Greetings from the front. Not the cold front, the beach front.
It seems like everyone today is looking earthward at a ‘big event’ taking place on this planet, sounds of self are reaching a fever pitch. I am taking a break from the news today, on purpose – I prefer to look up. What did I get in return for my decision? Riches untold: I saw the sun come up over the Atlantic this morning from my balcony. Shooting stars, constellations I can name since grade school, the Milky Way, birds singing….I am so unworthy.
One thing that did catch my attention yesterday was an interview with a gentleman I believe has done more to trash our culture than any other in the last 40 years. He was on MSNBC yesterday, talking about being ‘born again’. I admit he had my attention because I wanted to see if he was real or counterfeit, but I also knew that MSNBC wasn’t going to be giving a time slot for “testimonies” in their Obama worship hour and so I was highly skeptical. His name wasn’t on the screen, so I guessed his identity, and I was right. It was Norman Lear, of “All in the Family”, “Maude”, and “One Day At a Time” producing fame. Feminism, political correctness, race issues – he brought it all the small screen, in technicolor, much to my parents’ dismay and disgust. I remember my Dad wondering out loud “how they can talk about stuff like that on TV”. So I wondered out loud, 40 years later, could it be possible nonetheless that this man had an encounter with the living God, having repented of his liberal godless spin and joined the land of the eternally fruitful? I have learned over time that all things are possible with my God. So, I visited the website they were promoting: www.bornagainamerican.org.
After a very short perusal I saw things for what they really were, and it was disturbing from a spiritual point of view. He believes that with the ordination – ooops, I mean ‘inauguration’ – of Obama, that we are new creatures, “born in Liberty” (sic). Check out the mission statement, and worse yet, the I AM statements. How does he even know enough about Christianity to counterfeit it so closely? Must be the work of the one with the pitch-fork.
Now, I didn’t know we could be ‘born again Americans’, I guess that’s what happens when you put all your trust in politics with no thought for the next life. Norman Lear, you will be disappointed and disillusioned eventually, bringing out even more angst and discontentment that made you who you are in the first place. I promise. Trust me, what you espouse has nothing to do with being born again by the Spirit of God, and everything to do with making a home here and putting your trust in a flawed man who can never get you from this life to the next or forgive your sins. See how this phase works for you, and if you still come up empty, drop me a line.