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Brilliance! And it’s Blind Spots

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WE ARE ADVANCED!
Goodbye stone age thinking 
Hello post-modern enlightenment 
We reign in technology 
In science 
In medicine 
A leader among the nations
And…?

What about integrity and morality

OOPS!


(Did I just say the “M” word out loud?)

OUR nation’s character is out of control and few seem to care. Prosperity and corruption go together like tar-dipped strawberries. Unnatural. Flawed. Deviant. 

HOW the media flaunts our nation’s corruption strikes me as ludicrous. Much more disturbing is how viewers appear to enjoy the taste of these tar-dipped strawberries known as headlines and features. Or perhaps the constant saturation has desensitized us to their pungency.

ACCORDING TO the news, our country is beset with murder, fraud, illiterate kids, rape kidnapping, injustice, infidelity, disease….

I WANT to be offended by this.

I NEED to be angered by what’s happening to my country. To MY people.

OUR prominence is unjustified!

OUR nation is redefining progress to incorporate immorality. I need to cultivate in me the same radically-caring heart for my people that Moses had for his people, enough to stand in the gap and make a difference. A bold resolve to pray, “Forgive them for their wrong or blot my name along with theirs!” Ex 32:31-32

HEART! Where are the hearts of the Embattled Spirits?

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Calamity vs. prosperity 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

IN ALL our brilliance, are we ignoring obvious correlations? 

WHAT’S the benefit of brilliance if we use it to abuse wisdom?
ANCIENT WISDOM SAYS:  Where unrighteousness brings calamity, living righteously brings prosperity.

(Righteousness = a right standing before God, not a holier-than-thou status)

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Parallel Cancers from a Holistic Point of View

Inseparable: mind, body and spirit.

DEPRAVITY that rules a society seeps into people’s lives like cancer that develops in the blood. When that cancer grows, it manifests in ugliness and pain and eventually brings death.

*Food for thought: Science has recently linked cancer to the ABSENCE of proper nutrition

CLEANSING your body can keep cancer at bay.

IN THE SAME WAY, the cancer of immorality turns the beauty of humanity into ugliness and propels us toward spiritual death. What is ABSENT from our spiritual diet to cause this ugliness?

ANCIENT WISDOM DESCRIBES those who overcome this cancer:

“Those who are honest and fair,
Who refuse to profit by fraud,
Who stay far away from bribes,
Who refuse to listen to those who plot murder,
Who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—
These are the ones who will dwell on high.
The rocks of the mountains will be their fortress.
Food will be supplied to them, and
They will have water in abundance.”
(Isa 33:15-16)

WHEN WE TURN from our bad eating habits, we defeat disease.

WHEN BELIEVERS TURN from corruption:

“Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness will abide in the fruitful field.
(moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation)
And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external],
and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.”
Isa 32:16-17 

(We do realize that this message applies to God’s children, right?
The unbeliever doesn’t know any better nor has the connection to Power.
WE are the only ones who can turn our nation around)

IS ALL THIS TO SAY: ditch brilliance for mindless living and ignorance?

(Face palm)

Of course, not.

APPLY INTELLIGENCE to righteousness and reap commendable prominence. (i.e. Change the depressing headlines)
PRAY for new and healthy cravings.

 

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The Embattled Spirit:
I am a citizen of heaven,
Temporarily assigned to the earth.
I am a living sacrifice in process.
I stand with other ambassadors in my Embassy
My mind, I shall renew
My body, I shall cleanse
My spirit, I will nurture with truth & prayer

Then out of the heart of the people will come good things.

Our nation needs embattled spirits

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