“Let the word go forth, from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans-born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.” January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy
This blog is not about personalities or even politics, for that matter. It’s not about whether you are A Democrat or a Republican or even who you voted for or what axe you have to grind. But it is about taking a long hard look in the mirror and asking the question- whatever happened to decency and free debate; even more so, just what are we allowing ourselves to become morally?
Benjamin Franklin, upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, in September 1787, was asked by a lady standing outside,” Mr. Franklin, what sort of document have you given us?” He replied, ” A Document that will stand the test of time, if you ascribe to two principles- First of all, as a nation and government, retaining a strong belief in God, and secondly and concurrently, retaining a strong moral foundation; without either, this document cannot stand.”
Whatever happened to Kennedy’s Torch passed down to our generation? Is it on the verge of being extinguished? What has happened to our integrity and character-both personally and politically? Where has respect for authority and the common good gone? We live in a time where arrogance has replaced humility, civility has been replaced by rebellion and anger, and truth with a lie. Seems like I read about this scenario in the Bible some place before, but that’s for the next blog.
We have practical examples all around us; For example, the movie industry has made it illegal to have actors or actresses smoking during any scenes. Just recently, a high school football coach was fired for kneeling in a moment of silence, at the end of a football game. In unbelievable comparison, a play in New York City, is allowed to continue night after night, depicting the President of the United States, playing Julius Caesar, being assassinated while the crowd cheers. A so-called entertainer, trying to gain ratings, holds up a bloodied severed head of the President of the United States and thinks it’s cute. Sadly, many on the left agreed with her in print and commentary. Save for the Grace of God, just several weeks ago, 20 Congressmen could have been massacred at a softball practice to raise money for charity. The gunman had a mind that had been poisoned by the media. Do you remember even five years ago, speakers being shouted down, buildings being burned, and college presidents surrendering their authority to ruthless thugs bent on not allowing free speech to Conservatives because well-they are conservative in their political views. The double standards are unparalleled in our nation’s history. In John Kennedy’s America, coaches would have been praying and those espousing hate filled speech and actions would have been locked up! Granted, John Kennedy, like all of us had issues, and America, during those years faced racial inequality and political turmoil about to be unleashed with the Vietnam War. But his America and the message he delivered, brought hope that together, we could make it. It seemed like Americans believed in America and our destiny as leaders of the Free World. Today, I wonder how many millennial’s even care to pick up that torch again. I was stunned when over Memorial Day Weekend, a talk show host walked the beaches of Southern Florida, as well as some major college campuses, asking question related to our heritage and history. One college sophomore, at a California college, was asked what year we declared our independence? He responded,”1984?” A young lady on the beach was asked who we fought in the Revolutionary War, and she responded,”China?” I could share many more enlightening facts concerning the state of affairs on American College campuses, but you can see my concern.
So what must we do as counter-cultural Christians to bring decency and spiritual order back into our culture and government? What role must the church play in that change in strengthening Benjamin Franklin’s two points of reference for a sound and functioning society? I want to address those issues in my next blog but want to leave you with several thoughts that will form the thesis and basis for that blog. First of all, we must realize that we are not dealing with political parties as much as principalities and wickedness in high places. While our government has many Godly men and women in office, the level of spiritual warfare has attained to new heights never seen before. Jesus warned us about these days. Secondly, we cannot wring our hands in despair, but fall on our knees, cursing the darkness and rejoicing in the Light of the One whose Kingdom is coming and even now dwells in us.
Finally, don’t surrender to a spirit of fear. The mayor of London recently proclaimed that we must learn to co-exist with terrorism as a fact of life. Wow! Realize that Jesus spoke of these times and false prophets and purveyors of lies and sent a remedy- His Holy Spirit that we might wave the banner of Righteousness and silence our enemies. This is going to be the Church’s finest hour!
As a nation, we must become unified again. We must pray for revival of enormous proportions, because that is what it will take to free our country of the evil besetting us. We cannot stand divided as a nation. President Lincoln , himself a Spiritual man, coined these words before his death.” At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us in a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined , with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it will ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be it’s author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Kennedy would have agreed!
