What made this interesting was the number of intangible news stories that broke around the same time. Everyone is paying attention to the trial of George Zimmerman, the man who ruthlessly cut down the life of young Trayvon Martin. No doubt this is important and the outcome of the trial has far-reaching implications. However, at the end of the day, it is a homicide trial.
Then, you have the “drama” of the NBA finals. San Antonio, in my humble opinion was the superior team and played with championship intensity. Unfortunately, the stars of the Spurs are in the twilight of their careers, whereas Lebron James represents the franchise future of the league. Color me jaded, but the money trail leads me to conclude the fix was in on that one.
But I digress…
Then, of course, there was the birth of the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. This is the one that really gets me lathered-up. Why this is even newsworthy is beyond me. And all the talk about what they decided to name her – by saved folk – really works a nerve in me. Why folks are so obsessed with celebrities is beyond me.
Later in July, we received “news” that the latest heir to the British Throne was born. Prince William and Princess Kate were blessed with a bouncing baby boy, whom they named “George.” This should give every American pause, as the last British monarch to wear that moniker was a thorn in the side of everyone this side of the Pond, some 237 years ago.
Let me stop…
The truth of the matter is there are far more important issues facing us as American society and us as citizens of the Kingdom of God. The Bible warns us of the seducing power of false prophets (Matthew 7:15) but the Word also tells us to try every spirit:
1 John 4:1-6
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Here’s a simplified way of interpreting this passage of scripture: if it is from God, glorifies God, and edifies God’s people, then it is deemed usable; if not, we must reject it.
Contrary to popular belief, current events can be – indeed, they must be – interpreted through the lens of Scripture. This does not mean we should become so prophesy-obsessed we fail to exercise our Kingdom mandate (take dominion over the earth), but we should try the spirits of the news we hear.
Back to the original premise…
While America was obsessing over trivial nonsense, a legislative milestone begun by President Clinton and signed into law by President Bush (the younger) and had passed muster in a previous Supreme Court session is now being flushed down the legal commode. Traditional marriage is under attack under the auspices of “civil rights.” Had we not been so distracted, perhaps we could have bombarded our legislators, particularly prior supporters of DOMA, persuading them to – at the very least – have the Justices table this matter for another session, buying time to reconsider the societal repercussions of overturning DOMA.
Instead, we were bamboozled. Flim-flammed. Societal chickens have come home to roost. Because those who still have a vestige of a moral compass have failed to step up and speak out, judicial fiat is the rule of the day.
I strongly believe that if you want to find the truth in this country, you must follow the money trail. Contrary to what is portrayed in the media, I do not believe most people support the rights of homosexuals to marry. Rather, the proponents of homosexual marriage are well-funded and have studied the success of the Civil Rights Movement, co-opting many of its strategies and tactics.
Don’t get me started, there!
Bottom-line, Saints, we can ill-afford to be distracted. We need to divest ourselves of the trivial and begin to impart the will, culture, and intent of the Kingdom of God into the events that impact our daily lives. It is not enough just to watch and pray – we must speak and act. Powerless Saints will simply say, “God is in control,” absolving themselves of any responsibility. Saints who understand dominion will speak to the mountain and command it to be moved (Mark 11:23).
The question is, which are you?
© 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)