Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Days Of Noah

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

We watch the News Broadcasts, and it’s like the rest of the world ceased to exist. Prior to the Corona virus, we heard only of continual attacks and charges against the US President by his political enemies. Whether one supports him or not, one thing has become clear: none of the accusations, not a single charge or allegation against the man was provable, and neither did any of his supposed crimes amount to an impeachable offense. I’m not here to defend the President, nor am I here to denigrate him. I’m only writing this as an observation: never before in the history of the United States have I ever heard of such a continual fusillade of criticisms, allegations, and character assassinations as the media has covered, and in many opinions, even furthered against a sitting President of the USA.

Even now in the midst of the Corona virus as a public health threat, some continue to criticize his handling of this crisis. Some have even called it “the Trump virus.”

If we listen only to the mainstream media outlets, everything is the President’s fault. If we stop to pay attention to other lesser known media outlets, we hear Paul Harvey’s voice echo, “And now, the other side of the story,” something that former broadcaster Harvey did regularly. After Harvey retired, and certainly after his death, no one picked up the banner to tell the other side of any story. ABC, CBS, NBC CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post… all the major sources of public information have adopted and report the left-wing position, and when the right seeks to defend, it’s labeled propaganda.

These are the wealthiest and most powerful men and women in the world. Between politicians and the media, these are the people that mold western culture and shape the minds of our society’s youth. 

Who are we to believe?

Whom are they to follow? Continual debate just breeds confusion. Our nation and every nation are in turmoil, and unrest. Have Syria and Russia and Turkey ceased to be issues in the Middle East? Has North Korea ceased it’s aggression towards the US and the peace of the world? Have the drug cartels of Columbia stopped their drug shipments? Have physicians stopped prescribing opioids? Did Iran come to peaceful terms with Israel? Of course not. All things continue as they were, now though, hidden behind the Corona headlines.

Who are we to believe?

Many of the rich and powerful both in the headlines and behind them were acquaintances of Jeffery Epstein. Quite a few from the entertainment industry and from politics were invited to Epstein’s private island. They’ve been named, and their pictures have been shown broadcast in the media.
2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Genesis 6:5 says, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” 
Matthew 24:38 says, “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,…”

Who shall we believe? Whom shall we follow?

Opinion contradicts opinion. Liberal? Conservative? Who is right? And who is left to believe?

The first quote above are Paul’s words to a young minister who was easily intimidated and doubted his own ability to teach others. His stomach was often in knots. Confusion reigned in him in spite of the teachings he’d received. Timothy was moving from being a babe in Christ to being a leader for the Ephesian Church.

Paul’s next words to Timothy give us hope and determination to let the confusion slip aside and see the real problem: a lack of the truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except by me”

2 Timothy 3:13-14 says this:
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Governors and Health “experts” are giving us conflicting statements. Conspiracy theories abound. Yes, the virus is real, and it’s deadly for some. Let Godly wisdom prevail in you instead of conflict.

In such confusing days as we are living through today, set the opinions and reports of mere men aside, and look to Jesus to reveal truth to you. Exercise the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit. The fog will lift, and your mind will clear. Stay close to Jesus and know for sure that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;…” John 14:16

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