Down into the Sewer?

December 7, 2019 at 1:49 PM 6 comments

Years ago, I worked at McDonald’s. It was my first “real” job in high school and into junior college. I learned everything about McDonald’s from deep frying fries to cooking hamburgers to creating the shakes. At that time, the shakes were still put together and mixed on the multi-mixer that Ray Kroc had created. I enjoyed the job and certainly, at the time, enjoyed the food even though I no longer eat there or most fast food places.

One of the downsides of working at McDonald’s was when I had to cook hamburgers. After a while over a hot grill, cooking hamburger patties you tended to start smelling like hamburger grease. I noticed even after showering the next day with plenty of soap and hot water, the scent lingered. The only thing I found to get rid of it quickly was using bleach, but then you smelled like bleach and I don’t know which is worse, frankly.

If you work at a sewage treatment plant or if your job sends you down into the sewer pipes of any city day after day, you tend to take on the smell of those environments. I’m sure like any smell, you’d get used to it if you worked there day after day and not even notice it any longer, though of course, the people around you might.

Life can be like that, can’t it? Depending upon where you go, who you hang around with, and the environments you enjoy, you can take on the effects of being there.

For instance, as much as I like to keep up on things on social networks, I’m finally realizing that no matter how hard I try to avoid the negativity, it’s simply there, permeating comments. Some people thrive on it and engage it. Others seem to successfully ignore it. Me? I am brought down by it. The negativity of politics of socialism, “inclusion,” LGBTQ rights, transgenderism, attacks on the 1A and 2A and much more is enough to make me feel as though I’m in a sewer. I tend to carry on conversations in my mind after I log off, ruminating on all the insults and the disgusting comments I see from others.

On Twitter I’ll see post after post of derogatory posts directed at one conservative or another from the Left. It bothers me because I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that there are people who think socialism leading to Communism is the answer to the world’s problems or that the Left are honest and it’s the conservatives who are dishonest. I cannot fathom that at all. In general, conservatives want smaller government because with more government comes more loss of rights and privileges. The Left seem to want more governmental control: take away guns, cut back on freedom of speech, have the government pay for everything, etc.

So even when I try to go onto Twitter for actual news articles, I’m hit with all this acrimony, silliness, and abject stupidity. In the process, I’ve realized that my mind has become absorbed with the negativity I read about on Twitter. It becomes difficult to shake and because of that, things are always on the back burners of my mind. This leads to a sense of foreboding.

I’ve even noticed this occurs when I read certain Christian publications because they are busy reporting the news as it occurs. It’s downright frustrating and seems to have no upside to it. The madness is seen in the fact that in spite of the insanity demanded by the Left, they appear to be making headway in normalizing things that have never before been normal.

What I’ve finally realized – at least for me – is that going on the social networks is like heading down to the sewer every day and then wondering why I have this “smell” about me. The smell is there because of where I’ve been. Sure, there are many good people on Twitter who are conservative and Christian and fighting for what is right. At the same time, it’s kind of funny that we think tweeting and retweeting comments and stories is the definition of fighting for something. But I get it. Sometimes those news stories and anecdotes serve to wake up people who are otherwise asleep. People have started very worthwhile movements on Twitter. More power to them.

All of this bad news is simply a reminder to me of how far removed from God average people are in this world. They care only for themselves even if that means a total disregard for others. If I have to read one more post by some lunatic wishing for President Trump’s death, I may start screaming.

I notice some Christians (or conservatives), on the social networks seem to find delight or excitement in the happenings in DC. They really believe that things are moving to a good place and constantly mention how great the “movie” is or the need for more popcorn. More power to them because I see the same articles and posts and my stomach sinks.

Even with the latest 476 page IG Report, while there are at least 17 violations noted by Horowitz, he found no reason to suggest that anyone be indicted for any of it. This of course leaves a mixed message. On one hand, the violations were clearly noted. On the other hand, nothing is really being done about it except a change or tightening of the rules at the FBI for FISA applications, etc. While it is good to hear both AG Barr and investigator Durham disagreeing with aspects of Horowitz’ report, we can only hope that there is a light at the end of this extremely long, dark tunnel and that to some degree, at least a few heads will roll.

