Thursday, May 19, 2011

About May 21st

"Submit to God's royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities--for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!"
(Psalm 2:12)

A time of wrath and global cataclysm is indeed coming. This will be when God at last ends His waiting for the unrepentant to turn and closes the door on His offer of salvation. This will be when He once and for all rids the world of the presence and effects of sin. As such, this long-withheld judgement will be the irrevocable end for all still severed from Christ, but you still have this moment, today, right now, to reconcile yourself to God through His exalted and crucified Son.

May 21st or not, the rapture and subsequent time of judgement are deadly serious and very real. For you to embrace disbelief in an idea simply because of an imitation's failure is negligent generally, but catastrophic in this case. For nothing holds as consequential and eternal ramifications as your standing with Christ and your preparation for His unpredictable return. To be lighthearted is one thing, to be flippant very much another. Please, recognize the gravity of the situation, potential miscalculation of some aside. The essence of the concern is not something to be taken lightly. May 21st or not, the rapture and subsequent judgement are eventualities that you must not find yourself on the wrong side of. Please, consider what I am telling you and be reconciled to God. Please, talk with me, ask, discuss...do whatever you deem necessary, but whatever you do, don't write this off with the rest of the world's ridiculous fodder. There is nothing more important.

Please, consider and be reconciled to God. May 21st or not, the rapture is real, and judgement day an eventuality. Do not reject an idea because of the miscalculation of some. A poor painting of an apple in no way reflects the apple's true form, after all.

~Feel free to share/re-post/blog/tweet/spread like wildfire~

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Simple Logic

"And he said to the human race,
'The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.' "
(Job 28:28)

Wisdom and understanding would have us reconciled to God. Any thought that does not produce this yield, no matter how many may entertain it, is not wisdom. If you are imperfect, it is wise to align yourself with that which is perfect. This is simple logic. If something is causing you harm or detriment, an understanding mind would have you abandon it. This is logical understanding, wisdom that would turn us away from sin and reconcile us to God.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Least of These


Joseph sniffs glue to get to sleep,
unknowing of the cost his melting lungs
pay just to dream.
As he and thousands like him
lie supine beneath the Rwandan sky,
waiting for the distant stars
to twinkle their concern,
he doesn’t wonder
what other eyes are likewise drinking deep the night,
what hope remains in such a world
or any such philosophical staples and clich├ęs.
He wonders
if he’ll eat tomorrow,
if among the dump trucks’ rotten cargo
he might find something salvageable.
The canines in his belly grow quiet,
muzzled by the fumes of his olfactory lullaby.

Meanwhile,
on the other side
of the same lonely planet,
millions adopt Calvary’s cross and
millions claim Christ but continue to gloss
over just who it was their savior came for,
forgetting the ignored that flocked outside of each door
He patroned.
Those blessed enough to know the
comforts of the west
must not assume the stead
of that Christ-denounced Sanhedrin,
so comfortable with the premise
of a Christ-promised Heaven
that they feel no need to try
to still spread the divine,
to love with a passion and
live with convictions quintessentially
defined in the Christ’s laid-down life.
To millions Golgotha’s yield is only as desirable
as it is comfortable,
and when I wave the world away
with the neglectful faith of a craven bystander,
shrugging off the suffering that strangles my
struggling neighbors –
in Rwanda and Japan,
Haiti and Sri Lanka,
on the shunned but populated metropolitan streets
of Portland, and the ravaged waste
that makes the Ninth Ward –
when I claim the name of Christ
but don’t serve the least of these,
the decay that dresses my faith
is more lulling than any adhesive.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recognizing the Need and Means of Reconciliation


"How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?"
(Job 25:4)

We all on some level are aware of the presence of sin, and the need for some cosmic reconciliation. This need drives the person to acts of altruism and generosity, and has been the sentiment of spiritual inefficiency responsible for the world's religion in the first place. We subconsciously crave reconciliation and to prove ourselves as good people, because the immortal souls that we are recognize the desire for God, the presence of sin, and the spiritual validation that we require to nullify the second and satisfy the first. This can only come from Christ. Without Him, all your goodness and service (albeit beneficial to mankind) achieves you nothing but the same grave as the unrepentant murderer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

On Passing By the CFI's


Maybe this poem needs a bit of pretext. Maybe not, but I'll provide it anyway. I've been seeing what feels like an increasing number of "non-commercial" billboards lately, bearing the kind of uncouth statements earlier reserved for bumper-stickers and window-clings. It's interesting to see this shift, but that by no means excites me. The billboard in question that inspired this piece is one put out by the CFI (Center for Inquiry), a humanist organization bearing the website name "LivingWithoutReligion.com". Their goal is the secularization of society, and as I passed by their billboard today, I was able to read "You don't need God - to hope, to care, to love, to live."

Now, obviously I find this approach distasteful, but not for the reasons you may think. Honestly, to an extent the CFI are correct. We as humans don't need God to hope or care or love or live; we can do these things alone, but only to the most minute and unsatisfactory degree when compared to the hope, care, love and life lived with God. We can settle for less, and hope, care, love and live at the bare minimum our existence allows us, as the CFI is encouraging - or we can reap the intended and fulfilling benefits of a relationship with God through Christ. That is not my point, though.

The problem I have with their billboard is the assumption it, and all approaches like it, seem to make: that all important decisions can be forced upon someone in passing, that all we need is to find the right condescending or condemning bumper-sticker and our "eyes will be opened", as if nothing worthwhile was ever gained through real discussion. I feel, if you are dealing in things so admittedly consequential, the topics deserve more time than a billboard and a bumper-sticker sermon - these are things that should be handled face-to-face, as if you actually cared for the person you're proselytizing to.

Let's just ditch the advertising of ideas already. I'll take a product over an idea any day, if I'm going to be patronized in the process.

On Passing By the CFI's

Bumper-sticker philosophies
with their backwards, one-way debates
have since hung their unsavory burdens
from the shoulders of city billboards,
prying for proselytes from the stream
of passing steel and glass with such
inspiring offerings as
“You don’t need God – to hope, to care”
and
“Judgement Day – May 21”.

Two sides of one devalued coin,
two poles of an unpalatable spectrum,
these pasted, presumptuous proddings
augur an attitude in their ads.
What respect can such one-sided
statements even pretend to retain
for their readers when they only offer
their thoughts in unanswerable barrages?

Billboard philosophy
and bumper-sticker wisdom
tout proudly the errors of others,
and possibly just as proudly
sell no discussion in one-sided debates.