Friday, November 13, 2020

Time To Choose

A few days ago Dave Rubin asked his community in how everyone was feeling.

I took a few days to get quiet and think about this. In recent months I have chosen to be more outspoken in this blog, rather than remain in the more gentle middle ground. The day does come when you must not only choose Who you will worship and follow but declare it out loud. 

So, how am I feeling? 


I’m working my way through the five stages of grief. Anger was short lived because I don’t like being angry. Denial was even shorter because I’m too practical. I lingered in Bargaining because, well, what’s the downside to offering up promises to be more proactive instead of complacent? To promise to stand up for Christ instead of turning a blind eye to go along to get along in exchange for a little more time?

I think I spent most of the last few days in a reflective Depression, but because I am one who not only doesn’t fret over the glass being half full, I am grateful for having a glass at all, and since gratitude is the best cure for depression, it’s difficult for me to justify being depressed. 

So, here I am on the edges of Acceptance but I step in conditionally. 

I do not accept that the 2020 Presidential election was honest. It seems evil is being allowed to have its way as I type this. 

I do not accept that the hypocritical, self-righteous crowds celebrating Biden are now not able to be super spreaders of Covid as they claimed Trump rallies were just weeks ago. Covid just isn’t that smart.

I do not accept that we can now love each other, unify and ‘get along’ even as there are many who, just a couple weeks ago, called Trump supporters every foul name in the book and who are now compiling a ‘get even’ blacklist calling for Trump supporters to be fired from their jobs. There have been many examples in human history that called for standing up and fighting or being overcome. Even as Christians are admonished to love one another, we are also given the right to discern who to trust and who to resist. Think Corrie Ten Boom and dozens of others who took a stand thereby saving many lives in WW2.

I do not accept that this country can stand, as it was founded, against the evil that has taken power, without a great life altering upheaval. We are truly at war with dark principalities and the goals are to reshape America to deny and reject ‘In God We Trust’. 

I do not accept that the Presidential election of 2020 was a choice between two men. Rather it was a choice between two Americas, a Democratic Republic or a socialist banana republic.

I do not accept that evil has won the war even though it might have claimed victory in recent battles. 

Most importantly, 

I do not accept that God has abandoned us. His will is always accomplished even if we don’t understand it or why what is happening is allowed to be. There are many Scriptures that warn us that being Believers is not always easy, but it is the very best choice in the long run.

I am comforted to know that God has this even if things do not unfold as we wish. Imagine the confusion and despair of the Disciples as they watched Christ die on the cross. 

We know how that worked out. 

For Him, 



  1. Love you story, I and my whole family feel the same way the choice “a democratic Republic “ or a “socialist banana republic “ I also will keep praying for our president and this great country. Maybe someday some of the lesser learned will actually wake up before it is too late.

    1. So we just pray without ceasing and stand. We listen, obey and trust. And wait for further instructions. :-)

  2. You have written beautifully what my heart is feeling. Despite the enormous battle that Trump has fought the devil will get his way in this.
    May God help us all.

    1. The devil gets his way when God allows it so we have to know there is a good and perfect reason. Be of good cheer, God has this.

  3. Socialism reared its ugly head, poked its head through the door and then walked in, went fully into the room and brazenly took a seat as we all sat by and said "Socialism will never happen in this country" Guess what folks theres a new unwanted guest at the table.

  4. 2 Thessalonians 2
    2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
    14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
    16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
    17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

  5. {{I do not accept that evil has won the war even though it might have claimed victory in recent battles. I do not accept that God has abandoned us. His will is always accomplished even if we don’t understand it or why what is happening is allowed to be.}} Yes. God wins. No doubt there.

    If Christ’s Kingdom was of this world, it would be easy to just move there and obey His laws. Because His Kingdom is not of this world, the going gets tough sometimes. Seeing victory when defeat is all around is from Psalm 23 . . . You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies. We need spiritual eyes to see that. We need to flip our funnel. We make the physical world the large size and God at the small end so we funnel most things through the natural world around us. It should be the opposite. God is the large size and everything should funnel through Him out the small end into the world.

    1. You know how we talked about when we are thinking about things and God has His way of sending confirmation? Well, I read your comment then found this in my in box. :-)

      To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. (Revelation 2:17)

      God always keeps the revelation of Himself in Christ bound up with practical situations. You and I can never get revelation other than in connection with some necessity. We cannot get it simply as a matter of information. That is information, that is not revelation. We cannot get it by studying. When the Lord gave the manna in the wilderness (a type of Christ as the Bread from heaven), He stipulated very strongly that not one fragment more than the day's need was to be gathered, and that if they went beyond the measure of immediate need, disease and death would break out and overtake them. The principle, the law, of the manna, is that God keeps revelation of Himself in Christ bound up with practical situations of necessity, and we are not going to have revelation as mere teaching, doctrine, interpretation, theory, or anything as a thing, which means that God is going to put you and me into situations where only the revelation of Christ can help us and save us....

      Now then, that is why the Lord would keep us in situations which are acute, real. The Lord is against our getting out on theoretical lines with truth, out on technical lines. Oh, let us shun technique as a thing in itself and recognize this, that, although the New Testament has in it a technique, we cannot merely extract the technique and apply it. We have to come into New Testament situations to get a revelation of Christ to meet that situation. So that the Holy Spirit's way with us is to bring us into living, actual conditions and situations, and needs, in which only some fresh knowledge of the Lord Jesus can be our deliverance, our salvation, our life, and then to give us, not a revelation of truth, but a revelation of the Person, new knowledge of the Person, that we come to see Christ in some way that just meets our need. We are not drawing upon an "it," but upon a "Him."

      By T. Austin-Sparks from: The School of Christ - Chapter 3

    2. Whining to God that I needed an instruction manual with clear steps I understood Him to answer me this way: If we had a crystal clear instruction manual none would make it into the Kingdom because the enemy would stop them at every turn. Hmmmm Made sense.

      But then I clearly heard Holy Spirit chuckle and say, "but I have the enemy's manual!"


  6. I am miles behind in my reading, but wanted to affirm your thought process here. (finally! Better late than never?)
    I remember years ago a pastoral search went awry and in a direction I could never have imagined, and our church suffered "leanness of soul" for a number of years.

    1. This seems to be a recurring theme, the composer being the flaw in humanness. This shows up in the small as well as the big. It finds its way into every kind of gathering where humans seek another human to be the guide and director. Especially in this age where satan is questing night and day to thwart and destroy that which God has ordained. We are granted discernment but we forget we need to keep it fine-tuned.
      Good to see you when you are able. :-)