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Sailing Away From Babylon

July 4, 2008

Greetings. Once again, we find ourselves in a holiday weekend; at least in the United States. This is one of those topics that, if not worded properly, could leave an impression that I’m either unpatriotic lacking in faith, or just weird. Most people look forward to holidays for a host of reasons. First, there are the reflections on the purpose that the holiday was established such as the fourth of July being the day when the United States declared her independance. Other reasons involve time away from work, getting together with family and friends, travelling, or just relaxing and putting away the cares of the mundane. All of these are notable things to look forward to and many place a lot of planning into how the holiday will be observed. Before continuing on, this first passage is important to be mindful of, regardless of the level of ones enthusiasm concerning days set aside for observation:

Romans 14:5-6 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be persueded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

In other words, my thoughts are not an indictment on the actions of others concerning this, nor should they be. Verse 17 of the same chapter states “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” The issue of whether or not a person goes to extremes to esteem a day isn’t really that big of a deal and in times past, I’ve been one to look forward to holidays with great anticipation. While I still enjoy them, things are much more subdued. My peace and joy comes from the Lord Jesus Christ and is so awesome that nothing in this world can add to it or take from it. As the Lord draws us ever closer to him, the things that we once looked forward to or found pleasure in just seem to loose their pizzazz. Insofar as holidays are concerned, it’s not a disagreement with the purpose of the holiday; it’s just the lack of eternal significance that makes the cause hard to get too worked up over.

Take the fourth of July; the day in history when the nations of England and the United States went their separate ways. Had things ended up differently and the American colonies remained a part of the British Empire, our salvation would be every bit as great as it is now.  (Our citizenship is truly in heaven.) Earthly events can have phenominal significance concerning the course of history and may affect the conditions under which one has to live out their days under the sun, but they have no bearing on eternal matters. Governments; be they monarchies, republics, theocracies, or the emerging global tyrrany that will be headed by the son of perdition, lose their influence on a person once that person passes into eternity. This next sobering passage says it all:

Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

 The issues of eternal significance are so permanent that as we draw closer to Jesus, the things of a temporal nature fail to move us as they may have in times past. This is not an ideological or legalistic shift; it’s just a “diminishing” of enthusiasm for something that, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a big deal. This not only goes for holidays but applies to an array of issues. A good example would be a recent visit to the dentist. As I was in the chair, Dr Humphries brought up the Red Wings winning the stanley cup this season. Now a few years ago, I would have been really excited, would have tuned into every game possible, and would now have two or three t-shirts commemorating the accomplishment. Instead, his invitation to comment caught me off guard and I responded with a “huh…oh…yea…I saw it in the paper.” This is not an indictment of hockey or of my dentist who is outstanding in his profession.  It’s just that…well….I COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT WHO WON THE STANLEY CUP! 

As the Lord transforms us into his image and spiritual growth takes place in our lives, our agendas will be altered as well. Up until 2004, I was very politically minded and would have been a good poster child for neo-conism. I was ensnared by an ideological mindset that hampered me spiritually and spun everything observable into a conservative format. (Note: when something is spinning, it’s hard to make out the details as they truly are) Today the Lord has completely delivered me from this hinderance and the eternal perspective of things is much more in focus. Everyone, liberal or conservative, rich or poor, well-educated or barely literate, bond or free, will stand before God. When a person enters eternity, wealth, race, fame, knowledge of the things of this world, and all other temporal issues lose their significance. If one were to peer into hell at this very moment, I doubt that they would find any conversations about the upcomming election. This is not to suggest that one should not partake in the upcomming elections. It’s just that its outcome will have only temporal ramifications. I still wonder; will the elections even take place and if so, will our next president be the final one? (The prophesy concerning this can be read HERE but PLEASE do so prayerfully.)

Well, I’ll be going for now as I have a lot of things to get done today and the goats are waiting for breakfast. In short, we should look to the eternal and while we are players in the temporal course of events, they should not be overly dominant. Our peace is in Christ and that transcends everything that this world can offer. Please check out this posting at Scottish Warriors. It’s far more relevant than my ramblings in the preceeding sections of this post and reveals the importance of being grounded in the faith. Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed weekend in Christ.

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog. You post is very challenging. Thank you. I will be back I am sure. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to loiter for while and read some of your other articles.


  2. HI Timbob…..no ramblings here my friend. Just good solid Spirit filled words. It almost brings me to tears to know that there are many out there, including yourself,” who are prepared for the coming storm. And I do not mean hording food in the basement or buying gold 🙂 No, the preperation that I am talking about and that you spoke of brother, is th preperation of the heart wherby it finds all of its satisfaction in the Lord. All of the things that formely excited us, now no longer have any appeal. We have learned to be content in the midst of tribulation and trial. So, whether we be hungry or full we know the Joy of the lord. We know the peace that surpasses all understanding, we are no longer anxious because the Lord has brought us through so many trial that it dawned on us that He is indeed faithful and no matter what He will be with us. There is a reason that many of the martyred saints of old sang out with great joy, the psalms, even as the flames began to lick around them. It was because of the Holy Spirit of the living God who will never leave us nor forsake us. Even Stephen, as he is killed in a horrible and gruesome manner, raises his eyes towards heaven and glorifies the living God and has love for the casters of the stones, oh yes, full of the Holy Spirit indeed. May that Spirit be upon us who seek it. May we become even less moved by the things of the world, and as the old hymn says “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangly dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.”….brother Frank


  3. Greeting Frank. Without a doubt, to be spiritually minded is life and peace; even in the midst of the most traumatic of circumstances that we could never endure under our own ability. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us and when our testimony results in our physical demise he will enable us to endure the hour of trying. Thanks so much for stopping by and always offering needed insight.

    have a blessed day in Jesus.


  4. Greetings Mark. Thanks so much for stopping by. I visited one of your sites, http://anhonestdebate.com but will have to stop back when time permits. (Things have been crazy around here lately.)

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  5. Hello Timbob,

    Sorry not to drop by as frequently, only there is so many other things on the plate right now.

    As you so rightly say in these later posts, we need to see what is really REAL, and focus on the Rock of our Salvation, spurning the tyranny of the urgent that the world so often throws our way, letting all the vain things that used to charm us, pass out of focus, that our focus may be more on Him.

    Blessings,

    Peter


  6. After reading the night vision, I have a feeling that those of us that write about these last days may be leaving a record behind, for those that follow us. They will need something to read to explain what happened to them, and to us. There are many countries in the world where Bibles are forbidden, and the internet is the only way to find out what God has for the world, and what his Word says. We have a serious responsibility to tell the truth, for those who need it now, and later. I pray we really all do a good job.

    blessings
    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/



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