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Re: Angry World

    "Why do the nations rage, and the peoples devise a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against Jehovah and against His anointed, saying, Let us break and tear away their bonds, and cast away their cords from us." (Ps2:1-3)
The other day I got a perspective from traffic I haven't seen before. One of Spokane's main arterials runs past the front of my sign shop, and intersects with another a block away, and I regularly get an idea of the 'mood' of Spokane people seeing the traffic go by, through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and also hearing the gunning of engines or honking of horns.

This particular day was spent (all day) outside, lettering the 16ft box of this delivery truck for a local piano company. The way the building is situated, it has glass windows across the front, with a covered overhang over the walk-way acting as an acoustic channel. With the truck parked in front of that... for you who know anything about acoustics... the combination was like a gigantic 'horn' funneling all the sounds within a radius of several blocks, into this area where I was working on the truck, as they reverberated off the side of the truck box. The sounds were so-well defined that when I heard somebody having a conversation, and looked to see where they were, because they sounded so 'close', they were actually a whole block away. I could almost hear people's conversations in their cars as they drove by.

All day I heard things in traffic going by, in a concentration I've not experienced before. I don't know how traffic cops deal with it on such a constant basis like they do, without going crazy.

Angry squeals of tires around corners, with the accompanying engine revs. Boom, boom, boom and the 'angry' yelling/shouting of black rappers; such sub-woofer vibrations, I am always amazed the license plates don't vibrate loose off their mounts. Cars going by and the occupants yelling at each other angrily. Others going by whooping lustfully at some sex object they might be seeing. Sounds of somebody being cut off, chirping tires, and angry horn blasts. The light turns green and the drag-race is on (me first!!). Everybody complains at the price of gas, and yet these jacked-up, raised trucks, with oversize tires, big engines and glass-pack mufflers...and the driver of such a rig is "king" and "macho" (ed: red-neck?)... I've yet to see one of those coming off the green light 'moderately'... but what the pedal is "to-the-metal", burning up lots of gas... because such a rig is a rig of status and pride. Got it? Flaunt it! Stereos going by, cranked up, wailing out the words of lust, perversity and/or NewAge self-esteem and self-awareness...with the annoying accompanying boom, chick, boom, chick.

I've never before heard such a concentration of anger and lust. A day-long non-stop continual 'parade' of it!

    "And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart WAS ONLY EVIL ALL DAY LONG." (Gen6:5) "...as the days of Noah were...." (Mt24:37)
Then to consider the various people that surround me: neighbors at work, neighbors where I live, or the strangers when I go shopping. This person grousing at that. These other two having squabbles with each other. Another with this 'chip' on her shoulder. Couples split up, but sharing children between them. Summertime, and open windows, one can't help but hear voices raised to such decibels one is amazed they don't get a stroke, popping a blood vessel with the stress. Through thin walls hearing raised voices into phones, yelling at the top of their lungs in anger, or self-presumed self-importance. Meet a stranger in the grocery store, and the look on their face suggests they might just-as-soon stab you, as to courteously smile, much less even nod acknowledgement of each other's presence as they see each other. Yes, our local news continues to have new reports of shootings, stabbings, infant/child abuse (there's this one recent case locally where it was necessary to amputate some of the child's extremities due to the abuse they experienced; never yet a full explanation as to 'how/what' was done; probably too graphic for prime time news!)...and some notable past cases are only just 'now' coming to trial.
    "...and the earth was filled with violence..." (Gen6:11b)

    "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." (Ec8:11)

A customer just this morning, seeing the motorcycle parked out front, asked if I "go on road trips much"? With the aforementioned, would any of you be surprised to hear that I often just prefer to putter around my house, working in the yard or garden. At home, the worst squabbling I hear is when the sparrows get all excited about something, the crows chase each other, or dogs argue through the fence at each other. But the other evening I was noticing absolutely HOW MANY DOGS were barking within ear shot, in a radius of perhaps a mile. Pets are, typically, what their owners are. There's a certain dog, when she is outside, I can tell from the nature of the growl when things are in a turmoil in that house. And that evening, dogs all over the place, barking crazily. What was going on with their owners...ALL OVER...AT THE SAME TIME?

I'm reminded of when God led Israel out of Egypt. God, the one in charge, silenced the dogs.

    "But against the children of Israel shall not a single dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that Jehovah makes a separation between Egypt and Israel." (Ex11:7)
And then to see snippets of this and that while TV channel surfing. Caught a second of "So You Think you can dance", some fellow was jerking and contorting his body in ways that makes one think of pagan jungle witch doctors, not even lustfully 'sensuous' but 'satanic', ending up his routine with a pointed contorted face looking into the camera, frantic wide-open eyes, and mouth twisted around as though lunatic and berserk! The other evening as I came out of my office, past the TV that had been on during our local news, which I was hearing from my office, but now the news was over and one of the tabloids was on, interviewing one of the divas from "The View": In her earlier life she had apparently lived the sort of life where she also had -multiple- abortions. But then she... what? Got 'saved'? Got religion? They weren't clear on that part. But as I was turning towards the back door to go out and move the watering hose in the garden, she explains what her 'problem' had been when having all those abortions... She just had never learned to "forgive herself"! To which I yelled back (at the TV), Oh... SHUT...UP!!! Shook my head and stomped to the back door... (Well, I don't 'stomp'... but shuffled with great AGITATION)

Yes, I proclaim those words a lot these days, "Aw... SHUT UP!" Or the other one, "Oh... Just STOP IT!" There is so much in the world these days that 'agitates' me. And the day I was collecting these thoughts to write down, my mind was also remembering back to a song I used to hear as a kid, sung by one of the male quartets (perhaps Back to the Bible?), on tape, back in the 50s, and was repeating the words in my mind: "Lead me gently home, Father" It is to where I soooo want to be out of here, and with the Lord. (2Co5:8) Sometimes there is even frustration -with- the agitation. But then, in the days of Noah the Scripture speaks of God's Spirit "striving" with mankind. (Gen6:3) Is that part of what it means to "have the mind of Christ"? (1Co2:16b) Part of the "cross" we carry along as we follow Him?

