We are of Christ, well and good. But this is a time of winnowing, of division, and of clarification. It may not be the birdemic that is the test, but our tolerance of open heresy and evil. Again, the heretic who thinks he can preach heresy because he is the Bishop of Rome has this utility: if you do the opposite of what he says, you will do well.
It’s the Latin Mass, and those pesky Catholics who keep resisting the call to conversion to socialism, global warming, and Pachamama.
To which all the Protestants say Amen with the faithful Catholics.
There is supposed to be a radical shift when we seek the things of God and not the things of this world. We are not supposed to preach that which this world preaches, but Christ crucified, Christ Risen, Christ will come again.
Like Elisha, we should break down the idols of this age and turn that into helping others. Then follow God.
19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat while he was plowing, with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah came over to him and threw his cloak on him. 20 Then he left the oxen behind and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back, for what have I done to you?” 21 So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them, and cooked their meat with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he got up and followed Elijah and served him.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all perseverance and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
The trouble here is that we forget what God has done. We get distracted by the things of this world.
We struggle with the big sins of this world but we forget that we can as easily be converged with the spirit of this age by little things.
In March of 2019, I ended my life of degeneracy when I turned to Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, I’ve made great strides away from a wretched existence, and am less degenerate than before, but I still find it hard to step away from degeneracy’s little brother—decadence. As if I am living in the last days of burning Rome, I’ve so far failed to give up attachments to the little pleasures and comforts of this world.
I define degeneracy as major sins that are a sign of a life lived far away from God, where He is not at all desired. On the other hand, decadence is composed of smaller sins or worldly attachments that may be done by a struggling Christian
Here there is a point of balance. We are not to love this world, or the things of this world, which are threefold: the pleasures of the flesh (from food to romance), the bright shiny and beautiful things you would want to possess, and the opinion of our fellow men,-- See I John 2:15-16 -- are not themselves evil. It is our coveting of them that is.
And at times it is wise to fast from them.
At other times we should give glory to God for their existence.
It is the desire to possess, to acquire, that we need to watch.
Our love should be to God, and not things.
And now I think I am a hypocrite. I like nice food, coffee, and wine
I really like having a hot shower that works.
I prefer to live in a place where everything has its place.
But twice, in my adult life, I have ad to walk away from things I collected and seen them sold or sent to the dump.
And I found I did not miss that which I thought I would keep for all my days.
THe one thing we should covet is knowledge of God. That is eternal, all the things of this world will end. God will not.