Keeping a weather eye on the horizon

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The title of this article was inspired by Orlando Bloom’s character “William Turner’s” famous words to his bride in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. He was heading off to see and, realizing that she wont see him in an entire decade’s time, she desperately reached for him, hoping that he wont go. He then utters the words to her: “Just keep a weather eye on the horizon”.

While writing this piece, my Word press display was dazzling my eyes with bright rainbow colours flaunting across the northern end of my screen. We will always remember the day, Friday, June 26, 2015, when the internet became a technological rainbow, where facebook users transformed their display pics into miniature rainbow residues, where everyone seemingly felt that “everything was gonna be alright”. For us as Christians, it was the opposite. The sadness was evident and the situation did not seem as bright as a rainbow should be. Instead, dark clouds hovered over our sunbeams and even caused despair among many. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States of America made a ruling with a 5-4 majority that homosexual marriages must be recognized by all states of the United States of America. This is an occurrence that, once upon a time, would have been thought of as “impossible”, “unlikely” and even “ridiculous”. Well, today, rainbow flags are blowing everywhere; the homosexual agenda is getting its way.

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In times past, it was seemingly easy for Christians to have middle-ground views, but with events like these and others, it is time that a choice to stand on one side only be inevitable. The event was an eye-opening one for me, where it seemed like even standing against homosexuality is a risk now, even though in the past, being against the act was the “norm”. God knew exactly why emphasis was placed on showing that such an act is a sin. He knew that man’s actions would lead to this and that they would work such workings among themselves. Along with homosexuality, there are various other world events that must not be overlooked. Recently, within the United States as well, there has been a surge of police brutality and racial attacks against African-Americans. Even worse, genocidal atrocities have occurred and are still occuring against Haitians in the Dominican Republic. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are continually spreading their rampage across the middle east, with hopes of reaching western nations. Inflation within certain economies is outrageously high, with Zimbabwe recently experiencing inflation of more than 5 billion percent on their currency, basically making it meaningless. Recent spates of earthquakes and other storms and natural phenomena have been occurring, bring havoc to many lives. The world is in physical, financial and moral peril!

In Matthew 24 Jesus had prophesied the various events that would occur before His return. Famine, Pestilences, Wars, rumours about upcoming wars, etc. The apostle Paul even wrote about many who would become lovers of themselves, working immense iniquity among themselves. All these things are taking place and they will continue to take place. If we have never kept a weather eye on the horizon before, now is the time.

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. – Luke 21:28 (NIV)

As Christians, we should never make the mistake to think that all hope is lost. None of these happenings should surprise us and none are a sign that we have lost. In fact it is the opposite. Singular battles may be won by Satan and his henchmen, but overall, the battle has already been won. The situation that is currently happening is not one of desperation for victory on Satan’s part, but rather, plain, old desperation. Many of these things had and still have to happen for the fulfillment of prophecy. The key notion is to be NOT discouraged! Keep a WEATHER EYE!

Keeping a weather eye doesn’t mean sitting down and doing nothing. There are many who still need to hear the Gospel. Many LGBT advocates and participants need to know of the Jesus who loves them and died for them so that they can eternal life, not a religiously-made, fictional Jesus who hates them. Tell them about the Jesus who hates sin but not them and will save anyone who calls on His name. Live such a life that, when they see you, they don’t even see you but they will see Jesus himself in you. Our job is to hate sin, not people.

Writing this piece has caused me to realize that there is alot to be done still. Many people are confused, hurt, and even just plain hard-headed and/or hard-hearted. Our job: to keep an eye out for such, declare the Gospel to them, and let the Holy Spirit work through us to minister to them and others as He works in their lives. While doing such tasks and conducting good occupancy of this planet, our eyes must be on the horizon, fully “weathered” (if that’s the term, sounds old, I know), for our redemption is drawing near.

Blessed Love every time,

Chad Greaves

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