The human mind and body is a system; a system more important than those of government or tribal affiliation. If you overwhelm the systems of the individual we become fodder for the the collective. While untold hours are spent "reporting" on every little twinge in the news, including a woman who lost her fingers to a bear through her own drunken stupidity, there isn't much time left for anything of real importance.
If you are a Christian, the only thing of real importance is our reason for existence. We were created so that some day we could be fully united with God. This is not a journey that begins "someday" or when we have some spare time. It is a journey that began at birth and ends at our death. If we allow the evil people of this world, and make no mistake about this, there are evil people, to divert our path on this journey to our destination, all could be lost.
Does this mean we ignore the secular politics of this world? Absolutely not. But a balance between what is truly important and what is mere distraction should be maintained. We must not render to Caesar in lieu of what we owe God.
So what does sin have to with it? We have all recounted, myself included, the psychological manifestations of Obama's personality. We have determined with some certainty that he is a malignant narcissist. We know that he, and his minions, do not have our best interests in mind as they try to take over the health care delivery system of this country. We know that at the the heart of this takeover is power. Desire for power is based on the most grievous of sins, that of pride. Satan himself, overcome with pride, desired power; he wanted to be God, and we see where that got him.
We are all sinners to one degree or another. It is when we stop acknowledging this fact that we are led down a path that ends in destruction. A curtain is drawn around our souls and darkness prevails. In time, small sins become bigger and bigger. People such as Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, who identify themselves as Catholics while advocating for a woman's right to kill her child in the womb, argue that this makes sense. And no one wants to call it what it is - sin - and Satan is very happy and rejoices.
To kill a child in the womb is a sin. To take by force the fruits of one person's labor to give to another is a sin. To acquiesce to such thefts is also a sin. When an able-bodied person eschews work in favor of accepting money and goods stolen from another - it is a sin. When you demand that someone else pay for your health care, it is a sin. A great number of the people who occupy seats of power in our government have become so entrenched in their lives of sin, they no longer even notice.
If we neglect our duties to God, which is a sin by the way, eventually the curtain will begin to be drawn around our souls. Our "system" will be overwhelmed, our intellect dulled, and we will be unprepared for the battles we will surely face in the upcoming years. The powers of darkness are fierce, unrelenting, and working overtime. Bernard of Clairvaux in volume 4 of "On the Song of Songs" says it so well:
But is there anyone like Paul; anyone who does not consent at times to this sensual desire and so submits to sin? Let him who yields to sin take note that he has raised another wall against himself by that wicked and unlawful consent. A man of this kind cannot boast that for him the Bridegroom stands behind the wall, because not one wall but walls now intervene...
But what if the repetition of sins becomes a habit, or the habit induces contempt, as Scripture says: "When wickedness comes, contempt comes also"? (Prov. 18:3) If you die like this, will you not be devoured a thousand times by those that roar as they await their food, before you can reach the Bridegroom now shut off from you not merely by one, but a succession of walls?
The first is sensual desire; the second, consent; the third the action; the fourth, habit; the fifth contempt. Take care then to resist with all your strength the first movements of sensual desire lest they lure you to consent, and then the whole fabric of wickedness will vanish.Take care says Bernard. Do not neglect your duties to God.
Washington Examiner: Consent of the governed - and the lack thereof H/T Memeorandum
American Thinker: Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis
Carol's Closet: Moral imperatives and freedom
Abbey's Road: Heartlight
Mark Steyn: Obamacare worth the price to Democrats
Dr. Sanity: FULL SPEED AHEAD !
Big Government: Health Care and the Left’s Perverted Definition of ‘Rights’
Father John Speekman on Prayer: Powerful!!