It's a trap. "It" being just about everything with which I disagree these days.
You name it, the things that ensnare me. From feelings of annoyance to outright anger; from frustration to discouragement the list goes on and on:
- Television programming; political rancor and all things politically expedient
- morality, or the lack thereof
- jabber jaw media commentary
- violence in our land (child abuse ranking at the top, followed by the abortion of over 53 million babies in the U.S. alone)
- disrespect for authority (with the military and police being recipients of the worst of it)
- an anti-Christian sentiment as juxtaposed with an enchantment with all things worldly or vile ...
Well, you get my drift.
Nearly every day I have to tune out or turn off, and then return to ground zero, reminding myself that mortals do not have the final say. Peace between God and man is rooted in the bloody soil beneath the cross, while forgiveness and hope gush from a thorn-pierced brow. He alone is the truth; and He alone is the way and the life.
God, the Author & Finisher, the Alpha & Omega offers the attendant blessings or curses of man's choices. I can put away my thumping tool, cease & desist from scolding the TV, and give up any notion of arguing with those who mock the biblical worldview upon which this country & its laws was founded.
It is difficult for this often self-righteous mortal to live and let live, and to leave the results up to God.
For now, I'm taking lots of deep breaths and reminding myself that people ~ all people ~ get to choose what and who they believe. It falls to me to love them and, should God grant the opportunity, give them a reason for the hope that is in me. Leaving it there is the trap.
For we do not wrestle against flesh
and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the
cosmic powers over this present
darkness, against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole
armor of God, that you may be
able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand firm.
~ Ephesians 6:12-13
"...the whole world lies under the sway
of the wicked one."
~ John 5:19
"...do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good."
~ Romans 12:2, 9
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
~ 1 John 2:15-17
"If you were of the world, the world
would love its own.
Yet because you are not of the world,
but I chose you out of the world,
therefore the world hates you."
"Friendship with the world is
enmity to God."
~ James 4:4
"...the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their
deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates
the light and does not come to the light,
lest his deeds should be exposed."
~ John 3:19-20