I've Been perusing the headlines today, shaking my head in bald wonder. We certainly live in a day when good is called evil, and evil - good. In the Bible, God only gave one word for those who indulge this behavior - and the word is "woe". Abba isn't a surfer - and the word is no laughing matter.
"Woe" from Almighty God doesn't bear the same weight as it might from one of us. "Woe" from one of us might (at worst) mean a grounding, spanking, or (among adults) an altercation of some sort. When God reaches "woe" levels, it usually means for the targets, "In what is about to happen, it would have been better for you if you were never born". "Woe" is seen in this very context throughout Revelation concerning these times.
I know, I know... I should have posted a pretty nature picture with a clever uplifting message meant to convey warm-fuzzies and laughter. We live in a day whereby a post like this one is considered out of keeping with the sanctioned message of hyper-grace and blind-eyed Pollyanna-ism. Funny how warning messages have become a stench to the Body of Christ, it's membership conveniently forgetting that Jesus spoke of hell as much as anything else during the days of His flesh. I guess He feels it important to warn people against the eternal ramifications of unrepentant wicked behavior - even though that very sort of unsavory discourse is now somehow "beneath" us.
Gee whiz... I guess I'll search around for a picture of puppies or a nice mountain landscape caught in the throes of alpenglow. Perhaps throw something over it to make everyone feel uplifted. Just don't look out your window at the world around you - or (far less) peruse the pages of the few remaining news outlets that are still bold enough to report honestly about what's going on in the world. It might prove to be a buzz-kill.
Your brother and servant in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Mark Scott Grimmett