This is an era of phenomenal events. Impacting events such as continued unemployment for many. A stagnant economy which isn’t getting any better for working people. The Tampa Bay Times, Sunday, 20 September 2015, Section D, Business reprinted these statistics from the Economic Policy Institute. Prior to 1970, as the economy became efficient and expanded, everyday workers benefited through better pay. Using a chart showing workers productivity boosted productivity from 1948-1973 by 96.7% resulted in employee hourly pay increased by 91.3%.
Starting in the 1970s things began to drastically change. Their chart shows workers productivity from 1973-2014 grew the economy by 72.2% while hourly grew 9.2%. This writer alleges this United States productivity to pay gap in wages occurred through corporate conglomerate, and government union destruction of employee collective bargaining rights. Solution, Unionize! Stay collectively strong!
Helped along by a government obsessed with deficit spending now in the trillions of dollars and growing. Where politicians serve as governors in name only because they are beholden to the nations corporate conglomerates. Who dictate legislation favorable to themselves. If a politician hopes to be reelected, they’ll take lobbyist suggestive legislation and make it governing law. So that, when they leave office, they too can become a lobbyist. Running off with inflated salaries and with fancy bonuses while laying of more workers while elected cronies.
Complicated with global warming highlighted by Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.
And kudos to republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for saying that he would not support a Muslim as being President of the United States. Unless their ideologies were compatible with American values as enumerated by our Constitution.
There is nothing American about Islam! It’s their declared objective to bring the United States under the rule of a caliphate, who will impose Islamic law and customs upon all Americans. Eliminating everything American such as freedom to assemble, speak and worship.
With all the aforementioned, who has time for the really important stuff, like Christ stuff? Well for those who do, here is journey of hope. Starting with a two century old pageantry centered around the angel Gabriel. With this historical announcement to Mary concerning the birth of her first child, Luke 1:26-33, To be named Jesus, and known as *the Son of the Highest,* Luke 1:31-32.
Not a single event during this passing year has escaped the scrutiny of, the Son of of the Highest, our Jesus. With many of them being catastrophic in nature. But with all of them serving as chastisements from the Son of the Highest. As we deal with the tenth month of this calendar year. Which no doubt, looks like a run away train which will continue to pick up speed, as we gallop deeper into this twenty first century. With Jesus signaling from His throne in heaven. All is not well with how humanity governs itself. So using the past to serve as a barometer for the future, things will get worse.
But that is the story of history dating back to Adam and Eve, because as we know from that history, each action has a reaction. So lets take a little journey with Joseph. One of the most neglected persons of Christendoms pageantry. And see, what we can learn from Joseph. Because Joseph was, and still is a rather obscure as a history maker. More like you and me, being representative of the ordinary people of history. But, he did some some rather extra ordinary things for God. WITH THE ESSENCES OF THIS STORY BEING, SO CAN WE. So happy story time only it is not the stuff of fantasy but of spirituality. It’s all preordained and the duty of all Christians; in one way, or another.
For Joseph there was no angelic fanfare, as to the purpose with the woman he was associated with. We do not know the extent of his relationship with Mary. Were they in a relationship of courtship, were they engaged to be married, or were they a married couple? At sometime in their relationship, they married, according to Luke 2:4-5, where it is recorded, *… Joseph went to Bethlehem for the purpose of being registered with Mary his espoused wife.*
The angel Gabriel did not lay out any immediate directives, as to what extentÂ Joseph was to be involved in the life of Jesus prior to His birth. Other than what is recorded in Matthew, who shows the human side of Joseph. Who upon discovering that Mary was pregnant, allegedly by supernatural intervention by the Holy Spirit. This was to much for Joseph, a just and honorable man. So he decided that they should have the baby secretively, absent public scrutiny, Matthew 1:18-19. But God thought Joseph needed to understand thoroughly, why this birth should be a public event. So He dispatched an angel to effect his dream state. Causing Joseph to dream the following, *… saying Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto yourself Mary your wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins,* Matthew 1:20-21. And the devastating announcement of history, that would change the world for all time. Reaching our 21 century, Matthew 1:22-23. Now all that was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the LORD through the prophet saying, *Behold the virgin shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is God with us.*
Such wonderful redemptive mercy made available to a world then, and now. But it’s opposed by Christ haters. For a few, growing fewer its a splendor of fulfillment, beauty and joy. But for most a travesty of distortion to be destroyed. And that is why, more than anything else, things will get worse.
From Joseph, the obscure man of history, who was permitted to be a part of histories greatest event, the birth of Christ. So we too, can in our own obscure ways, be apart of histories greatest event. It’s done by accepting the following responsibilities. *All things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and has committed unto us the ministry of reconciliation,* 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
All of us, in Christ, share this shame. *… then they will look upon Him whom they have pierced. Yes, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him, as one grieves for a firstborn* Zechariah 12:10. *For he has made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him,* 2 Corinthians 5:21. And knowing our sins put Him to death, that should cause us to mourn His death with grief felt like the loss of a firstborn. Knowing that his death made us righteous in the sight of God.
Therefore, like Joseph, obscure to destiny, as are most today, but like Joseph, in our own ways despite the complexities of the aforementioned world. We can make a historical impact upon our world. By assuming an ambassadorship in the ministry of reconciliation.
Being an ambassadorship for Christ is dimensional, but the central focus is to introduce our life transforming message of Christ. On the periphery are the clustered destroyers aforementioned in the first paragraph. Which stand in the way of America reclaiming her destiny as a *city on a hill,* Matthew 5:14. A city whose *light* is for the nation and the world. But in modern times that light has been dimmed by a mostly apostate church. But revival and change, is in the air. Be part of it for the glory of God.