{ Mob Mandate }

 

I went to a writing conference last weekend.

Within the microcosm of art and literature, I experienced our culture’s strict new, mob driven mandate.

“Do This and don’t do that.

Say this but don’t say that.

Think this new way — it’s the right way.”

The trend-driven mob has one standard:

The current new wave of thought must be accepted by all. 

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So, I sat listening to writer-presenters.

I sifted through the emphatic agenda-speak.

In session 4, the presenter handed out a stapled packet; an excerpt from a published memoir.

“We’ll go line-by-line around the room, reading aloud.”

I looked it over:

  • Line one: an innocent memory of making pickles in a farmhouse kitchen.
  • Line two: Uncle Earl wearing a plaid shirt and leaving in his rusty old truck.
  • Line three:  some x-rated fodder about a first-time sexual encounter.
  • Line four: making cookies with Grandma, who smells like roses and garlic. 
  • Line five: twisted sexual scene with graphic details. And so on….

Nope, I’m not going to read that. 

I slunk awkwardly out of my landlocked seat. A Muslim woman and her son exited, too.

We are now at a place where virtue* is made to look odd, and sin** is made to appear normal.

There is a plumb line for a misguided, trend-driven world.

  • It transcends decades and centuries and cultures and rulers and norms.
  • It’s outlived despots and tyrants and empires and dynasties and wars.
  • It contains underdog victories, fulfilled prophecies and surprising heroes.
  • It’s a book of love and loss and brokenness and eternity.

 

The Word of God has all the answers.  It is the timeless standard.

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*virtue: behavior showing high moral standards. Synonyms: goodness, righteousness, integrity, dignity, honor, decency, nobility, purity, worthiness.

**sin: a word, deed, or desire in opposition to the eternal law of God.

 

Photo credit: Vitaliy Paykov

{ Parliamentary, Purposeful & Paid }

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U.S. Major Henry Martyn Roberts graduated near the top of his West Point class. He became an engineer and eventually a brigadier general.

Ironically, it was a difficult leadership experience that contributed to his most famous achievement.

He was chosen to preside over a church meeting, but it didn’t go well. This prompted Henry to write a “how to” book for leading an assembly.

Originally published in 1876, Roberts Rules of Order has become the standard manual for governing a wide range of gatherings in an orderly way.

Speaking of order, God’s created world also follows a predictable plan. From the tiniest cell to the orbits of the planets, the universe obeys His fixed and orderly rules.

Besides science and nature, there is an order to the spiritual things in life. If someone is seeking a rule book for how to get to heaven, God has written it. It says that heaven isn’t attained haphazardly, earned by a nebulous list of good deeds and the absence of bad ones. Soul salvation happens when God enables a spiritually dead person to respond to the gospel message. The person accepts by faith Christ’s payment for sin and becomes saved. (Romans 10:9,10)

Thankfully, this orderly and amazing message is within our grasp.  It is given in God’s manual for living – His holy, timeless and effective Word.

 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”—I Cor.14:40 

“Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of liberty.”–Henry Martyn Robert

Photo credit: M. Ali

{ Sludgy Sin Pools }

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S ludgy sin pools lurk – trying to

L ure me into leaving the God I love —

U nthinkable! Why choose sludge puddles over the

D eliciously clear, sparkling, flowing, living water that

G race supplies and God gives to His children

E very day through His Word?

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Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink…” John 7:37

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

from the hymn: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

 

Daily Word Prompt: SLUDGE