Agitated              January, 2017

The scientists can’t tell us why electricity works the way it does. They know what happens with it but not how it works. How does something move through a wire when the wire doesn’t change or move itself? It is not light. It is not water. Yet, somehow electricity is “flowing ” through. When the electricity is forced toward something that it doesn’t like as much, it meets a resistance. When that happens, you get heat or light or both. Virtually every device from televisions to CD players to washing machines, operate because of a simple action that no one can explain.

Our planet is set up to be a “go with the flow” world. You get paid, get along, get friended, get through traffic, and get a passing grade because you have gone along with the rules of what society, at least the society you find yourself in, dictates is normal for that community.   That group may be large like a country or small like most families. Unfortunately in our USA of today, the getting along involves things that were unthinkable years ago.

If you go the speed limit on the freeway these days you may slow down someone else, and they will get angry with you. You are expected to speed along with whatever pace the others are going. You are expected to drink as much as those who are drinking around you and expected to talk trash like those with whom you are conversing. Everyone is expected to keep the money they can take from someone who isn’t looking.   If you find an extra unpaid item in your grocery bag and you take it back, the clerks look at you like you are an idiot.

For most of us, the law is no longer something that we are excited about keeping. It is now something that we are to avoid getting caught when breaking it. That is why 70% of us are overweight or outright obese. That is why term papers are purchased rather than written or researched. It is why people with Food Stamp cards buy groceries for others who give them cash that they then can use on luxuries like cigarettes and wine. It is why we run red lights because we are in a hurry.

Then we come to Christians.   We are told to be “light.”     Matthew 5:14-16  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Isn’t it interesting that our walk done correctly is now so highly predictable by society. Sadly it is not recognized any longer as noble.   This overwhelming concept of Christians from non-Christians is that we are too judgmental. I think that comes not so much from what we say to other people, as it comes from a comparison of what we do that others do not. The speeder knows she is speeding. The shop lifter knows he is shop lifting. The teen who takes things from her employer knows it is wrong. The woman that cheats on her marriage, the child that punches another child, and the corporate ladder climber that denigrates another candidate all carry a burden of guilt because they know they are doing the wrong thing. When that gets compared to what a Christian is doing, there is blame more from within that person than from without.

Our resistance to these immoral and often illegal ways of the world is going to agitate some people.   By comparison to the darkness of this world, which is getting darker, this will cause us to be perceived as “light.” Regrettably, along with the light comes heat just as the electrical wire which meets resistance to its natural flow. Get used to being called, dogooder, virgin, goody two shoes, loser, underachiever, moralist, and (with a sneer) Christian. We do not behave this way for human approval. We do it for Him, and He has other names by which He calls us.   “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

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