Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Handwriting on the Wall

The account the handwriting on the wall in the Book of Daniel is well known.

For the purpose of this post, I will refrain from treating the historical discrepancies of names and titles in the account.

During the period of the Babylonian exile, a hand (Fingers) is/are seen writing on a wall while a royal feast in being enjoyed. The intellectuals are brought to determine the meaning of the writing, but are unable to make anything out of it. Desperate for an interpretation, the king has Daniel, one of the exiles, brought forward to try to make heads or tails of the inscriptions:

24 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;28 peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Today, the situation is almost reversed; all of us not only are able to see the handwriting on the wall and understand its meaning, we just refuse to acknowledge that either the hand or the writing exists.

The nation is being undermined from every angle, but we either ignore this fact or tell ourselves that, somehow, the message will be changed to something more palatable.

The following samples are from a single three-day period in the United States:

-The teacher apparently considered Don Quixote, Cantar de mio Cid, or Cien años de soledad  as not good enough for this Spanish class:

-The ultra- irreverent comedy series South Park made fun of a bizarre liberal teacher for doing this:

-Maxine Waters claims that sequestration (Obama's work) will cause the loss of several million more jobs than there are actual jobs to lose:

-In our schools, still more totalitarian-like praise for Obama:

-A famous, respected (Involved in taking down Nixon), and veteran journalist gets a warning from the White House:

-A student that committed fraud by officially identifying himself as a female sues for facing the consequences for his actions:

-The parents of an admittedly unfortunate six-year old boy not only want him to be allowed to use the girl's restroom at school, but have repeatedly used the word "her" to describe him:

*For the record I have a son with very severe cognitive disabilities, so I know how it is to experience anguish.

Pastors and Ministers who have fallen into Atheism but don't have the guts to leave the pulpit and get a job that may require physical exertions have a support network:

There are of course many more, but now I leave you with the words of Dirty Harry; let's all pretend that the government has the authority to create rights and rule on timeless human institutions:

As long as we remain idle, more of this will follow. The trend is only picking up speed. 

We have abandoned our dignity, culture, legacy, responsibilities, and our God.

-A statement from from Thomas Jefferson, who like all of us was not perfect, but was all-too-aware that we are pushing the envelope by our inaction and apathy:

"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . ."

We cannot simply pray and tell ourselves that we have done our part. Our nation was founded by tough decisions and personal sacrifice as well as by the grace of God.

For some thoughts on what we can do, type "secession" in the search bar on the upper right-hand side of this blog. 

We will be held to account for doing nothing just as easily as we will for doing wrong.

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