A lot of Americans are very attached to their way of life, form of government, and the concept of “God and Country”. Here are my top 10 reasons why Christians in the United States will be disappointed when Jesus Christ returns.
Industrial music is often a portrayal of a mindset cast in darkness. This is an accurate depiction of the human condition. But the story doesn’t end there. Mankind has a rescuer in Jesus Christ.
For this I say to that which once enslaved me, “No, you’re not going to take me. No, you’re not going to get me.” This is what “Chains” from the album Destruction Falls means to me.
In their trouble they cried to Adonai,
and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them from darkness, from death-dark gloom,
shattering their chains. Psalm 107:13, 14
Without God, worth is a purely subjective value. One could place worth in persecuting another without any wrong doing. Without an authority of worth, there is no absolute worth. Everything would be worthless.
Divergent is a story of a young woman who expects to discover her purpose in life, only to discover that she doesn’t fit in anywhere. To me, this sounds a lot like high school. As it turns out, being different is bad. Really bad. Not as bad as the movie, but still. The people call this state “divergent”. People who are divergent are unable to be controlled by the smart people.
Ah, the smart people. The elitist left or right, who know how to better handle things than everyone else. They also know how to use mind control against law enforcement. So they use this mind control technology to attempt to take over the city. But I’m sure you can guess that our leading roles, who are a divergent, stop them.
I’m sure that to a teenager, these events would translate well into their own life events in High School. But to the rest of the world, it would translate well to recent events in Missouri, Turkey, or the Ukraine. But what it’s really like is the Middle East where being anything other than Muslim will end in the death of you and your family. Because, well, you are divergent. You are awake, and you won’t conform.
Are you awake? Are you paying attention to the signs? Jesus is coming back someday soon, and things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
Often when we think of Christianity and the Bible, we don’t think of things like questioning life, doubting God, or fearing the future. However, if you take a look, you will notice that many of the people in the Bible experienced just that. Not all of them overcame their struggles. Many did horrific things as a result of fallen world, sin, and even mental breakdowns.
Judges 19 tells the horrible story of sexual sin and a man’s response to it. The man’s concubine was gang raped, and utterly destroyed mentally. The man in turn kills her, cuts her into pieces and sends them off to the twelve tribes.
And all who saw it said, “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.”
When such things happen, we tend to shake our fists at God. We cry out because of injustice. We weep over tragedy. The Psalms are full of poetic songs expressing these emotions.
The track Psalm 88 will reach out to these emotions and questions.
Jesus came to set us free from our sin. But we still live in a time where we await His return. We live in the Kingdom now, but the completion is not yet. I believe there will be a day when all is made right, and an end to suffering will be complete.