|AND I COULD BE OUT PLAYING BALL
Some of you saw and got a chuckle out of my great-granddaughter watching the
TV and that has a dog doing chores around the house. He helps carry in from the car, wipes up a spill, finds the car keys
and puts them where they belong. And Ava watched in awe, and finally asked, “Where to you get a dog like that?”
She saw and believed. The television people know that, and they’ve come up with all manner of situations, making
the gullible think they’re the ways of real life. Terrible car wrecks, explosions, fires, murders…they have
ways of faking things on the screen that look truer than life, and they sink into our subconscious.
as we grew up, what was termed a “normal” family was a Mom, Dad, and a couple of kids. But as life styles have
changed, the family has become any arrangement that can be imagined. The family may be a divorced couple still living together
for the convenience of it. And the episodes are limited only to wherever the imagination leads the writers.
over a period of time, this leads viewers to accept those situations as normal, and they work their way into our real world.
This has led to attitudes among decent people, to accept indecent and even sinful ways of life as natural and even “politically
correct.” Burn the flag enough times, and it finally gets a “ho-hum” from people who formally would have
jailed anyone who would do such sacrilege.
Our world is at that point. A lie is a “misspeak.” Divorce
is common. Millions lost by a company, and the guilty gets off with a “I don’t know where it went.” But
there’s coming a day when all of us will stand before God on Judgment Day, knowing the verdict even before it’s
our turn to look Him in the eye. If you haven’t made things right with Christ, you’re on borrowed time. They
could be digging my or your grave two days from now. Think about it.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.