Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Definition: after this, therefore because of this

My news feed is constantly filled with questions of why and anger lately. Its filled with woman marching and LGBTQ’s in fear and people being unsatisfied with all they have.

Donald Trump is President of the United States.

Many people are assuming that because Trump is now President. That people are now going to be allowed or are suddenly going crazy and being hateful.

The problem is. The “because of this” is not the act of Trump being President. The “because of this” is that we let a nation get so bad that we had a majority who agreed he was good enough to do the job. We have a nation completely blinded by fame and power and money and selfishness. Even human life has no meaning to us. Both “sides” have fallen victim to this. I see every belief system and cause fighter acting this way in some way.

Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices – Ecclesiastes  7:29

So Trump being in office does not suddenly cause the issue. Its actually the fact that we have let us slip so far that people find actions like beating people up, stealing, cheating, and lying are okay. Even on a small level. Small levels lead to big levels very fast. What was okay in smaller form must be okay in bigger too right? Who will stop me? No one can, because I control myself.

People, any people, don’t crumble in a day. We don’t go from treating people fairly to electing a man like Donald Trump over night. Donald Trump is just another victim of our culture just like the next man.

Lets look at this: Donald Trump has been in REALITY TV for how many years? 20 some? Now think about what WE as a NATION have done to HIM in that time. We waited each week to tune into the kicks we got from him being rude to his employees on TV. We made this okay by saying he was “helping” them to be better. We praised him for being a billionaire and star. We loved how stupid he acted in front of a camera and the lies he told to get ahead. We made him a god. Face it… hardly anyone hated Trump before he got in the political race. He was considered “cool”. He was reality TV. He seemed fake so it was fine. When all that time you were creating a man who thought he was god in terms of what he could get away with. Because it was just TV right?

Guess what. Reality TV is not fake. Its real people we are affecting. You want to know how this happened? It happened when we created TV. It happened when we started working for entertainment and not love. When we took what was meant for entertainment and made it reality.

We as humans can not take in all this on TV, social media, news, music, etc and just go on as normal being unaffected.

Even the news isn’t news anymore. Its another source for entertainment and back stabbing. We made it into who can get it out fastest, real or not, and who can we hurt with this. Not simple facts made to relay information.

We are the worlds most gullible nation. Donald Trump just recognized that and did what WE trained him to do. He set his sights on something and didn’t let anyone tell him no. No matter the cost to others.

I know this next part may not be popular opinion but…

Your marching does nothing. We are past marching. Storming cities and destroying innocent peoples lives and jobs does nothing for your cause. It just makes you look selfish. You are picking the easy way. You are saying “I am strong and perfect and you can’t touch me” but you are doing nothing to prove it.

Want to create real change?

Go mentor a kid who needs help. Work at your local shelters (human and animal!). Lobby for a place in your local government. Help out with after school programs. Feed the hungry. Help the homeless. Love the widowed. Trust God to care for all your needs. Only those things will change what we have done to ourselves.

Any march ever done did not change the problem. Someone doing something that started and/or ended it did. Sure, it shows you support the cause. We are past support though. We are in desperate life or death stage. We are past let me hug you while you get over a cold. We are in full on all hands on deck medical emergency. Our life as a nation depends on it.

So get busy. Make real change. Fight issues not with nasty post’s and debates online. Fight with all your power, strength, and wisdom. Fight for what you believe but don’t belittle others in the process.

They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion. – Thomas Hobbes

I cry almost every day lately over my own family members fighting over STUPID things. There is nothing in this world more important than loving the people around you (as God loves YOU!). Disagreements or not.  So don’t let what we have done to ourselves… kill us for good.

We need people. We need love. We are so far gone I daily see posts of people being beaten, children being abandoned, animals abused, and hate being spread. Everyone shares it on their social media blaming this or that for it… but who is really doing anything? Who is stepping up to say this is wrong? Who is finding that place to make a real difference. Not many that I see. Everyone is hiding behind their computer and phone screens hoping someone else will solve their problem. Writing off anyone who disagrees with them because anyone beyond themselves matters nothing.