Maybe it’s the way I’m wired. I find no enjoyment on any social network today, except where my own family/extended family and church friends are concerned. Aside from that, it’s a montage of frustrating images, articles and a lot of wringing of hands by many.

In the end, I had to take time to confess my “addiction” to God because I’ve realized I have a difficult time remaining away from Twitter. I want to be in the know. I want to add my two and a half cents because clearly, it’s going to make someone’s day and change opinions, right? Wrong. Absolutely wrong.

Paul says it best I think in his letter to the Philippians.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (4:8; ESV)

I’ve doing the exact opposite, spending time focusing on and thinking about all the lies, the garbage, the innuendo, the problems, the faux outrage and all the drama. It’s like watching the slowest moving soap opera ever recorded. I recall joking as a younger man that you could take six weeks or more off from watching a soap opera and when you came back to watch it, it might have moved a day or two in the program. What’s going on in Washington DC is much worse. Politicians have been at this for three years now in their effort to undo the will of the people and there’s no sign of letting up.

But why should I allow myself to be immersed in that on a daily basis? How is spending time on social networks with all the vile comments that many people choose to make, enlightening or uplifting to me? How is that content true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise? In short, 99% of it isn’t any of those things, so why am I putting myself in that situation in the first place? It is doing me no good in spite of what I tell myself are the reasons for me being online there.

So, today, I’ve had to take time to confess to God that I’m not being obedient to His Word. I confessed and thanked Him for His forgiveness and then asked Him to help me stay off social networks. The first step is in deleting the apps from my phone, which I’ve done. The next step is staying away from the social networks when I’m on my computer.

Remember Hal Lindsey’s book, “Satan is Alive and Well”? It was true then and it’s even more true today if that’s possible. Satan clearly knows his time is short and getting shorter. He is working overtime (and remember he does not need to sleep or rest), to bring his goals to fruition. God allows Satan to continue working against God for the sole purpose that this will usher in God’s prophetic promises, ultimately, bringing Jesus Himself physically back to this earth in order to reign for 1,000 years in the upcoming Millennial Kingdom.

The reality of evil in this world has become palpably real and it continues to grow. We are destined to get to a time of false peace and security that people will mistake for actual peace. It will be a time when Arabs and Jews will appear to come together in like-mindedness. However, this is all simply a ruse created by the enemy of our souls. The coming appearance of peace will simply give way to total upheaval as the Antichrist reaches his foreordained summit which will allow him to rule over the entire earth in the final Gentile-led kingdom first spoken about through the prophet Daniel.

I’m not commenting on President Donald J. Trump except to say that whatever good he manages to bring about during his tenure as president will, of necessity, be short-lived. Satan will likely use what President Trump creates in society to convince the world that we are on the verge of world peace. In reality, it’s all a set up.

I know many Christians who do not believe Trump is the real deal. They think he is simply part of the globalist collective, put in office to lower our guards and to desensitize us with good things like tax breaks, a great economy, a wall and more. On one hand, they have a point because while all this is going on, the federal government continues chipping away at the Second Amendment as well as the First and Fourth. This is being done under President Trump and he has encouraged at least some of it.

On the other hand, Christians, we need to remember that we are here for a purpose and that purpose has to do with being evangelists for Jesus. Our main priority is found in Matthew 28, the Great Commission. We are also supposed to live lives that bring honor and glory to God.

If you can go on social networks and not get caught up in all the negativity and coarse subjects, more power to you. I’ve realized I cannot do that. It raises my blood pressure, it causes me to focus on darker things and in the end – again, for me – it causes a great amount of frustration. Because of these things, I have to get off and stay off.

It is extremely important that each and every Christian take the time to sort out their life. What are you focusing on? What are you spending your time doing? All that’s required is to ask “Is what I’m doing glorifying God?” That’s the question we need to ask ourselves.

