As I write this the Chicago Cubs have a chance to win their first World Series since 1908. It has been 108 years. By the time you read this the outcome will have been determined. If they do win, and I am pulling for them, maybe it is a sign that the end is near.
While I think it is a great stretch to pin the end of the world solely on the Cubs, if you look through some of the current news stories it can make you start to wonder. Now I’m not talking about the obvious stuff that the networks want you to see; if you have the stomach for it, look in other places and you might just be surprised what is going on.
Here are just a few stories you may have missed:
Todd Starnes, a contributor on Fox News, wrote about Dr. Gene Lingerfelt, pastor of Faith Christian Center in Arlington, TX. He was traveling on vacation with his wife when they were stopped by TSA so his Bible could be inspected. That’s right, TSA wanted to inspect his Bible. Forget shoe bombs and radical Islamic terrorists, let’s make sure the dude with the Word of God is not up to something nefarious. Dr. Lingerfelt said, “He fanned through the entire Bible and very nicely explained to us that we got stopped because of the Bible.”
So the next time you go to fly, be prepared to have your Bible inspected. I guess TSA wants to make sure it doesn’t go off on the plane and some Gospel break out on the unassuming passengers. It’s not enough you are treated worse than cattle when you fly, I can attest about this from personal experience (can I get a witness?), but now they want to make sure we are “damned” as we fly the friendly skies.
The Christian Post, on October 26, 2016, reported that Dr. Eric Walsh, “a Seventh Day Adventist lay minister who says he was fired by the Georgia Department of Public Health after officials were assigned to watch and review the content of his sermons, says he will not comply with the state’s request that he hand over his sermons for review by states attorneys.” It seems Dr. Walsh had upset some of the LGBTLMNNOP folks, sorry if I failed to include your capital letter but I just can’t keep up with all of them.
Does anyone remember the mayor of Houston, TX demanding the sermon notes from area pastors who opposed the proposed law allowing anybody to use any bathroom based on how they felt? Wouldn’t it just be easier if they confiscated all the Bibles? Oh, wait that’s TSA’s job.
And finally and probably my favorite because it’s the most insane; it seems there is a fight in Canada. The Christian Post on October 31, 2016, reported that “a United Church of Canada minister is requesting to be defrocked (removed) over the church’s treatment of an openly atheist minister.” Yes, go check the story out yourself, you can’t make this stuff up.
This is where political correctness and tolerance will get you: A church should allow or tolerate an atheist minister in the church. Another minister is so upset that they won’t tolerate the atheist minister, she is asking to be removed. Should be an easy vote. Don’t let the baptismal door hit you on the way out.
Nero fiddled, Colonel Rall played cards as Washington crossed the Delaware River, and we just chuckle and laugh as the insane now run the asylum. In the immortal words of Harry Carey, “Holy Cow!” How did we get here? How do we get someplace else?
I found this quote by Shane Idleman (that really is his last name), founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, CA:
“I’m convinced that the majority of the churches in America are seeking to please the masses rather than convict. Judgement is never mentioned; repentance is rarely sought; and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart; be politically correct rather than biblically correct; coddle and comfort rather than stir and convict. This leaves people confused and deceived because we teach and live a form of Christianity void of repentance……void of truth.”
Someone once said, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what always got.” When will it be enough? When will the followers of Christ decide they have had enough and are tired of getting what they have got? When will we humble ourselves and turn back to God?
Let’s hope we don’t wait as long as the Cubs have waited to win a World Series.
Run to the Cross!