You've probably heard of the old cliché, 'What goes around comes around.' Or 'As you sow, so shall you reap.' In other words, if you treat other people badly you will eventually be treated badly by someone else. Not so, in the Christian world. (Matthew 7:12)
In the First Century the Roman Empire, of the anti-Christian mindset, was born and the stage was set. It was a scene which evolved into a secular, sinful, pagan world. (Galatians 6:7)
In this First Century of the progressive, pagan world, children were killed in worship to pagan gods. The practices of sexuality, gender, and marriage ran rampant. Lawlessness abounded, and known Christians were either persecuted or killed for their faith.
It was a massive turnaround from that of Pentecost and the establishment of the early first church. (Acts 2:41-47) Thus we see the entrance of America's Twenty-First Century of progressive anti-Christianity.
So, has this concept of the aforementioned cliché "what goes around comes around" progressed into today's society, and reflected down into today's church? Has the church turned back to this perverted life style of the first century with its anti-Christian philosophy? Has a war begun against the faith and practice of the Christian church's very beginning? Is there a tickle-my-ears philosophy? Only time will tell.
Oftentimes, I write simply off the top of my head. Other times, I really feel divinely inspired to write. This extensive blog is one of those latter times. The world and the church is in dire need of a resurrected Gospel, the full Gospel, as given in (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
So is it a dream, a vision, or simply a much-needed subconscious reminder? Whatever it may be, I hope you enjoy the reading. Now for this most exhilarating and thrilling fiction blog, "What Goes Around, Comes Around." Reference (Joshua 23:3, 9-11,12-13)
I was sitting in my man cave easy chair, relaxing with a big, frosty RC cola and a moon pie, calmly unwinding from another hard day of my normal supervisory duties at the Museum of Early Church History when it all happened. It happened rather suddenly, in fact.
I had a vision. Never before had this happened to me. Why me? I found myself walking around in the midst of a rather large First Century pagan city.
"This is kind of neat," I told myself. "If only I had an escort to show me around this communally driven progressive environment."
My wish was instantly granted, for standing on the street corner at parade rest was a well-dressed, uniformed soldier.
Seeing me, and after giving his customary salute, this well mannered soldier immediately motioned for me to come over and join him, which I happily did.
Speaking in broken English, he stated that he was there waiting for my arrival, as he was instructed to show me around their fair city. After thanking him for his kindness, away we went from one landmark, one attraction to another.
"How interesting," I thought.
Our first stop was the massive stone amphitheater known as the infamous Coliseum. "This is the famed place of the ritual of the slaughter of Christians for the people's entertainment," he explained. This attraction seemed to put him in a strange state of elation.
The next stop had a large, garishly lit blinking sign advertising a mixed gender bathing and massage spa. This attraction also seemed to set this soldier off, for some unknown reason.
Then we happened to come to a huge, ornate marble building with all the characteristics of a legal edifice of some sort. "This is the Hall of Justice where laws are made and interpreted. The many scrolls of law decisions and appeals are housed here. Kind of like your Supreme Court. Unlike your legal system, however, this building is off limits to the general public," he explained.
I gathered, based on his facial reaction, he thought this particular building was puzzling to me but he made no additional comment or remark, as we continued our tour of the city.
Next observed was another large blinking neon sign of invitation 'Pay For Play.' No added comment was needed here, so we moved on quietly.
"What on earth is this big water moat, here in the middle of your city, with all the open stalls with seats?" I asked.
His response, "This is a public latrine. It's a communal toilet arrangement for the convenience of our citizens," he explained again.
Oh well, we moved on leaving all the stink behind.
We then came upon a most unusual sight. It was the most crowded gathering of our tour. I saw a rather large monument, or altar, placed on a small hill in the middle of the city, displaying a large brazen statue of a man grasping a lightning rod in his mouth, surrounded by many lighted torches.
People of all ages, from the very young to the elderly were gathered there. All of them seemingly experienced many afflictions; some blind, some apparently deaf, some holding babies, some on crutches and others in wheelchairs. All were moaning loudly, and all were kneeling before this statute, chanting the same phrase.
."What could this be?" I wondered.
