In the early stages of this blog, I wrote in detail the impetus for what was to follow with each new posts, in short a lack of civility to all out aggression and societal dysfunction. Pair that now with the current focus of the blog, the importance of the Bible in ALL of humanity’s lives. To do so we have been using Psalm 119.
Today we find ourselves at verses 49-56
Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.I
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.
In verse 53 the writer declares that “indignation” grips him. Indignation grips all of humanity in 2015. Synonyms for indignation include anger, resentment, umbrage, outrage, annoyance, irritation, affront and offense. The writer’s indignation stems from a humanity that rejects Jesus as their Master and Teacher. He also says he is experiencing humanity mocking him for what he believes.So here we have a culture that mocks those who follow Jesus as their Master and in turn lives a daily existence in a cloud of indignation in Old Testament times. HAS ANYTHING REALLY CHANGED?
So my friend the skeptic listen up for a few more lines to what I have been given to say to you in this regard. I have a few irreligious words for you. Now I hope I have your attention. First let’s review Jesus does not belong to religion and the Bible does not belong to religion. Jesus belongs to you and the Bible has been given to you so as you will know Jesus and know how to life a life free if indignation. Big claim I know but totally true. Here is HOW it works.
When you finally come to the end of all your false teachers and influencers in the world and realize you have been exploited by them for their profit with no lasting results in your life of an inner state of love, joy, hope and peace and allow Jesus to be your Master, Teacher and Lord your become free of indignation in your life. This occurs because you now are taking your lead from a Master who continually is with you, loving you, encouraging you, as the offense, displeasures and outrages of the world continue to bombard you. He as Master provides a constant measure of reality of your life with Him in the face of those who wish to mock and distract you into a state of indignation.
Indignation is a core value for societal dysfunction. If the false teachers can continually rock your world with false narratives they can keep you buying their crap, tuning into to their garbage TV, reading their vapid solutions to the emotional imbalance they conjure up in your life, ironically through the indignation they what you to have. I call them “indignation baiters” and they have a thriving industry in the culture today. If they cannot keep imbalance in our lives in some capacity they are finished.
So looking at the verses above what does the writer do with his offense he derives from the culture? He goes to the Bible not as a religious ritual but for the antidote to the poison the culture is pedaling. He says he has a “practice.” in verse 56. You know we all have a practice! Our practices either bring life or take life. Setting your remote so as not to miss the next episode of a “indignation baiter” is a practice. Reading the Bible to get direction and guidance everyday is a practice. The difference is that one brings life and one takes life. Jesus never takes the life out of you although He could in a second. He gives life and He gives it abundantly through a constant state of love, joy and peace in the life of His followers. The false teachers take and take and take giving nothing back that results in a constant inner life of love, joy and peace.
So skeptic if you really take these words to heart in all due respect your busted! Your reasons to avoid Jesus and to avoid reading the Bible are bogus. They have nothing to do with religion and if they did I would have nothing to do with them. The fact is we are fragile people that need real direction, counsel and guidance in our lives. The one who created us knows us. Dr. Phil, etc did not create us, The Master is our creator and He has given us a manual to guide us for all of life that shows us how life works in a continual atmosphere of unconditional love, joy, hope and peace.
I know all of humanity is tired of harassment and indignation. Haven’t you ever asked yourself why your influencers and teachers have never solved this issue for you? REALLY!! If not can you at least be honest enough to do that in 2015. Answer that question: Why is this or that not working?
If you wish to explore your answer in private feel free to contact me or if you want a public forum just comment.
My skeptic friend I am talking to the Master Jesus for you to face reality in 2015. Lets put your personal indignation to rest and truly become fully human again.