My God,where has all the time gone? I will never forget that moment in time when my dad said to me,” You know, one day you will wake up and be 40 years old and wonder just where all the time has gone.” I was only 14 or 15 at the time and today, while I can’t even remember what 40 looked like, I can appreciate what he was trying to communicate. Time is a precious commodity and too often, we don’t appreciate the fact that it is passing by at a rapid rate. Too often we wake up realizing that we have wasted valuable moments and what could have been becomes a distant memory instead of a promising future.
In 1819, Washington Irving, an American author, penned a short story set in the years before and after the American Revolution in a village at the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Here lived kindly Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch villager who was a blessing to the children in the village, spending time telling stories and fixing their broken toys. He also loved wilderness activities and hanging out with his friends. But to his nagging wife’s dismay, he shirked his duties at home and their farm fell into disarray. One autumn day, to escape his wife’s nagging, Van Winkle wandered into the mountains with his dog Wolf and suddenly hears his name called out. He sees a man wearing antiquated Dutch clothing carrying a keg up the mountain hollow. Seeing that he needed help, he gave him a hand. Soon he hears a thunderous roar where a group of ornately dressed bearded men were playing “nine pins”- a form of bowling. He doesn’t ask who they are but instead begins to drink from the keg and soon falls asleep.
When Van Winkle awakens, he finds himself in a totally different season of living. His musket is rusty and falling apart, his beard was a foot long, and Wolf was no where to be found. He returns to his village and knows no one. He soon learns that a revolution has taken place and a portrait of George Washington has replaced the one of King George the Third on the inn’s sign. He then finds that most of his friends had been killed in the revolution and there was another Rip Van Winkle in the village-namely his grown son! He also discovers that he had been gone for 20 years, and his wife had died some time ago, but the news didn’t sadden him.
Awhile back, I was called to the hospital to pray with a dying man. As he lay in his bed, with only a short time to live, I asked him if he knew Jesus, and he said ,”No.” So I knelt at his side, and he prayed with me and as the words of salvation fell from his lips, he began to weep uncontrollably. When we were done praying and talking, I was going to leave when he looked up at me and said something that I will never forget. He began,” There is something that you must know; I’m not crying because I finally made it right with God, but more so for the years that I have wasted when I could have had the joy and peace that I have right now.” He was talking about time that was too late to redeem. He died an hour later.
Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us this,” Be very careful then how you live-not as unwise but wise. Make the most of every opportunity-redeem the time, because the days are evil.” Question- What if you were to fall asleep one night and not wake up for 30 or 40 years? What would your reaction be? How would you feel about those wasted years and how time has passed you by; especially when you looked in the mirror?
I believe even more disturbing would be to hear the claims of Christ presented to you and realizing that He has something wonderful in store for your life, and then deliberately walking away and doing your own thing and rejecting His Plan- only to come out of the spiritual fog years later and realize that it was too late and a lifetime had passed you by.
In the Greek language, there are two words for the word time. Chronos time is simply time that just rolls on-day after day week after week with effortless boredom and monotony. I’ve seen kids lost in video games for days and weeks at a time with no real appreciation for the time that it is taking nor the opportunities missed. But Kairos time is time that is appointed. It is Divine! It is time in due season where opportunities abound. It is Kairos that is used to define time in this Ephesians scripture. Paul is challenging his readers that the times are evil and that they (we) must be careful how we use our time-being wise and making every moment count! Paul is saying,”Wake up church! We can enjoy the pleasures of life, but we must be aware that time is short and Jesus desires through us to extend His Kingdom Rule in a Culture that is decadent and crying out for answers. We are the Answer, because we have the Truth! Romans 8:11 tells us that the very power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. How can we sit on that and not take advantage of the time that we have been given on this earth to extend His Kingdom Presence ? There are Divine Appointments all around us waiting to be birthed if we are willing to seize the moment with open ears, seeing eyes, and expectant hearts! Don’t let life and time pass you by because of circumstances, perceived hurts, or selfishness. Rise up , experience the moment, become true History Makers and Changers and let it never be said of you that you sat on your gift while others were perishing!
We are a tapestry of life’s experiences, and when we allow those experiences to shape our destinies, what we are becomes a reflection of who we we were and most importantly, what we shall become-His workmanship redeeming the time allotted to us!
It was early in the morning, as our bus entered New York City, on our way to Brooklyn Tabernacle Church for their weekly Tuesday night Prayer meeting that drew thousands from all over the city. I awakened just in time to see the magnificent twin towers rising to my left. I immediately grabbed my camera and took a picture that I would soon come to treasure for the ages.
