Friday, October 10, 2014

Random Acts of Poetry: No matter

No matter the story,
let His be my glory.
No matter the trial,
He makes it worthwhile.
No matter the cost,
In Him, nothing is lost.
No matter the pain,
For Him, it is gain.

(c) 2014 Rick Kelley

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Random Acts of Poetry: Christian Hope

My faith wanes, my heart melts,
His faithfulness assures.
My mind wanders, my steps fail,
His grace endures.
My lips tremble, my hands fold,
His patience cures.
My soul is cleansed! My victory certain!
His blood procures.

(C) 2014 Rick Kelley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11: Did these die in vain?

One line of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" sticks out to me as the most profound, and serves as the central theme:

"We here highly resolve that these dead 
shall not have died in vain." 

On this 13th anniversary of 9/11/01, I wonder if those who died that day, "died in vain." 

Government leaders, politicians, citizens all over the nation, joined arm-in-arm and prayed. They prayed for God's blessing to be upon our nation. It looked, for a day, for a week, maybe a month, that the America our fathers founded, was storming back. Those of us who thought so, were wrong.

My suspicion is that we were not much different that day than the drunk, on the brink of alcohol poisoning, spinning endlessly in his own mind, who wraps his arms around the filthy porcelain altar, and begs for God's mercy one more time, promising never to touch another drop should he survive. 

So what about America? Were we just reeling from the intoxication of national tragedy, making empty promises to an unknown god? I can't speak for the heart of any individual, but I can reflect on the current spiritual state of our nation. 

Our nation is no better today than it was then. Morally speaking, we have done little more than free-fall since that fateful day. Who argues that the general morality of our people has improved over the last 13 years? Who argues that we are a more God-fearing nation today than we were then? Who contends that we are doing better at identifying evil and eliminating it from our world, our nation, and our hearts than we were 13 years ago?

Marriage has been almost completely undermined by liberal thinkers. Man-against-man violence is still prevalent. Prayer is still not welcome. Christianity is more ridiculed and outcast today than it ever was in our nation, and its violent nemesis, Islam, is praised and given exception. Unbelief and infidelity is championed. Individualism and sexual liberty is considered honorable. Our national leaders are still dishonest and scandalous. Our press is still ridiculously subjective. Our people are still highly distracted with their hobbies and playthings, unapologetic, impenitent and un-spiritual. Our economic fortress is a house of cards. Our bioethics are highly questionable. We murder the young and old alike at our own discretion, and never bat an eye. The innocent are victimized, and the guilty are pampered. To boot, a paragraph such as this will be read and viewed by many as completely false. We call darkness light, and light darkness.

One Monday morning America was brought to her knees, and she promised God that if she ever got out of that mess, she wouldn't do it again. Today, America is obliviously drunk again, and passed out on the bathroom floor. She's not even begging for another chance. She hasn't learned a thing. 

Today, 13 short years later, I am of the persuasion that these 2,977 souls, indeed, sadly, perished in vain. Their deaths failed to crystallize the message. Today, their blood fails to do little more than paint a picture, elicit an emotions, and serve as backdrop to national security and border control conversations. It goes no deeper than that. We are too superficial a society. We are sad, but we are not sorry.