But where does all this pride, self-esteem and anger come from?

Mankind says of God,

    "Let us break and tear away their bonds, and cast away their cords from us" (Ps2)

    "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation. For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water," (2Pt3:4-5)

Where is God? Let Him -prove- Himself to us, then we'll believe. When He hung on the cross it was, "If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross....and we will believe in Him" (Mt27:40,42)

Today it is: Let's put God in a test tube. Get Jesus to come here and let's crucify Him again, and let Him rise from the dead again... to prove that He really did it... that He was able to do it.

Jesus said to Thomas,

    "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those not seeing and yet believing." (Jn20:29)
If they didn't believe -when- they did it to Jesus 2000 years ago, and He -arose- three days later, and there were hundreds of witnesses, they won't believe today, either.

The thing the rulers were upset with the apostles' preaching about, was that they "taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead" (Ac4:2)

    And even as they do not like to have God in their full true knowledge, God gives them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, depravity; whisperers, defamers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them. (Rom1:28-32)

They DON'T -WANT- proof! They are "willfully ignorant" of creation (2Pt3:5) and prefer their sin and the voyeurism of everybody's sin around them, because they "do not like" God. And yet, as God gives the world one final chance before the final judgments, the message He proclaims will be to...

    "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; also, do homage to Him who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and springs of water." (Rev14:7)
A few years ago, for awhile I was having conversations with this particular sodomite. Life was devoid of meaning for him. (Likely one reason for his chosen 'lifestyle') Why? If we all came here by chance (evolution), what happens after this life? There is 'nothing'. What's the point to it all? I tried to reason Creation and the Creator with him. Even joked about erecting a little platform on our mutual fence that we could 'watch' together over time, discuss, and record the progress: To put some items in this jar, or some similar container... and then watch it to see how long it might take for those items to come together and form themselves into something useful; after the manner of evolution. He grinned back, that that was a silly idea.

And yet this is precisely man's downfall. God, the Creator, and ruler of the universe does not exist. That's why His primary memorial name is Jehovah, the Existing One. (Ex3:13-15) But man rejects God and His name. Instead, 'chance' has created us. But of course, if this ship of existence is cruising along without a captain, what is the purpose? What is the origin? What is the destination? So man in the distortions of his own depravity comes up with the idea that -he- (man) is god. And yet Jesus says, "you are not able to make one hair white or black" (Mt5:36)

Of the aforementioned diva from "The View", I didn't really get the idea from that tabloid segment, through all her self-exulted pompous smiles, that she felt that all her past abortions had been 'wrong'. And yet her 'problem' through it all was that she hadn't forgiven herself. If nothing was wrong, why was forgiveness even needed?

Man cannot turn hair white or black. As much as he tries, he has not figured out how to give chemicals any sort of uniquely created DNA strands and zap 'life' into the test tube. And yet he boasts how he is going to subjugate all of humanity into servitude and population reduction so the planet can be 'saved' through (alleged) climate restoration!

    But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away. (2Tim3:1-5)
Sometimes I become concerned with my own agitation over the way the world is; especially when I react with strong responses to total strangers who come within my sphere of control, when they are exuding and effervescing with total evil; especially if they do so with their New Age Yoga-esque (or pretend-christianity or Ephesus pseudo-piety) pasted on smiles and oozing 'love' of "tranquility". They become shocked, and often their (alleged) "tranquility" turns into anger; what I knew from the outset was their true heart, through the "witness" of our mutual spirits. (Rom8:16) Sometimes I wonder if, in so doing, I am lacking the requisite display of love towards them. I guess I'll know for sure when I receive my Report Card. (Rom14:12)

I wonder how Paul's heart manifested itself in actions and reactions when he was "provoked" over Athenian idolatry! (Ac17:16) We know how John reacted to the self-righteous, with labels of "vipers". (Mt3:7) Or Jesus to the same ones: ditto. (Mt12:34)

And so....

    "He who sits in the Heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall have them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His anger, and terrify them in His wrath. Yet, I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion." (Ps2:4-6)
When I looked up the aforementioned song for some of the words I was not remembering that day, as I was humming it while working, here it is. They don't write/sing songs like this anymore!
  1. Lead me gently home, Father, Lead me gently home
    When life's toils are ended, and parting days have come
    Sin no more shall tempt me, Ne'er from Thee I'll roam
    If Thou'lt only lead me, Father, Lead me gently home

  2. Lead me gently home, Father, Lead me gently home
    In life's darkest hours, Father, When life's troubles come
    Keep my feet from wand'ring, lest from Thee I'll roam
    Lest I fall upon the wayside, Lead me gently home
    Lead me gently home, Father, Lead me gently home, Father
    Lest I fall upon the wayside, Lead me gently home.
Father, could we come Home now?

Jesus says...

    "Surely I am coming quickly...
    Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev22:20)