The date was September 4th, 2001, just one week before our weekly prayer meeting at High Mill Church was about to begin. The prayer meeting that night took on a whole different meaning as the Tabernacle leadership had us stand and then prayed for us that the Holy Spirit would use our weekly gathering to bring healing and revival to our city and churches. Little did I realize how important those prayers would be as we gathered, one week later on September 11th to seek God for our country in the midst of falling towers, death, and broken hearts.
I will never forget church that sorrowful night. It was filled to capacity. People that hadn’t come to church for sometime, as well as occasional attendees, filled the sanctuary. Emotionally, there was hardly a dry eye and no one seemed to be embarrassed of outwardly expressing their grief. Simply, we were a family which gathered together, clinging to one another, and crying out together for God’s mercy and love. In short, we were what the church was always meant to be–a community where broken people could find solace in relationship with their brothers and sisters; a place where the mandate, message, and meaning of Christ’s love could be nurtured and sent out to a hurting world that needs hope and truth.
Recently, I have talked with more and more people who are asking the question, “So why do I have to attend church to be a Christian? I have church in my home, isn’t that good enough? I can do the faith thing by myself. Why do I have to bother with others? God doesn’t dwell in buildings, so why should I attend?” While each of these statements contain some truth, because yes, you don’t have to attend church to be a Christian, you can worship at home, and you don’t need others to have a relationship with Jesus, yet have you consulted the ONE who birthed the church– namely Jesus Christ, about your arguments and opinion?
The writer in Hebrews 10:25 presented a real challenge to his readers.” Let us not stay away from Church meetings . Some people are doing this all the time. Comfort each other as you see the day of His return coming near.” (NLB) Benjamin Franklyn, at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in July 1776, uttered these famous words. ” We must all hang together or most assuredly, we will all hang separately.” Of course, he was referring to the signers of the Declaration, as well as the colonists, and their need to rely upon and trust one another in community and loyalty and not living solitary lives.
Romans 1 tells us that there will be a day, before His return when everything is going to be in chaos. That which has been right will be looked upon as wrong and that which is morally wrong will be deemed as right. Look around us and see. When late night talk show hosts like Bill Marr and Stephen Colbert can use their air time to spew the most vile and sickening display of arrogance and sexual incivility without the networks challenging their words, it becomes obvious that we have lost our moral compass–like the Greek and Roman world in Jesus’ time. Do you remember the “I Love Lucy” show of the early 1950’s when Lucy was about to have little Ricky, and the show writers would not allow the cast to use the word”pregnant”? My have times changed! Also, no longer are free speech and diversity of thought tolerated on college campuses. There is little difference today between those bastions of so called learning and free speech than Nazi thugs that took over German campuses in the mid 1930’s. We see crazy laws being scripted in the name of equality which are no more than attempts to silence free speech. I could list hundreds, but a recent one caught my attention. There is now a proposal pending in some court that would make it illegal to clap at sporting events, because it is offensive to those who are deaf.” The times , they are a-changin.”
So why do I need church in my life? Simply because, right now we don’t really need one another as much as we are soon going to. On September 11th 2001, churches across America were jammed, not for any other reason than we were desperate! In much of the world today, the church is under siege, and without the power of Christian Community, many would die. Tribulation has sculpted the Church into being THE CHURCH.
I ask–” What are you waiting for? What will it take to make you realize that we are in this TOGETHER? Spiritual Crisis is gripping the world! Will it take the next tragedy to motivate you to action? Do you realize that you are needed to bring your gifts to the table, so to speak? Heed the Words of Jesus and understand that true Holy Ghost Strength is not found in the” I can do it alone approach” , “But where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them!” (Matthew 18:20). Let me challenge you with one more thought; We don’t have time to waste, BECAUSE HE’S COMING BACK!
For me, Facebook and Social Media used to be an interesting adventure into the hearts and minds of fellow bloggers and posters, but it’s not so much fun anymore. While it has provided avenues of communication the likes of which the world has never seen before, it has increasingly been corrupted by self principled zealots of rancor and hatred pushing their personal bias based agendas that leave no room for discussion and understanding of others points of view. It has been a tremendous blessing for me to connect with friends all over this great land and world, but putting those joys aside-Social Media has become an agent of strife, division, and twisted Truth-separating families and life time friendships.As Believers, we shouldn’t be surprised, because Jesus warned us about the Great Deceiver and Deception that would characterize the Last Days. But that is a story for another day.
