Saturday, November 29, 2008

From DefendingContending . . . .

Contrasts of death, and another “invitation.”

November 28, 2008 by The Pilgrim

While just a couple days ago over 100 people died in India at the hands of merciless, bloodthirsty Muslims (and the city is still currently under siege as of the writing of this post), today in America a 34 year-old Wal-Mart employee was killed after being trampled to death when a mob of shoppers broke down the doors to get their hands on the holiday shopping bargains. What was this mans life worth?

The CBS news article also contains a cellphone video from a shopper which shows emergency personnel futility trying to save the mans life. What a contrast between us in the States and the rest of the world.

America, oh America, what have you become? While the world is in turmoil we numb ourselves on video games, text messaging, television, and worshiping our pop idols who attend 20 million dollar parties. We simply don’t get it, do we? Today we eat, drink, be merry, and shop till we drop, yet we have no idea that tomorrow we die.

And while we’re out consuming, consuming, consuming, we have received yet another “invitation” from the bloodthirsty terrorists to “embrace Islam.”

For those who don’t understand the significance of this, I urge you to check out the post A Storm is Brewing While the Masses Sleep and be sure to listen to the accompanying short audio clip on that post.

And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.”And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ Luke 12:16-20


Question of Identity said...

"Oh no - surely not!" This was my reaction to the story of the man killed in the shopping rush. You are so right to point out the folly of our consumer mad societies (I include GB in this too!).

We both live in societies where possessions define who we are. For those hooked on possessions - it also sadly defines who they are not: "In Christ".

steve martin said...

This is where we come in...the Church.

To speak to the lost and tell them of the Great Hope in the One who will (eventually) fulfill all their needs and wipe away all their tears.

Lift high the cross and proclaim Christ. Freely and without strings attached. That's where we come in.

Question of Identity said...

Amen Steve!

Wayne Dawg said...

Right on guy's......we are the only hope to a lost and dying world.

Christ said "Go..." and we hear His voice because we are of His fold!