There is a line in life that we all must be careful not to cross. When I prayed, “Lord open my eyes” I was asking Him to open my eyes to what He sees. I didn’t expect what He showed me!
I’ve seen God’s great love. I’ve seen Him heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I’ve experienced His everlasting love and all those types of healing in my own life. But what He showed me yesterday left me crying into my pillow last night.
The day started early and was spent with a group of authors gathered together in one large event. I was looking forward to it as I do each year. I walked around the room meeting authors and scanning their books. I’m an avid reader and usually buy more than I sell.
I was shocked when scanning through the various books and listening to authors expound on their work. Looking at the acknowledgment page of one book the first sentence began, “Thank you God and His Son…” I thought, “Wow. A Christian novel.” Then pages filled with filthy language appeared. “It lends reality to the story” was the author’s justification.
Moving on, the next author explained, “But that’s the way they talk.” A little different slant to the same justification for filthy language.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Eph.4:29 seems to have been forgotten.
Yet another author proudly explains his book is about “The people God forgot.” I wanted to scream, “NO! NO! NO! GOD DOES NOT FORGET ANYONE!”
The Lord had me return to my table. Shaking my head and wondering how these professed Christians can write this stuff I obediently did as He said. Glancing around the room, after perusing just about all the books, left me wondering if there was even one that would please God. I bought nothing.
Upon returning home I was confronted with more of our world. “Be careful what you pray for” comes to mind. The T.V. news announcer states, “Four kindergarden students found performing sex acts in a classroom” left me almost speechless. “A fifteen year old boy asked his grandma to take him to the store. She said, “No” and he proceeded to beat her to death with a baseball bat.” Another T.V. news story tells how a whole town of Christians in Israel are told to convert to a certain religion or be killed.
Tears stream down my cheeks.
We have a government that no more looks to God or obeys His commands than a rock in the middle of a raging river! We’ve removed prayer from schools, we have large organizations that are hell bent on trying to remove God from the face of the earth. We have parents that are more concerned with climbing the corporate ladder or could care less what their children are doing or where they go. Young kids grow up thinking the gang they’ve entered is their answer to an unloving world. Sadly the list could go on and on and on.
I fully realize there is good in this world but what the Lord was showing me was a very small portion of the reality of a fallen world. How did this happen? How does an entire nation, a world, step into such deep waters? There has always been sin since Adam and Eve but times sure seemed to be a whole lot easier back when…. Now? Like an influenza spreading like wild fire, sin has become the norm AND WE HAVE ALLOWED IT TO TAKE ROOT!
Staring at the sign at the edge of the lake, “No lifeguard swim at your own risk.” We have a Life Guard! God, through His Son Jesus Christ. If we have accepted Him as our Savior He is our “life vest” when we step over, or jump head long, into the deep waters of life. He is our “Life Guard!” He is there to rescue us. He is there to warn us of the dangers we are about to step into. There is no logical reason, in my opinion, for anyone to drown in the cesspool of sin this world is seemingly accepting.
Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” The sins of our world are direct acts from the devils influence in people. John 10:10 continues to say, “I have come that that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.” Christ is telling us that we can have a better life, a better world, with Him than without Him!
“I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John14:6
“He who has My commands and keeps them, It is he who loves me.” John 14:21
Author Sue Cass – See “And my pen wrote”
Blessings to you. 🙂