Thursday, 28 July 2022

Whose Eugenics?

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.      

      Eugenics: The study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of heritable characteristics regarded as desirable. Humm, who are the ones determining what is regarded as desirable? Our history has had a few megalomaniacs who tried eugenising - if that is a word - a race of people that would coincide with their vision of human perfection. This ugly philosophy has a way of sneaking into the scientific community under the guise of wanting to enhance the betterment of mankind. It also has a way of leaking into political rhetoric to protect a certain segment of the population from the unwashed per se. However, as history demonstrates, human beings cannot be perfected outside of God's intervention. 
      The blood of Jesus has the power to change a soul to fulfil the requirements of God the Father's standard of righteousness regardless of who a person is. Eugenics, as practised among the monumental arrogance and the wilfully conceited, may at best, have a limited power to help develop a certain quality of perceived supremacy, (again, whoever determines what that is,) but, at the end of their efforts, they still have a human being in need of salvation. That person's soul will still require the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus to give him or her eternal life. This Frankensteinian approach that says we can create a flawless man is erroneous because it is a flawed man trying to do the creating. God says, "I am your creator." Psalm 100:3a Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. Plainly said, "It is He who has made us, and NOT we ourselves.
      The Lord's method of eugenics actually works for all mankind because our Heavenly Father is the original eugenicist. God, our creator, had no intention of leaving anyone out of His eternal plan, therefore, our Lord designed diversity within mankind. He also implemented what it would take to bring His plan to fruition. God takes the weak, sick, rich, poor, healthy, and every ethnicity there is and makes us the righteousness of God through Christ. I know this will bother all the pitifully boring supremacy groups, but there it is, we are one in Christ, regardless of race, colour, or ethnic background. Rev. 15:4b All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. All nations, mean all nations. Even though mankind is constantly trying to eliminate a particular segment of the population they deem unworthy to live, God, in His love, still wants all nations to come and worship Him.
      In the book of Esther, we read how Haman hated the Jews and plotted to destroy and remove them from the earth. Ester 3:8 Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. The more things change, the more they remain the same. These plots and ambitions are still desired by some nations today. We can't seem to run out of people to hate. 
      Haman felt inferior and lashed out to destroy the segment of the population that made him feel that way. Instead of improving and growing in character, he chose genocide as a solution. By eliminating a segment of the population, Haman felt it would enhance the standing of the people group he was part of, thus making them a superior race. Prov.14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. The plot backfired as so many of these plots do, and Haman ended up sentenced to hang on the gallows he had built for his hated enemies. Est. 7:10a So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Not only did Haman's prejudice get him killed, but the far-reaching stench of his ignorant philosophy also got his ten sons' hung as well. Est. 9:13 And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the Jews who are in Susa be allowed tomorrow also to do according to this day’s edict. And let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows.” 14 So the king commanded this to be done. A decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.     
      The philosophies of eugenics and ethnic cleansing seem to run hand in hand and tend to support each ideology with the same evil intent. Eugenics says, "Let's breed perfection into the sub-human race," and ethnic cleansing says, "Let's kill the breed of sub-humans we don't approve of and remove them from our sight." Both concepts are anti-God, anti-Christ, and racist. Let us remember what Jesus said, "Whosoever believed in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life." Whosoever is all nations. Be careful of the rhetoric you start high-fiving. You might be agreeing in terminating your own life and those you love. Most of the people reading this come from a people group who were once persecuted for just being alive. We were all made in the image of God. That ought to be acceptable. Amen!

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Conditioned For Cruelty

Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother.      
      
      Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
      I'm paraphrasing here because this narrative is so off the wall. I think this is the gist of it. A news reporter was interviewing a recidivist criminal who was bemoaning the fact that it was not fair that his residence had been broken into and robbed while he was in custody for a crime he had committed. He felt the State should pay for his losses because they were holding him, prisoner, while he was not at home to defend the stuff he had stolen from others. I must have heard the report wrong because surely, this is not where we have ended up in our reasoning. How has this become the commonsense of the day?
      The attitude of entitlement that is now becoming a given in our society, which no longer holds people accountable for their actions, is the result of our nation reaping what has been sown throughout the last generation. Hos. 8:7a For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. We have allowed the moral choices of the last few generations (mine included) to falter and be led by whatever felt good at the time, whether it was righteous or not. As my friend Scott says, "The formally accepted givens or basic standards that people lived by, have changed, and the commonsense givens that most people understood, are gone. The once caring expectations of uprightness that came through regular upbringing will have to be retaught to a generation who have been raised on violent imagery promoting cruel intent, and they have acquired their ethical values from everywhere and anything that seemed plausible at the time." To me, the scary part is that the generation who got their guidance from Beavis and Butt-Head and similar role models are now in charge of the levers that make the world work.
      Every generation needs a God-inspired awakening so they can come through the difficulties of their day, and this generation is no different. We all need the reassurance of God's love and purpose for our lives. God's love can elevate a soul to choose life and find real righteous direction. The Lord's affection and salvation can pull a person out of despair and a visionless life. As the world system tries to equalize and make carbon copies of everyone through the philosophy of human-centredness, the authenticity of a person becomes muddied and uncertain. Plus, humanism, socialism, and authoritarianism in themselves cannot feed the hunger in a soul that was created to be fulfilled by God's eternal purposes. Instead, acts of cruelty become the results of all the emptiness people are experiencing as everyone lives by their own moral code.
      As so many of you are wondering, I am also trying to understand, what are the governing authorities and bureaucratic departments counting on? What is their end game in trying to make everyone the same? What are they expecting as a result of converting everyone's thinking into a vegetative mundane state of existence? What are they counting on? I know a teacher who grinds her teeth when the subject of participation trophies for all comes up. She says, "What do we (as a society) expect when we are encouraging a generation of children who will not accelerate in trying to conquer the hard things that confront them? We give participation trophies for just signing up on a team, even though they do not show up to participate in half of the games. Then, these same kids (and their parents) feel entitled and expect the teachers to give away straight 'A' grades on their report cards even though they have not done the work. Where has this dullness of thought come from?" I think this dullness of thought has come from a few generations sowing sinfulness and expecting liberation.
      Prov. 30:11a There is a generation that curses its.... leaders, teachers, neighbours, nurses, and anyone who has a genuine thought of kindness. The ever-increasing cruelty in life that we are watching unfold has become the world's inheritance. These acts of selfishness are people's expressions of what is in their hearts. Out of the heart will flow the issues of life. Luke 6:45b For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. We are watching the crumbling of human resolve and strength fall apart. What we are seeing and hearing would have been thought insane at one time but is now mainstream thinking for many. The self-righteous declaration of "If it feels right, then do it," regardless of how destructively it affects others, has come back to bite humanity with consequential results. Meditating on cruelty and acting out what the cruelty expressed has become the given within a confused society. Prov. 1:16 They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder.
      We are not the only ones who have ever gone through this mess and felt the heaviness of the times. Habukkuk was written around 586-BC. Habukkuk is describing the very same things we are witnessing daily. Hab. 1:2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see disaster, and make me look at destitution? Yes, devastation and violence are before me; strife exists and contention arises. 4 Therefore the Law is ignored, and justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out confused. Confused is right! How true a statement that the world is confused and without remedy.
      The Lord said that we would have trials and sorrows, but to be courageous because He has overcome the world and all the cruelty in it. We are to take heart in that fact. Jesus is letting us know that He has overcome so that we may have peace on this earth. John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. One translation says, "Be of good cheer I have overcome the world." Be courageous, be of good cheer, and take heart when we see all the cruel and unjust events taking place around us because the Lord has overcome the one who is causing the mayhem. Be assured, that Satan's days are numbered.
       God asks us to meditate on what Jesus said because His faith-filled words will bring peace to our hearts and minds in the center of all the chaos. If we keep our eyes on the Lord, then the woes of the world will be a noise in the background as we walk with our God. We overcome because Christ has already overcome the hellish disorder that brings distress to our hearts. Keep praying for the loss and one another, and trust in the Lord's victory, then the peace of God will be our peace Amen!

Thursday, 14 July 2022

White-Caning It

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.      
      
      Although many blind folks see much clearer than people with sight, my pastor used an interesting expression that brought a vivid mental image to mind. He described people who did their own thing that was contrary to God's will - as those who were white-caning it through life. Literally, the blind, leading the blind. I could imagine all these people with white canes tapping everything around them and each other trying to figure out what to do next as they followed their personal interpretations of morality and the idea of a successful life. The Lord instructs us to realize that God is in control of our lives, and we are to proceed in His direction with our eyes wide open toward God's plan for our lives. James 4:14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
      My dream or ideal life goal has always been to own an art gallery. I even picked out the one I wanted in Central America and could visualize what types of art would be displayed in each of the spacious rooms and corridors of this magnificent sixteenth-century Spanish architectural building. There is no reasonable limit to the size of paintings that can be hung and sculptures that could be exhibited because the open grandeur of the edifice could accommodate most artistic creativity and mindsets. I was thinking along the lines that this would be the ideal setting for my creativity to flourish and grow when I start to take it easy in later years. Well, as the saying goes, "Man plans and God laughs," came into play.
      It seems that when I would seriously think this idea through, I would get an interruption from God saying, "You have not finished the assignment I have given you. I will let you know when it is time for a new assignment." What I noticed was that when God said, "I will let you know when it is time..." He was not necessarily saying, "It is time to start your gallery." The use of the word assignment seems to be loaded with - I wonder what He means by that? Then, I would find myself white-caning it through the thoughts of getting the art gallery together, and the logistics of accomplishing it seemed overwhelming. It just didn't come to fruition. I don't feel hard done by, and I'm not at all dramatically saddened that my vision for my life, has not come to pass yet. No, I am at peace because the direction the Lord has taken me in has been rather amazing. My Heavenly Father has brought me to a place where I would never have thought possible. Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
      While l was looking and considering the possibilities of opening an art gallery, I was led to start writing. Talk about opposite directions. The idea of writing books was not on my horizon as far as I knew. However, having ten books published to date, God's leading brought me to a place that was beyond what I could think or imagine. Eph. 3:20 Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. I have not had to white-cane it through the book writing, publishing, or organizing process, because the Lord, in His mercy, has brought the most amazing people alongside me to accomplish what God has set out to do in my life. My heartfelt prayer to God is a request to anoint Miss Jami, Clay, Scott, Masud, and Lee who have put their hearts into making sure my books come out with a standard and beauty of excellence that God can be pleased with.
      I'm not saying I would not have been successful at running an art gallery had I gone with my idea of life's fulfilment. What I'm saying is that moving forward in life with God backing me up in book publication has been a healing balm to my soul and has given my heart noticeable purpose in Christ. I might have missed out on the miracle of being able to leave a written legacy for years to come. This has become important to me because there will be a time in our future when what I expound upon and declare in my books as a writer will be illegal and considered narrow-minded in its scope. The Word of God states that in the end days, the governing authorities will not accept the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord. They will justify their maltreatment of me and anyone who ministers the Word of the Lord by stating that we are anti-humanist subversives who are causing emotional conflict by hurting the feelings of sinners because we adhere to the laws of righteousness in Christ.
      Biblical eschatology declares that my Christian views will not be looked on favourably by the antichrists of a soon-coming day, and persecution may be part of what I have to suffer through to be a lover of God. As Jesus said in John 15:18 If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. Whether you are a pre or mid-rapturists believer, imagine white-caning it through the end times. What a horror show that will be. I would rather have the Lord directing my steps and bringing me home into His presence, than tapping my way through the maze of a demonic world dictatorship. 
      Jesus Christ is Lord! and He is the author and finisher of our faith. It would be wise to let the Lord direct our steps and plans for life so that the finished work that our God created us for, is accomplished. Prov. 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The choice is yours. You can white-cane it through the inventions of your imaginations, or you can walk with your eyes wide open into the magnificence of God's planning for your life. The Lord's wisdom be upon us all, amen!

