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Make or Break It

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly peo­ple pol­lute their own bod­ies, reject author­ity and heap abuse on celes­tial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was dis­put­ing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not him­self dare to con­demn him for slan­der but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Yet these peo­ple slan­der what­ever they do not under­stand, and the very things they do under­stand by instinct — as irra­tional ani­mals do — will destroy them.

Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

These peo­ple are blem­ishes at your love feasts, eat­ing with you with­out the slight­est qualm — shep­herds who feed only them­selves. They are clouds with­out rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, with­out fruit and uprooted — twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foam­ing up their shame; wan­der­ing stars, for whom black­est dark­ness has been reserved forever.

Jude 813

We live in trou­bled times. Domes­ti­cally, hor­rific wild­fires are rav­aging Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton, and Mon­tana. Texas is still work­ing on suf­fi­ciently dry­ing out from Har­vey to ini­ti­ate rebuild­ing. Irma is inex­orably march­ing toward Florida. Across the Pacific, a mad­man plays with ther­monu­clear toys, work­ing daily to facil­i­tate throw­ing them at us. Europe won­ders not if, but when and where the next crazed jihadist will slaugh­ter inno­cents. The watch­words of our time are love and peace, yet we are engulfed by hatred and war.

On the line divid­ing fact and fic­tion
You’d like to stake your rep­u­ta­tion
But the nat­ural man has an addic­tion
To believe the worst of fab­ri­ca­tions
And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire

It’s a test of any man’s endurance
Just to sur­vive the cas­ti­ga­tions
You hope and pray for some deliv­er­ance
As you turn to face the accu­sa­tions
And when your future is on the line
What will your answers be?
Come to the ques­tion and state your case

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All free­dom has its price
Is this your paradise?

A mas­ter­mind of much illu­sion
Media con­trols the pub­lic rea­son
It ter­ri­fies with great con­fu­sion
And a power that fos­ters truth or treason

And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire
And fact and fic­tion don’t mean a thing

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All free­dom has its price
Is this your paradise?

And many good men have fallen
With no defense from the fatal word
Is this a part of the Amer­i­can dream

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All free­dom has its price
Is this your paradise?

- “Make Or Break It”; words and music by Kerry Livgren

https://youtu.be/jMYi_MaBu88

We also live in a time where self-​aggrandizing polit­i­cal prat­tle reigns supreme. Wis­dom and experience’s still small voice is drown­ing beneath tidal waves of loud obnox­ious buf­foons restat­ing the obvi­ous with vapid feigned insight. We are called to speak the truth in love. Instead, we con­tinue to slob­ber the triv­ial in lav­ish tongue baths.

It is imper­a­tive for those of faith to pro­claim Christ’s mes­sage boldly, unfail­ingly, and pri­mar­ily. The pub­lic voice enjoys no divi­sion between sec­u­lar and sacred. Jesus is not a fire alarm, ignored save in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. Nor is He a tro­phy dis­played when it serves our pur­poses. Jesus is Sav­ior, or He is not. Jesus is Lord, or He is not. He does not serve us when we pull Him off the shelf and dust Him off because we need more blog post hits or a big­ger audi­ence share. We are com­manded to serve Him. We are com­manded to love oth­ers as He loves us. We are com­manded to pro­claim His mes­sage. And no, churn­ing out echo cham­ber copy does not qual­ify. Cer­tainly pol­i­tics mat­ter. Deci­sions made by gov­ern­ment affect us all. There is room and time for informed debate. Cut­ting and past­ing news sto­ries is nei­ther debate nor informed. It is weak coat­tail riding.

https://youtu.be/9yRyAMul8wE

It should be a shot across the bow that three teenage sis­ters have done more in one three minute video to pro­claim Christ cru­ci­fied and risen by being real than has been achieved in thirty thou­sand polit­i­cal blog posts. The lux­ury of shov­ing Jesus into a cor­ner because we are too busy shov­ing our­selves into the spot­light as self-​proclaimed pun­dits is no longer afford­able. Now is the time to pri­or­i­tize. A hurt­ing, bleed­ing, dying world does not need another DACA rehash. It needs Jesus. It needs us, each of us, spread­ing the Good News while directly help­ing each other and stranger alike.

This is our call. Will you make or break it?

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct — as irrational animals do — will destroy them.

Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm — shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted — twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

Jude 8-13

We live in troubled times. Domestically, horrific wildfires are ravaging Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Texas is still working on sufficiently drying out from Harvey to initiate rebuilding. Irma is inexorably marching toward Florida. Across the Pacific, a madman plays with thermonuclear toys, working daily to facilitate throwing them at us. Europe wonders not if, but when and where the next crazed jihadist will slaughter innocents. The watchwords of our time are love and peace, yet we are engulfed by hatred and war.

On the line dividing fact and fiction
You’d like to stake your reputation
But the natural man has an addiction
To believe the worst of fabrications
And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire

It’s a test of any man’s endurance
Just to survive the castigations
You hope and pray for some deliverance
As you turn to face the accusations
And when your future is on the line
What will your answers be?
Come to the question and state your case

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?

A mastermind of much illusion
Media controls the public reason
It terrifies with great confusion
And a power that fosters truth or treason

And when the rumor is on the wire
It will be trial by fire
And fact and fiction don’t mean a thing

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?

And many good men have fallen
With no defense from the fatal word
Is this a part of the American dream

Will you make or break it?
Choose your weapons well
Make or break it
Soon the toll will tell
All freedom has its price
Is this your paradise?

– “Make Or Break It”; words and music by Kerry Livgren

We also live in a time where self-aggrandizing political prattle reigns supreme. Wisdom and experience’s still small voice is drowning beneath tidal waves of loud obnoxious buffoons restating the obvious with vapid feigned insight. We are called to speak the truth in love. Instead, we continue to slobber the trivial in lavish tongue baths.

It is imperative for those of faith to proclaim Christ’s message boldly, unfailingly, and primarily. The public voice enjoys no division between secular and sacred. Jesus is not a fire alarm, ignored save in emergency situations. Nor is He a trophy displayed when it serves our purposes. Jesus is Savior, or He is not. Jesus is Lord, or He is not. He does not serve us when we pull Him off the shelf and dust Him off because we need more blog post hits or a bigger audience share. We are commanded to serve Him. We are commanded to love others as He loves us. We are commanded to proclaim His message. And no, churning out echo chamber copy does not qualify. Certainly politics matter. Decisions made by government affect us all. There is room and time for informed debate. Cutting and pasting news stories is neither debate nor informed. It is weak coattail riding.

It should be a shot across the bow that three teenage sisters have done more in one three minute video to proclaim Christ crucified and risen by being real than has been achieved in thirty thousand political blog posts. The luxury of shoving Jesus into a corner because we are too busy shoving ourselves into the spotlight as self-proclaimed pundits is no longer affordable. Now is the time to prioritize. A hurting, bleeding, dying world does not need another DACA rehash. It needs Jesus. It needs us, each of us, spreading the Good News while directly helping each other and stranger alike.

This is our call. Will you make or break it?