Thursday, January 7, 2010

#12, New World Order and Gardening

"Before one attempts to rule the world, one should try a small garden"

In the last post I pointed out several examples of the encroachment of evil into our lives. I state the forces that seek to control and dominate the world by coercion and the abuse of power are the personification of evil.

There seems to be little we can do to stop the spread of evil on a Global scale. Lucifer and his minions are a steamrolling juggernaut that are getting closer to world domination each day. As an individual, there is nothing that I can do to topple United Nations or to cast the daemons into the sea. That will surely happen at some time in the future. So what can we do to combat evil in the meantime? Roll over on our backs and wet on our selves like a whipped dog? Throw up our hands and surrender? Not on your life!

Evil is the natural order of mortals, it is part of the human condition. Of all the creatures on this planet, only we the people have the gift of free will. When a dog gets angry, it acts like an angry dog. No matter what is going on in that dog's life, it will act like a dog. Humans, on the other hand have the choice to choose how we behave. When someone doesn't do what we think they should, we can act like a dog or a responsible individual. It is the ability to choose our behavior that separates us from all the other animals. We all have the power to choose between the Good or the Evil, the positive or the negative. Some will say that this is too simplistic and argue that not everything is black or white and that there are nuances and shades of gray to every problem. Nonsense, just another dodge used by the deceivers and prevaricators. "What is, Is?" Sound familiar? Lawyers and liars always look for gray areas to hide in. No one is just a little bit honest or dishonest. We have the chance to make value judgments every day in dozens of little things we say and do. Situational honesty won't get you off the hook either.

If evil is the natural order of mortals, then why is evil present. What would be the value of the gift of free will if we didn't have an choice? When confronted with life situations we almost always have several options to chose from. Each and every one of us make unwise or evil choices from time to time, we are imperfect and prone to be influenced by misdirected or selfish motives. We often make bad decisions simply out of ignorance. We didn't know any better. When we make a wrong turn or a inappropriate choice, the solution is to quickly recognizing our blunder and quickly compensate by practicing a competing or opposite behavior. If we have willfully made an incorrect choice, then we must promptly admit it, accept the consequences of our actions and make amends if possible.

When confronted with a hard choice and we have difficulty in deciding, there are a few guide lines to follow;
1. Remember those 10 rules of conduct? "Thou shalt not .... " If it is not true, don't say it. If it is not yours, don't take it. etc.
2. The Golden Rule. Think about how you would feel if you were on the receiving end of the deal.
3. Will my choice be harmful or helpful to others or to myself?
4. Ask your self is it True? Is it Good? Is it Beautiful? The correct answer will always be consistent with Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.

What has any of this got to do with fighting the problems of the world? How does watching my own behavior stop the spread of global terror and oppression? Directly, it has nothing to do with the Globalists or the Jihadists. But it will have a powerful affect on how we cope with those problems. "Before one attempts to rule the world, one should try a small garden". I'm sorry, I don't know who said that, might have been me or Aristotle. Before we can confront the evil in our fellows we must first take a thorough and fearless look at our own actions. Remember glass houses and stone throwing? "Judge not, that ye be not judged", is often quoted out of context. Jesus went on to say, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." * At least with the beam out of your own eye your aim should improve if you feel the need to throw stones.

Taking a personal inventory is a task that very few will be very happy to tackle. It is kind of like cleaning out the garage. We dread it, we ignore it, we procrastinate and some of us put it off for years, choosing to park in the street and walk to the house. But once the dreaded task has been mastered, we always feel such a since of accomplishment. We are so proud of ourselves that we leave the door open and the lights on for all the world to see. Now, if we wish to criticize our neighbor for his trash and clutter, we will at least know that our garage is clean first. But more than likely, we will be much more charitable with our neighbor now.

*(Mat. 7: 1 & 5 KJV)

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