So Tired of the Garbage

I don’t know about you but I have utterly had it with all the garbage that constantly inundates us on a daily basis. I am acutely aware of the controversies that surround the legitimacy of Covid19, the infection and death counts, the vaccines, the CDC, the major drug companies, the recent American Presidential election and the various backroom operations that are in motion to curtail our freedoms. I have spent considerable time and effort looking at all of them and I have an opinion, like everyone does. But I do not post articles on them because that is not the message that I have deemed of primary importance.

If someone (Christian or non-Christian) wants to continually post allegedly “truthful” information that validates their “opinion”, that is their right, but please do not send them to me, because quite frankly, I am not interested in reading what supports your opinion about worldly events. I don’t ask you to consider my evaluation on what I have surmised, so please don’t ask me to consider yours. I don’t know how much clearer I can make that.

I have but one message and that is the validity of, and the advancement of, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I do not support abortion, the use of so called recreational drugs or any drugs that are not prescribed by a qualified physician. I do not support the lifestyle and moralistic claims of the LGBTQ community. Because we live in a democracy, they obviously have the right to make their own decisions individually and collectively, and have opinions that differ from mine, but I also, personally, exercise my right to not agree with theirs. I harbour no hatred or malice towards any of them, we disagree and that is where that stands. Much like I do not agree with a person who is under the control of alcohol or drugs. I do not agree with it but that does not diminish the reality that God’s love goes out to every sinner, including me. The only difference between myself and the drug addict or alcoholic is that I have found freedom through my faith in Christ, and they haven’t. A gift, as validated by the whole counsel of God, in His Holy Word, has to be accepted to be received. 

The problems that are within the Christian Church today are considerable. I’m not going to list them but they are increasing in number and there are many wolves at the door. I am just an ordinary Christian layman, who studies God’s Word and is endeavouring to follow Christ. My understanding is that Christians are supposed to build and hold one another up and that is what I try to do. I’m not perfect and I make mistakes, I’ve done it before and I will probably do it again, but not intentionally. And if I do, I will apologize, confess my sin and correct what I am able to correct. 

Jesus warned us and specifically told us what would happen in the last days. And yes, everything in me tells me that we are indeed approaching those last days. Jesus repeatedly tells us that our peace is to be found in Him, not in the world around us but in Him. I take that to heart. He is my focus. If you wish to focus on something or someone else, that is your choice but not mine. 

My perspective is that we have more than enough problems to deal with, within the Christian Church, rather than adding to these problems, by splitting our attention and endeavours, to also focus on the legitimacy of what is currently happening within our world. I am not advocating not being aware of and I am not advocating abandoning our democracy or our country. But that is not my priority, that is not my primary focus. I am by God’s grace, part of the Kingdom of God and that does take precedence over the kingdoms of this world. If you disagree, that is your choice, not mine. 

Jesus told us that a house divided falls. My thinking is, if ever there was a time to reconsider and refocus on Jesus, it is now. If we as Christians can’t focus our priorities, how in the world are we going to convince others to. It is a crossed message and there is only one who gains from that, and it isn’t Jesus. 

In Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus gave instructions to his disciples to spread the gospel to all the nations of the world. Do we see anywhere within the Great Commission or even in the whole of the New Testament, where Jesus or any of the inspired New Testament writers advocate we include, in our message, the perceived worldly governmental shortfalls? No, neither do I.

So there, that is where I am coming from. Telling it how it is, for me. My “opinion” of the necessity of keeping Jesus as our primary focus, at all costs. This opinion I have chosen to voice. 

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

32 comments

  1. You have it Bruce. Christ alone is our focus.
    I attempt to purposefully avoid the garbage from the media and Christians (a loose debatable term) alike. I find that I can avoid pursuing my doctorate in angst and stick with God’s peace that goes beyond everyone’s understanding.
    More time in surrender, worship and in the Word combats the garbage from tainting the soul and I am way more on point in presenting Christ in whatever form that means to my neighbor.
    I guess I get the most frustrated with fellow believers who get sucked into the black hole of destroying one another in the name of truth and what’s right and wrong. Our sword is the Word of God spoken loudly and sometimes backed up with words.

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    • Our sword is the Word of God demonstrated loudly and sometimes backed up with words? I changed one word there 🙂 Remind me to tell you off line some of the circumstances behind this post sometime. And I just added a short statement on the Great Commission that was an afterthought, let me know if you agree if you would. You’re one of my brothers that keeps my feet on the ground Gary, and I am indebted to you. Blessings!

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  2. I tip my hat to you brother in recognition of the bravery of your stand for Almighty God and His Word. We need more brethren to step forward and stand up for the Gospel of Christ.

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    • No credit to me Alan, just trying to stay on the narrow way that Jesus talks about. Figuring if I declare it, I won’t be so quick to leave it. Blessings brother!

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  3. Another good one, Bruce. If someone searches Google news using the word, “evangelical,” most of the results will reference evangelicals’ anti-vaccine stance or their strong affiliation with right-wing politics.

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  4. Not caught up on post reading yet but glad to read yours today. I can ‘t watch the news and am also fed up with those who would tell me… and not take the same. I agree that it is worse coming from Christians. I stand with you Bruce, I to am a Christ follower, Ambassador and a student of His Word. I have followed you long enough to know your work, if not your heart, love ya brother. This seams to apply, in more than one way…

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. –Ephesians 6:10-20

    Keep Standing and Shout it from the mountain tops!

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    • Thanks for the kind words David, I don’t think I am shouting it from the mountain tops at this point in time but I have at least, voiced it, and intend to adhere to focusing on Jesus. There’s an awful lot of background interference out there and I would prefer not to be part of it. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  5. Great job of summing it up, Bruce. Jesus is priority, and truth be known, as far as all these other issues, there are people a lot smarter than I am on all sides, strongly disagreeing with one another. None of the issues is the hill I want to die on – or rather, that I want my credibility to die on. If I take a stand and turn out to be wrong, I might lose the respect of someone I might otherwise have reached with the Gospel. And the Gospel IS the hill I’m willing to die on.

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      • Blessings to you too, Bruce. Like Ann said in her comment above: “…as far as all these other issues, there are people a lot smarter than I am on all sides, strongly disagreeing with one another. None of the issues is the hill I want to die on – or rather, that I want my credibility to die on.”

        Speaking of controversial issues: after much research and prayer and discussion of the pros and cons, my husband and I have appointments today to be vaccinated against the covid-19 virus. The last time I had any kind of a vaccine was in June 2019. It was the pneumonia vaccine. I was so sick several days afterwards, that I literally thought I might be dying. Also… I have had an anaphylactic shock reaction to shellfish in the past. My heart stopped. And it has been reported that a few people have had that kind of reaction to these vaccines, who also had previously had anaphylaxis after eating shellfish.

        SO… If it weren’t for the fact that my dear husband is immune compromised due to his cancer treatments, I would not even be doing this. But we have come to the conclusion, after much research and prayer, that the risks of getting covid-19 outweigh the risks of the vaccines. My husband will be getting the single shot Johnson and Johnson, I am getting the first of two Moderna vaccines.

        Please pray for us! Thank you!!

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      • Hi Linda, I will definitely lift both of you up in my prayers. My wife and I both had out first shot of the Pfizer vaccine about three or four weeks ago (nil ill effects whatsoever), after much research etc. There is so much misinformation out there about vaccines right now that it isn’t even funny. We also came to the same conclusion, the very slight risk associated with the vaccine was clearly worth the risk, as compared to the strong likelihood of our hospitalization and very probable death, due to our age and our ongoing medical conditions, should we become infected with Covid19. Neither one of us even had a sore arm. In spite of all the hype on the vaccines, I’m hoping that common sense will prevail with most thinking people, but as the news often shows, I wouldn’t be banking on it. Thank you as always, for your enthusiasm and support, it is sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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      • I’m so glad that you and your wife had the vaccine, and with no ill effects. Hubby and I are back home now, we were vaccinated about two and a half hours ago. So far, we’re doing great!

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      • Just to be fair, I hear that sometimes it makes your eyebrows fall out. Couldn’t help myself (just kidding)! You’ll be fine! Blessings Linda. I’m going to go tell my wife to give me a slap!

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      • Lol!! Thanks for the laugh!

        My eyebrows are already doing weird things. I don’t mind that some have turned white, as I can easily put a little brown mascara on them. But the white ones, and now even some of the dark ones, want to stand straight up, or at odd angles. Even the strongest gel won’t keep them down. What’s causing that, I have no idea. Getting older isn’t very pretty!

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