I don't care how many new laws, rules and regulations are created because of the Enron/Adelphi/WorldCom scandals, people in power will continue to use and abuse their situations for their own personal gain.
I know, I know, leave Clinton alone, the poor devil has suffered enough. Uh huh. Right. Do you know how much he makes now as a speaker? In a worldly sense, he is not suffering.
My point is: there is no right or wrong, no moral high ground to stand on anymore. I've heard it said, "What you claim to be truth may not be truth for me. I can be the CEO of a company and use company funds for my own personal gain, and although that's not right for you, it's sure right for me. I have no one to answer to but myself. Well, and lots of lawyers if I get caught."
And yet, what lots of relative moralistic subscribers are missing is that at one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So, if one does't answer for one's deeds, good and bad, on this Earth, one surely will one day. And this is Truth, absolute truth because it comes from the highest Authority, God - even if that God is not acknowledged or believed in.
Absolute right and wrong does exist, whether one chooses to believe it does or not. Even some atheists acknowledge that some things are right and some are wrong. Where did those right and wrong tendencies come from if there is no God, no higher authority than man?
And each person needs to choose to follow these rules of right and wrong within his or her heart, instead of those rules being imposed by legislation.
Your assignment for today: Learn more about Tisha B'av, the day when the people lament the date of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, with the subsequent loss of national sovereignty and exile from the Holy Land.
I feel like such an immature Christian. I'm not in the Word every day like I should be, and I most of the time can't logically defend my faith on even a basic level in conversation with others.
Part of my selfishness is because I'm an only child (of an only child) and thus I was always got whatever I wanted (and more), so I expect it now, and when I don't get what I want and more, I pout or get angry or hurt or prideful.
And I'm irrationally fearful at times of different things; losing my husband suddenly to an accident (but he's not accident-prone, or anything), hypervigilantly looking for deer to jump in my car path in the dawn hours as I drive to work, and constantly wondering if I'm being a good witness for Christ to the point of self-absorption.
So, with my eternal future solidly in the Hands of Jesus Christ, Who has already taken my sins of immaturity, pride, selfishness and fear (to name just a few) upon Himself and forgiven me only because I trusted Him to His Word and asked Him into my heart, why do I struggle so mightily with this stuff still?
Am I human or something?
"Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor." Proverbs 29:23.
With the upcoming (on 7/18) Tisha B'av fast commemorating the first and second destruction of the Temple, some Orthodox Jews are suggesting that Messiah may be coming soon, and the weeping Wailing Wall is a sign of that.
I was just out back, near our small ponds, watching our shubunkins eat.
They are sooooo beautiful!
There was a wonderful breeze, albeit warm, on this 93 degree day in East Tennessee and thunder rumbled amicably in the distance (we need rain, badly)!
And then it hit me.
God is so creative!
How wonderful is His world, His creation, in which blue, orange and brown (all on one fish) combine with an angelic wing-like fanned tail to produce something so pretty, so striking, that it just made me stop in my tracks for minutes on end, marveling all the way!
So, why would I call myself "Narrow-Minded Simpleton," a moniker
that is usually launched with derision towards far-right Christian
"lunatics" who quote the Bible all the time and think there's only
one (simple) Way to Heaven?