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The Watcher and the Human:
A conversation ...
Human: have you seen that men want to marry men and women, women?
Watcher: I have.
Human: what is your view?
Watcher: my view is from outside your sad history.
Human: and …?
Watcher: it is a symptom—and a lie.
Human: of what? What harm is there?
Watcher: it’s a symptom of all your attempts to make up your own rules because you don’t like the ones that were put in place for your welfare; and you can see it’s an untruth because no amount of calling something what it is not, can ever make it become true.
Watcher: OK, here’s an earthly example. You have a substitute for your natural sweeteners?
Human: you mean EQUAL?
Watcher: that is the one. Because it is called EQUAL is it the same as say, honey, or sugar?
Human: well…yes and no.
Watcher: explain in what way, ‘no’.
Human: it is an artifice. It is made of aspartame, acesulfame, potassium, dextrose and maltodextrin.
Watcher: so, not the same thing?
Human: well, no.
Watcher: so, even though it’s called EQUAL it is not?
Watcher: so just calling it EQUAL does not make it the same?
Watcher: but what?
Human: well, it’s called….marketing and persuasion.
Watcher: but still untrue?
Homophobia? Who says?
Something that seems to pass un-noticed in all the inflamed and often silly self-justifying rhetoric around the subject of homosexual practices is that - despite all the verbal espousals of free speech (have you noticed?) - no-one is actually allowed to disagree. It's just not permissible - and should we dare to, we are labelled - indeed - called names, such as 'homophobic'. (Which, incidentally, means to be in fear of them). No - not afraid. I simply disagree. To disagree should not imply that I fear or hate. I do not. On very good grounds I simply do not believe or accept it to be in any sense intrinsically right. OK? You may not agree with me that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the Saviour of those who put their trust in Him, but I don't and won't therefore call you Christo-phobic!
There are those who speak of Christians as ‘trying to ram their beliefs down people’s throats’. I don’t believe I have ever seen an agenda as strident as that of those who practice homosexual behaviour, to make others endorse it as valid, perfectly normal and above question.
So - who is doing the vilifying in this case? Is it me because I dare to express a contrary opinion - or is it those who call me names for daring to do so?
Gender fluidity and choice?
Raging against God:
There is no length, it seems, to which we as flawed humans will not go to assert our imagined sovereignty and rage against God. The view that we can rule all things, including the gender we think we should have been born with is the latest loud shout of defiance at the sovereignty of another—a gracious and all-knowing God who longs to visit each one of us (if invited) in a profound and majestic way.
I have no control over the ethnicity into which I was born; nor my colour; nor who my parents were. These determinations cannot be changed no matter how much I imagine that I really should have been born rich, or British, or black ... or white or ….? No matter how much I think or feel that within my white skin there really is a black person, I cannot change what has been determined. But now, in our sad rebellion against what a sovereign Hand has determined, comes our latest rage against God.
This latest shout of self-sovereignty is not something He dis-allows, because in the realm of our decisions we are, in a limited sense, sovereign. The actor on stage is free to depart from the playwright's lines if he so wishes. It would be an act of self-assertion or rebellion—and, would spoil the play and its outcome. Usually actors choose to abide by the writer's lines. Similarly, we may, in defiance of The Playwright, try to impose our own lines but this, sadly, is simply a defiance of all that is intended to be best for us—intended, with the Playwright’s help, to bring an outcome above all we could ask or imagine; a person of great usefulness to His plan and purpose. This can soon be discovered if we choose to cooperate with Him. For what He offers in Jesus Christ (the model of truest humanity), is acceptance of who we are created to be. This is an extraordinary thing—that if I am prepared to lose myself in the fullest human, Jesus, I discover my own true 'I am'; that is, my self-identity and true self-description, a reflection of the One who is called I AM.
Did we choose the ethnicity, nation or family into which we were born? Can we? No! So why such a loud shout in this matter? Perhaps because it is seen as something about which, at least in our age of science, surgery and chemistry we can exercise a show of defiance and self-rule in a vain hope of engendering (to use an appropriate pun) wholeness and an arrival at joyful self-hood—the very thing, ironically found only in Him!
