Why Very Little Surprises Me Anymore

By Doug Newman
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I don’t know if the above statement is a good thing or a bad thing. However, it sums up where I am emotionally now when it comes to the daily headlines.

In late 1991, I started waking up to the galloping destruction of liberty in America, and I turned my back on the political mainstream. At first, I was merely changing my political positions.

Then, slowly, as a Christian, I realized there was a spiritual shift here. Yes, I am still concerned about politics. However, as things deteriorate in so many ways, I am much more interested in how to represent Christ in a fallen world.

Why do so many Christians continue to praise and glorify an ever increasingly powerful and murderous central government? (At least when their president is in power.) Why are they so desperate for an all-powerful political savior?

Don’t you dare think for a second that it can’t happen here.

The answers can be found in Scripture. I give you just a small sampling of Scriptures that have influenced my worldview in recent years.

In I Samuel 8:4-20, the children of Israel begged God for a king. He yields to their demand, but warns them that they will one day be sorry.

Proverbs 1:7 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

Hosea 8:4 – “They have set up kings, but not by me.”

Amos 8:11 – “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”

And now on to the New Testament.

Matthew 24:3-4 – “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. “

II Corinthians 11:13-14 – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

II Timothy 3:1-5 – “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

II Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

This bimbo, who actually thinks that Obama is going to pay her mortgage and put gas in her tank, is just one example of how brainraped we have become.

Another almost identical example is the millions of adult Americans who profess a belief in Jesus Christ who think that GW Bush is such a Great Christian Man. They are just as easily influenced as these children in the documentary film Jesus Camp. Sometimes it seems as if Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the media that calls itself “Christian” just drag a cardboard cutout onto a stage, and these people bow down as if it were some golden calf.

If you are a non-Christian, please know that I am just as much a sinner as you are. However, there is a God Who rules the universe and Who judges good and evil. The only difference between me and you is that, on October 22, 1986, I invited Jesus Christ into my life to be my Lord and Savior.

And if you are a professing Christian reading this, I implore you to get back into your Bible. See what God has to say about life and about the world around us. Measure everything against the yardstick of God’s Word. Be especially discerning with anything or anyone that claims to be Christian. Do this on a regular basis and see how much clearer your thinking will become.

This is what I have done in recent times. And I think this is why – even though I am no better or smarter than you – I have stopped being as perpetually surprised about things.

This year is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Could there be a better time to read it and start understanding it?

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“The prophets wrote about it,
And Jesus talked about it,
And John got to take a look.” – Johnny Cash

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Related article: To Sin Beyond Redemption by Pastor Butch Paugh.
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If you would like to post this elsewhere, please email me and include a link to this URL. Thanks!

About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at www.thefot.us And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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4 Responses to Why Very Little Surprises Me Anymore

  1. Georgia View says:

    This is truly a word from the Holy Spirit, Doug. I say this with confidence because God never changes, the Spirit speaks only “according to God” the same living Word to each receptive heart, and THIS important message is RISING! Hallelujah!

    We must return to our first love! We must once again honor His Sovereign Lordship, and pledge our allegiance to Christ alone. We can not serve the state and Jesus Christ – give unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar and to God that which is God’s! Honor, and praise and glory belong to God alone. Amen.

  2. Pingback: Resources for Matthew 24:3 - 4

  3. Related article: To Sin Beyond Redemption by Pastor Butch Paugh.
    <<< Seen on this web page. Really now, that is insane. God has a plan for His creation and one day, at the end of the ages which He created through His Son, DEATH will be no more and all will be restored. 1 Cor 15 See also my site and wake up you rationalist. How can anyone be nice with people with such hate in tther hearts as an so called eternal HELL. There is punishment, correctional, but it is just and purposeful. http://home.earthlink.net/~btodd1/k7vhq.html

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