America Bless God…And Johnny Cash

I’m insane.

I’m ‘insane’ because the majority defines all that is ‘sane’ (or that which is ‘normal’).

I am not of the majority. Nor do I subscribe to their trendy legalistic methods that promise salvation and acceptance via conformity. Therefore, I am insane.

The good news is, yesterday I found sanctuary on the rear bumper of a car. The sticker read, ‘America Bless God’.

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Apparently it’s not a new slogan. It certainly isn’t a popular one, therefore the car’s owner must also be insane.

Today it’s a challenge to remain insane. A struggle.

But to paraphrase a best friend, “It’s a soporific Thorazine-induced life that walks past every challenge or hurdle. As if non-confrontation was of the highest virtue. As if uniqueness was a mortal sin. As if wrestling with issues, our own conflicts, or with God is somehow wrong.

Let’s see what Johnny Cash (r.i.p.) has to say about all this — the one that wrote and sang ‘All God’s Children Ain’t Free‘.

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“Being a Christian isn’t for sissies. It takes a real man to live for God – a lot more man than to live for the devil, you know? If you really want to live right these days, you gotta be tough. If you’re going to be a Christian, you’re going to change. You’re going to lose some old friends, not because you want to, but because you need to.” — Johnny Cash

In closing, Christianity is work. At times, a struggle. At times, a fight. At times, survival. So I question, and rebuke when necessary, those ‘safely’ cruising thru life in comfy Christian Cadillacs waiting for God to bless America and whatnot. Man, get out and help carry the load will ya?!

Hard to believe “The Screwtape Letters” and “If I Were The Devil” were once considered ‘broadcast material’ (i.e. ’normal’). Alas, those days are gone. The majority have spoken. And God-forbid a concerned Christian ‘stir the pot’. Now that would be insane

Paul Harvey’s “If I were the devil” (warning for a nation) April 3, 1965

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”

[…] If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. If I were the devil, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

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Why God permits our self-induced demise…

“God punished the human race by giving the human race what it wanted. People wanted idolatry and God let them have their idols. People wanted immorality, and God granted them their wish, etc. God punishes by letting people have what they want. The wickedness that permeates the world flows from the desire of man, not God. Because of their rebellion and hardness of heart, God punishes them by granting them their desire. God punishes wickedness with wickedness. Never ask God for what you already know He does not want you to have.” — Walt Henrichsen