Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The New Underground




To most thinking individuals, this sounds insane. Impossible. Irrational. Beyond the scope of common sense. Though I am the least of the least so certainly not the only one, I can say I saw this coming, even many years ago. 


At the turn of this century, I belonged to a forum of what was then known as 'preppers'. We gathered to discuss possibilities, Plan B, sharing information and places to search for learning basic survival skills in the event that the ITs were not able to repair the code in the software that basically runs the world before the bewitching midnight hour of 12/31/99.


I wasn't a Bug-Out-Bag-Build-A-Bunker prepper. I was more about gathering extra supplies to be able to stay safely out of the fray and learning how to cook in the dark. Last February, 2020, I had a flashback to my 'prepper days' when I watched normal humans become irrational animals fighting over the last package of toilet paper at the local grocery store. Humans are definitely predictable and it's why I am conditioned to try to stay a couple steps ahead of any current situation. It's a self preservation thing.


The Y2K Prepper forum attracted all sorts of folks from all over the world. It was mostly civil exchanges but one member, in particular, was a rabid atheist and had little tolerance for anyone saying anything that remotely referred to having faith. It was her opinion that all the ills of the world could be dumped onto the Christian religion. Any reference to Christianity, she would chime in with something snarky or snide and because most of the other forumites were not there to do battle, the topic/thread would soon die. I'm sure she felt smugly that she had won some points for the common good. 


Atheist -1 Christian - 0.


One day, a news article appeared that someone posted that referenced a Church in a small town having been destroyed by vandals. Without thinking it through, I posted that, one day, Christians, everywhere, would be persecuted and would likely have to resort to gathering secretly in homes and in caves as the first century Followers of the Way had to do to escape Roman persecution.


The Atheist, (I had a mental image of her smacking her lips and typing gleefully) posted her rebuttal. She said, "Please tell me any incidence of YOU being unable to practice your religion!"


I thought about it before I replied. I was torn between carrying on with examples of how it has been for more than 2000 years, including many places in other countries, at that moment, or cutting it short, choosing to not cast pearls before swine. In the end I took the middle road and replied:


"Christians are being murdered all over the world as I type this. Christians in China have to hide or be dragged off to reeducation camps. My comment was about the future of Christianity in the West, particularly in the US." 


I'm sure she had a pointy terse response but I didn't care what she thought by then I had said all I was going to. Perhaps someone else reading might have gotten a seed planted and that is really all that matters to me. You can lead a horse to water, the old saying goes...


I have finally concluded that what we are seeing happening, in real time, today, was predicted long ago which confirms for me that, indeed,  the day does come. Whether 2000 years or 20.


I've always thought that God, historically speaking, keeps a Remnant for Himself because He prefers to do the impossible with the least. But lately, as things have moved along to more Biblical prophesy unfolding before our eyes, I have to wonder, if God uses the least number to fulfill His will because it is easier to make things happen with a few hidden and thus more successfully working in silence than those actively visible - being out loud and therefore easy targets. Maybe it takes both and depends on personality type. In The Body, the eyes aren't required to do what the hand does, etc. My prepper history reveals that I, personally, prefer to stay working underground. :-)


Just a theory. I'm always pondering things. One thing I am not wondering about is whether or not what we are seeing happening is God allowing satan to have his way with us so that we can better discern the sheep from the goats. Who are His faithful Remnant? Those who keep the faith in spite of threat of death? Those who listen for the still small voice and choose to carry on regardless what the rest of the world is doing? Those who choose to say, 'no' to what looks very much like a way to mark us into a system? 


I do know that what we've been told in ancient prophecy, the End of Days. is not likely to look like or be exactly as we have come to expect for all the movies and fiction books put out. But, then again, we are also given permission to pay attention to the signs. It appears as though we are in the fictional Matrix but, in real life, we are truly in the edges of all out war on the Christian faith - world wide - not a book, movie or game show, so I'm thinking we need to consider being more aware and staying a couple steps ahead of the old predictions.


When a Christian congregation, in a Western country, that we share a border with, is forced to go underground so as to be able to gather to worship, I say, 'I'll take, What era did it become illegal to be a Christian? for 666, Alex."


I cannot help but wonder if that Atheist is still alive and would she loudly applaud hundreds of police guarding a fenced in church building in a country so near us. 



For Him,

Meema


ps - the following is a quote from Dave Ramsey, that I found to be a consummately accurate summary of what we see is happening, that also just happens to align with prophesy. 


The war with dark principalities has ramped up. 


by DAVE RAMSEY


"This morning, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same.


I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their own. I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone.


You can't justify this insanity. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind.


We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.


Somehow it's un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.


People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.


Universities that advocate equality, discriminate against Asian-Americans in favor of African-Americans.


Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.


Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.


People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.


After legislating gender, if a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.


It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it's an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquiries about it.


People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.


Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you'd better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.


Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcomed.


$5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for "free" health care is not.


If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.


And, pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us "racists"!


Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus, but it is racist to refer to it as Chinese even though it began in China.


We are clearly living in an upside-down world where right is wrong and wrong is right, where moral is immoral and immoral is moral, where good is evil and evil is good, where killing murderers is wrong, but killing innocent babies is right.


Wake up America. The great unsinkable ship Titanic America has hit an iceberg, is taking on water and sinking fast.




Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter 2021

 




So much to say. So much I have to/want to say. But it feels as though everything is jammed up in a long neck bottle turned upside down as I try desperately to shake it out.


