Compliments of this Holy Advent season to you all.
People nowadays have great difficulty in believing that, notwithstanding the advances in science and technology, the world in which our lot is cast is rapidly waxing worse and worse. Need I mention the scourge of drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, abortion, sodomy, unprecedented teenage insubordinaton, interference with the productive process, divorce and unstable and unhappy marriages; all point to decline not progress. Pregnancy, for instance, is seen as a curse and major inconvenience to be avoided, save when it is intentionally planned for selfish reasons: if career or life style are threatened in any way, better to get rid of "it". Thus a precious soul created by God must be rejected and then murdered so as not to occasion any disruption to the lives of selfish people.
President Obama promises more reproductive freedom. It is all about earthly plans for a fleeting future, never mind the effects on subsequent generations; never mind the fact that long term use of the pill renders the womb hostile to new life. In God's providence, this wicked culture will surely lead to a very dismal end because it is contrary to God's purpose for mankind; barreness with God denotes death. God is the Lord of life.
U.S. residents will be familiar with Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address as he viewed the carnage of the Civil War. Here are his exact words: "We have forgotten God, we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and which multiplied, strengthened and enriched us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own". How apposite are these words for our own spiritually degenerate times!, he being dead yet speaks again to our godless generation. If only we had Presidents and Prime Ministers of this ilk today; God fearing men indeed. All who reject God should be made aware that their carnal wisdom will lead to disaster not fulfilment as they vainly hoped. Many countries, including America and the U.K., have rejected God and arrogantly think that by their own wisdom and virtue they can save the present and future generations and even planet Earth. Why, they almost obsess about such matters whilst neglecting more weighter issues such as righteous, temperance and coming judgment - "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14: 34). Europe is rapidly loosing its Christian identity for fear of offending other faiths. Thousands of children are no longer introduced to the Lord's Prayer in schools for fear of giving offence to other faiths. Well I believe parents should teach them their prayers and pray with them. Multiculture and so called co-education are the "in thing" now, supposedly a sign of progress and healthiness! May God help us.
A British broadcaster, a very decent man called Jeremy Vine, believes that he cannot express his Christian faith on TV or radio. He does two factual programmes in the U.K. called* Panorama* and Points of View. He said that one cannot express views that were common currency some 30 or 40 years ago. Other public figures say that Christianity is facing growing hostility, especially from the media. I am not the only one who predicts the total collapse in Europe and all that it stood for and then the good times will be over and prosecution for killing a rat will be a joke indeed!
This may be a very sombre theme what with Christmas just around the corner, but we are currently in the Advent season when we are called upon to ponder Apocalyptic type topics and the Second Advent. Therefore can I request that we all think carefully about the issues dealt with in my posting and endeavour to let our light so shine before men in these very difficult days; let offer our age a Christian counter-culture that will truly make a difference.
Warmest good wishes,