You know, like I know that the cultural wheels of western civilization appear to be getting awfully wobbly. Scandals and lies, murder and deceit fill the news. We cannot appear to go a single week without some new ethical or moral low being hit. It doesn't seem to be the ways things ought be. People are angered, there is frustration over the constant slide into shame. They want (very badly!) to know what can be done to arrest this decline. From here, the wind appears to be blowing the wrong direction.
Over in You Tube land, a guy could get lost attempting to follow out all of the dire and dreadful conspiracies, predictions and doom upon the horizon. Does anyone go fishing anymore? Do families ever take walks by waterways and admire the birds these days? The shape of the narrative is one of bluster, hurry and ever new crisis.
In my opinion, we keep on forgetting that an "emergency" is the sequence in which something or someone emerges. That which emerges is a "baby", and has a life before it, but if it lives do we? The cyber digital universe of instant access is emerging. World wide rabid Islam is emerging. A possible one world government or at minimum a world currency is busy being born. These (among others) are the babies in question. But when they grow, will we have a life? Will there be room for human exploration? Will there be any smiles looking at old photos together? Will that world allow for square dance? I am well aware that this sounds incoherent, but trust me for a moment that this is being done on purpose.
Normally if where we live is an ugly house, we run from it as soon as possible. We find a place we like better as soon as we are able. Yet, the new and coming-ugly we are to embrace? Who says so? The hurry and paranoia, the anger and frustration of the new era which we can already taste, is but a small hint of what is coming. Yet we continue to build it? Why construct that particular monstrosity anyhow?
They say that gamblers simply cannot help themselves and even if he is aware that the past-time is ruining the family, destroying a marriage and building an unpayable debt, still he continues! That gambler is us. We are constructing a very large and quite hideous thing which none of us individually desires, and corporately we cannot cease putting together. What is inside us is manifesting out here in real time history, and from the heart; the issues of life proceed.
Today, there is still a beauty in rivers running, and this afternoon, the lonely cry of the hawk still thrills the soul. That fierce light down in the eyes of tigers remains a marvel. Not every single thing is futility and chaos, we know this quite well. But the future garbage dump with which we are just now consumed, which nobody individually desires; we cannot-not build!
We are aware, deep in us; that there simply must be more to life than what we have so far known. The sad tales of addictions to just about anything we could name simply disgusts us, and yet and yet. This firey call down in us must find the home forgotten. Somewhere meaning must fit the key into the lock. Elsewise life is nothing.
What I assert here is; as the empire of the west falters, the killing of decency, and the murder of innocence is happening precisely because we cannot imagine living without "that missing something". And (politically speaking) anything which gets in the way of finding that "missing thing" is to be overthrown. We cannot help ourselves, let that sink in!
See, with the disaster back at Eden, we ourselves plus our world have been twisted badly out of shape. We are compelled to do "the right thing" and simultaneously unable to identify it. We love good projects, and cannot define good. The conflicts, arguments and then wars which arise are (truly enough) sinful, but the disease in us is a kind of "excessive righteousness"! We must and we must. We remain both unable and unwilling, and yet we must! We are a race of junkies looking for our next fix of "right", unable to detect the wrong mixed in to the batch.
Now our standard stratagem for dealing with addiction is to damp down the desire, not to inflame it. We recommend stability and peace inside. Never is it even imagined to increase the roar and the rush, the excitement we crave. That is, directionally speaking, we thereby infer that our basic error regarding desire is that it is a too strong version within us. It ought (morally) be quelled. So strategy-wise, a fire burning too brightly we deprive of oxygen. My observation is that; it never occurs to us to build a fusion engine rather than a coal burner. It doesn't cross our minds to increase desire. And this seems peculiar to me.
With the constant disappointment of "heroes" who are publicly displayed as deeply flawed, we quell and damp down our expectations of human nature. We simply quit believing in anyone at all (so to avoid further heartbreak). To be let down (again) by those of clay feet, is painful! But just here, why is it not on the plate to find (instead) a furiously reliable, an unshakably true champion? We move out of houses we dislike. But no, we'd rather dismiss the category, and trudge on, congratulating ourselves for "growing up".
One of the babies just now emerging is a future national (and perhaps global!) bankruptcy. We know this, and are also quite aware that our "leaders" are lying like crazy about this debt bomb. This causes an uncertainty of the future, a dread of further change, and strangest of all a disconnect! We just quit listening to the bad news. Uhm, not to appear hypercritical here, but wouldn't it be better to transfer "funds" to He Who Is Treasure? I mean if the world really is in a death spiral, wouldn't it make sense to head toward the only life boat? Deep within us, is the hope of better days coming, and a trust that everything is going to be alright. Build here! To a dying world surely this seems unrealistic, childish even.
