Strange Days Indeed? Most Peculiar Mama? I think NOT!

Hi folks! I know what you all are thinking, “Chuck…brother…where have you been?” Well let’s just say there isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep you awake for a discussion on all that has happened to me and my family since the last time I wrote on the Blog…that’s another AMAZING story for later…it totally involves God and thus has to be AMAZING!
I’ve been meaning to write this specific Blog for a LONG while. I have to let you all know that I am a big fan of The Beatles. I grew up listening to them…in fact Mom and Dad had the original vinyl album of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” I have lots of fond memories when I listen to John, Paul, George and Ringo. In the 1980’s John Lennon wrote a song, “Strange Days Indeed (Nobody Told Me).” In fact the chorus to the song goes like this:
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama
Many of you would TOTALLY agree with John Lennon…these are ‘Strange Days Indeed.’ But are they really ‘peculiar?’ I think not…here’s why:
King Solomon, who is believed to have been the wisest man who ever lived wrote, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Frankly, I have to agree with the old, wise King. Like in his days in ancient Israel, people today are doing their own thing, running a million miles an hour to get nowhere and most of all they are completely leaving God out of everything. As the Apostle Paul would tell his ‘son in the faith’, Timothy: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3) Pretty scary if you ask me when TRUTH is thrown into the gutter! More so, the attacks against things that are ‘true, noble, right, pure lovely admirable, excellent or praiseworthy’ appear to be totally focused toward one belief system…Christianity. So much for ‘tolerance!’ As I said before, “Are these strange days indeed?” “Are they peculiar, mama…namely in hostility toward Christians?” The answer is emphatically, NO! Why? The Apostle Peter stated the following, “Dear friends, do NOT be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something STRANGE were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12) Why did Peter state this? Because he completely remembered what his Lord, Jesus Christ, told him, “All men will HATE you because of me.” (Matthew 10:22) and again Jesus stated in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Similar words from Jesus can be traced all the way back in scripture to a conversation He had with Samuel, a prophet of old, when Israel stated that they wanted to be like ‘everyone else’ and have a King, though they already had the King of Kings and LORD of Lords as their King. The LORD stated, “…it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”
Strange Days Indeed? No my friends, they are sorrowful days and woefully forgetful days, on our part, of God’s constant mercy and sacrificial grace toward us. May all of us take to heart, become students of wisdom and learn to apply what the Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

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One Response to Strange Days Indeed? Most Peculiar Mama? I think NOT!

  1. Dan says:

    Great Blog Chuck…welcome back! Dan

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