I don't know about you, but at times, i just can't even watch the news. Everything is just soo depressing. School shootings happening almost every other week, people being bombed out, mud slinging going on everywhere... at times, i'm just like turn it all off and just get away from life.
I think its kinda funny almost how some handle it. We want to immediately start to profile people. Which has its point, in some degree. But when are we going to realize that when you take God out of the equation, life is going to go down the tubes. Sometime ago, i got one of those mass emailings and it was a poem. It goes as follows:
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day,
Twasn’t even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To have a lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name.
Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard the guns shots and tears,
What must we do to stop the crime,
That’s in our schools today?
Let’s let the Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray.
I think this kind of sums it up. I grew up in the public high school. Part of me wanted to try out a nearby private school, but one of my friends at church went there and he just told me not to bother. In his words, hypocrisy ran rampant. So i thought about home schooling. But i felt that God wanted me in the public arena for a purpose. So i did. And i'm glad i did. We needed the presence of God in that place. And i was one to carry it.
some of you may look at the public school system and think "its soo ungodly... i don't want my kids in there..". And of course, i'm not a parent yet and i wouldn't ever claim to try and force you to put your child in that environment. But there was grace on me to be there. I would encourage you that if your a parent reading this and you have a child in the public school, talk to them and find out what's going on. See what's on their heart. Do they want to stay in or not...
Yes, i faced a lot of rejection in there. People knew me and knew what i stood for. But i wasn't going to be afraid. Even when there was rumors that there was going to be a shooting at our school. during that time, we came together and prayed and nothing happened. At one point in time, i was very nervous... but i had to stand strong. I told one of my best friends there, "if i bite the bullet, people will come to Christ. don't back down, but preach the gospel. show people a hope in Jesus." he told me the exact same thing.
We can either walk through this world with our head hanging low and our tail between our legs... or we can hold our heads high and look to Jesus and meditate on the Cross and think of the wonders of God and go throughout our day.
I don't know about you, but i'm not backing down, despite all that's going on in the world. if anything, it gives me a greater burden to go for God and advance the Kingdom of God. I've been told that at times, i've had a convicting spirit about me. i didn't even do or say anything! i was just being me! When you live for Jesus, you will face opposition. you will offend people w/o saying anything at all. Because your standing for truth.
So do we cower in the corner when bad things happen? or do we rise up and say "not anymore... this stops now!" and get on our knees and cry out to God for mercy and grace? I'm not advocating to be arrogant and prideful, but i'm advocating that we exercise our faith in God and relationship in Jesus. and proclaim the good news of the redemptive blood of Jesus to the captives.
And we quit trying to make the Jewish people give up there land in hopes of peace talks to stop the bombings. We all know them giving up land isn't going to do anything. It's not going to make the suicide bombers stop. i just had to put that in here... lol. (what can i say, i'm pro-Israel and i'm realistic).
anyways, thanks for reading all of this.. i wasn't expecting it to get this long. but things just kept coming to mind.