What seemed like such a blessing at inception , has turned into something that our Founding Fathers could have never dreamed of when they coined First Amendment Rights. With freedom of speech in mind, those founders, in writing the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, envisioned healthy give and take debate that would strengthen this holy alliance of the people and it’s governing body-where respect for the order of law, others opinions, and the rule of majority would be respected and a stronger Democracy forged.
Today those principles of fairness, respect, and decency seemingly are vanishing before our eyes. No longer do we value healthy debate nor respect differing points of view but instead hide behind computer screens and cowardly shout each other down with tweets, texting, postings, and vicious voice mails. No longer is our goal through discourse to make America a better country for all of our diversity, but instead a hopelessly divided country where the most important thing has become “my” bias and opinion, often times without regard for the Truth, being proclaimed with vulgar, indecency, and bigotry.
Without calling it such, many Americans are falling prey to a spirit of Anarchy which has become evident on our streets through the agendas of various movements which value neither life, the rule of law, nor faith based principles. Anarchy, which is being funded world wide by such dubious figures as George Soros and taught in the writings of such men as Saul Alinsky, can be defined as: ” A state of disorder due to the absence or non-recognition nor respect for authority and the rule of law.” It is a state of lawlessness and political disorder that takes place when no one is left to procure or enforce the rule of law. Let me simplify it. What would your neighborhood look like if law enforcement was removed and no one answered your call to 911 at 2:00 am?
Let me bring this home. Mass hysteria fueled by a media bias sold out to destroy this President has commandeered common sense and created a frenzy, in my opinion, the likes of which has not been seen since the Nazi propaganda machine convinced a whole generation of Germans (not all but many) that Jews were not human beings and were the direct reason for Germany’s economic plight and deserved to die. This might be a rather strong comparison to you, but I spent 8 days at Buchenwald with 5,000 ex-Jewish prisoners some time ago, and their stories of how the German press manipulated the masses was and is eerily familiar.
I will be the first to admit that Donald Trump was not my first, second, or even third choice for the presidency, but he won and contrary to the “He’s not my President” rancor, if Hilary would have won, she would be my president, because that is the rule of law and a rebuke to the the black flag (they chose the right color) of anarchy.
When you have a so called Hollywood “star” say at a march for women’s rights that she would like to Blow the White House up; when an editor of a major newspaper declares that the only way to stop Trump is to assassinate him, and when a classroom is given over to a high school student shooting some sort of fake gun at a picture of the President of the United States so that she could release her pent up feelings- Anarchy is given birth. These are just a few examples of intolerance and fascism taking place, and those guilty need to be dealt with legally and not coddled by lawyers twisting the Truths of First Amendment rights. A TV commentator recently said that the rule of law is being returned to this country and those used to breaking it and getting away with it are having a major meltdown.
In conclusion, as Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, all of this can seem like a waste of time and words. Yet we are called to respect our governing authorities and pray for our leaders. President Reagan once said,” If we forget that we are one Nation under God, than we will be a nation gone under.” On September 11th, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a lady, ” Mr. Franklin, what kind of document have you given us?” His reply is one for the ages. “Madam, We have given you a document that if you do two things, it will last for ever. First of all, as a people stand in strong moral character and secondly, remain faithful to God.” Both are under siege. But we will never know if God is up to something, unless we give this President a chance. For God’s sake, he’s only been president for almost two weeks! Let’s stop the rancor and anger and give him that chance!
When I was born, “Give ’em Hell” Harry Truman was in the oval office. Then, as a child, I don’t remember too much about Dwight Eisenhower except that he gave really boring speeches. But then again, how much can a six year old understand when it comes to the economy and world events? All I know is that he always seemed to be on the tv screen when I wanted to watch “I Love Lucy” or “Gunsmoke”. Then came the early 1960’s and Camelot. As a young teenager, John Kennedy embodied all that I wanted to become. And I can say today that I am in ministry (public service) because of the vision, charisma, and zest for living that JFK embodied. Even now, after Dallas, 53 years ago, the pain is still there.
