|I35 Bridge Collapse, 3/26/2015|
Some time ago, I began writing a book. Actually, I started on two books. Through a technical glitch, I lost what would have been about three-quarters of one of those books, and this sent me into a major writer's block. Since then, I have slowly been catching up and writing more on the other book I had started. I wish I had been more diligent in my efforts at the time, because what I was writing about back then is now happening right before our eyes! I was at the very place shown in this picture only one week ago!
The following is an excerpt from the Forward of that book, which will be entitled "Duct Tape for Wobbly Knees." The topic is of utmost importance, so I hope that you will take the time to read it through and digest it's words and meaning. And so it goes ...
Do you believe in
eternity? If so, where do you think you
will spend it? Do you believe that Jesus is coming back for His bride … us, the church? Do you believe that it will be soon? If you
lay claim to being a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, doesn’t it bother
you that some of your brothers and sisters in Christ are unsure of their
eternal destination? Doesn’t it trouble
you that some will be “spewed out of God’s mouth”
because they are “luke-warm?” The older I get, the
stronger the urgency seems to be.
One night I turned on the History
Channel. They had a program on called,
“The Crumbling of America.” This was a
two-hour show about how weak the American infrastructure system has become. The narrator explained that all great
nations, the United States of America included, became so through and because
of their magnificent and complex infrastructure systems. He went on to say that the majority of the
bridges in this country are, or soon will be, forty to fifty years old. Most are deteriorating rapidly, and tragedy
is imminent. We have neglected
maintenance, overlooked normal wear and tear, and ignored the fact that our
bridges and road systems are carrying loads that they were never meant to
carry. What is beyond our immediate
range of sight has been basically disregarded.
All this is causing our infrastructure to crumble … slowly, but ever so
As I watched this program, I began to think about the deterioration
of our infrastructure system in terms of the deterioration of our spiritual
lives and the corrosion of our values and morals. I know that things have been
deteriorating ever since the Garden of Eden. But in my lifetime, once we
eliminated prayer from school, everything seemed to go downhill from
there. When I was young, you got
detention for chewing gum in school. My
second grade teacher once smacked me on the hand with a ruler for carrying a
paper plate on my head. Back then, the
only thing to fear was the punishment that was meted out for misbehaving. Now, school grounds are places for some very
appalling, not to mention frightful, activities. Some large-city schools actually have metal
detectors at their entrances so that youth can no longer bring guns and knives
inside! Rapes and beatings in school
lavatories are not unheard of any more. Hazing has actually become popular!
Massacres have occurred on college campuses, movie theaters, elementary
schools, and in other public places. And why not? What else can we expect? What else should
we expect? Children see violence, sexual
encounters, drugs, drunkenness, murders, and the use of obscene language right
in their own living rooms on TV every day!
Some stations show these things explicitly and without boundaries, even
during prime-time. Some children grow up with it in their neighborhoods,
apartment houses, and even in their own dwelling! It’s “hard-wired” into the
very fibers of their being from a very early age.
Our country had more
than just its great infrastructure system to make it powerful. Before that system was developed, we had
another great cornerstone to our foundation … our country was founded on Christian,
Biblical principles. Now we have taken
prayer out of school, the Ten Commandments out of public buildings, Christ out
of Christmas, and in recent years, public outcry has even been against putting
up a nativity scene on your own private property! We have spent great effort on trying to take
“in God we trust” off our money, and Christian programs off the air waves. Separation of church and state is now
legal. It’s a concept I just can’t wrap
my mind around … how do you separate a part of who you are from another
Corruption and greed are evident in
almost every walk of life, including Christianity. Anger is obvious. I don’t know whether it’s worse that “road
rage” exists, or that it’s actually so predominant that we have a name for it!
Abuse … sexual, physical, mental and emotional … is carried out routinely
against children, women, and now even men.
Honor and respect for one another has faded into the background, or
deteriorated altogether … along with truth.
Little white lies and vulgar language are commonplace. Trust is not.
Hatred, jealousy, and revenge are three of the main motivating factors
behind the rising crime rate. Respect
for authority is dwindling. In our quest
not to offend, we have gone to the
opposite end of the spectrum and have gotten lethargic and lazy in our battle
against evil and wrongdoing.
I could go on and on. But having said even that much, why in the
world do we wonder where God is when tragedy strikes? How can we question His existence through and
after horrendous, destructive weather patterns?
During wars and rumors of wars?
After all, it is we who have eliminated
Him from all we hold dear in the first place!
Do we actually believe that we can remove Him from our lives, but then
expect His mighty hand to protect us when tragedy is looming? Do we expect that
He is a magic genie who will appear on command when we need Him, and remain in
the shadows at all other times? Are we
actually embarrassed to say that we know Him?
The narrator on the History Channel program went on to say, “America’s
roads are headed for a crash.” How much
more so are we, if we don’t get our
values, morals, and especially our spiritual identities out of the gutter.
A serious lack of accountability grew
out of this confusion and untruth. It's about the Bible’s inerrancy … “I’ll believe
what I believe, and you believe what you believe.” Allowing such circumstantial freedom of
belief has driven us so far away from seeking truth. Its roots are in rebellion and pride, and
that’s exactly what caused God to spew Satan out of Heaven. Freedom minus
responsibility equals chaos!
Similarly, the Christian community is
lacking in structure and discipline. I
once asked someone why she doesn’t go to church. She said it’s because she knows who those
people are on Monday. Many have made
similar comments. People … we are
failing in our duties as Christians! We
have become lethargic. We have become
apathetic. We speak mainly about God’s love
… and I do thank Him for it. But have we
forgotten that God is also righteous? And just?
For the Christian, self has to be removed from the throne. This will
happen … with or without our help or consent. God will have no other gods before Him,
We need to wake up! God is a wonderful, magnificent, all-knowing, all-loving,
almighty God. There aren’t enough
adjectives known to man to describe His goodness and love. But this book is not about that. It’s a come-to-life cry to those of us who
carry Jesus’ name and His authority … Christians. It’s a wake-up call for a sleeping giant …
Christianity. If we don’t come to
realize, believe and accept just who Jesus really is, and all He has done for
us, there will be some of us left behind!
Thus ends the excerpt from the Foreword of "Duct Tape for Wobbly Knees." I hope it has given you food for thought, as well as a thirst to read what follows. You see from the picture posted in this article that what was written about is already happening. How much time do we have? Are you ready?
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?