It’s been three months since I have blogged. Nothing much has changed in our world. Coronavirus is still stirring around our nation and making people fearful. Masks are a huge controversy – are they helpful? are they hurtful? Who knows for sure! But now we’ve added a new dynamic to our current situation, racial unrest. While it has been around since the beginning of the human race, and at times we have definitely missed the mark as a country, and yet the country we live in now is a better place than it was 50 years ago, racial unrest in our country has opened the door for people to do things that, honestly, will have no positive affect on any racial injustice, but will only be seen as destructive behavior. Destructive actions never result in positive results. The actions we see splashed across the news and social media have invited dishonest, narcissistic and evil people to jump on board both physically and financially to promote their own agendas, not to make this country a better place. It is quite frustrating to watch. While we all watched, in horror, as George Floyd was treated completely inhumanely, and I know no one who wouldn’t agree that the officer needed to be held accountable, the retaliation has spread across the country as quickly as the virus of the 2020 Pandemic. The actions that followed against people and their personal property and businesses was unnecessary. The defacing and tearing down of national monuments and statues is shameful. Why can’t people just come to the table with their ideas of making this world a better place, discuss it, logically evaluate how to make the changes, willing to compromise on both sides, not try to be unreasonable or unrealistic and come to an agreement to agree and implement processes that will satisfy both “sides” and begin a new era. (I believe that may be a run on sentence right there!!!). Destructive behaviors only lead to other actions that eventually hurt people and make for a violent and unsafe environment to live. Many people, I think, are sick of “the sides”. There should be no sides on this subject. Racial issues should not be issues at all. People should all be treated equally, with kindness, with integrity.
I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if this is the new normal. I don’t know if this is “end times” full on. I don’t know if all this is going to go all “bad futuristic movie with splintered factions wearing bad clothing choices and looking as if they haven’t had a bath in about ten years, or if we are going to wake to planes dropping enemy shoulders from the sky to take over our country”. I do know that God is in control. It’s not like we haven’t had His Word to read. If you turn on over to Revelation, it gives you the heads up on how it all ends. It’s all very poetic and filled with symbolic descriptions of how it will all go down. But it is there. Not to mention the other writers of God’s Word that hinted prophetically to the way God would wrap this whole Earthly era up.
We all agree that, for the US anyway, we are experiencing things we haven’t experienced in the last few generations. Maybe the much older generation still hanging around can tell stories of shortages, sickness, shut-downs and other hard times, but from the 60’s forward, we’ve pretty much been on fast forward till here we are in 2020. While we are social distanced in all areas of life, technology has us connected. So apart, yet connected. But that connection is interrupted and influenced by so many outside sources that we are confused about what the truth is. Are you anxious? Are you afraid? I can say, without blinking, I am not afraid or fearful. I may be a wee bit anxious, but only because I want to be clear if or when I should be doing anything to prepare. But that’s another blog.
There is no need for fear. God is with us. If you are reading this, and things I have said make no sense. If you find yourself struggling with fears. If you walk around with an overwhelming sense of anxiousness about the future. You can find peace. It begins with a repentance. We have to acknowledge we are sinners. We have to understand there is nothing we could do to earn forgiveness. It is acknowledging we are a sinner and realizing that we can’t do anything to pay for that sin, that is the beginning. It is believing that Jesus is the Son of God, sent to be born of a virgin, to live among us, to spend 3 years sharing the good news, paying the ultimate sacrifice with His life and blood on the cross for our sins to be forgiven, and then rose on the 3rd day just as prophesied! He then ascended to heaven to be with His Father and sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in all who believed, repented and were baptized in His name. Grace. Unmerited favor. God loved us so much, that He sent His only Son to die for us, so that we could be made clean, and that we could spend eternity with Him.