I remember Lindon Baines Johnson’s Great Society and it’s incredible failure in changing the course of economics in America’s inner cities. He also gave us Viet Nam and massive division among Americans politically. Then there was “Tricky Dick” Nixon and Watergate, which now pales in comparison to the criminal activity enveloping America’s political landscape today. Gerald Ford followed and then Jimmy Carter, who had a big heart but no understanding whatsoever in running an enterprise as big as the American Government.
Who can forget Ronald Regan! I became one of those Regan Democrats , when at the Berlin Wall, Mr. Regan stared Russian president Gorbachev down by proclaiming,”Mr. President, tear this wall down!” Regan was far from boring-often falling asleep during cabinet meetings, but he restored American exceptionalism and dignity lost during the Carter years.
The Bush Years, father and son, contained a myriad of issues producing a mixed bag of results that is not my point of discussion here. This leads us to the past 8 years and President Obama’s “Change that we can Believe in” slogan for American Society. History will be the judge as to whether that Promise has been fulfilled.
Personally, there were many republican presumptive nominees that I liked better than the nominee the voters picked. I thought that Marco Rubio had those Kennedy like qualities that touched my heart back in the 60’s. I liked Dr. Ben Carson, but knew that his inexperience would, in the end, be his downfall. I would have even liked John Kasich or Carly Fiorina, but again, the voters saw differently.
So, I am back to my original Question. When is the right time to stay home on election day? I can say that without hesitantly, THIS IS NOT THE TIME! Like many of you, the stories, some true and others exaggerated, the language, and lewd actions are not qualities that I would expect from a President of the United States. So this time, I am not voting for a man or woman (a third party vote is a wasted vote) but for a party platform that the Party’s head fully endorses.There are 5 reasons why I believe that America’s destiny for the next 2-3 generations will be enormously impacted by who is the next president. For the sake of my children and grandchildren, I am sharing my heart!
Someone said to me today that we have made it through the last eight years, and nothing will change with this election. I beg to differ with anyone echoing this particular point of view for these reasons. First-the next president will appoint 2-3 supreme court justices. If the Progressive Left wins the election, the constitution will not be interpreted by the letter of the law but shredded as it has been during the past 8 years. Late term abortion, which consists of ripping a living human being from it’s mother’s womb as late as nine months, will be the law of the land, as well as the second amendment being legislated out of existence. Secondly, as bad as illegal immigration is today, the Democratic candidate wants totally open borders where 600 million people south of the border would have open access to our country. We only have to look at Western Europe today to see what border-less countries has produced. Vast parts of Major European cities today have little or no police presence because Sharia Law has replaced western courts. Whole inner city populations are slaves to religious fear and crime. It is also interesting that the Democratic Party wants to increase 550% non-vetted Refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. I might add that if you are Christian, you need not apply. 96.5% of immigrants are non Christian.
Thirdly, the Republican nominee wants to cut corporate taxes from 39 to 15 %, while the left wants to raise taxes on the rich, who already pay over 70% of all taxes. Ronald Regan followed a lower tax policy , and our economy boomed. Our inner cities don’t need more rhetoric about more taxing, but need jobs, modernized infrastructure, and hope. The Republican nominee has pledged 500 billion dollars to make our cities Great Again.
Fourth-NAFTA-the North American Free Trade Organization, signed by former President Bill Clinton has ravaged American companies all over the country-costing America millions of good paying jobs. Now the Trans Pacific Partnership is staring us in the face. Potential President Trump has promised to renegotiate the first and cancel out the second.
Finally, and most significantly, our approach to military preparedness as well as a genuine understanding of the dangers we face will be a major challenge for the next president. As we have learned ISIS is no jv team and the recent Iranian Nuclear deal will give Iran nuclear weapons within 8 years and go down in History as the most dangerous and horrendous deal ever signed by an American Secretary of State or signed off on by the President of the United States. Also, need I mention Benghazi or a host of other failed foreign policies over the past 8 years-with many of those failures placed in the lap of the secretary of state.
To all of my liberal friends that I will still Love Wednesday Morning, don’t write and tell me why my points are wrong but give me facts as to why! Let me conclude by challenging you to vote your conscience, but be sure your conscience considers which party platform honors your values. Like King Cyrus and Samson in the past, God has used less than stellar examples of righteousness to bring about His Will. With all of my heart, I feel that this is one of those times.But putting it all aside, I am thankful that politics and political leaders will come and go–But my hope is in Jesus Christ who has given me wisdom to discern the signs of the times and act appropriately!
