Yes, most all of us have heard the term, "monkey on your back." Most often it has been applied to a human situation where a person is addicted to something from which he or she cannot break free. These days it can be just about anything -- in times of old it seemed to be limited to certain habits such as alcohol, tobacco or drugs. But that has been expanded a bit.
The one M. O. B. we all share is something called the U. S. federal government. In my post yesterday it was compared to a special airplane designed and built back in 1921. Just to refresh your memory, here is the photo of the "monster" sitting like a duck on a lake in Italy before its first (and last) attempt to fly!
As noted, the federal government is not just like the cumbersome flying houseboat pictured above, but it is a monkey on the back of every citizen.
The latest debacle was the spending of 42 million dollars to send us letters to tell us how much we would receive in this big refund that is supposed to get the economy back into high gear, and then immediately shifted into overdrive! We had already been given the details days back right after Bush signed the bill -- printed and broadcast on radio and TV again and again!
Is it true, as some have suggested, that once you take office in Washington DC you store your brains (what few there may be) along with all common sense in a mason canning jar, screw the lid on tight, and bury it in your back yard before leaving for that place where the dominant philosophy practiced is, "To get along, go along!"
You know, don't you, that the day will come when those people will shuffle things around and we'll be hit with tax increases somewhere, somehow -- it's the name of their game! We are a nation wallowing in trillions of dollars of debt and this increases steadily month by month. Yet there is no hesitation when it comes to spending billions here and there.
And don't forget -- each member of Congress has his or her "pet" projects -- those infamous "earmarks" you hear about from time to time -- I have the misfortune of living in the district in PA which is represented by John P. Murtha, the "earmark" champion in the U. S. Congress!
As you will note if you browse around in this blog or take a look at some things in the related web site, "Circuit Rider's Range," there are a number of negative comments made on matters related to government and church -- the kind of things which bring about "negative" responses from government people and church leaders in particular!
So how about a positive comment before we close this one out -- would you like that? If you will look at the links on the right side of the blog you will see at one point I have a subject area titled, "A Short Range Pessimist with a Long Range Optimism!" It's just below the picture of the "older" CDH -- being a preacher for nearly half a century can cause a thing called "aging!" In that area are some subjects which will produce evidence that I am deep down a positive person -- no, really I am! But I also am a realist when it comes to facing the national and world situation politically as well as the overall church situation.
The good news is that there will be a change come about one of these days which even the most dedicated Christian cannot fully grasp! Jesus Christ is going to interrupt the flow of human history as it is presently being played out -- He will take full control of this world and all the nations existing at that time when He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords!
Just think -- no more elections ever -- that in itself will help create a heavenly condition, will it not? But there is so much more -- make sure you don't miss out on it!
Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion." --- Psalm 2:1-6
The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! --- Psalm 110:1, 2
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth." --- Revelation 11:15-18