I guess I'll start by saying, I don't recall Easter 2020. I have no memories of who of my family gathered together or what we ate. I can make assumptions based on our history. But on Easter Sunday last year, I was still grieving my sister's death on Palm Sunday, just seven days earlier. The covid hysteria had just begun to rev up and life as we knew it was teetering on the brink of falling over the edge. In spite of my sadness over my sister I was truly grateful she was beyond all the madness. Every dark cloud does truly have a silver lining.


But this year, having witnessed, first hand, the world slowly dissolve into chaos as the new normal, I am definitely reminded of quite a few Scriptures that seem to apply as current events unfold. 


Isaiah 5:20 - Woe unto them that call evil good, and                                        good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!


Luke 12:52-56 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?


But, in the middle of it all, regardless how the daily headlines cleverly skew and twist the truth and thereby manipulate the narrative, regardless how easily so many fall for what is just a Great Delusion, there is a constant anyone who chooses to cling to, can. 


While Easter has long been plagiarized by those who also stole the true meaning of Christmas in the name of the god of commerce, one unchangeable truth remains: In spite of what mankind does or does not do, six words sum up all I really need to say:


It is finished. He is risen. 


Mother Eartha can say the rest for me.




For Him,

Meema







Sunday, March 28, 2021

Bags All Packed

 


In 2011, when I went from commencing to begin to start to think about to actually creating a blog, I had no expectations or plans or even goals. I've been writing to find out what I think in one published form or another since 1990.


What to title the blog came out of nowhere and I vaguely recall it was the result of an exchange I had with an email pen pal of the time. I think my original concept was that I was ready to go, bags all packed. Being a surrendered Christian, I know my flaws very well but I also trust that Christ has those covered so I am not afraid to leave this mortal coil for the next life.


Of late I have begun to think that "bags all packed" might represent something else as well though.


There is no question that the last twelve plus months have seriously impacted the psychic health of most humans on this planet. Social divisions have fractured into unbridgeable chasms, emotions are worn thin and tempers heated to boiling point. 


In the big scheme of things it almost seems like a test somehow: what is our limit and what are we able to endure before we implode? How bad does it have to get before we break up into unmendable pieces or...admit we need help from a Higher Source? 


Suicides are more common, especially in the young and teen demographic. Marriages are dying at a higher rate than even before, which was already at an all time high percentage. Marriages not withstanding, families in general are splintered along political lines, of all things.


If I wanted to get seriously deep here, I'd have to reveal my deep concern for being able to see correlations with Biblical prophecy about the End of Times. Of course, being practical I could also refer to other eras of great stress and turmoil that might have caused similar conclusions of the day as well.  Jesus, Himself, said He didn't know the hour or the day, only the Father knew, so I'm not going to get into those weeds.


The point I'm wrestling with is - what is the point? What should we come away with for all our angst and tribulations in this new normal? Is there something positive to be gained for all this trouble?


Well, for one thing, I considered that many of our struggles are less about outside influences and more about how we, as individuals, handle the slings and arrows we find ourselves dodging.


Maybe this is a good time to do some introspection?  How much truth can we handle, especially about ourselves?


I think it comes to this - on our life journey we each arrive at a crossroads with things both hidden in our pockets, that we brought with us from our beginnings, and things we collected along the way and then stuffed in the invisible bag we lug around on our backs. Some good things and many not so good things. 


We each are a product and sum total of all the attributes that we come preloaded with, starting with our basic personalities, and then added onto all the experiences and conditions that are thrown at us. Which explains why some folks can have very bad childhoods and yet step up to be good parents, while some turn out to be abusers because they were abused. It has to do with both innate and acquired coping skills, perspective and the ability to rise above adversity and hardship. 


Regardless whether we choose to hold ourselves accountable for our circumstances, or blame shift, to transfer our own issues and the consequences of our choices on to someone or something else, we all, at some point in our lives, reach a fork in the road where we have the same question to answer:


What do I want to happen and what do I have to do, to let go of, or step up to, in order to make it happen? 


Ask yourself, what do you want to be written as your final chapter, the recalling of the last path you chose? 


Are you determined to cling to things you've had stuffed in your back pack for the better part of your life, the unhappy ragged bits and pieces, grudges, hurts, like being bullied or neglected, misunderstood or not appreciated, the times you failed or had to quit? Or would you be willing, for the sake of just finishing well, to take your heavy stuffed bag off and walk away to free yourself from the weight of the collected misery you have carried around for so long? 


If you can't let go, if you are determined that all of your problems are external, not internal, that you have no control over your choices, your actions, your responses to the way life comes at you, that you have no obligations to anyone else because of your actions, then you will likely carry your bag all packed to capacity to the last word of your very last paragraph. 


Someone I love said, the best way to have a relationship with God is to first get out of your own way. That could also apply to navigating this often pitted road of life too. We are mostly our own worst enemy.


An opportunist will take advantage of the present conditions of life being turned upside down, by, first, acknowledging we all have baggage. Then opening the bag, looking inside with honesty and making some cleaning out/letting go choices, which lightens the load and instantly opens up options for continuing on in a better, more productive, frame of mind. 


But really the best, most freeing, positive thing you can do for yourself and those you love, is to just set the bag down and walk away from your determination to be burdened and step out, like being reborn, toward God's will for you.


Then take your first breath... again. 


For Him,

Meema


Matthew 11:28-30 RSV


28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.