Titanic 6

NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED; A SMILING WELCOME TO HELL.

At the end of the Movie Titanic, we see all those smiling faces Waiting for Rose in the  depths of Davey Jone’s Locker.  There is Jack on the stair, but who are these other smiling people?  These are the souls that did not rise when the Titanic went down.  There could be no others in the place where this fornicating pair have arrived.  Do you want to be in hell with all of your friends?  These are all the wealthy socialites and evil crew members you despised.  This would be like being locked up with Donald Trump and all of Attila’s Huns for eternity!  Perhaps Hollywood has taught us how to follow the road to hell.  Will we follow the popular way of life?

Proverbs 12:11-20

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Here in Wyoming people know about working the land.  But since the industrial revolution people have a lot of ways to prosperity.  We have new ways to be employed and productive.  There are also a lot of new ways to find disaster, but as in the old days of Solomon, those ways follow foolish people.  Those people follow Hollywood, music, and frequently a rebellion against God.  Away from God there is no understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

To be fair most wicked men don’t know right from wrong, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  They missed the first step.  But they pursue their beliefs as being right while building traps of evil against the innocent.  Don’t our police still shoot innocent men and don’t courts still convict them?  Is the “House of Cards” a television drama or a documentary?  One may have good intentions and still be a nightmare like Hitler.  Oh but one who is worse than Donald Trump or even Hitler will arrive soon.  I think his prophet may already be serving as Pope today.  The righteous are still a great influence on the world though, and they do bear fruit.  God sent the Holy Ghost to fill his people and that spirit empowers believers to do great things.  And they still witness miraculous deliverance from evil today.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

There’s the rub, we know about these evil men because they are always making headlines, caught in the glare of public shame.  Those who slip by now are to stand in the brightest glaring heat of the judgment of God.  Yet we hear about DNA and other evidence releasing men who were falsely accused.  And the liars are always tangled in their own web of lies.

14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

Doesn’t diplomacy and kindness serve everyone but Donald Trump?  How our television shows have slipped into profane language since Red Skelton used to say “Good night, and may God bless”.  We should have more belief in the unseen God to motivate us away from evil works.  The crimes we let our hands do will cost us a compensation of eternal agony.  Solomon didn’t leave empty threats, these warnings come from God.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

I know someone who will not allow me to have any opinion that differs from his without becoming angry.  He will not respect my wishes when he is (rarely now!) driving my car.  My faith is increased at I close my eyes and pray to survive his rebellion against laws and speed limits.  At times it seems as if his anger could even become violent.  I have tried to suggest more diplomatic ways to win his cause, only to be berated for the effort.  I am so refreshed and blessed to see people acknowledge the wisdom of God and his people.  The young people in our church are a treasure, surpassing the wisdom of many bitter old seniors.  They have discovered wisdom already, and prosper in it.

16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

Anger likes to shout and yell, and may even move quickly to violence before the facts are all know.  That turns into public accusation, often false, and may wrongly ruin reputations.  Anger often jumps the chain of command and offends the parties that have authority.  That can backfire on the accuser when he is found to be at fault.

Wisdom remembers Matthew 18 where private questions gather information before taking vigilante action.  Wisdom protects everyone as a friend and seeks to encourage good direction.  A friend is patient to see you find a better solution and your salvation.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

The bible tells us that few enter the way of salvation, so we are a minority.  Those few in this world speak truth and it stands out as a demonstration of hope.  There are a few inspirational Christian movies too.  They will not have the popularity of the most vulgar films, but they still shine in the darkness.  Some still speak of truth and beauty and they can be more influential than numerous.  The greater masses of the modern world still hear and follow the deception of evil though.

18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Our present day ambassador of offense has to be Donald Trump.  He draws masses of mean spirited people to him by unspeakably hurtful words.  Oh evil is popular among those who are as dumb as a stump.  Consider his racist supporters who don’t know that his church ordains gay ministers.  He may eventually cut and wound enough people to earn his defeat.  Those who are diplomatic bring comfort to many and they will win support even from their enemies.

19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

When we raise the Word of God, this bible, we validate the one truth that will outlive the loud angry lies that claim their right to a world of favorite sins.  To be sure God himself has given them the free will to choose sin and death.  But he has informed them of the connection between sin and death.  They will be surprised at how quickly a modern iron ship can sink.  They will be more surprised by the reality of their company in death.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Music, movies, greed, and lust can all begin in evil imagination.  A few will act on these imaginations and lead others into their deception.  Remember that deception is the hidden poison of evil and it targets the foolish for destruction.  Consider a multitude of counselors who promote the peaceful gospel of Jesus.  His is the only name that brings souls up from the depths to a real victory celebration.

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