Yours, mine, his, hers....My mind feels like a driving range. Thoughts like golf balls are flying around, at ridiculous speeds, and going every which way. There's not a clear target for them to land, just a broad idea that's in the distance, where they hope to travel.
This past week, month- heck 2015- has been a whirlwind. Like a hurricane of disbelief and confusing waves that rip and curl and catapult all living things up from the root and churn them over flat on their backs, beaten into coarse gravel-like sand.
I've watched as racism surfaces, terrorism lurks, human-rights of all kinds are bannered and then those same banners are taken down with flame-throwers of hate and "superiority". I've watched as my daughter was ripped from my hands, fellow church friends mourn their daughter's loss, and mass-murders take place daily. Today, social media is exploding with LGBT posts, some harsh and others hoo-rah filled.
And in every instance, be it left or right, conservative or liberal, just or unethical- all share a common thread: unbridled tongues.
It starts as parents who say "this is the best" for parenting, and shunning others who choose different.
It begins with people who hurl hissing words through Twitter, like that will really make a difference.
It builds when people like you and I start swinging with our lips, and attacking the wrong enemy.
Church: you need to shut your mouth if you've nothing nice to say. And the nicest things we can say- are prayers where we can't understand the language and the Holy Spirit has to do the interceding. (Some of you don't even know what I'm talking about, or you're forming a three-point argument about why that theology is dead today.)
I hope you're reading your bible. Because it's a little late to get on board now. There too much to catch up on, and it's only going to snowball beyond what is currently. (I'm only partially kidding. Please read your Bible. Start today if you have to.)
Ps- when I'm angry I get sarcastically indignant. Just in case you couldn't tell.
The idea of "marriage equality" and "love wins" is a counterfeit. The world is trying to find love in ways they create, because they couldn't find Love - be it because of you and I- initially. I don't know why all these Christians walk around pointing fingers and shaking their heads in disgust. It's the world. This is what the world does. It shouldn't be shocking or appalling. Pick your mouth up from the floor, and start praying for these people.
Gay marriage is just the surface. It's pretty and neat and the least of the problems. Because it's bound to get a whole lot worse. So if you're sickened and disgusted now, you'd better close your eyes and just hold on tightly for the remainder of your earthly life, because it has to get darker before the dawning of His new and glorious light!
Today is my parents' 28th wedding anniversary. Irony? Eh- I don't think so.
I see believing parents freaking out now: "what about my little kids? How can we send them to school? What will become of their generation?"
Haven't you read Matthew 24? About how terrible the end will be for those with young children? It's in there, in case you forgot or missed that part.
I'm reminded of the Israelites who had to endure the plagues of Egypt. The innocent, called, holy people of God- and there they were among the sick and twisted plot that was created for the Egyptians. They surely had children. Surely there were young preschoolers and elementary aged and teens. All ages, faced the same torture. Can you imagine the first few days, when blood was exchanged for water, frogs were in every crevice, and lice were given free reign? I'd be a little shocked and taken back. I think I would be asking the questions like so many people are asking today: "God now what? Where are you? Have you forgotten your people? It's getting pretty bad out here!"
They still had quite a few disasters to go though: flies, death of livestock, and boils to name a few.
Utter darkness would follow. Complete and utter darkness. When the Bible says dark, I don't think it means "kinda dark, uneasily seen". No. I'm pretty sure when God said "darkness", that it meant ridiculously pitch black. The kind where you can't even see your hand in front of your face. The kind where fear looms and devours. Especially given the plagues preceding the darkness, which meant, your mind could trick you into thinking anything and everything was a frog, a fly, or infestation of some sort. How do I know? Because when God said "light" in Genesis, it wasn't mediocre either. It was a blast and a bang and all of a sudden light filled the existence of space. (God is light. Only light can create light. You can't create light from something that's dark. So as the world gets darker, just remember, it's because there's less of the true Light in it.)
But the Israelites were not forgotten. God was delivering them from the hands of their enemies. And one day, they would receive freedom, and be welcomed to the promised land.
Friend, we are amidst plagues of darkness. Not the kind that is kinda bad. Where lying and cheating people run amuck. No- we are at only the beginning of a very dark and fearful time. Death and darkness and the enemy of both are looming and prowling and will devour at every chance they get.
But don't be afraid. Hold on to the end. Because the day is coming when He delivers us from the hands of our enemies, and we run as a freed people, and are delivered to a Promised land.
When fear creeps and makes you worry, press in. It's a reminder to get deeper with your walk. Take your kids there too. They are more than happy to go with you, if only you'll show them. And the more often you take them, the more they'll want to go. In fact, they'll start to take you and show you the deep things of God, because He is so faithful to reveal Himself to children.
At times like this, it's easy to throw stones of accusations. But we need to remember the person above the philosophy. No- I don't agree with marriage between a man and a man, or woman and a woman. No, I don't agree with transgender lifestyles. No I don't believe "love wins" when the Supreme Court rules in favor of such unions. Because I know that's not what real Love looks like. But it doesn't mean I hate or scrutinize the people who do. Or those who signed such legislation into existence.
It means I pray for them. It means I beg God to forgive them. It means I mourn the sin and filth of my nation more than I mourn the death of my own child. Why? Because someone else died for those sins. Someone who shouldn't have. And He longs to restore the real Love that's longed for, to the community of people who are trying to create a man-made version.
The humor in it is the rainbows being plastered everywhere to promote such love. But there goes another counterfeit. Because the rainbow is the reminder that True Love keeps His promises. The kind that say Love is not self-seeking, and lays itself down for another.
If there's ever been a time to pray, it's now. If there's ever been a time to show the lost what Love looks like, it's now.
But we can't possibly show them the accurate picture of a Love worth dying for- if we ourselves know nothing about it. So we must dig in, and learn Love. Dig in and be loved. Because when He lavishes His love on me- through His word- then and only then, can I pour out the same love to the broken people in my community.
It's time we bridled our tongues and trained them to pray and encourage.
We don't have time to waste. He's coming soon.
There will be negative Nancy's along the way, undoubtedly. People who harass your stance, and negate your wisdom. People who think the church is crazy for not being "current", or ridiculous for talking about the "end of the world". But our best response in those moments is to either show them the Words of Jesus- verbatim- or to Love them with silence. You don't need to answer the mocker with words. But don't become a coward to taking a stance either.
Be encouraged. Jesus is coming. I pray it's soon, but either way, I will pray. Praying His kingdom come- come to earth. Soon. Please Jesus do it. Please Jesus, forgive us. Forgive me- forgive America. Because we need you.
There's a hard line being drawn, and it's clearly seen on Twitter and the like: either you are for Love, or you're for love. Don't be confused. Love wins. The other stuff is just temporary, and feels good right now. But it's the same fruit that was picked long ago in the garden, that says "my way is better" and "I know what I want". Lay down those rights. Human rights across the board. Because the human rights this world gives, are man-made. And therefore, can be broken and revoked by man. But when we are given rights through Love Himself, He does not remove them, they only produce life and lasting, and they're more freeing than any Supreme Court ruling for or against your opinions.