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<務要謹守,警醒>12/23-12/29/13

 

“務要謹守,警醒。因為你們的仇敵魔鬼,如同吼叫的獅子,遍地游行,尋找可吞吃的人。” (彼前五:8)

 

“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat.” (I Peter 5:8)

 

默想禱 告: 聖誕佳節一家難得在無雪無霜的洛城歡度, 邊吃邊綜結一整年主在每個人身上大小的恩典, 貫連起來可真串成一鏈珍珠。撥開狼藉杯盤, 圓圓小桌立時 變為一座輿論擂台, 父子職業病一發作就難以遏制, 做媽媽的連插嘴的份都沒有。當律師的兒子入行才兩年就驚嘆世道險惡, 欺詐違法之事舉不勝數, 指 出80%以上政治庇護申請皆為作假的案例只不過是冰山一角, 而偏偏中國的申請人又特別多。「美國政府太人道, 太容易受騙了! 」他舉出好幾個庭審案例 作佐證。我說: 「不! 是美國人(我們在內)整體政治文化、社會道德崩盤; 被人本自由派思潮Liberalism挾持, 壟斷媒體、文化界, 甚至司 法界, 到了無孔不入, 黑白不分的思想狀態所引起的畸型發展… 」才說了一小截, 背後電視台新聞馬上傳來一段「鴨子王朝」的熱辣報導: “A&E 有線電視頻道的「鴨子王朝」(Duck Dynasty)大家長菲爾‧羅伯森(Phil Robertson),因發表反同性戀談話遭到「無限期冷凍」,引發有關宗教和寬容的政治意味十足辯論,也使這個顯示漁獵和家庭爭執的真人實境節目前途蒙 上陰影… 67歲的菲爾最近接受「老爺雜誌」(GQ)訪問時,面對他認為什麼是罪惡,答道:「從同性戀行為開始,並從那裡演變出一切,像是獸性,到處亂 睡,不論男女來者不拒…前共和黨副總統候選人莎拉‧裴林(Sarah Palin)推文說,「言論自由已成為瀕危物種」;2016年可能參選總統的路易斯安納州長金德爾(Bobby Jindal),推崇羅伯森家族是「路易斯安納州的偉大公民」,並指責「那些政治正確Political Correct群眾容忍所有觀點,只有他們不同意的觀點除外。」新聞界對此事件展開激烈辯論, 有評論員推斷說這事件將搖醒了沉睡中八千萬到一億的基督徒群體。我聽後深感惶惑, 很不以為然, 反身對妻兒怨憤莫明地說: 「我住美國快四十年, 目睹這個原來資源豐富, 民風淳樸, 敬天愛人的一等強國, 如今竟淪為被各國鄙夷, 政治民生一塌糊塗, 債台高築的弱勢政權, 過程的確是罄筆難書。所謂沉睡的基督徒, 倒不如說我們早就向一切惡勢力檄械投降。從六七十年代開始的性解放、大麻「嬉皮」文化、女權運動、墮胎法案、禁止公開禱告聚會、同性戀跳出衣櫥興風作浪; 到今日無神論派挑戰基督信仰, 要求立法除掉任何有十字架標記的公開擺設, 不准學生在校唱聖誕歌, 公共場所不准陳列 “耶穌誕生” 場景Nativity Scene, 請問是基督徒睡了,還是基督徒活在「醉生夢死」的光景中? 號稱將近一億的美國基督徒, 超於一半不上教會, 離婚率不比非信者低, 越來越向所多瑪城靠攏, 向LGBT 俯首稱臣。一個曾經以「宗教自由」引以為傲, 反對宗教迫害的國家, 現今寧可被低於人口3%的無神論者、同性戀者串謀要脅, 處處退讓, 節節敗退, 面面捱打, 多數反要服從少數, 基督徒快有資格成了被迫害的一群。患上軟骨症、青光眼、喝世界的濃酒喝得醉薰薰的基督徒, 連站起來都會東歪西倒, 像一個被活生生剝皮的洋蔥, 羞辱主的名, 也成了天下人調侃挖苦的對象。」我忍不住轟出連珠炮,妻子趕快按一下我的頭頂, 勸我安靜下來,免得血壓高速上騰!但此刻我恍惚被聖靈光照, 想收嘴也收不住。「一切事情的背後, 我相信那惡者千方百計影響操縱著人的心思意念。 “仇敵魔鬼,如同吼叫的獅子,遍地游行,尋找可吞吃的人。” 它想方設法去引誘人、迷惑人來跟從它,也使人抵擋上帝、逼迫教會、叫聖徒受苦。我們若不謹守警醒, 就很容易成了它口中的一塊塊肥肉。搞不好很多人已經是斷手斷腳, 被咬得體無完膚的基督徒! 」回想幾年前我也曾經經歷入了迷惑的險境, 內中不期然感到心寒膽裂。感謝主把我從惡者手中及時救拔, 裹傷包纏, 從此我就不再隨己意四出流蕩, 迷失荒野, 成了魔鬼手中的獵物, 感恩禱告奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

