There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I really enjoy the smell of burning leaves wafting through the air at the arrival of fall. Living in Western Pennsylvania I am blessed with a change of seasons 4 times a year. We have the bleakness of winter with a countryside blanketed in white, melting into the beauty of spring and a countryside bedazzled with brilliant colors. Summertime rolls in and backyards are alive with outdoor activity, barbecues ablaze, swimming pools overflowing with those who are attempting to escape hot and humid evenings. We return full-circle back to fall and the brilliant colors of the changing leaves
Nature teaches us that there is a season and a time for everything. Scripture amplifies this theme of nature by declaring that indeed there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
It is natural for nature to revolve in cycles because the Earth’s orbit revolves in a cycle which leads to our seasons. With just casual observation we can see the cycles of life, a time to be born a time to die, a time to plant a time to reap what was planted, a time to gather and a time to scatter, a time to build-up and a time to tear down. All this reflects the cycle of life. A modern-day idiom goes something like this, there’s nothing as constant as change. In fact the only thing we can really count on is that things will change. Without change there’s no room for anything new. The very purpose of fall is for old leaves to make way for new leaves that will appear in the spring. It is the order of life for the old to make way for the new.
Although things change some things remain constant; gravity and the laws of nature and of nature’s God. In order to support the changes of life, some things must remain constant and without change. If there were not gravity than life as we know it would not exist. If the earth did not rotate on it’s axis there would be no night and day, and if the earth stopped revolving around the sun the seasons would come to an end.
It is with that thought in mind that I address a rather disturbing trend in our society. Things that should not change are being changed and those changes are occurring rapidly, while at the same time things that ought to change are being held as sacred. The latter being etched in stone, while that which was actually etched in stone is being done away with.
All earthly governments, principalities, and powers, from the beginning until now, are uniformly represented in the Scriptures as wild beasts, full of destructive savageness and offensive uncleanness. It is but folly and fanaticism for men to talk of Christian states and governments in this world. Christians and good men may be concerned in their administration, and Christian ideas may sometimes temper their enactments, but earthly states and governments themselves are not Christian, and in the nature of things cannot be. They are all the products of devastated nature’s wilds, and full of ungodliness. Fix it as we may, such is the result. The best-planned institutions and the wisest laws are ever disappointing their framers. The same can be said of the United States government.
It is not surprising then to find the Sovereign Law of the Land, our Constitution, being ravaged and rewritten with hellacious fervor, the fact is the very law which God Himself delivered on etched stone from Sinai’s thunder-shaken heights could not restrain mankind from its sinful destructive nature.
Many revolutions have been wrought, and men have labored, and sacrificed, and bled, and died to achieve freedom and just governance, believing that they would secure the precious boon for which the race has sighed and cried for ages; but it was only a rearrangement of the chairs on the deck of the Titanic, an exercise in futility.
In our day especially, people are looking and longing for a grand “United Nations’, shaped to populism, and compacted by common laws, special interests, in which ‘enlightened’ ideas shall rule, and all the world be one; but the result will be, the very embodiment of hell itself, full of blasphemy and lies. Good shall be called evil and that which is evil will be exalted as good.
Revolutions, fundamental transformation, progressivism and liberal ideologies, which seek to overturn old creeds, and revise the Decalogue by introducing vain philosophies of men with its attempts to rule out a personal God and exalt self in His place, and all man’s foolhardy ideas to reconstruct society, much as they may promise, and successfully tug at the heart, are in the end destined to fail.
Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand]. But wicked men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves. 2 Timothy 3:12-13 (AMP)
What ought we to do then as Christians living in a fallen world being ruled by fallen men whose hearts and minds are being deceived and growing worse and worse? Should we simply throw our hands up in defeat? One could come to that conclusion when we review the events that took place in our country just last week. A couple of lone Senators stood-up to declare that the road we are traveling is ruinous and we need to go in an entirely new direction, only to find themselves shouted down and demeaned for having the audacity to stand-up for what they believed to be right. These men and women of courage took a stand to face down the evil ideologies of those who are trying, and succeeding in fundamentally transforming our society. The few stood tall calling for a change. They wanted to change course and try something different only to be told that what is, is ‘settled law’, written in stone, not to be undone by them or anyone else. There was nothing they could do. So we might as well surrender and sit down and shut-up.
Most thinking people could easily argue that when a product proves defective you repair, replace, or junk the product and try something else, only in government is it ever wrong to ask for a change, to argue for a better outcome, to dare to seek to right a wrong. Although our Constitution allows ‘we the people’ to ‘Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances’ we are forbidden to do so in all actuality. When Senator Ted Cruz stood to protest Obamacare he was standing for many American people who felt they were being wronged by their government and as such was asking for redress, only to be ignored.
Things need to change in D.C. there is no doubt about it, but things also need to change in the heartland of America. We need to regain our ‘righteous’ footing and restore the sure foundations upon which we wish to build our society. We can not continue to allow the wholesale slaughter of innocent children, and the destruction or should I say the reconstruction of the family unit to go unchallenged. This must not be acceptable by those who call themselves Christian. I am afraid that there are too many “Christian” in name only who are siding with the destruction of our society and enabling those in power to continue their onslaught.
We do need to choose sides, stand with the Lord and his laws or stand with those who are actively doing all they can to erase any mention of God from our society. In the end there will only be two camps. Those who are standing with the Lord when he returns and those who will be fighting against the Lord. Which side do you suppose comes out victorious?
The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of offense [persons by whom others are drawn into error or sin] and all who do iniquity and act wickedly, And will cast them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth. Then will the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God) shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening, and let him consider and perceive and understand by hearing. Matthew 13:41-43 (AMP)
Yes indeed things will change, and a law will be established, that which was sent down from heaven will once again become the chief cornerstone, the rock that the builders of our current societal structure have rejected. God’s law is the only one that is ‘settled’. it is good policy then to stand for the unshakable, immovable, written in stone, unalterable, that which is sure to remain. With whom will you be standing?
“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV
And that is the way I see it.
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But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)
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