So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. ~ Ezekiel 33:7-9
My brother from another mother posted this perfect word-for-word description of my own childhood on Facebook this week:
“I grew up in a small town in NJ, I was raised by middle income parents during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, not a food group. We drank Kool-Aid made from water that came from our kitchen sink with real sugar. We ate bologna sandwiches, or even tuna (which was in a can not a pouch), PB&J & grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, pot pies, but mostly homemade meals consisting of mainly meat, potatoes, vegetable, bread & butter, and homemade dessert.
We grew up during a time when we mowed lawns, pulled weeds, babysat, helped neighbors with chores to be able to earn our own money. we went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes, red rover, dodge ball, run with siblings and friends & played hide and seek. We drank tap water from the hose outside… bottled water was unheard of. If we had a coke -it was in a glass bottle … and we took the empties back to the store for a 5-cent deposit.
We watched TV shows like Bonanza, Leave It To Beaver, Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Little House On The Prairie, and I Love Lucy. After school, we came home and did homework and chores before going outside or having friends over. We would ride our bikes for hours. We had to tell our parents where we were going, who we were going with, and what time we’d be back.
You LEARNED from your parents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew absolutely nothing. What they said was LAW and you did not question it, and you had better know it!!!
When the sun was starting to set you had better be home. In school we said the Pledge of Allegiance, we stood for the National Anthem and listened to our teachers.
We watched what we said around our elders because we knew if we DISRESPECTED any grown-up we would get our behinds whipped, it wasn’t called abuse, it was called discipline! We held doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat for an older person without being asked. You didn’t hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth and had to stand in the corner. ‘Please, thank you, yes please, no thank you’ were part of our daily vocabulary!
You grew up to respect the Nation, the flag, and the President, NO MATTER who it was or what party they were from.
Re-post if you’re thankful for your childhood and will never forget where you came from & the time you came from! Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? I really liked that life!”
So, as Dorothy famously said, “Toto I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Actually, its really more of a Twilight Zone “Fog of War” where truth has all but disappeared. This past week a friend sent me the 12/26 sermon preached by a local pastor wanting to know my thoughts about it. My own mentor in the faith summed it up perfectly, “He is one of the many pastors who’ve bought the ‘separation of church and state’ lie.” And the transformation from the Camelot of our childhood to the virtual hell in which we find ourselves is the very price we paid for the surrender of Truth in our nation’s pulpits. In fact, the last King of Camelot saw the enemy who sold the lie, attempted to warn us, and paid for it with his life…
We in this country, in this generation are, by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” That must always be our goal. For as was written long ago, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” ~ The last paragraph of the speech JFK would have given in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963
It gives me tremendous pleasure to say we honored a most humble servant of the Lord this past Wednesday in Chester, New York by recognizing Pastor Steve Offringa, who has been shepherding at Howells Church for the past 42 years, with the Orange Strong “Good Shepherd of the Year Award”, because there can be no preservation of our communities without preservation of Truth in our pulpits, and the Matthew 5:13-16 Light and Salt in our Ecclesia.
So, dear brothers and sisters, while so many will bend a knee and follow the lie, God will empower His Remnant to, as Pastor Brad Cummings put it so well, continue to build and advance His kingdom…
“I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.” ~ Isaiah 42:16
…and as I said to more than a few friends this week, “bet on the White Horse to WIN in 2022”…because God never breaks His promises!
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in Righteousness He judges and makes war….And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses….And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. ~ Revelation 19:11, 14-16