It’s 4:39AM. All kinds of thoughts in my head. Gonna write a little bit.
I have awesome in-laws. Marci’s folks are awesome. I pray to God I never have any sons-in law. Oh!!!
I’ll be here all week. (unfortunately)
Winter is near its end and it’s time for Serious Arjay to go into hibernation. It’s time once again for Funny Arjay! I like Funny Arjay better. Everybody does. But, I cannot seem to shake Serious Arjay.
I’m wide awake right now because, yes, like Britney, I did it again. Oops. Came home from work. Helped Marci unload a nice leather sectional couch into our garage. Had two cans of Miller Lite. Ate three slices of pizza. Sat down with a blanket and turned on Fox News. Darn near puked. Not because of the persistent chest cold I have, but because of the circus on TV. I’m getting to where I cannot even watch or follow this nonsense anymore. We’ve come a long way baby and it ain’t a good way. I’m one of the frogs in the kettle of ever-warming water. Born in the mid 1960s, American decline is the normal background for me. It’s just normal. But…every now and then it strikes me how messed up this nation is.
It seriously scares me. The kettle is hot!
“Make America Great Again”. “Mountain, be removed and cast into the sea.” Both of those statements are easy to say. I just said them. But neither can be done without faith.
You’ve all heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. Donald Trump is the 2 Timothy 3 man. (that’s pronounced Two Timothy) LOL
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
God has a great sense of humor, and to the nation that turns its back on him, he gives to that nation great men like Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Robert McNamara, William Jefferson Clinton, Harry Reid, Albert Gore, and Donald Trump.
The Donald is a caricature of everything wrong with our nation.
I’m thinking of Ronald Reagan right now and his infectious smile. Reagan was a good man. I read a biography on him titled, “God and Ronald Reagan” by Paul Kengor some years ago. I wouldn’t be theologically-inclined to be a member of the church Reagan attended, but it doesn’t matter. He was a good, decent man. He caused Americans to think the best of themselves. He was an inspiration because of his character.
Our President need not be a Christian. America is not and never was a “Christian” nation. But for crying out loud we need men and women with more character than some 5-year-old schoolyard bully.
Our greatness has never been the result of our economic strength or our military might. It doesn’t lie in our ability to destroy nations at the push of a button. Our greatness – and what nation on earth has ever been so blessed as the United States – lies in a people who know that our strength comes only from the Lord. For well over two hundred years, unbelievers have been riding on the coattails of a church being blessed. It is said that a rising tide lifts all boats and when God blesses His people, everyone around gets to share in the goodness. You in the militant LGBT crowd and all you Planned Parenthood people can thank us later.
On the other hand, a sinking tide carries all boats downward. Building a border fence and bringing manufacturing jobs back to our shores isn’t the solution. A strong economy and a respected military are blessings of the Lord. One cannot simply say, “Make America Great Again” without directing that phrase towards heaven in the form of a plea: “Please Lord, make America great again…please.” God is not some cosmic butler whom we can snap our fingers towards and just expect stuff to happen. He is VERY worthy of serious respect, and He has not been getting it from America for decades now. Look around you. It should be very evident that we have lost His favor. It makes me tremble. I see America as a man with hands and feet bound waiting for a powerful blow to the gut.
My friends, do you wanna know what kinds of jobs are coming back to America from China without the Lord’s blessing upon the enterprise? Foxconn.
Have you heard of Foxconn? It’s a company in China that manufactures smart phone components. They have had to build nets under the second floor of their buildings to prevent people from jumping to their deaths because of the gulag-style working conditions. And that wall on the Rio Grande. Some day that wall is gonna be an impediment to Americans fleeing to better conditions in Mexico. That’s America’s future without the Lord. It’s not simply my opinion, but history has proven this to be a fact. Watch and see. It’s already upon us.
Donald Trump is gonna do this and Donald Trump is gonna do that. He has obviously never heard of a thing, an antiquated concept known as Congress. Thank God for the founders’ brilliance in devising a system of government that moves slowly. Thank God for gridlock which prevents tyrants from taking over. Obama has done a lot of damage, but thankfully things move slowly. (And we seriously need to get rid of the concept of executive orders. That has to go.)
The Donald, like all of us, needs to realize that our next breath is a gift from the Lord. Don’t assume so much. Don’t assume The Donald will be around come November. Don’t assume the United States of America will be around come November. It’s the worst kind of presumption and arrogance to think like that.
In closing this little diatribe, I’m gonna direct the following towards myself so as not to come across as preachy.
“Arjay, turn off the damn television. Arjay, set aside all those books, theological or otherwise. Arjay, grab your Bible and read. Pray. Read some more. Pray some more. Seek God’s face. Beg for His mercy. It is not too late.”
Every Christian has one foot in the kingdoms of this world and one foot in the Kingdom of Heaven. Soon, and very soon, every Christian will have both feet firmly planted in the latter. I don’t know what Jesus and his disciples spoke about when they weren’t saying stuff recorded in God’s Word, but I really doubt they sat around debating who was gonna be Caesar in Rome – at least not to the degree that we do in America in 2016.
Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. Psalm 105:4-7