Archive for February, 2015

Evil Triumphs, When Good Men Do Nothing.

 

xZUz4V_webIt’s not been my modus operandi to comment or write in regard to domestic or foreign political posturing.  However, the stench that promotes themselves as holy warriors for Allah, the group which President Obama will not even say by name, ISIS, incites my pen. I can and must pray for their wretched souls, that they find in their hearts that which they are so quick to violently destroy. I realize that I have it easy when I sit at my desk 10,000 miles from where these demons butcher the innocent and proclaim with words how evil and barbaric they are.  I’m so grateful to God that we have men and women who are called upon, and are willing to risk their lives to protect the innocent.  May God be with them all as they endeavor to rid our world of such heinous actions.

The thuggery and malevolent horrors that we are witnessing are not new or more frightening than other events we have witnessed.     In recent years, these atrocities have been carried out on innocent children and women in many parts of Africa and Southeast Asia with little or no fanfare. Since the beginning of World War I, a hundred years ago, when Turks slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians, it has been the century of mass murders.  Over 100 million people have been eradicated, an average of 1 million per year, because of a few bullies.  These people are cowards, who hide their faces behind masks, flags and ideology striking fear into the hearts of men through terror. Hitler never even got his hands dirty! He simply attached himself to a group of street thugs called the Brown Shirts, using terror and intimidation to frighten the German people into submission.  He even scared the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin so much, that he gave Hitler Czechoslovakia in order to have peace. Some peace!

We may not be able to stand up to the bullies on the other side of the world, but we can certainly stand up to them in our own backyard.   Pro. 28:28 When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.  You may recall an Andy Griffith episode where Opie is confronted with a bully every day on the way to school.  The bully has successfully intimidated Opie out of his milk money, but instead of incarcerating the punk, like Barney promotes, Andy wants Opie to stand up to the menace, to be brave and resolute.   He doesn’t want Opie to start a fight. He wants Opie to defend his right to walk down the street without being bullied.  Even though the confrontation is scary for Opie, the result is victory! Bullies are only bullies when they can intimidate.

 When we hide from confronting the wicked, as the Proverb writer proclaims, the wicked will increase.  I’m not advocating violence of any measure to use in dealing with thugs, but  I do encourage us to be bold with God’s holy words. He has equipped us with, the sword of truth (His Word!) to pierce the heart and soul of our adversaries.  We must be willing to stand up to those who use coarse and filthy language.  We must stand up to those who promote evil intentions such as fornication, idleness, drunkenness, pornography, illicit drugs, wanton disregard for children or humans in general.  If we continue to allow such behavior to go undeterred, we should not be shocked when gangs begin to show up in our neighborhoods, raping, burning and beheading the innocent.  (Read 1Pe 3:11-12 )

 

Darryl Fuller

You can’t see It! But it’s there!

250px-Pecatonica_Battleground1As a bird flies, 3 miles across the Coosa River from where I live, are the remains of old Fort Williams.   No one can visit this historical site or plunder amongst its ruins. There are no cannons ceremoniously displayed within its ramparts, or storehouses dotted with plaques educating one to the enlisted militia and commanders who passed through its breach.  A major battle in American history started from this depot, now a little over 200 years ago.  Then, Major General Andrew Jackson led a brigade of Tennessee Infantry into the wilderness of the Mississippi territory which is now Eastern Alabama and decimated Chief Tecumseh and his band of Red Stick Warriors.  The event was the battle of Horseshoe Bend, a decisive victory for America in the War of 1812 and one which promoted Jackson to national prominence and eventually the White House.  The Creeks would lose around 1000 men at this battle while Jackson’s army suffered only about 50 losses. Most of these men would be carried back to Fort Williams and buried on a hill across a creek (Cedar Creek), from the Fort.  To this day, all that remains of this place called Fort Williams are the men buried in the red clay dirt.   Actually, there are no original stone markers, only recorded documentation and oral accounts of where they are probably buried.  A doctor from Atlanta Georgia claims to have seen the old ruins covered in brush and vines around the turn of the last century, as he ventured down the Coosa River.  In 1914, Lay Dam was built and a partial flooding of the Coosa River probably covered whatever visual evidence remained. By 1967, another 15 foot extension of Lay Dam, further inundated the river above, creating Lay Lake thus deepening the waters above the old Fort and further obscuring any visual evidence.

There are many who claim that there is no God, simply due to the fact that they cannot see Him.  It’s astounding to think that educated men, can be so narrowed minded as to propose that the existence of something must be based on what we may see, hear, or touch.   One of the most widely held notions is that there is no scientific evidence which can promote the existence of God or an Intelligent Designer.   To date there is no scientific evidence that there is life beyond this planet. However, we spend billions of our tax dollars in the pursuit of finding it. Can you imagine the uproar if it was even suggested within the Halls of Congress that we spend billions of tax dollars promoting Bible studies or help in evangelizing?