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
There is a means by which we can be enabled to see everything differently. The world that invades our thinking, easily molds our opinions and pressures us to believe particular things. The secular realm and its thought patterns, its invented, relative and subjective moralities is strident. Hard to escape. It's a strong tide with a strong majority. In recent decades its voice and the tide has seemed to drown other (what it would call repressive and outdated) moralities and established itself as the norm for humanity (it has invented a righteousness of its own).
But its view is the restricted one. It is merely the street-level view (sometimes gutter-level). A map gives us the view from above, the sky-view. There may be occasions when we think the map is wrong, but when we yield to its objective view we get to our destination. Confusion may reign at street level but all is clear from above.
What God, through Jesus Christ offers all who become His, is a look at what He sees and the sound of what He hears. That's the work of His Spirit whom he sends to live within to share His heart and eyes and ears, with us! When He lives in a person, everything changes; we begin to see what He sees, hear what He hears and to feel what and how, He feels - about this world and everything in it. Concerning this change and the Spirit of God coming within, Jesus said, "He will take what is mine (how I see and feel and hear and respond) and make it yours" (John 16;14). Extraordinary - and it can be yours for the asking - providing you're willing and ready to follow THE MAP - His Map!
Today I read an article, a book review. The book is called Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable by Paul Falkowski. The reviewer was an Australian academic, Professor Tim Flannery, who joins Falkowski in wonder at the microbial world. But what I found fascinating was that the author of the review describes the processes involved in, for example, photosynthesis, as 'almost magical'. Flannery goes on to discuss what is called quorum sensing by which microbes communicate and he says this is so incredible that 'it reads like a fairy tale'. But wait, there's more - for he then writes that 'as impossible as this process sounds, it was followed by an even more outlandish occurrence' - that of becoming microbes that according to Falkowski 'control the earth', indeed, 'they created it in its present form.'
Really!? Get a grip. And you dare call those who believe and trust the God who made and sustains his creation, deluded, ill-informed red-necks (or worse)? Now, I don't doubt that some extraordinary wonders are being observed. But the ascription of god-like self-determination to these particles and 'nano-machines' is past ridiculous!
What is the problem? I believe the problem is a bad investment, a huge investment, from which secularism doesn't have the courage to cut its losses and run for its life! Unbelieving men and women such as Flannery and Falkowski have, unfortunately, made a far too big investment in what will ultimately be shown to be a lie - a lie constructed so as to at all costs avoid the One to whom we all must finally give account. After all, they have given a life to it; published papers and gained adulation; they have gained government grants. That huge investment of life and time and energies makes it just too difficult to turn back. It's the lie or nothing; the house of cards or bust. And yet ... and yet, it's not too late! Keep discovering, yes, investigate and be in awe ... but begin to bow in awe and ascribe the credit and the praise to the One to whom it's due and who always hopes that what you find and see will point you to Him and help you be humble before Him and find all that He offers - His peace, joy, purpose and restfulness. Go there! I dare you.
who owns the land?
There’s a sense in which a Van Gogh or a Monet work remains the artist's even though they are dead. Critics say “yes, it is his work” and they mean that it has unmistakeable characteristics that define it as ‘his’. People pay large sums to possess one precisely because it is ‘his’—and copyright laws are in place to ensure that any proceeds from their reproduction remain the right and possession of the creator's heirs and successors. When it comes to what God has made however, it always truly remains His, for He is forever living—and the Son, Jesus Christ has been designated as the heir-in-waiting until the fullness of time. Countries and lands are not actually owned by any people and no amount of saying “it belongs to us” changes this. Real ownership still resides in God who created the lands and who entrusts them to people groups to steward under His watchful eye. The tithe in God's instructions for Israel was the specific acknowledgement and reminder of this, being in fact a rent or 'user fee' (royalty) to The Landlord (and therefore always remains relevant). The product and productivity of lands (mineral, animal, agricultural) is entrusted by the Owner to stewards. When lands become corrupted by abuse, paganism, demon worship, witchcraft and sacrifice of children (abortionists take note: these are the things that corrupt a land), God has every right to remove or change the stewardship, and has done so throughout history for 'the earth is the Lord's, with all its fullness' (Psalm 24:1). In fact, God said to Israel that the land itself is repulsed by such behaviour to the point where it will 'vomit you out' if you take those paths. The top button of the economic and societal waistcoat is always God’s ownership and due recognition of it. If the top button is in the wrong buttonhole every other button will be too!