FIDDLING: As America’s heritage burns

GOD canThe “times that try men’s souls” are not for the weak-at-heart.  Listen carefully, men!  We are in such times … and it’s only getting worse.

  • Do you know the real problem in this country? Sin and apathy (which is also sin)
  • Do you know who’s guilty? Everyone, including Christians (who should be the solution not the problem)
  • Do you know how incredibly close we are to enslavement? At the door

try mens soulsAt a time when men should be discussing how to preserve liberty in our country and how to reach the lost (with their pastors leading them) as the Pilgrim and Protestant forefathers of this once-great land did, they instead “play the boy” and refuse to speak against the injustice taking place, choosing to remain silent out of apathy or fear for their lives or their loss of tax-exempt status or just because they are clueless. They spend time in trivial frivolity playing with their smart phones, trading sports cards, watching filth on the internet, TV, and movies, while jesting foolishly and bopping to their favorite music or blogging about trivial pursuits, sin, heresy, or foolishness … basically fiddling away their lives and their children’s future (for those fathers who have children), while their homeland continues to sink into ruin.  Instead of being the advocate and support for others, they are twisting their hands like pansies in fear and having doubts about their own faith.

images (13)The mouth reveals what the heart conceals … as can be seen on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and numerous other outlets in this country where men still “play the boy”.  What a flood of foolishness pours out daily.  In light of the dark cloud across the land, I do not see a state of concern or calls for prayer city-wide by the godly.  In congregational gatherings in olden times, a pastor would call everyone forward to pray for the state of the nation.  Instead, today the pastors either complain or let things continue along the road of “bread and circuses”.  Men, both in congregational assemblies and in everyday life, blog about the freckles on their child’s toe or about their favorite amusement or take photos of themselves to post on their social networking site to display their material goods (aka “blessings”), but seldom about the Word of GOD, the lost souls dying each day and going to a torturous place of fiery torment, or about the state of the American republic.

Raiders-Chargers-gameI realize this article might be offensive to some, but I refuse to “play the boy” in order to meet the expectations of the crass and immature masses who give undeserving students “passing grades” and who treat grown men with kid’s gloves to avoid offending them with the truth.  I love Jesus’ straightforward, bold approach when it came to “calling a spade a spade”. He didn’t mince words.

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – [Matthew 12:34]

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.”  – Matthew 23:27

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Jesus cleansing the temple.

This is the “true Jesus” of the Bible who nailed these frauds. The Jesus of the Bible might cause some havoc in the high-dollar stores and coffees shops found in the lobbies of many mega-churches. Most floppy-eared little mutts, speaking niceties from pulpits who need their ears scratched, would fear for their jobs to speak like Jesus, because their members enjoy boyish little cowards filling their pulpits. These soft-spoken little “Georgie Porgie” types have also commenced the sacrilege of preaching a “jesus” who is just like them.

boldMay the LORD give us more men who don’t need peer’s approval, but speak boldly with conviction and principles (instead of needing to take polls) about our freedoms and our need for national repentance like our Pilgrim forefathers did and like Jesus, John the Baptist, and Paul also did (and they suffered death for their convictions).  Jesus pointed his finger at the leaders of his day and their hypocrisy.  John the Baptist pointed his finger at Herod the King for his adultery.  Paul pointed his finger at those who glorified sin and warned the Corinthians severely and stated to the Galatians that he wished certain false teachers were “cut off” as well as plainly stating “let them be accursed (anathema or damned).

images (11)Real men point their finger at Obama and other wicked rulers, but they also show due respect for their office knowing that these men are appointed by GOD (and perhaps because the nation deserves them).  Real men search their own hearts and their own souls.  Real pastors warn their congregations and help bring justice to the innocent.  GOD said in II Chronicles 7:14 “if my people who are called by my name …”.  He didn’t say that He would heal the land if the pagans repent, but that he would heal the land if His people repented of their sin and sought for mercy in humility and prayer.

“Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction”  – 2 Peter 2:9-12

We must maintain a balance between pointing the finger at the sin of our leaders, while still loving their eternal souls and recognizing their office.

May GOD help us and forgive us for letting great men’s sacrificial deaths become forgotten and for allowing the heritage of freedom they have given to us burn to rubble.  We need not point our finger at Nero who fiddled while the republic of Rome literally burned.  Our apathy and guilt run deep.

Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley martyred by being burnt at the stake. John Foxe's book of martyrs. 1563 edition. When looking at these images which portray ideas such as martyrdom it is always interesting to know how historical the depiction is, in this case less than ten years after the event. An X marks the spot in Broad St. Oxford where they were burnt when it was the Town Ditch outside the walls. St Michael at the Northgate is now hidden behind a row of houses and it is in this Saxon Tower (http://www.smng.org.uk/) that the two martyrs were imprisoned before being burnt. You will notice a Saxon tower (their prison) in the background of the print. Oxford City Museum shows a barbican at this point in the walls in a map of 1578. So by and large this seems to show it like it was.

Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley martyred by being burnt at the stake. John Foxe’s book of martyrs. 1563 edition. When looking at these images which portray ideas such as martyrdom it is always interesting to know how historical the depiction is, in this case less than ten years after the event. An X marks the spot in Broad St. Oxford where they were burnt when it was the Town Ditch outside the walls. St Michael at the Northgate is now hidden behind a row of houses and it is in this Saxon Tower (http://www.smng.org.uk/) that the two martyrs were imprisoned before being burnt. You will notice a Saxon tower (their prison) in the background of the print. Oxford City Museum shows a barbican at this point in the walls in a map of 1578. So by and large this seems to show it like it was.

Let us kneel down low and repent, and then let us stand tall with the great cloud of witnesses surrounding us such as the holy apostles and prophets who died for righteousness, and let us be like Hugh Latimer who said:

 “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

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