The last few years I have paid less and less attention to the television networks, news, and popular culture. I haven’t totally cut myself off, but have found greater contentment and time to do things that are constructive (1 Thessalonians 4:11). Another reason is that I work a lot, and when I do have free time, I don’t waste much of it in front of the TV or PC like I am right now. However, I do read some online news and listen to it on the radio. I try to find the most objective source possible, which I find to be almost impossible. I really just want to know what is happening out there. I am not very much concerned about opinions, I just want the news. These days, it seems that the news is just one big gossip column seeking to promote certain ideas and disparage others along with those who hold them (James 3:1-12). With all of the controversy I hear week in and week out, I wonder sometimes what I should say here at my little spot on the web. I have had reservations as to the profit of my opinions here, but I am hopeful someone benefits from my ramblings and shared info. The truth is that I like to write and share information that I think is pertinent, but I also know some think what I say is foolish because I am not writing to an exclusive audience (2 Peter 3:1-9). It is no secret that American culture is going the “way of the world” and doesn’t understand or tolerate Biblical truth like it once did (1 John 2). I hear often the cry of many to go back to a Constitutional Republic (We really aren’t any more in case you haven’t noticed). Darkness has been creeping into every facet of our society. Adultery, fornication, profligate living, unbridled lust, idolatry, the deceptions and seductions of idolatry, hatred, discord, jealousy, wrath, strife, dissensions, sectarianism, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and the like (Galatians 5:19-21) are all moving in and being accepted as good. There is a flavor for every poison. You see, even professing Christians are lining up with dark ideas. Evil is shrouding itself in clothes of goodness. However, the putrid odor will seep through the cracks and the glorious disguise will not conceal the evil inside for long. Some of these poisons are mingled with Christian doctrine. Isn’t that what the Devil did when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness? (Matthew 4/ Luke 4). Probably the best one can do today is read the Bible and the Ante-Nicene Fathers to know what the early church did, and what we should do. This is an epic battle, and not easy to fight. The Devil is after you. He is here to steal, kill, and destroy. It may be new to you, but it isn’t new to the history of the world. Many times, the enemy looks like your friend and vice-versa. Sometimes when the Evil One is being defeated, he will change sides and infiltrate the camp from the inside out. Pray for wisdom, and read the Bible. God will be your intelligence and your shield from this if you will see. Be careful not to bring too many presuppositions to the table when reading the Bible. What many say that the Bible says, isn’t what it says. Only God can give true and lasting comprehension and understanding. The Bible will lead you to the right church, and steer you from the wrong ones. It will give you insight in how to make decisions and how to think. Be careful what information you consume, and where you go for counsel. The first and best counsel is the written word of God. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas!