“NEW LIFE” BULLETIN – VOL. 24, NO. 28 & 29 – TELLING GOD WHAT TO DO
I was in a conversation a few days ago and the subject of marriage equality (gay marriage) came up. One guy immediately said it meant we were on the threshold of final doom. He added that every nation where gays were accepted had met destruction. I said I guessed England was going before us. He said we were all going together, and added that it was all there in the Bible. I hastily bid my adieu.
I wondered what his proof was that every nation with homosexuals had been destroyed. Was he thinking about Sodom and Gomorrah and the other plain cities, (which were not nations) Rome, or maybe France? If it was Rome, there is no proof of that. I know about the talk of the fall of the Roman Empire, and it usually has to do with wild, conduct of all kinds. Actually, Rome did not fall, it faded. It faded away into the Greek world it fell in love with. And besides, who would want the capital of today’s world to be Rome? Goodbye, goodbye to Rome.
I also thought that under that guy’s way of thinking, the Taliban countries would be the most likely to survive, or Uganda. You remember Uganda, the place that almost passed a law about a year ago that made being homosexual a death sentence, as well as for anyone who knew of one and did not turn them in.
Tickets are readily available on Travelocity for anyone who wants to escape the final days of Europe and the Americas and head for Uganda, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Of course, they might be part of the collateral damage and get zapped along with the rest of us.
Just to check this out I opened Google Earth and couldn’t find a hole in the world anywhere where a nation used to be that accepted homosexuals and was now gone. I couldn’t find a nation that collapsed because of anything more than greed and lust for power. They were defeated in battle, not with fiery darts from the heavens. And after being defeated they didn’t go up in smoke, never to be seen again. Germany was still there. You’d think with Hitler and all he did to the Jews there’d be a big hole where Germany used to be. But there it was, and now having one of Europe’s strongest economies. And Japan. What would we do without those Japanese cars and cameras? France was still there, and we all know about the French! Just kidding French people! If you want to pick on somebody, why not the Chinese? When was the last time you heard an American surrounded with all their “Made in China” stuff say, God is sick and tired of China’s failure to address their human rights issues and is going to destroy them like Sodom and Gomorrah?
Have you noticed that no nation is said to be about to fall because of greed and injustice? That’s strange, because in the whole Bible, from cover to cover, that is the most warned about cause of a national collapse. In fact, when Sodom is mentioned elsewhere in the Old Testament, it is most often connected to statements such as in Ezekiel 16 where Sodom is used as a metaphor for those who don’t care for the poor, the needy, social justice and for such people as widows and orphans.
I know it’s a lot more fun to tell God what to do, than it is to let God be God. That doesn’t mean things are as good as we’d like. But picking one or two social issues and then saying God is about to call down fire and brimstone, without getting a direct, “Hello, I’m the Lord your God. Lucky you O Wise One, you’re one of the few people who know it’s time for the big barbeque. Go and spread the word” is self- aggrandizement. It also isn’t smart self-aggrandizement. A look at history shows everyone who said it was time for God to destroy the earth due to some particular sin or two was wrong.
I don’t understand the seeming joy these prophets of doom get from telling God what to do. And they always want everyone, including them, to be involved in the “end of it all”. As for me, I think God’s a better shot than that, you know, that two will be in the field and one will be taken and the other left thing. If people like that fellow want to go so badly I want to be standing next to him when it happens because I’m content to stick around for as long as I can.
CONCERNS: Connie Crites’ brother continues with cancer treatment. Martha Foy’s friend, Lauren, needs our prayers. Jim Hunter continues to get stronger each day. Stephanie Dixon’s boss’s son, Grayson has eye damage from an accident. Del Bolin asks prayers for Sharon, a cancer patient. Also one of his student’s brothers-in-law, Billy, has thyroid cancer. Billy’s wife is pregnant with their fourth child. Leena Bolin’s brother, Nick is being treated for cancer. Remember these people as well. Jenn McCready, Ken Teatino, Jenni Cullum, Alma Martin, Ron Matney, Joni Beach’s mother, Tim Elder and the work of Health Talents Int. and Bread For A Hungry World.
OUR DAILY BREAD: AUGUST 6-11
Monday: Matthew 22:1-22
Tuesday: Colossians 1:21-2:7
Wednesday: John 6:52-71
Thursday: Romans 7:1-12
Friday: Matthew 23:1-22
Saturday: Psalm 114: 1-8
OUR DAILY BREAD: AUGUST 13-18
Monday: Matthew 22:23-40
Tuesday: John 2:13-25
Wednesday: Proverbs 3:1-18
Thursday: Jonah 2:1-10
Friday: Matthew 23:23-39
Saturday: Psalm 127:1-5
On Thursday, July 19th, Roger Fisher’s son, Steven died after a long illness. The funeral was on Monday, July 23, with the interment the next day.
The congregation mourns with Roger over this loss and others he has had in the last year or so.
Those on the mailing list who want to send a card or a note can do so by writing to Roger @ 86 Wyndermere Drive, Troutville, VA 24175-6595.
There are a number of cards that have been received over the last few months that are now posted on the downstairs bulletin board. Some of these have been read publicly while others have not.
Martha and Bill Albert have invited the congregation to their home on Smith Mt Lake on the afternoon of Super Sunday, August 19th. You may come after 3:30. See Martha beforehand about bringing something.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
On next Sunday, August 12, we will be preparing the evening meal at the local Ronald McDonald House. If you have not yet been involved in doing this, it is a rewarding experience. The kitchen is roomy and well supplied with everything needed to prepare the meal. See Martha Albert if you’d like to help. You will be glad you did.
A WORK LIST
Hopefully in the next month or so the weather will moderate and not be so hot. With that in mind, Rich Crites has developed a “to do list” of things around the buildings. They are as follows: All entrance doors can be washed or if necessary, painted. The electric service box on the back of the main building needs to be painted. There is the need for touch-up paint to be applied in the auditorium, classrooms, restrooms and hallways in both buildings. Clean the hill behind the annex of weeds by spraying with a defoliant before the pig roast on the Labor Day weekend. Cut wood from same hill, as well as removing downed or leaning trees from upper property. All hardwood will be cut and split for the fireplace. Small limbs are needed for kindling. Spray Round-Up on all the grass in the parking lot. Caulk is needed along the annex sidewalk as well as the main building. See Rich or Keith and what you need will be supplied. Some of this will require several folks working at a time.