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The wave and the way…continued
July 15, 2008, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING!

A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval (a Culture of Life under attack by a culture of death which erodes traditional beliefs and values).

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In 1968, the inhabitants of the city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, were bracing for the impending Soviet invasion of their city. In order to make things as difficult as possible for the invading army, the Czechs took down street signs and removed house numbers and door nameplates throughout the city. When the Soviet tanks and troops stormed into the city and demanded directions they received cooperative but baffling instructions that invariably led them someplace they did not want to go.

In 1968, the Czechs were the victims and the Soviet troops were the aggressors. Today, we see a role reversal where it is the impious aggressors who are taking down the ‘street signs’ leaving the masses in confusion. In our present time of cultural upheaval, not only have the old familiar cultural and moral signposts been torn down but now new unreliable and unintelligible signposts have been put up in their place by those promoting a new relativistic morality without God. Confusion reigns supreme amongst an overwhelming majority of the populace. A common way of coping with confusion seems to be to choose “the path of least resistance”. But the Christian has another path, a superior path: “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life…” Jesus told His disciples (Jn 14:6). Christ is the path for the Christian, the road for Christianity.

Let’s look at this Christian Way in Christ. A lot has changed in our perception of walking this Way now that traditional moral signs imbedded within the very fabric of society have been pulled out from under us. What was once bad is now called good. Crimes of old are now common practice and enjoy the blessing of secular society. Many sins of the past are now, well…laughed at.

What is a Christian to do? Hold fast to those traditional moral teachings and precepts enshrined within the Christian tradition precisely because they were important moral principles worthy of attentive respect. Civilization – no longer as we knew it – has become a dangerous battleground of ideas. The Christian should follow Christ’s guideline:

“Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Mt 10:16)

Many Christians have neglected this advice and have let go of many core Christian beliefs as a result. Pray for them. Pray always!

Next post: “NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME”

George A. Peate, July 16, 2008



THE WAVE & THE WAY
July 14, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Thriving Not Just Surviving!

THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING! – A series of reflections on living the Christian Life in a Time of Cultural Upheaval.

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I moved to California when I was in my thirties and I remember being very surprised while driving to work some “winter” mornings and hearing that bad weather was coming in from the Pacific and that surfers were calling in sick so they could go out to the turbulent ocean and find big waves to ride. At the same time the weather service was telling people “stay out of the water!”.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well we are living in turbulent times – to say the least. Actually we have been living through a cultural revolution of the first order, but many people haven’t even recognized it as such simply because they lost their moorings a long time ago and just adapt from year to year as things change. “Whatever..”

The Christian is different, he/she knows there is a bad storm all ‘round. But many Christians don’t realize that precisely because of this cultural storm we have great opportunities everyday. In fact, this is the time for us to seek out those many waves of Grace that come along every day. Individual waves of Grace which are opportunities for living the Christian life to the full!

“…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” (Rom 5:20).

In this series we’ll take a look at the stellar opportunities confronting Christians and the age-old wisdom of Christianity for seizing the day, each day. A spiritual guide to catching and riding these great waves of Grace in this difficult time of moral disasters. The sports networks won’t notice but: “…your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:4).

We don’t need a “big” wave, we just need “God’s” wave of Grace, however it manifests itself to us. For as the Lord once told St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you…” (II Cor 12:9)

George A. Peate, July 15, 2008