The day Calvary’s crown was made

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Who says the sky isn’t falling?

In the latest issue of the “Christian Chronicle”, an individual, in reference to SCOTUS’s decision concerning the “constitutionality” of homosexual marriages (and whose state had already began the process of legally recognizing homosexual marriages before June 26, 2015) was quoted as saying that the sky hadn’t fallen because homosexual marriages had been legalized. Perhaps I’m missing the sky for the clouds, but his comment, at least to me, sounded like a marginalization of the situation that was made toward any “chicken little” who warned about the seriousness of what was happening and what will happen because of America’s decision that day.

Yeah, the world is still ticking after June 26, 2015. People are still are going to work. People are being born. People are dying. People are even eating, drinking and, yes, people are even getting married! But this is true because of God’s long-suffering toward sin and his desire for our repentance from it (2 Peter 3:9); not because of some marginalization of its seriousness; and June 26, 2015 was a serious day with serious spiritual ramifications.

Fact is, for those who are familiar enough with the pictures of Revelation, cultures and kings, nations and economies, and even the “sky” itself can be in the process of falling without anyone outside of Heaven’s perspective even realizing it. And furthermore, I would remind people that it took a while for the raindrops of Noah’s day to reach the ground, but once that sky started falling there was no turning back, nor did all the water come from above. But that’s a whole other rainbow pride type of conversation.

So who says the sky isn’t falling? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I wouldn’t confuse our view of looking up for God’s view of looking down.

For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:38-39

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A “Twitterpated” Church by Dan Gulley

Bambi was a dear movie about a dear deer! In one memorable scene Bambi and his bunny-buddy Thumper and fragrant little skunk friend Flower are puzzled as they watch a pair of “love-birds” flitting, fluttering, chirping and happily chasing each other about. Friend Owl explains, “They’re `twitterpated.’ Twitterpated is when you get weak in the knees, you’re head’s in a whirl. . . you feel light as a feather and you’re walking on air. . . you completely lose your head.” Ever been “twitterpated”?!!

A computer search for “twitterpated” yielded this: “a word used to describe the fluttery rush of feeling that comes when one is in the presence of his or her crush; the giddiness of new love” (reference.com/motif/computers/ what-does-the-word-twitterpated-mean). Who can deny love may bring on some “twitterpation”?! In a highly poetic Bible passage about marital fidelity, Solomon discusses the powerful effect of romantic love between a husband and wife with these words: As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured (or intoxicated, English Standard Version) with her love” (Proverbs 5:19). Sounds like twitterpated to me! And moreover, these twitterpated feelings are part of God’s design for married love. The problem is the world has reduced “love” to nothing more than the “rush of fluttery feelings” akin to being “twitterpated.” The feeling element in love has been cut loose from the wider Biblical definition. The “love” pervasively advocated and celebrated in music and movies and in society at large is often nothing more than plain old lust. As in when Alan Jackson sang in a popular country song a number of years ago, “I’m in love with you baby, and I don’t even know your name.” Need I tell you this kind of “love” is wreaking havoc on our culture? Unplanned pregnancies, unwanted babies, sexually transmitted diseases, broken homes and hearts and lives — these negative things are the offspring of a stunted, twitterpated kind of love that centers on nothing except a “fluttery rush of feelings.” That kind of love that is more concerned with what one feels than how one acts toward others.

Jesus demonstrated love the day He died on the cross for the sins of the world (Romans 5:8) — but He was just not just twitterpated. The love Jesus displayed at the cross did not feel good to Him, but what He did was very good for those He loved. The love that purchased the church (Acts 20:28) was not the self-centered, twitterpated love looking for a fluttery rush of positive and pleasurable feelings. The love that provided salvation from sin was tough and selfless enough to endure crucifixion and the suffering that came with it. The Bible calls Christians to “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2). A twitterpated world is not well-served by a twitterpated church willing to love only when it feels good. The cross of Christ reminds us that Christ-like love keeps on loving even when we suffer long (1 Corinthians 13:4).  And the Bible makes clear that loving God’s way is more about what we do and how we act than how we feel. Jesus was not just a twitterpated Savior. Are you just a twitterpated Christian? Think about it.

Dan Gulley serves as an elder and preacher for the Smithville church of Christ.

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