Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Confusion Is The New Religion

I have bitten the fruit of the tree, so to speak.

In my addiction to You Tube, something good came out of it, and I am ready to share it.

The world--even the Christian community--is confused beyond belief.  The Middle East is a crazy powder keg, and nobody knows how to defuse it.  Israel defenders--rightly so, I believe, love the idea of Israel, and speak tenderly to her (as in Isaiah 40).  But many voices-even Christian ones--release crushing blows on this modern-day state with the ancient name. And the camp of Israel-haters seems to grow every day. 

Just look at all the You Tube videos about religion.  Many of them are ranting polemics served up by self-appointed heresy hunters who blacklist many other ministers.  Now I believe there is a right and wrong theologically, but is absolutely necessary in these days to walk in a relationship with the Lord in order to stay sane--in orthodoxy AND orthopraxy. 

It is at this point that the sheep and the goats start saying "sayonara" to each other.  Jesus said " My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27).  Without a real relationship with a healing, loving, storm-calming Christ, we are doomed by our own fallenness to respond to ALL situations in the flesh.  And if anyone thinks that's beyond the pale, remember that the great Joshua forgot to inquire of the Lord before the Gibeonites approached him with their trickery (Joshua 9).

So to keep it simple, here's what I believe about the current landscape of thought:

Satan has so clouded the truth with side issues, fleshly agendas, cold love, and dueling false prophets mixed among true ones, that the average Christian has difficulty sorting it all out, and is susceptible to every wind of doctrine, and loveless, faithless practice.  Some depart for atheism or agnosticism.  Even good men and women who walk with the Lord do not follow him all the way, and that adds to confusion. Mea Culpa.

In the mean time a spiritual war/rebellion is going on, and hardly anyone has the mindset to fight it. 

The remedy?  Difficult to state right now, but people like me and others have to start with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7).