Jul 15, 2017
Don't Waste This Crisis ... The Destitution Of A Brother Or Sister In Christ
Rham Emanuel, the Liberal, Democrat Mayor of Chicago, who takes political advantage of every serious crisis, put his philosophy into this quote, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." Rham built his political career taking advantage of a series of "serious crises". Well, he now has, as mayor of Chicago, his best opportunity ever, to ride a crisis to some personal gain. Chicago is the most broken part of the broken, bankrupt, state of Illinois. Chicago has the highest crime rate, and the most murders of any of our 50 states and is totally bankrupt financially on top of that. I have to wonder how Rahm is going to slither around and use this crisis for his own personal gain or success. He may even twist this one into his becoming the Democrat candidate for President in 2020.
That is the negative aspect of using serious crises ... devious gain. The Democrat party is famous for using war, tragedy, and even hurricanes for their and their party's gain in the polls. But there is another side to using crises for gain. There is a good side, a good opportunity when a serious crisis, calamity or attack befalls a person or a nation.
Crisis is an opportunity for sinners to judge themselves and repent.
Crisis is God's opportunity to convict, convert, restore and save.
Crisis is the Christian's opportunity to realign himself with God.
Crisis is an opportunity to awaken to truth, reality and holiness.
Crisis is a time to forgo evil surmising of the reason God allows tragedy to befall a person and judging that victim of calamity instead of realizing that person's pain may be God's trial of our own reactions more than it is of them. Did you judge them or go to them with prayer, encouragement, and help? Remember the person Jesus spoke of who, when they saw the destitute need of a brother or sister who had no clothing or food, and self-righteously gave them nothing but words ... "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." James 2:15-16.
That attitude most likely imagined the needy person's suffering was their own fault and they deserved no help. That was the attitude of many religious people when Jesus came among the Jews ...
"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." James 9:1-3.
One of the most wicked sins, by number of Biblical references, is judging others. But the sin with the most references are all the sins of the tongue such as evil surmising, cursing, dissimulating, condemning, slander, boasting, deception, verbal false presumption, using God's name in vain (lightly, jokingly, without reverence).
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." James 3:6.