Friday, July 16, 2004

boiled frog

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country."

We are the proverbial boiled frog. We have treaded water while the temperature and trouble have risen. Have I been part of the problem? Sure. How many times have I chosen the less controversial road because confrontation is out of my comfort zone? I have allowed those who think their gift to the world IS confrontation to wield their weapons of manipulation and desensitization in order to stay in my CZ.

People who believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, inerrant and complete. People who don't believe every bit of that.

It is time to choose up sides, and things are going to get ugly. I may not be the first one my team picks to join up, but I will not be the last. And there ARE teams. There is an Us and a Them. It's too bad too, since everyone seems to want to get along... Do you know sane people whose goals are mass chaos for himself and his fellow earth dwellers? No. So here is Us with the same rawest core desires as Them--life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The rules for the fulfillment of those desires are what puts us at odds. And it's been that way from the beginning, when only two people walked the planet. My way or God's way. "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters." ~Matthew 12:30 NIV.

The Bible is my guide book, and I can't see any way around His words. He says some hard things, but mostly He says things that make total sense out of Life. I'm not arrogant to state that Jesus is the only path to God--I didn't say it, HE did. I'm following the One with the answers for my life.

I said earlier that it's time to choose up sides. For me though, there's no choice. " whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." ~John 6:68. That I am a follower is not degrading. On the contrary, it gives me incredible comfort to know the One I follow is crazy about me! This outrageous, adventurous, no-fear Prince loves me utterly, knows exactly what's going on, owns the wisdom of the ages, and has never let me down. Wisdom, integrity, vision, guts, glory, and Love. He is all that...

I'm not planning on this being a lot of fun, but I do figure it'll be worth it. It always has been, and according to the end of the Book, it always will be. So it is admittedly with some fear and trepidation that I take up a side, but with confidence and trust. I'm outta my CZ, but I'm defiinitely into this Jesus. XO