 

*禱告分享剛結束, 新聞報導A&E決定恢復「鴨子王朝」節目製作, 主要原因是因為有一千二百萬粉絲集體抗議, 其中25萬名基督徒更進行簽名請願, A&E再不敢得罪這群衣食父母, 乖乖從LGBT強勢中自動鬆綁。聯想8千萬有公民投票權的基督徒,在大是大非具原則性的社會破口上敢言敢作, 用民主選票填堵, 深信亦能打退惡者的攻擊!

 

 

Meditation & Prayer: Spending Christmas with family in L.A. away from winter storm is a rare treat. But soon the dinner table turned into another kind of stormy discourse between father and son, leaving mom in a distant corner. Second year working in the court system, Matt has already figured out the reality of how intending immigrants play our immigration system, perpetrated by fraud and misrepresentations. By estimates, over 80% of asylum applications are mostly unsubstantiated claims, majority of them filed by Chinese applicants. But I view the problem differently which I would attribute to the enactment of many liberal policies. In fact, our entire society has been infected by liberalism since the 60s-70s. I have lived in this country almost 4 decades and continue to eye-witness our social fabric being torn up piece by piece, and shredded by liberal ideology that led to radical social transformation, while Christian influence rapidly faded into oblivion. It started with sexual revolution during the Hippies era, followed by feminist movement, abortion legislation, gay/lesbian activism, media monopoly and the latest atheistic attacks. As our discussion heated up, we simultaneously watched the controversy surrounding the Duck Dynasty issue continued to boil over on cable news. And now it's become the latest battleground in America's culture wars. Phil Robertson, the show's 67-year-old patriarch, was suspended from the series this week after he referred to gay people as "homosexual offenders" in a national magazine interview, calling Homosexuality sinful. The L.A. Times says: “These cases reflect larger rifts in American life — call it a split between progressives and traditionalist values… Hours after Robertson was suspended for his comments, the affair had mushroomed into a highly emotional national debate. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed support for the "Duck Commander" patriarch, as did former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Mr. Robertson also issued a statement, referencing his sinful past and how his “mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.”“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other,” Mr. Robertson said. I have no doubt that the battleground is far beyond the realm of culture, when the scripture clearly states that the devil is our enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The presence of the dark side is so real that we can almost smell it. Unless we Christians (80-100 millions strong) put on our gears to fight, 3 to 5% minority of gay and atheist combined population will be more enticed to advance their radical agenda. This counteracting strategy is proven effective. Just half an hour ago, news report announces A&E decided to resume production of Duck Dynasty series, signaling a minor victory won by the 12 million viewers showing support of the Robertson family’s values, and as many as 250 thousand signatures were collected for the petition to resume production. Imagine how much the socio-political landscape would change when the majority of Christians exercise our voting rights with a united front under Christ to guard against the king of this world, in Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing) 

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