DayBreaks for 01/10/13 – The Border Between Good and Evil

DayBreaks for 01/10/13 – The Border Between Good and Evil

bordercrossingFrom the DayBreaks archive, 1/10/2003:

I’m one of the lucky ones with heart trouble.  I can still have salt!  My blood pressure is just fine, thank you, and so I’m not on a restricted diet in THAT sense.  (I must say, however, I’d give up the salt for a few steaks now and then!)  I love salt as a seasoning.  It just seems to make food taste MUCH better.

In his book, C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, Peter Kreeft had an interesting insight about us “traditionalists” when he wrote: “…I want to interject a word of caution to my fellow traditionalists.  It is the fear that traditionalists run the same kind of risk in idealizing the past as both neo-conservatives and liberals (what strange bedfellows!) run in looking benignly at the present and the future.  Looking back is a posture that has been known to be very dangerous to one’s health, especially if one is on a salt-free diet: remember Lot’s wife.

“So let us look to the future.  Is it not time to be optimistic now that the Iron Curtain has fallen with an iron thud?  To answer this question, let us ask two other questions, one about us and one about ‘them’.

“The one about us: Were we more moved by the fear of God or the fear of Gorbachev?  Were we wrestling against principalities and powers in the Kremlin or in Hell?  Do we understand Solzhenitsyn’s line about the border between good and evil running not between nations but down the middle of our own souls?

“And the question about ‘them’ is: What kind of freedom was uppermost in the minds of most of the masses who poured through the newly opened Berlin Wall?  Was it spiritual freedom, or even intellectual freedom?  Did they, like the wise men from the East of old, come West seeking Christ?  Or condoms?  Did they pour into churches?  Or porno shops?  What excited them about the West?  Did they buy bibles or toilet paper?  What freedom was legislated in Romania as soon as it had killed its dictator, who was guilty of enormous crimes?  It was the freedom to kill those who are guilty of no crime at all except being in the way of someone who was bigger and already born.

“So let us look to the real battle, not to the fake one.  Now that that silly little temporary distraction called Communism is dead…we can get back to the battle that should have been bothering traditionalists all along…namely, the Western barbarianism within.”

Ouch.  I must confess that I probably worry more about Afghanistan and Iraq and the physical fates of my children and grandchildren than I do about the souls of the lost.  And that says a lot about me.  Kreeft’s message is a strong one, but one we all need to hear and think about.  The battle began millennia ago.  Now it is our turn to serve in the Lord’s army.  Will we heed his call to take up arms?

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

PRAYER:  Feed the fire in our souls so we are more passionate about the lost! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

Speeding away…into eternity…

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time.  We have a saying that “Time is money.”  I suppose that has always been true, but I suspect that the concept of time, and the value of it, has changed greatly over the past 25 years.  Once, businesses moved with a slower pace than they do today.  When once it took days to get a letter across the country the pace of time, and the value of it, moved much more slowly.

Now, however, when business moves at the speed of electrons and the window for profit and loss is greatly contracted, we are seeing the value of even miniscule slices of time: “In April, a research ship will begin surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor off of Nova Scotia as the first step to building, by 2013, a $300 million private fiber-optic line connecting New York and London financial markets so as to speed up current transmission times–by about five milliseconds. Those five milliseconds, though (according to an April report in Bloomberg Business Week), will enable the small group of firms that are underwriting the project (and who will have exclusive use of it) to earn millions of dollars per transaction by having their trade sales arrive five milliseconds before their competitors’ sales would have arrived.” [Bloomberg Business Week, 4-2-2012]  News of the Weird, 4/29/12

Long ago, Paul spoke of redeeming (“buying back”) time – in specific, the times in which we live.  What does it mean today for us to “redeem the time” and what does it look like in a modern world?  For one thing, it means we must be able to give quick, succinct, yet persuasive sound bites for what we believe and why we believe it to be true and worthwhile.  Where once we may have had the luxury of long, leisurely conversations, we need to figure out how to bear witness and testimony very rapidly, yet with reason and conviction.

But there is an even greater reason that time is so valuable: when it runs out for the individual or for the entire creation, the time for choosing is gone, over, finished.  Time is precious.  Why?  Because souls are dying without Christ.  And every soul is worth far more than the millions of dollars made in a five millisecond advantage over a competitor.

PRAYER: We foolishly think we have time for leisure, Lord.  Help us understand the times in which we live and how to redeem this present age for you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/09/12 – Playing Hide and Seek With God

DayBreaks for 04/09/12 – Playing Hide and Seek With God

From the DayBreaks archive, 04/02/02:

When I was a kid, I remember that I really enjoyed playing hide and seek.  It was a challenge of creativity to come up with the hiding place where no one would think to look, and to race back to the base and call out “Free!”.

Somehow, as I got older, my attitude about playing hide and seek changed.  It seems to have happened when I had my own kids, and we would play hide and seek.  When one of the kids was “it” and I’d be one of the ones who was supposed to be hiding, I really didn’t try very hard to hide.  Why?  Because I delighted in the squeal of laughter from my kids when they would find me…sometimes “hidden” in plain sight.

God plays hide and seek with us.  According to scripture, He does it much like I did with my kids.  Jeremiah 29:14 says – “I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, “and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”

God wants to be found!  He wants us to find Him!  And He delights when we do.  At the same time, we would do well to remember that, try as we might, we cannot hide from Him.  It didn’t work for Adam and Eve, Cain, Moses, Jonah or David.  It won’t work for us, either.

Are you seeking God?  He will be found…don’t give up the search!  He’s dying for you to find Him!

PRAYER: We were so lost, Lord, that we didn’t realize we were lost!  Thank You for finding us, and for delighting in our finding of You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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