Are we thereby to join them in a jaded and prematurely dark outlook? Do we align with considering such to be the "adult" option? We remain unable to shed the heart knowledge that there simply must be more than eating, drinking, working, copulating and the rest (which we require) from all of those others. The very human belief that life must, and ought; mean something just will not go away. But we cannot agree on the meaning!
Please do not misunderstand me, I am not in favor of some pollyanna theorm. The "optimists" around me have never seemed very convincing. Reality bites, is is harsh. Things almost never go according to (our) plan. You can fight me (if you'd like) on that, but you will lose.
No! The knowledge that things are going to be alright does not arise from our efforts, attitudes or dreams. It is very nearly the reverse of those, but in brief it is crashing in from the outside. Lewis said; "Fish do not feel wet" or to that effect. We (if 'evolved') could not know of a world which makes sense, one which is wholesome and glad, for this one never has been! The evidence in us, did not arise from us.
Here's an example. Work with me on this okay? The enemy cannot create anything, (much less, give life) but he can build a mockery type of copy. A badly done "duplicate" is the idea. If we begin with the everything will be alright theory, he is forced to try to cobble together some horror show or another, along with demonic energies and our old nature to build it. But such is guaranteed to be yet a lower , darker and far worse version than the present state of things. The evidence that we must, and cannot; this is crucial!
This being said, we could more or less predict that the coming man of sin will be posing as an "outsider" to our fallen world. Will this be an "intelligent machine"? Hey, how about some clown claiming to have arrived from outer space? Beats me as to the details, but build it they must! Our inner addiction to "do the right thing" demands it. And we could thereby predict that the claim of the anti-man will be along the lines of defending earth from a terrible invasion force! It is a good thing to unite, but for enemies to do so, they only agree to a truce in order to fight a worse and mutual foe. Do you see how it works? Build the good (unity) in a shabby and destructive fashion. Our desires plus the works of our hands are the prima facie evidence against us. Yet in fact, everything really will be alright!
Unity is achieved through both compulsion (fear) and desire. It is simply not enough for the anti-christ to use fear only. The strong desire for a better world, a safe and sane world, and that there is something that we "must do" to achieve it, is (motivationally) basic here.
The scriptures foretell that the armies of earth are gathered together to war upon the Lamb. This is certain. But, from a human standpoint, makes zero sense in that said Lamb absolutely controls both our lives and our existent being! Power-wise it is an idiotic stunt, with no hope at all of success, and build it they must!
Our internecine squabbling, our perpetual feuding plus open warfare is all carried out in the desire for peace! Nobody self orients to build what they formally believe to be wicked. Heck; even Satanists believe that what they are doing is the "right thing"! But it is precisely here, at our "rightness" that the evidence against us is strongest!
We do right to love the right, and do wrong in imagining we are able to even correctly identify it. But we cannot-not do so. If help does not arrive from the outside, then there is no help to be had.
Help has arrived.
Since then, we are pre-wired to "do right" then we must (at present) be positionally wrong. There is none who is right, except One. For us to pursue our desire is to technically attempt to rival Him. There is no rival to Him. No congregation, mob or army of all the powers of creation can even begin to rival Him. He controls their power to be, and to live. He decrees the end from the beginning. Our "competition" against Him never did make a bit of sense. It was an idiot errand from the outset. We, framed in the image do (in fact) love the Law, and wish to do right, and also we find ourselves building the very opposite of that; time and time again. But this in itself can never be an argument to lower or dampen desire, especially for the right. With His assistance, this is redirected.
No longer an impersonal and abstract "rightness" we hunger for, but He-The-Right-One in Person who has revealed Himself. Thereby, desire is inflamed not reduced. Our philosophies, our political theories, our harsh and impersonal "goods"; we abandon them all, so to wildly embrace He-Good. It is an acceleration, a spiritual after-burner, a blast out of the starting blocks. Addiction itself was bearing testimony all along!
We knew, we just knew! There simply had to be a "something" which would be that roar and a rush, that "thing" which would satisfy deep down. So, we tried drugs, we tried sex, we tried all kinds of things. But the best and brightest of them, indeed the entire package of them combined; were but a faint wisp. They, the dim echo of "something else" that we knew "had to be there", and we would never, ever would or could have admitted that it was the Nazarene all along which we hunger for. At least we never would have without help.
Help has arrived, and He replaces optimism with hope. We do look forward to a better (and sane!) world. But not one of our doing. The resurrection of King Jesus has changed everything! That new world is already commenced, and we partaking of His Spirit have passed out of death. We are "already" on the other side of Judgement. Our revived sense that everything will be alright is factual. It is hard cold reality, and it is the certainty to come! The testimony of Jesus Christ, that is the spirit of prophecy says John the Apostle.
Everything really will be alright, and we are utterly dependant upon His promise for it. He, upon His own honor has sworn it.
And He is no liar