Why is it so much easier to believe that we were seeded here by aliens eons ago, than to believe a Supreme Being engineered us and lovingly put us here 10,000 years ago? Why is it more reasonable to believe that Christ was just a good man and prophet than it is to believe He was the Son of God, who died to take away our sins? Why is it more intelligent to grasp the Bible as an old archaic collection of Jewish literature that has no bearing on our souls, than to believe it is the communication from the Supreme Creator and pertains to everything we need for life and Godliness? (2 Pet.1:3)

Then again, maybe they’re right! After all, who really believes that Andrew Jackson really defeated the Indians and became president? You can’t even find this so called Fort Williams!  Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Darryl Fuller

Search and Destroy

King David, in four different writings, implored God to do the unthinkable! Test him! Psa. 26:2   Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.robot

Psa. 139:23   Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! (See also Psa.7:9; Psa.17:3). Say what you will about David’s character, his covetousness, adultery and subsequent murder, but at his core, he had guts and faith.  I’ll be honest – I can’t think of a time when I’ve petitioned God to search me with such confidence as David.  I have gone to Him plenty and begged for His forgiveness or asked for His loving favor.  I’ve called on Him to cure me or others of sin and/or physical ailments.  I’ve even been guilty of being angry with Him and asking the proverbial questions, “Why?” and “For what reason?” I may very well pray for God to help me overcome some weakness that I know I need help with, but I stop well short of opening the door and letting Him barge in with the SWAT team, afraid of the collateral damage that may befall me.

It’s not known for sure when the 26th Psalm was penned, but most agree that it was before David’s great transgression.  This Psalm is probably penned in conjunction with the Ark being brought to the City of David. It is a joyful time, one of dancing and pageantry as The Ark of the Covenant, taken from its proper place for so long, once again resides in the tabernacle.  David longs to build a glorious temple so that the Ark can have a “proper” home. He petitions God through the prophet Nathan, but God’s answer is rather peculiar.    God will establish a house for Himself through David, according to 2 Sam.7:8-16, an everlasting house and an everlasting kingdom, but one not made with human hands.  What a strange answer to David’s prayer. David wants to build God a house, God says no! I’m going to build you a House!  Of course we now know this to be the church which David’s descendant, Jesus, built when He died on the cross; built on the foundation that God loves us, and cares for us.  He established a kingdom that shall last forever, because God knows us! He knows what we are made of! He knows our hearts and knows we need to be searched and have the sin within eradicated. Listen to David’s response 2Sa 7:20  And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! And then in;  2Sa 7:27  For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.  David had the courage to ask God to know him, to search him, because David trusted God and believed that God already knew him and his thoughts.  David had a close relationship with God, just like a father to his son, just like Christ and God, just like He wants with me and you.

Look at the verses of Psa. 26 and 139 again, and think of them this way.  You know me already Father, you know what I’m capable of, you know my strengths and my shortcomings, you know how I feel about you, search me and make sure nothing comes between us. Look at all that I am, and eradicate what is not part of who I am. df   Those are not fearful things but good things to ask God to do for us.

This past week a friend asked me to fix his computer. He’s been having trouble when he goes to file important paperwork online.  A rogue virus has attached itself to certain files and then proceeds to cause a number of problems. I thought I had cured the problem about two weeks ago, and for a time it seemed, the virus had been quarantined.  However, the other day, he began to have trouble again, and as I’m writing this article, his computer is once again in ICU, undergoing tests to try and find the germ that infects it.  I’ve done a measure of procedures this time around. I’ve downloaded Spybot, Malwarebytes, TSSkiller, ADWcleaner, Rootkit destroyer, Trojan Maleware, and still the elusive virus hides and does its damage.  With time and a little more  money, perhaps the infection can be cured.  It’s a benign illustration, but just like looking for a rogue disease within a computer, so our heavenly Father searches us to eradicate the virus of sin.

Like David, we should ask God to search us, test us, see what ails us and then rid us of any pestilence. We shouldn’t be afraid or  faint from the Great Physician examining us to find the sin which hinders us from participating in the race. (Heb.12:1-2).  We need Him to run those tests, seek out the problems and then counsel us on how we can improve our spiritual lives.  Just as we should not be afraid to ask our doctor questions concerning our health, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask God about something far greater, our spiritual well- being.

 Remember, as David recalled, God already knows us.  He knows more about us than we know ourselves and only wants what is good and best for us.Psa 139:1-4  … O LORD, you have searched me and known me!  (2)  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  (3)  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  (4)  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. It is through our choices that sin entered our hearts and hijacked our thoughts and intents.  All God is asking of us, is to give Him the opportunity to come into our hearts and eradicate the killing germ of sin.  He does that when we obey His voice, accept His Son, and are buried with Christ in Baptism (Rom.6).  That’s when we’re added to His church (The house He promised to build of David in 2 Sam.7) (Read Acts 2).  Let’s invite God to search our hearts. He literally died to tell you all about it.

Darryl Fuller