By Robert Owens:
What is the State of Our Union?
America is slipping over a cliff.
And there’s one man locked in mortal battle with the political, judicial, military, and media establishment trying to stop it.
Ever since the election of 2016 the entire establishment has been trying to reverse the vote of those who put President Trump in office. They’ve investigated and smeared. They’ve put up road block after road block.
And half the country backs them in their effort. We’re divided. One side wants America to be America. The other side wants a globalist vision of we are the world. One thing that illustrates the effectiveness of generations of dumbing down perpetuated by government-run public education and the power of a wall-to-wall propaganda megaphone is that so many of the self-anointed hip, the liberal, and the idealistic young are lined up with the establishment to bring down the first leader since 1980 who is actually trying to reverse America’s slide into the dustbin of history.
Their outrage is real. How dare Trump try to make America great again! How dare he try to stop the endless importation of low information voters! America doesn’t belong to its citizens. They didn’t build that. Walls don’t work. Just listen to all the capitalist hating socialists who’ve made millions and billions in our free economy living behind walls telling us this is so. It’s like Louis XVI leading the mob and trying to send Thomas Paine and Lafayette to the guillotine. If it wasn’t so serious it’d be funny. At least maybe we’ll laugh through our tears as the lights go out in the last best hope of mankind.
Watching the votes and the choices of those who want the Trump agenda enacted being disregarded daily by the governing elite and the howling mob of their fellow-travelers is a right now smack-you-in-the-face illustration of the futility of life without God. If people try on their own to change the world the god of this age fights back. And in the worldly realm without God this little god, the prince of the power of the air ,wins a lot of battles.
No surprise there, for the sons of this world are wiser than the sons of light. In other words, “Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.” And that’s why Democrats always appear smarter than Republicans. They’re more disciplined and more focused on their goal of transforming America into a Venezuelan style worker’s paradise, and they never take a step back. Combined with the fact that at least half of the elected Republicans are RINOs these advantages add up to even when the Republicans win they lose.
But that’s in the world. We who trust in Christ as our Savior, who’ve confessed that Jesus is the Lord and Leader of our life, and believe that God raised Him from the dead may be in the world but we’re not of the world, and we shouldn’t be conformed to its image.
So what is the State of our union with Christ?
Billy Graham taught us years ago that: “The Bible teaches that worldliness is a force, a spirit, an atmosphere of the cosmos that is in opposition to all that is godly and Christian. Its goal is selfish pleasure, material success and the pride of life. It is ambitious, self-centered. God is not necessarily denied; He is just ignored and forgotten.” And that, “The Bible is clear that the world’s inhabitants are either under the influence of this cosmos with its cunning, deception and spell; or they are in Christ and under the direction of the Spirit of God. There is no neutral ground. The lines are drawn by the Bible.”
This hasn’t changed. And it’s easy to check where we stand in relation to this reality. In the still of the night as you drift off to sleep what’re you thinking of? In the middle of the night if you wake up what’re you thinking of? In the morning when you wake up what’re you thinking of? These are the times when we’re as removed from our life-swallowing mind-numbing work-a-day-world life as possible. This is a perfect time to determine whether our mind is focused on Jesus or is it consumed by the things of this world?
If you have a hard time keeping your focus on God in the midst of the trials and tribulations of this vale of tears let me make a suggestion.
Christian radio is something that helps me. Maybe it would help you? There are local stations all over the dial, streaming to every devise imaginable. There’s every type of music from Gospel, to country, from rock to rap. I can suggest two that work for me. K-Love which is a national station found on dials from coast to coast and Life 107.1 which is a station heard around the Midwest. As I said there’re local channels all over and you can easily find one that meets your particular taste.
Pumping that positive faith message into my brain as much as possible helps me stay closer to Christ. Give it a try. What’ve you got to lose? If nothing else you’ll find uplifting music performed by some of the best musicians in the world.
So what’s the state of our union? Are we moving toward God or away from Him? That’s the only thing that ultimately matters in this life. Let’s leave the carnival mirror reflections that make up the worldly life around us and exercise our rights as citizens of Heaven and as the words of an old song tell us:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
© Copyright by Robert Owens, 2019. All rights reserved.