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Let God Bug You

Proverbs 3:12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

      In the spring of 1986, I was trying to organize my family's return move to Queensland, Australia. The target date to be in Queensland was mid-July and there were all kinds of things not falling into place for a smooth move back to Australia. A sister in the Lord came up to me and said, "I was praying for you, and I felt the Lord say that if you sold your Cadillac, everything would fall into place, and things would go smoothly." She also remarked that this had been a strong impression in her spirit, even though it seemed an odd instruction. My thoughts were, "I didn't think she is that spiritual and most likely this statement was just her own idea." I wanted to sell the Cadillac in the last week before we left the country so that I had reliable wheels till it was time to leave.
      The next day, as I was driving my metallic peacock blue Fleetwood Brougham Cadillac (one of the smoothest driving cars I had ever had to that point) to work, I could feel a nudge starting to bug me, and I speculated that the nudger was God. As I wrestled with the idea of selling the car, my argument kept coming back to the fact that I wanted to sell the car in the last week before we left to return to Australia. However, the nudges became stronger and turned into a conviction that was starting to set in my spirit. By the end of the day, I had unenthusiastically agreed to sell it if a buyer came along. That same evening, I was reading 1Cor. 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. I got the strong impression that the Lord was saying I had been bought by Him and everything I owned was His. I then sensed the Lord say that I was not to make a profit on the car because the favour of the Lord was on me and He had blessed me with it at a low price. I was using the car for my business, and because of tax advantages, there was a small loan owing to it. I was to simply hand the car over with the balance due. In other words, whoever got the car was to simply pay off the balance of the loan and the car was theirs.
      What God had said was bugging me so much that I blurted out, "If this is of you Lord, then this will take place so fast and will be so clear to anyone involved." Early the next morning, I had to stop by the Bible college where I was teaching a few classes. In the parking lot, a student, Michael, came running up to me and said, "I was praying last night, and asking God for a big solid car that I will need to go to school and work. I need a car that will be able to handle the mileage that I will be putting on it. I heard God's voice in my spirit say to come and ask you!" At that point, I heard an inner voice say, "Is that fast and clear enough for you?" Isa. 30:21 And whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.” I said to Michael, "Just take over the balance of the loan and you can have the car."
      His eyes popped and he asked if God had spoken to me?" I said, "Yeah, He has been bugging me since yesterday and last night about it." By 11:00 am all paperwork was done and the car was his. The same day, I happened to get an amazing deal from a rental company of which I knew the owner. He offered me a deal that was less than the payments of the loan. The car he had was a big boat of a car that he was having trouble renting because it was so big. The proprietor said I would be able to use the rental up to the day I left for Australia. 
      The sister in the Lord who spoke that odd instruction, as she had called it, was right. Absolutely everything fell into place in record time. Everything that consists of a move to another country was done, and paperwork was filled out and accepted a whole month before we left. My wife and I had nothing to do except get on the plane and head for Australia. Not only did things fall into place in Canada, but in Queensland, within the first week, my wife and I both had jobs, a furnished house to rent, and a church to attend. Within a short time, we were moving into a house we had bought. We didn't have to do much as God had prepared the way on both continents.
      What I realized is that when God is bugging you about something, then let Him bug you until you obey because the stage is being set to bless you. God loves you and is correcting your choices so that you walk towards the destiny He has set in place for you. Prov. 3:12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. God is not the killjoy Satan says He is. The devil is out to kill, rob, and destroy you, and will bug you to choose sin over life, then when you fall, Satan will kick you when you are down with endless accusations of failure. The contrast could not be clearer. God bugs us with His love to preserve our lives, and Satan bugs us to death to destroy our lives. Not really a hard choice to make here. Let God's love bug you into His kingdom where your life is eternally blessed beyond what you can think or ask. Blessings.