Last week’s And Then There Was Light is remarkably linked to Our Dilemma of Obedience by the same fault and challenge we face today. We are all as guilty as Eli in our knowing and not restraining, as our Lord clearly calls us to do…
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11
And our challenge in this modern world is to understand as Samuel did, where our ultimate loyalty lies. So work with me here dear friend…
On Halloween Thursday I spent the day watching my friend Lou masterfully apply his keyboard tracks to my song Angels From Devils. Who can tell rainbows from hell, or angels from devils anyway? In the very same moment, there is a discussion on the FB page REAL Warwick over my questioning a candidate for town council, who happens to be Gay, as to his position on Infanticide now made totally legal by the devils in Albany. What manifested on the page struck me with a stunning crystal clarity…there is no clarity. In other words, NOBODY seems able to tell rainbows from hell, or angels from devils…as (in the very same thread) they are ironically lamenting the sad fact that Halloween has turned into a PC-sterilized Hollow-scene. NOBODY gets it! All of this occurring on the very same day in which a cabal of the most ruthless criminals the world has ever known move a step closer to impeaching an innocent man for the crimes they themselves are guilty of.
Just last week in REAL Warwick, I encountered a young man who could not distinguish principle from value, or wish. So, the question in such a confused and disoriented environment for ANY sane individual has to be firstly, whom and or what do we trust? And secondly, to whom and or what are we loyal?
We could not be more like the pre-revelation house of Eli if we tried. I feel as though every single Sunday Morning Tune-up has led up to this day. We have become a nation of Hophni and Phinehas-lost souls ruled by the narcissistic appetites of uninitiated and unfinished men. With every breath and deed, we scourge Him repeatedly over and over, again and again.
DESTROY, O Lord, and divide their tongues. For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around it on its walls; Iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. Destruction is in its midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets. For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng. Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. ~ Psalm 55:9-15
If we look a little deeper into the circumstances Samuel found himself in, like so many stories of the bible, we get a better understanding of who God made us to be. The first thing that struck me was the eerie similarity of the times; they were as turned away from God and given to false idols and wickedness as we are today. The second, for some reason, was how the subservience of Samuel to Eli as a master of more than just his house made me think of our own subservience to this world. Here is where it gets fascinating to me because this is where the dilemma of Samuel’s obedience comes into play…in two very remarkable ways. Not only did Samuel act against his own interest in delivering the brutally harsh truth of God’s message to Eli (he had no idea how Eli would take the news and more than likely anticipated it would leave him homeless at best), but Eli clearly acted against his own interest three separate times in facilitating Samuels connection to the harbinger of his own end, and the death of his two sons. ALL for knowing and not restraining. How many of us bear Eli’s sins and far worse in walking past evils that would make Hophni and Phinehas blush, each and every day?
Worse than that my friends, our modern-worldly master of the house is far less gracious and benevolent than Eli. I see the oppressive hand coming for my own throat in my own state, and in my own place of business. I thank God, I have found the Samuel in me…as most who know me can clearly see. I think Kanye found his Samuel. What do you think?
I pray for you to find yours as well…