Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Salt of the Earth


 Matthew states "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."  Salt also preserves keeps spoilage from happening. It is our job to offer flavor, the love the God, and to stand against decay. To say, "In the name of Christ, stop!"

Here is such a beautiful example of it. This is from a speech by Ronald Reagan. The story of Telemachus may be found in the Foxes Book of Martyrs. 

The Asian monk living in a little remote village, spending most of his time in prayer or tending the garden from which he obtained his sustenance -- I hesitate to say the name because I'm not sure I know the pronunciation, but let me take a chance. It was Telemacmus, back in the fourth century. And then one day, he thought he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome. And believing that he had heard, he set out. And weeks and weeks later, he arrived there, having traveled most of the way on foot.
And it was at a time of a festival in Rome. They were celebrating a triumph over the Goths. And he followed a crowd into the Colosseum, and then there in the midst of this great crowd, he saw the gladiators come forth, stand before the Emperor, and say, ``We who are about to die salute you.'' And he realized they were going to fight to the death for the entertainment of the crowds. And he cried out, ``In the name of Christ, stop!'' And his voice was lost in the tumult there in the great Colosseum.
And as the games began, he made his way down through the crowd and climbed over the wall and dropped to the floor of the arena. Suddenly the crowds saw this scrawny little figure making his way out to the gladiators and saying, over and over again, ``In the name of Christ, stop.'' And they thought it was part of the entertainment, and at first they were amused. But then, when they realized it wasn't, they grew belligerent and angry. And as he was pleading with the gladiators, ``In the name of Christ, stop,'' one of them plunged his sword into his body. And as he fell to the sand of the arena in death, his last words were, ``In the name of Christ, stop.''
And suddenly, a strange thing happened. The gladiators stood looking at this tiny form lying in the sand. A silence fell over the Colosseum. And then, someplace up in the upper tiers, an individual made his way to an exit and left, and others began to follow. And in the dead silence, everyone left the Colosseum. That was the last battle to the death between gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Never again did anyone kill or did men kill each other for the entertainment of the crowd.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shaken

Every now and then in life, something comes along that shakes my world and makes me reevaluate everything. I feel I was blindsided by a force beyond anything I could stand against. I was casually catching the updates, cute quips, photos and inspirational links posted by friends on facebook. Then it came from nowhere, not really welcomed and with such power it couldn't be ignored. Chinese-Made Infant Flesh Capsules Seized  The comments regarding the article discussed Chinese cannibalism with pictures of babies cooked and floating in pots. STOP. Let that really sink in for a minute. The nausea and tears wouldn't stop. Days later the pit in the stomach still remains. Oddly enough an article said that countries typically ignore it because they don't want to upset the political ties.   ??!!

I have spent days absentmindedly listening to/ reading about $10 hairbows to match outfits, the newest app, registering kids for sports, the newest TV show or twist and I could go on and on. I have had to fight the urge to say, "Do you know they eat their kids in China?" Now wouldn't that be a conversation killer.

What really matters? What should we as Christians be focused on? I recently read the Hunger Games. I recommend it. Not for entertainment. For a commentary on our society, for discussion and for a reevaluation of who we are. Just how different are we? We are obsessed with fashion, entertainment and ourselves. We have a whole social media based on "look at me". Were those at the capitol any different?  Do we stop to look at what we support when we buy the newest clothing, newest gadget and newest gimmick stamped "made in china".  Our we outraged enough to say anything or do we worry more about upsetting the ties between friends? We worry about the Biggest Loser, the next idol, who is dancing the best or how the series will end on tv more than the neighbor struggling with divorce or paying the bills.

We show more emotion to the guy in the car that cut us off or the the cashier because we are standing too long in a grocery store than the social issues that just make us uncomfortable. We Americans are shallow. We are so blessed and it has lulled us to sleep. Wake Up American Christian!!

My world has been turned upside down. I don't know how it will all be arranged when it settles. I am not saying that we can't enjoy the blessings God's given us. I won't even venture to say what God expects you to do with your  money, blessings, time .... life. Just stop and think, be broken over what breaks God's heart, seek what He finds important. Our world is lost... so utterly lost - sacrificing their children to Molech. Are we helping snatch people from hell? Or our we too busy getting the newest something because last year's model is too outdated - too preoccupied with things that just don't matter. I pray that I come out of this with a new vision for eternity!


We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller