Good morning on this bright and beautiful Wednesday. Please see the message for today below and an attachment:
Are you getting the feeling that things are beginning to feel like they are unraveling or coming apart in America? Over the last two years of the pandemic, it just seems like so much of our normalcies are unraveling. It is beginning to feel and look a little crazy. It just seems like racial tensions, hatred, anger, violence, politics, etc. are all seeming to be instrumental in the unraveling.
It even appears that our democracy is unraveling. Our two-party system just does not seem to work together anymore. Because of their unwillingness to reach across the aisle in decision making, the American people are beginning to feel the effects of it, and suffer. Any time there is an insurrection and it is basically ignored or there is an attempt to downplay it, the fabric of our democracy is beginning to weaken and dissipate. The insurrection took place on January 6, 2021, and here we are still trying to piece it all together. The truth of the matter is it happened before our own eyes, and we still don’t get it. Simply look at the videos of the event, and it is very clear as to what was happening. Things are unraveling.
It even appears that our economy is unraveling and there may be an economic collapse if we are not careful. When I heard on yesterday that gas prices in California have exceeded $6.00 and steadily increasing, it got my attention. Just about all food items have increased significantly. Have you been to the grocery store lately? If so, it is impossible to not notice the increase in food and commodity prices. Just imagine the impact this is having on low-income families?
The mindset of many of the American people is unraveling. Who would have thought that we would experience mass shootings in our schools, shopping centers, churches, streets, etc.? If you turn the news on each day, you will hear the depressing television news about how we are murdering each other. Recently, guns were confiscated in some of our local schools.
Who would have thought we would ever see the day that thieves would attempt to take your car from you while you are driving it in broad daylight? Thieves are breaking into jewelry stores and smashing and grabbing expensive items. It blows your mind.
COVID-19 has killed over one million people in America and there are people still refusing to mask up or even take the vaccine. People are still dying and we simply ignore it.
It makes you wonder about the Israelites in the Old Testament. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their unraveling. Their sinful and disobedience caused God to destroy an entire generation. Will He have to do the same for today’s people?
In my opinion, I am not surprised at anything that goes on in today’s society. There was a time when the Good Book was the golden rule, but now it is ignored and compromised to the point that we are unraveling.
Families are beginning to suffer because of debts, relationship problems with children and spouses, job losses, etc. Whatever your personal problem may be, it is part of the unraveling.
If we take note of what was written in the Bible centuries ago, these things were predicted. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “But know this, that in the last days perilous time will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
We have reached a point where more emphasis is on our own selfish desires than serving our God or our fellow men and women. Wake up and pay attention to how things are spiraling out of control in education, politics, economics, morals, civil order, etc.
What can we do? We must establish a personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must let his Spirit live fully in us, and we must begin to walk the way He walked and live the way He lived.
This is not a message about fear, rather one of hope, peace, tranquility and future security. Even in tough times, our God is to be trusted. I believe a change is coming.
Not a sermon, just my thoughts!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor