Sunday, February 11, 2007

What’s really important in life?

I have to stop and ponder sometimes what the important things in life are. I mean when you look around you and see all the philosophies and ideologies that are being disseminated about in every possible medium and the constant worry about the evils of “the State,” the growth of “the State,” and so on, one has to sometimes wonder what some of these folk think is really important in life.

For me, it’s increasingly becoming more clear to me that the most important thing in life are to spread the Gospel and explain, in the best way I know how, by the best method I know, how others may be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth.

The obsession with “the State” and so-called “freedom” is often expressed excluding any mention of the originator of true genuine freedom itself, Jesus Christ. This is a huge waste of time, in my opinion. There is no such reality as unbridled freedom as some must think since they, by omitting the originator of freedom, by all appearances want “freedom” in the abstract. In other words, to live however you want as long as you don’t impinge upon the “freedom” of another. That’s so much nonsense. And this links into this other faux mantra of what some call “victimless” crimes, claiming that the crime, behavior, or other deed doesn’t negatively impact another person.

That’s just not true. Whatever one does or doesn’t do in their life will either directly or indirectly impact those in his/her immediate circle for good, bad, or ugly, whether it be a crime defined within man’s law or a legit deed within man’s law. Sometimes the result of said impact won’t manifest itself immediately or in short order, but only years later. Of course, naturally, if you’re an individual in a position of authority, your impact reaches far and wide. You impact many more folk than those who are in your immediate circle. In that light, deeds may indeed be victimless in the proper sense, but no act of behavior is devoid of impact, in some fashion, upon another, especially those close to us.

Frankly, the world isn’t going to get better until Jesus returns, it’s only going to get worse as the Bible predicts.

As Matthew makes clear to us:

37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(Matthew 24:37-39 KJV)

How was it in the days of Noah? Let’s go back to Genesis and find out:

12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
(Genesis 6:12-13 KJV)

So, the world will be wholly corrupt and filled with violence when the Son of Man returns as it was in the days of Noah. So am I saying by this we should just give up the fight for freedom? No, not at all! I’m merely saying that genuine freedom isn’t found by merely tossing “the State” from the equation. In fact, it cannot be tossed from the equation if Jesus is absent from the equation. Everyone has a master and the master will either be man (government), or Jesus Christ (who enables self-control and the ability to self-govern). There is no middle ground.

I think Solomon speaks volumes to what I'm saying in the Book of Ecclesiastes.