Harp and Story

Playing Two Sides Against the Middle

Back in my  counseling days I would often listen to clients tell me stories of parental abuse. It was always the same story; one ‘bad’ parent and one ‘good’ parent. However, as our conversations progressed they would discover that both parents were abusers; one just acted ‘good’. This revelation was ALWAYS a surprise to them. In fact, one client told me that they had asked their father once “why didn’t you ever protect us kids from mom?” Their father had no answer for them.

We are conditioned to believe that there has to be ‘good’ somewhere; someone has to be good; someone or something has to look out for us; someone or something is going to take care of us, right? So, we put our trust in man, only to be disappointed, dismayed, disgusted, and/or disillusioned time after time. (NOTE: I am in no way saying that all parents are bad, or fall into the above description, but I do believe that there are no perfect parents as there are no perfect children. We live in a sinful, fallen from grace world, but thankfully we have a Savior who extends, without reservation to us, forgiveness, mercy and grace for the purpose of restoration!)

Yashua tells us in John 13:35 that all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. But in John 2:24-25, it is recorded of Yashua that “He knew what was in their hearts, and he would not let them have power over him, (or entrust Himself to any man). No one had to tell him what people were like. He already knew.”

Definition of ‘entrust’ from the English Oxford Living Dictionary; Assign the responsibility for doing something to (someone); Put (something) into someone’s care or protection.

Yashua didn’t ‘entrust’ Himself to any man. So, was He disappointed when His disciples abandoned Him in the Garden of Gethsemane? Was He dismayed when only one leper returned to thank Him? Was He disillusioned when the crowd called for His crucifixion? Was He disgusted when the rich, young ruler turned away from Him? NO! A resounding NO! Why? Because He knew the heart of man; He knew that man is weak and easily persuaded to be swayed by prevailing opinions; the loudest voice, the most persistent belief. He knew that only His Heavenly Father is absolute and unchanging; perfect and completely trustworthy. But how many of us look to man for our direction even when we say that we are followers of Yashua? How many of us love without condition?

Let me flesh this out a bit more. The United States of America is divided about 50/50 with those promoting a conservative opinion and those advocating a liberal/progressive opinion. There do not appear to be too many sitting on the fence between these two opinions. I try not to watch a lot of television for one main reason, besides that I am busy with other more interesting things, but that I don’t care to be programmed in how to think. But in light of that statement the other night I did watch three episodes of “Homeland”. I admit I was drawn in and when the TV was finally turned off for the night I couldn’t help but find myself wondering what was the program’s agenda? And then it came to me; this show is all about playing two sides against the middle. The goal — to have the watching public trust neither side, which will eventually lead to first anarchy and then surrender because ‘we need order’ and whatever you, (meaning the government — whatever that may be) have to do to bring about order, do it! We in America witnessed this after 9/11 with the introduction of the TSA, the Patriot Act, and the Department of Homeland Security. The New World Order motto: Out of chaos, order. We give away our ‘freedoms’ for the promise of ‘peace and safety’. But is there ‘peace and safety’? No, but there is growing hopelessness.

Hopelessness! This is what is being flashed across every television screen on a consistent basis. It comes in many different forms; some disguised as ‘good’ and some openly ‘bad’, but hopelessness just the same and the programming continues with a ‘savior’ coming to rescue, but it isn’t our Savior, Yashua haMashiach, it is subjection, “Do this and we’ll (the devil and his minions) take care of you.” Remember this line comes from both sides; the perceived ‘good’ side and the perceived ‘bad’ side. We, as followers of Yashua haMashiach, can only find our way through this complicated and troublesome maze as we keep our eyes focused on our Savior and follow Him whole-heartedly, turning neither to the right or to the left, but staying on the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal.

Pray for Wisdom and Discernment!

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