this observation at the end of Brad’s review on Facebook. Within minutes, another TCT reader posted the following:
The three noisy abominable frogs of the Apocalypse of St John 16:13 “Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world …”
I can tell you from life experience and my study of human nature that inclination “towards the right” is the inclination towards God, the right disposition, and the true love God desires for us. I also know that wisdom takes the time to consider what the quick-witted and bright-minded are so ready to accept or reject. On the surface, and to most people we come in contact with in today’s world, taking any position on the Right appears to be a move against our own self-interest. Have you heard of anyone who has been fired, chased out of restaurants, assaulted, banned, or censored for taking a position on the Left? It appears safer…more secure, as well as smarter, kinder, and gentler to incline to the Left, does it not? But Ben Franklin once wrote, “Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither.” Trust me…Franklin & Co. saw this coming.
The word incline deserves closer attention here. Being inclined toward a person, place, or thing suggests that my personal being…my individual nature already has relationship to the subject I am inclined towards. We humans are all born with some degree of natural disposition…an inherent sense of good and bad, right and wrong…an internal natural moral compass. Our formative development as children into young adults takes care of the rest. So, imagine you’ve been hired to work as a staff member for the new HUD Director, Andrew Cuomo. Your very first day on the job you are called into a staff meeting with all your new fellow employees to meet the new director. In this meeting he hands out copies of Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, as he sizes up the room and says while holding a copy over his head, “This is my management philosophy.” I will ask you here, based on the Chambers’ quote at the top of the page, has your new boss Andrew Cuomo just informed you he plans to rule you towards or away from God? Herein lies the heart of Solomon’s wisdom in Ecc. 10:2. In that very moment, most of my readers would have politely gotten up from their chairs, excused themselves, and left that office and his employ, never to return again. The Good King, in contrast, who leads his people on the basis of a right vs wrong moral code, would NEVER impose an “ends justify the means” edict on their hearts.
The “fool” sees “Right” as a death sentence and acts accordingly…knowing in most cases, what he/she is surrendering to do so, which is how they earn Solomon’s judgement as the “fool”. Why does the mouse die in the mouse trap? Because it doesn’t understand why the cheese is free. The mouse can be forgiven. You and I cannot. If one were to morph all of the faces of those on the 10:2 Left using modern technology, and compare them to those on the Right, you might…just might be swayed to change your direction. Very similar to how a young woman considering abortion might change her direction after seeing the life inside of her on the ultrasound screen. The similarity is this. We can act, pretend, and fool many things…except LOVE.
Whatever has diminished your heart as a king, or toward the king, you must not let it win. It is as a king you were born, and it is as a king you must rise. There is great good to be done, and many people to rescue—all that we are missing are the kings of the earth. ~ John Eldredge, Fathered by God
It is impossible for love to “diminish your heart”. Whatever love does to our heart, including breaking it, it does to build and strengthen it for the ultimate purpose of uniting us with our Father in Heaven.