Someone I know taught me a perfect lesson a few weeks ago. He threw two gold fish down on a table with a perfectly good bowl of water sitting right by it. Then walked away. Want to guess how long it took someone to save them? Want to guess how many stood up? We all shrieked. We all waited for someone else to save the poor fish who were laying there dying. No one wanting to be the ones to pick them up because then we would have to touch them. We had to go out of our way and sacrifice our self for them. We didn’t have time to keep thinking about what might or might not happen or who would save them. They were dying. Out of about 20 people and 30-60 seconds… two stood up (who I admire greatly and would have expected no less that they be the ones to take action first) and saved those fish. Another 30 seconds and those fish had no memory of what happened and were swimming happily because someone stepped up to save them.

Now imagine that fish is a person. A person without God. A person struggling to survive. A person who is filled with hate and the things of this world. Will you let them die? Will you let our nation die like that? This nation is made up of people. We the people. The people are dying in more ways than one. We are so focused on self, we have forgot the whole.

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc.

I’m calling bull on America. We aren’t having issue because of one event. We are having issue because of a whole long list of complacent selfish acts. By everyone.

We have problems. No doubt. Lets fix it. Not by ways of selfish acts but of acts of love bringing all glory to our Creator and spreading His love for us all. Even in times of trouble. He holds our lives in His hand and truly works for the good of those who love Him.

They did what your power and will decided beforehand should happen. – Acts 4:28

 

 

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A Passion for the World (part 1)

Passion. Its come up a few times recently and it weirdly connects to a lot of other things that tie into what I have been dealing with/seeing lately.

The Dictionary describes passion as this –

Passion: strong and barely controllable emotion.

Now to me, passion almost scares me. I mean, we live in a world that says control all your emotions and never be too bold. We aren’t allowed to step on the toes of others. We are told to speak what we believe in and thats all that matters. When it comes down too it though, we are often silenced when that belief is different than another person’s.

I have fallen into that trap. We live in a world where very very few people have true passion. I mean sure, many people LIKE things. They even are motivated by them. Are they really passionate about it though? When they are does it last a lifetime or just a moment in time? I know lots of people who have been passionate about selling something… until the next new trend comes along and their past passion is irrelevant.

When thinking about what my passion is this week I only got one answer. Because you see, passion has another description in the dictionary.

Passion: the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death

Thats right. Passion, is also Jesus suffering for ME. So when I am finding passion. He is my only passion. He suffered so I could have life.

That also means that passion is not easy. Passion is suffering. Its a love and devotion so strong you are willing to die for it. You are willing to be persecuted. You are willing to not be of this world. You are willing to not be the “hottest” thing but the right thing.

I wake up each morning with a hope and a promise. I have eternal life in Christ. I have a God who loves me so much he gave his son to suffer and die for me. Why am I not having a passion to share that? Why do I let others around me who I love be condemned to life apart from their greatest love and creator?

Its hard in this world and only gets harder every day. So many people are just going to shoot you down because of the bad acts of others. Or they get a false view of God and his love.

Even once so called “famous” christians like Jen Hatmaker, Rob Bell, and many more are suddenly not listening to God anymore and his word. They are slow fading into the worlds ever changing passion. Not the passion for saving others for Christ. They are claiming things about what God says that aren’t true at all. Making it even harder to help people understand what is true and real.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1 John 4: 1-6 NKJV

I want this year to be a starting point that I never turn back from. A year of passion for the world and those who live in it. A year that will start a lifetime. I am done waiting for “the someday I can make a difference”. Its RIGHT NOW. We are never guaranteed another day so be passionate now. No matter how old or young you are you can do it now. You can lead the people back to God. You can help them find their greatest love.

I know it will be hard. This world and the bible guarantees that. I don’t want to stand before God and be asked “but why didn’t you save my people when I saved you?”. It starts with the people closest to me. It starts with the ones who know and need a reminder of whats true. It starts… with passion.

 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18

I will not be ashamed of what my God has done for me. I will not fear the loss of friends over it. I will only trust in Him who has saved me. I will trust in the promise he has for ALL people. I will love without reservations (because love does not equal acceptance of sins). I will act on my passion.

better is open rebuke than hidden love. – Proverbs 27:5

The truth will set you free. The passion will ignite in you if you seek it. Let us not be a luke warm slow fading world of believers in Christ. Let us be on fire passionate beings living to save the world.

1-3 Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.
3-8 It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.

8-11 I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him. It’s obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.

Titus 3: 1-11 The Message

 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3: 12-17 NKJV

Stay tuned for a second post on this.. taking a realization of needing passion… to being passionate and ridding yourself of the world for Christ.