In the Gospel reading today from Luke 11 Jesus is accused by some people of driving out demons by the prince of demons. Jesus talks about what a ridiculous notion that is. He says, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” He then goes on to say, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Are you with Jesus? Because if you’re not, if you’re on the fence or ambivalent, the you’re against Him.
The first reading today from Jeremiah 7 takes a rather dire tone. God recounts the state of the people. It is not pretty. “But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me. When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you. Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.”
We're living in a time where George Orwell's "newspeak" has come to life. The US government uses phrases like "pregnant people" in official documents. It is as though they have banished the word "woman" to acquiesce to the woke mob of the new transgender religion. It's absolutely crazy! Please don't fall for this nonsense! Speak out against it! The only people that can get pregnant are women. It's the way God created us. How long will it be before the culture banishes words of truth and faith? It's already happening, and it is up to us to stop this crazy train.
Father, our hope is in you. Give us the grace to stand up to evil forces in the culture trying to silence us from speaking truth. Amen.
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