If you are not reading, studying and memorizing God’s Word, you are already defeated. You are not living a life that brings Him glory because instead of God’s Word, you have to rely on some feeling, some “inner” urge to do what Christians are supposed to do in this life. Without God’s Word, we might have eternal life, but we have little daily life that brings God glory.

Where do you spend your time? What do you spend your time thinking about and dwelling on? Are you in the sewer like I’ve been? Only you can change that by making an active decision to make that change. God will help but the decision rests with each person.

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6 Comments

  • 1. Maranatha Today  |  December 11, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    I pray you will continue to stay off SM. I pray your Spirit is soothed and at peace from now on!

    I never joined SM…hated Facebook from day one! I was and still am appalled at how quickly people gave up their privacy!

    I am only on You Tube – never have or will post – and use it to watch End Time Prophecy News – very careful who I listen to. I watch reputable teachers – Randall Smith (GCBI Media) is proving to be one of the best and listen to conservative Christian music. I make sure the algorithms work to my favor.

    I changed from Google to Duck Duck Go for searching. My Browser is Brave and I use protonmail for email – though I do use gmail, but it’s on lock down when it comes to how much they can track. I have Ad Blocker too.

    I know they are still tracking but they WILL NEVER get me just falling into their trap knowingly. Imagine, people – Christians too – have Alexa, etc in their homes…Lord have mercy!

    You will not miss it!

    We have a job to do – evangelism in anyway we can possibly do it – may we hear “Good and faithful servant” soon.

    Blessings.

    • 2. modres  |  December 11, 2019 at 2:28 PM

      Great points. I use Duck Duck Go but not enough and I also use an ad blocker. I don’t understand anyone who has Alexa or something similar in their homes. Those units are always listening and where is it being stored? Thanks again!

  • 3. rob45  |  December 10, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Excellent post. I’m not ready to vacate Fakebook just yet as I use it to keep up with distant friends and family, but it’s funny how you mention the faux outrage. I’ve commented to my wife how you can click on to FB and very quickly discover what the outrage of the day is (interestingly, the left has their’s, but so does the right). It’s fascinating to me (as in I really am genuinely fascinated) at how people let group think control what they place importance or value on. I refuse to let others think for me. Another thing that amazes me is how people who call themselves Christian repost “supposed” Christian memes that were obviously inspired by the god of this world but sound godly…to the biblically untrained mind. They will crucify you if you try to point out to them the error in it because it feels right to them. We live in a fascinating era where we are watching biblical prophecy play out (or at the very least see things clearly falling in place for the fulfillment of prophecy) and at the same time it’s gut wrenching to watch. Sometimes I feel like (I hate those two words lol) this must be how Jeremiah felt watching his country go down the gutter, knowing God’s answer to it all and knowing he was speaking God’s Word and seeing it rejected and being persecuted for speaking truth. I truly enjoy your blog Fred. It’s like reading my own thoughts much of the time and God saying to me I’m not alone. I read the comments from a few like minded brothers and sisters and it’s very comforting. God’s blessings to you my brother.

    • 4. modres  |  December 11, 2019 at 8:09 AM

      Great points, Rob! Thanks for commenting. If you go on FB mainly to be in touch with family/friends, you’re doing it right. My problem is that I can’t do just that. The issue of Christians reposting memes that are more aligned with the god of this age/world is so true. The other very real problem I see constantly is the choice of language used by professing Christians. I actually see posts where Christians will use the F bomb! It’s unreal to me. I agree with you regarding Jeremiah. Talk about a seemingly “fruitless” ministry! Though it wasn’t i cannot imagine how he felt on one hand as he watched his own people live in the sewer daily while in the other hand, God’s purposes were brought to fruition. Astounding to me.

      Thanks also for your very kind words about this blog.

  • 5. Lynn  |  December 10, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Amazing. I’ve been grappling with the same thoughts and same issues. Almost like we’re both led by the same Holy Spirit. Anyway, thank you for your transparency in sharing this.

    • 6. modres  |  December 10, 2019 at 8:45 PM

      Interesting, isn’t it?😎


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