DayBreaks for 01/09/13 – A Brave New World

DayBreaks for 01/09/13 – A Brave New World

I am out of the office for a couple days.  This is from the DayBreaks archive:

bravenewworld-headsGrowing up, there were two key books that it seems every teenager had to read as part of their high school years.  Those books were Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.  I’m happy to say that the year 1984 has come and gone, and while there are some things about it that have come true, most has not.  The same, however, could not be said for Brave New World.  Huxley looks more like a prophet each passing year:  “We’re all familiar with the statistics on violent crime, rape, child abuse, drugs, and similar American leisure activities.  We know that half of all marriages commit suicide, i.e., divorce.  We can read headlines well enough to be largely cynical about financiers and politicians.  Surveys tell us this is the first generation in American history whose children are less well educated than their parents.  They tell us that if teenagers don’t have sex, they must be ugly, isolated, or Fundamentalists.  Half of all urban teenagers get pregnant, and half of them have abortions.  One out of every three babies conceived is killed.  A brave new world indeed.”  – Peter Kreeft, C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium

It is not a pretty picture that Mr. Kreeft paints, but nonetheless, I believe it is an accurate one.  The problem is that we’ve all tended to bury our heads in the sand like ostriches so that we can pretend we can’t see the ugliness in our culture.  But it is there.  Sadly, when we pull our heads out of the sand, our first reaction is to stick them back down the hole again and pretend we didn’t seen any of it.  It allows us to stay “guilt-free” if we think we have deniability.

1 Cor. 6:9-11 – “9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Jude 18-21 – “18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.  20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Don’t be deceived.  What was wrong from the beginning is still wrong.  What is right is still right.  The world hasn’t changed.  It’s stayed as sinful and ugly as ever.  Neither has our job changed – to be change agents in a world of darkness.  It’s about time we get busy with our job.

Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER:  Jesus, don’t let us ever lose sight of truth and the need to stand for truth and what is right! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/13/12 – As Hell Has Disappeared

DayBreaks for 04/13/12 – As Hell Has Disappeared

 From the DayBreaks archive, dated 04/18/02:

When we were little kids, we all had our fears.  Some strange character called “the boogey-man” haunted our nightmares and inhabited the spaces under our beds and in the closets of our rooms.  But time has passed and we know that there isn’t really a boogey-man.  Sadly, we’ve discovered that there are much worse things in this world than “the boogey-man”.

One of the things that our world and culture has done away with is hell.  When is the last time you heard a sermon on the topic?  It is in the bible – over and over and over – and unless you decide to trash the entire bible, you can’t trash hell.  Sadly, though, our wishes and hopes don’t determine reality.  While we might wish hell was just a literary device (like the boogey-man) and that it would go away, God is the only One who can make such a thing happen.  And while He hasn’t made hell go away, He has managed to snatch us out of hell’s grasp.

Listen to Calvin Miller’s reflection on the result of the “death” of hell and our role in our culture: “…traditional doctrinal values have been shot full of holes with the cannonade of multiculturalism.  Salvation itself has been widened far beyond the definition of Scripture.  Hell for the culturally elite isn’t there anymore.  As hell has disappeared, heaven is generally broadened to include everyone who dies.  All of this…goes to say that the secular realm will require our lives to be a sacrament.  But his burden is light.  There are strawberries in the darkness.  We whistle in the darkness, indeed, we must or the old tune will be lost.

“But what is that tune?

“The tune is the unchanging nature of spiritual reality.  This unchanging truth is grounded in God’s Word.  Nay, it is God’s Word!

“However, God sent out his warnings against time as it operates to change the content of His timeless truth.  Jude 3 asks us to ‘contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.’

The fact that hell has disappeared for our culture makes it all that much more important for us to sing the Song, to whistle the tune of the truth to a world that longs to believe lies.  Why does the world want to believe lies?  Because they believe it sets them free.  As long as there is no hell, they need not fear spending eternity there and they don’t need to fear judgment for their deeds.  Jesus, however, wanted us to know the truth.  Lies can’t give us freedom, only the truth can do so: “You shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you free.”  (John 8:32)  The truth is that there is a heaven where God wants all of us to be – but there is also a hell where we can choose to be if that is what we want.  The choice still exists and people are making decisions about it day in and day out, moment by moment.

The world needs to hear the truth.  Will you whistle the tune so that they can hear?

PRAYER: Let us not fear the truth, Father, let us run to the Truth and there find our true freedom!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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