And he provides that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. ~ Revelation 13:17
A Psalm a Day Keeps The Tyrant At Bay! 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.
Revelation 13:17 is upon us because the truth of who we’ve become in Psalm 14:1 invited it. There are two business in Warwick who will not serve you if you haven’t taken “the mark”. There are at least two houses of worship here in Orange County NY that segregate the marked from the un-marked. I was recently accused of being disrespectful by a fellow musician on a local music page for questioning the administrator over his decision to censor my song “Honor”. The reason? I had provided the political context. Imagine censoring John Lennon’s political expression. But here we are. I told my fellow musician that respect is earned, and I don’t live to be “liked”. I have had the shepherd who has said “that is not my fight” admonish me for “how I fight”…while leading his sheep to the mark. I’ve had another business owner, all in the same community mind you, say to me, “They will destroy you.”
Let’s unpack my Chambers read from yesterday…
In the time between birth and death, most of us are in our “shell.” There is something in us which makes us peck, and when the crack comes, instead of its being the gentle light and dawn of a new day, it is like a lightening flash. The universe we awaken to is not one of order, but a great howling confusion, and it takes time to get adjusted. The distresses we reap in between God’s decree for us, we, together with other human beings, are personally responsible for. If we make our life a muddle (perfect word!), it is to a large extent because we have not discerned the great underlying relationship to God. ~ Oswald Chambers, To Kill or to Heal?
When I was a kid, my father threw me off of the dock pictured above into the deep water of Skaneateles Lake. They would most likely call that child abuse today. But you know what? I learned how to swim…fast. I love how Chambers describes the “born again” experience. We are all about to go through the ultimate déjà vu experience…ready or not…like it or not. We are all about to be born again. The question is born to what? Born to the Father of truth? Or born to the father of lies? The muddle, like the matrix, is the number one destination for those looking to escape the distresses, where its easy to be liked. There’s only one drawback in the tiny fine print of the disclosure. It’s a death trap.
In a recent Conservative vs Libertarian discussion where I was defending the former, one fellow pointed out that Bruce Jenner was welcomed at CPAC. He made more than a good point. He revealed the “In Name Only” disease that would destroy America IF we were to allow it to continue. There is a great movie my Christian brother Brian gave me to watch entitled, “God Is Not Dead”. I watched it yesterday. Sorbo was so convincing as an Atheist. Watch it! 2 Chronicles 7:14…Live it!