“Where Have all the Flowers Gone” made famous by Peter, Paul, and Mary in the 1960’s celebrated the meaning of “time”and it’s impact upon societal evolution, during that period of political and social unrest in our country. The lyrics also spoke to the value of time upon humankind and how it was appropriated. And so these simple lyrics (check them out) have inspired my following thoughts concerning how we value time today in our culture driven by the next fad or event that can make me happy and in many cases forget the pain..
Do you ever feel like you were once young and carefree and then blinked one day and found yourself to be fourty years old? (Some of us have a hard time remembering what fourty looked like!) The seasons of time have a way of passing us by very quickly-yet the older I become, the more I am realizing the importance of time as a daily adventure in God’s Great Scheme of things, rather than seconds, minutes, days, and months endlessly ticking by with little meaning or purpose. A friend of mine recently shared this quote. “It is not the harvest at the end of the day that matters, but the seeds we have planted along the way.” If we are listening, each moment of every day can be an adventure just waiting to happen and what seemed like a meaningless moment in time can blossom into a New and Great Adventure!
Presently, I am sitting in Big Meadows Lodge on beautiful Sky Line Drive in Virginia overlooking beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Where has all the time gone? My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles brought me here when I was just 10 years old. As our children grew through the years, Diana and I brought them and a horde of friends to experience the beauty that is Shenandoah. And now, here I am with five of eight grandkids and parents doing the same hiking, deer chasing, bear hunting, and waterfalls splashing that we have enjoyed since seemingly time began in my young life.
Time can be our best friend or our worst enemy, a very wise friend recently told me. It is simply how you view time. As I talk with so many especially young people today, I see hopeless struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. Time has become an evil slave master filled only with hopelessness, despair, and lack of joy- where in some cases, drugs alcohol, and criminal behavior have filled the void. What is even more disturbing is seeing Christians, who should have the greatest reason to be Joyful sounding much like Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, where in chapter one he laments,” There is nothing to anything…What is there to show for a lifetime of work?…One generatioin fades away and the next one arrives, but nothing changes…Everything is utterly boring; no one can find meaning in it (time).” (Ecclesiastes Chapter 1-The Message Bible)
But what if God has a Bigger Plan in mind for Time as we live and know it- not endless monotony, but a short expanse of time filled with endless possibilities that could bring fulfillment and purpose? James 4:14 declares,” For what is your life? It is like a vapor that appears for a time and then vanishes.” If this is true, why are we wasting even one second of time when God has so much more in store for us to experience and enjoy?
I want to conclude by examining the word Time from God’s Perspective in the New Testament. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” I believe, brothers and sisters, like Queen Ester, “For such a Time as this,” we have been summoned by God to be that “City set upon a hill that cannot be Hidden,”and like the Sons of Issachar, to discern the Signs of the Times and act accordingly with the wisdom and time granted to us!
This brings me to two Greek Words each used for the word Time-Chronos and Kairos. To make it simple, Chronos time is time witnessed in 24 hour segments that simply rolls on and on-second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour with no end in sight- much like the lives of many who simply exist and have no expectation of anything happening or changing. Kairos, in contrast, is used for time in the above scripture in Ephesians. Kairos Time refers to an appointed time, an opportune moment, or a season in life whose time has come. The problem is this-when we are living in Chronos Time expecting nothing to happen, we will get just that-Nothing! We then miss what Paul is saying in Ephesians 5:15-16. As Christ Followers, we have been given one moment in time to seize that moment, redeeming Kairos Time and taking advantage of opportunities , times, and seasons!
What does this practically mean? Personally, it requires a mental shift. As believers, we must realize that we have been called, chosen, and anointed with Power in this Hour of Time to see our purpose fulfilled and destiny attained. There is no room in a Believer’s mindset to meander through life simply trying to make it to the next day. We must seize the Kairos moment granted us. Secondly, dont get hung up in living out Chronos time where you miss the Kairos Moment granted you. Simply put,” With Chronos Time , we count our years while with Kairos Time , we make our years count!” Divine Appointments are Kairos Moments where your Life , at the exact right moment in time, intersects with another in need of a Savior’s Love.
Psalms 90:12 tells us,” to number our days that we might apply our hearts with wisdom.” I don’t know how much Chronos Time that I have left, but one thing that I do desire, is to listen and be aware of every Kairos Moment of opportunity granted me.