The Opposition

Monday morning, and one glance at the headlines tells me we’re at war. Bill Clinton says it’s the vast right-wing conspiracy; FoxNews says its the liberal left. A preacher in Orlando thinks it’s all Bill Maher’s fault, and Bill Maher agrees with Sam Harris that it’s all religion’s fault. The gay and lesbian community blames centuries of prejudice and oppression on religious fundamentalism, while Christian conservatives blame those gays for the moral breakdown of our nation. And don’t even get me started on Iran.

I wonder what’s going to happen on Tuesday?

Whatever it is, let’s blame Oprah. Because it certainly won’t have anything to do with my own selfish heart, or the enemy who preys on it.

“So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to mankind.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written, Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:10-11

6 thoughts on “The Opposition

  1. Thank you Larry. I am just grasping (barely) what this means — how the spirit of division has affected us. How it has deceived us.

    What an eye-opening and disturbing thought, that we ourselves could be the enemy, by the very fact that we’ve bought into division as a way of life.

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  2. We’ve been at war since the fall of man. It is our condition. It isn’t about the latest news on the television, the latest madman to get a hold of a bad weapon… The good news is Christ IS the completion. How do we respond to that???

    The Bible is a road map to peace as easily as it is a battering ram or hammer.

    You ARE standing on a threshold to what I sincerely believe to be a spiritual shift already in the makings. It may not be in the masses yet, but it’s there, riding among the undercurrents of all christianity.

    Will we be suprised if Jesus comes back as a Peace loving hippie? LOL… I suppose some would… but I can say this. We are no more to blame personally or corporately as any other group or sub group.

    I picture the Queen in Hamlet, or was it Macbeth… “Out damn spot!!” Corporately we are all stained by the reflections of sin. The map? the answer?? Finding peace within ourselves. Yes! It’s long been my ascertion the divisiveness in Christianity is the work of evil, laming the one body that has the capacity to speak the truth.

    It will take random or not- so- random responses to the truth of freedom and peace and love… like yor post… and in our own communities that will indeed spark the capacity for all to hear the Spirit in their lives. As long as we corporately continue to look at the Bible as a weapon, we won’t see it’s power as a map.

    hmm… well, I guess that’s been on my mind… : ) Peace to you, Anna and all your readers~

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  3. Good insight Anna…nothing “out there” that isn’t happening inside of us…I supppose if it weren’t inside of us, it would be outside of us…thank God we have a Savior who can change us from the inside out…

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