September 10, 2018

What I read today

2 Samuel 1-2; Psalm 133; Ezekiel 10; Matthew 16; Romans 11

Psalm 133 – How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

I was watching the Brett Kavanaugh supreme court hearings at lunch on the first day of his hearings.  It sure doesn’t seem to me that there is a heck of a lot of peace going on these days.

The Democrats throw bombs at the chairman Chuck Grassley and the President.  The Republicans through bombs back at the Democrats and their leader Chuck Schumer.  As if that wasn’t enough protests erupted throughout the day in the audience.   At the end of the day, a staged show was put on when a victim of the Parkland shootings father bull rushed Judge Kavanaugh demanding to shake his hands while Kavanaugh was rushed out of the room by security.

One look at Kavanaugh and you could tell the days events had shaken him up.  A man sitting there for most of the day, silent, listening as he became a pawn to two sides looking to devour each other.  I thought about the lesson his two daughters were learning while sitting there.

The truth is that while unity is a beautiful thing to strive for it is not something we’ll see this side of heaven.  Our sinful natures will rarely allow us to ever become in full agreement on anything.  Sadly, we’ve drifted away from following God and his word.

There’s a story of the events that took place when the continental congress was negotiating the language of our constitution.  After 5 weeks of arguing and fighting over the details of the article Franklin stood and gave a speech to the assembly.  He demanded the assembly turn back to God and asked that each morning the continental congress open with prayer and a sermon by local clergy be conducted to ask God for direction.  Much of the rancor and argument was gone after Franklins, stinging rebuke.  It’s why to this day the house and senate open with prayer.  Sadly, our society only pays lip service to that prayer now.  As soon as the prayer is over, open warfare begins on the floor of the house and senate.

The further we get from God, the more difficult it will be for our society to operate.  The supreme court hearings are only another example of why we need to continue praying for our nation.

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