And again, as if reading my mind, this well-mannered soldier replied that it was an idol to the unknown god. These people were confessing their wrongs to this god of hope, asking for healing and contentment.
"Well, this is about the size of it, our fair city. We could go on and on, but you'd just see more of the same, more of this great independence of our communal culture. I'm so proud of our city, its people, and what it all stands for in today's world," he concluded, smiling from ear to ear.
"Wow, what a surprise conclusion to our little field trip, especially with all this evil abounding everywhere in this city. It's a society of open, vicious evil. He's too nice an individual, especially being a trained soldier, not to realize the scope of it all," I thought, reflecting back on his disheartening eerie elation.
Nonetheless, as if by divine guidance, I felt I had to rebuff this soldier's remarks. "Sir, do you not realize this great city is devoid of Bible principles and of the basic principles of the Judeo-Christian faith and practices?" I asked.
"All these sites you showed me, no matter how historic they may be, are all against the Bible, against the principles of God. Simply put, the ungodly magnetism behind all of these attractions clearly points to the evil of your social generation, and to the whole wide world as a whole. (Ephesians 6:12) Being a preacher of the gospel, it is my duty to advocate against such activity. May I just share a few verses of Scripture?" (II Corinthians 5:20) I continued.
Without any response, the soldier clicked his heels at attention, standing erect in an apparently blank frame of mind. I thought it best to hurriedly wrap up our meeting.
"So I do thank you, kind sir, for your generosity with your time and information. You surely know your city and its people. You are a very well-informed tour guide," I began.
"Wait, Mr. Soldier, please wait. I'm not finished. Mr. Soldier, where are you? Where did you go?" I demanded.
Then it was over, ending as suddenly as it started. The scene had changed dramatically. I was abruptly transferred from my semi-conscious world back to my old trusted man cave.
I must have left my television on accidently. It was tuned to a religious talk show, my favorite. What caught my attention was the moderator's comments and the responses of the guest.
The moderator said, "Our western civilization has become increasingly non-Christian. We are quickly departing from our founding traits, our morality, ethics and culture. Such spiritual traits were freely brought to us by this nation's founding fathers."
Then, the response from his guest, "We most definitely are returning, not to our roots, but to the days of indulgent sin, kind of like the early Roman empire."
The moderator continued, "There have been times when evil has overtaken rather rapidly. However, it usually happens step by step. One bad law is passed, then another and another, and so on. This complete disregard of our biblical principles is coming on us rapidly."
"Such bad law interpretation and the disobedience of God's word, the disrespect of our moral values, the removal God's name and prayer from the public square. Add to that the misunderstanding or lack of our founding culture in general. Has America, this great country of ours, evolved back to the Roman culture?" he concluded.
As the program ended I began to reflect back to my visit to that unknown pagan city. Yes, he is indeed right on, and so is his guest. I surely see it here in America. What goes around comes around.
Nonetheless, I'm so tired, let me just turn off the TV and try and get some rest. This vision or whatever it was has simply tired me out," I decided. "I'll just forgo my nightly devotion and double up tomorrow night. He'll understand."
I trust you enjoyed this little fiction blog. Did you find yourself in this setting? Did you see a little of today's America peeking through this ancient metropolis's ungodly progressive mindset? (Joshua 23:12)
If not, either you have simply not tuned into the national news, have not read the local newspaper of late, or you have simply put your head in the sand.
And what do you think about the church of today? Is evil progressively creeping into its objectives and beliefs? Has this progressive mindset come gradually into effect, developing in stages, proceeding step-by-step over the past decades?
This way of thinking can easily be unintentionally approached. It only takes the beginning of an ungodly, progressive thought by a group, person or church favoring or implementing social reform and new, liberal ideas, to foster over time a completely new approach to religion. This does away with the church's founding fathers "Old Time Religion" and fellowship concept.
According to Andrew Murray, "Fellowship is measured by our love for God, our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays."
The old cliché of 'What goes around comes around' is alive and well in America. So, what is the solution? Simply put, the church must return to its Christian roots (II Chronicles 7:14), like we saw in the early church in (Acts 2:41-47).
The best way to stop America's and the church's progressive, socialistic mindset is by simply adhering to the practice of nipping it in the bud. Amen!
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