A week after Election day, Facebook posts blare crisis headlines of rioting protesters across our nation. My heart sinks regarding the senselessness . I start to weep, grieving for the hard-working business people who would have to bear the financial brunt of the damage to their businesses.. I have never been able to deal well with fits of rage, anger and rebellion. As I pondered our national crisis, I thought of the verse,
The fear (reverence of the Lord) is the beginning of all wisdom.
I was raised by an old-school, Puerto-Rican, Catholic Father. Despite his overly harsh disciplining, I can truly say, that now, as a grown woman, I am grateful for the most important attributes my father taught me. Number one, was serving God in Faith, number two, being resourceful, and three was being honorable. Daddy did not tolerate laziness, rebellion or faithlessness. .His own mother cherished and instilled the same values and raised all her nine sons and daughters to embrace these noble characteristic. In Puerto-Rico, at that time, with a disabled husband, she managed to thrive under great financial hardship and the stress of her husband’s Tuberculous. Now, I hope I don’t appear superior to others, but there is much to be said to ask for the wisdom to choose life! Life is not the circumstances whcih affect us, but how we respond. Our Lord Jesus said, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. John 10:10. KJV
Wisdom is the key element and I love how the book of proverbs, (on of my favorite Biblical books, as well as Doctor Ben Carson’s) brims over with the essentials to prosperous and contented living. I can attest to heeding the guidelines of the book of proverbs as to the formula of victoring (and thriving) over the many trials and traumas of my life. I have also had to tearfully watch many of my friends and loved ones reject the wisdom of Proverbs and have suffered much misery and defeat.
Seeing all the mindless, brutal assassinations of our policemen, frenzied violence, destruction of property and hatred towards those who have a differing opinion, I weep and mourning for what could be. Many have embraced a deluded and self-centered entitlement mindset and have truly lost the ability to ascertain wise living. Most fault goes to many in leadership and authority. They misguide the people through their own deception, illogic and greed for the almighty dollar. As I elaborated in a former blog, many have lost their moral compass and thus are spiraling outward into the raging waves of chaos. This is what America is experiencing today.
So how can we ascertain what is right and what is wrong? First, we need to research and learn from history and past leaders, (most important, the life of Christ, of which untold countless archeological discoveries prove His existence). History is a great teacher, but sadly, many refuse to ackowledge the horrific results of murderous dictators who have imposed their brutal ideologies, ( Socialism & communism for emaple) upon their people. Sadder still, are college professors, ( who are supposed to be the elite in education) who are the most uninformed and/or deluded. Delusion is a dangerous thing for any nation or people seeking enlightenment.
Through my seeking, reasoning with God and my countless personal expereinbces with people from all walks of life , I have found that only God’s truth is the righteous compass. Some may say the Bible contradicts itself and that God is capricious and vengeful. Many things are frightening, damning or unloving, but one thing is absolute, God is love. We may lash out at him for killing whole populations, (Sodom and Gomorrah) . but if we do our research and study, revelation will come. History will always tell her story.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good:
…And it was good… Everything that God does is good. He is love…and what is love? .. love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. No one coming under the influence of these attributes would be fruitless or non-productive. And if anyone has any sense or wisdom at all, they would see that violent, angry demonstrators are in no way contributing anything of any value or goodness to society. More than ever, today, we need wise mentors with divine strategies to solve the issue of racial division and strife. This is a glorious time where God’s people is the answer and where their role is to outreach with compassion. We need more American ministries to work in the urban and inner cities areas to duplicate what Reverend Graham, Pastor Jentezen and Pastor Jim Robison, (among many others) are doing
Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful Christian ministries, (who have helped victims of disaster) rebuild their lives and produced the precious harvest of productivity, entrepreneurship and creativity in their benefactors..
Christianity is good.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin’s team has brought great relief and joy to Haiti.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham has also lead his amazing team of relief outreach workers worldwide
Jim and Betty Robison are another Christian couple who have brought relief to many thousands of orphans, single moms and victims of sex-trafficking all across the globe. Their effort and the support of their partners have taken many our of the depths of poverty, starvation and hopelessness to prosperity and peace..
These are the faces of God. These are the faces of wisdom, humility and love.
This is good and this is God.
The aforementioned are in extreme contrast to leaders whose actions and decisions have caused their people to suffer torment, pestilence, starvation and horrific death.
Socialism-Communism is bad
Read about President Maduro;’s style of governing his people in Venezuela http://readynutrition.com/resources/bartering-to-eat-how-people-on-the-streets-of-venezuela-are-surviving_05102016/#
Here is a report about Kim Jong-un and his leadership over North Korea.
Alcohol consumption-abuse has not been a positive influence for Russians:
Here is the infamous legacy of another Latin American dictator, one of the most cruel, Augusto Pinochet,
http://listverse.com/2014/01/23/10-disturbing-facts-about-latin-americas-cruelest-dictator/ And most sobering of all is this list of the deadliest leaders of all. http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/10/21/the-20th-century-s-deadliest-dictators-photos.html The annals of history has clearly proven that Socialism-Sommunism does nothing but enslave, depress and kill the spirits of the citizens who are forced to live under them. Notice that the regimes of these brutal dictators were Communist, Fascist or militarian and notice how millions upon millions were massacred! College professors, their students and every American citizen needs to take note of the difference between socialism-communism and the liberty that we enjoy here in America. Liberty of good. Liberty is from God and liberty came from God’s wisdom because it nurtures, benefits and brings life, health and prosperity to him who lives under it.
These aforementioned leaders’ legacies were the opposite of Jesus Christ’s teachings of “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.Mat 5:44 and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Mat Mat 5:9
Wisdom knowing the benefits and abiding prosperously in the God-ordained mandate of democracy-freedom. The world needs a true revelation of godly wisdom and only then can all this rage, anarchy and destruction end. This would also apply to individual who are at war with themselves: being possessed by inner demons of lust, substance abuse, self-hate, fear, rage, unforgiveness and bitterness. Many good people also need to a divine revelation regarding their sonship-daughtership to their loving heavenly father. This absence, (of Father-son, Father-daughter bond) is the crux of the angst, alienation and hopelessness many demonstrators are expressing. The church needs to understand this and implement a healing-transformative outreach!.
May we ask our higher power to reveal those things which are destroying us and after laying aside our pride, we receive the revelation of self-love, healing and father’s transcend ant love. May we we all educate ourselves by visiting the annals of history and especially, the Bible) and it’s results so we can ascertain the path to wise.