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Anti-values


Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
For the LORD detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
Proverbs 3:31-32

One of the things that the world has been very successful at is the glorification of the anti-values. It is not surprising to see how humanity in general is rampant in a suicidal career to accumulate goods and money as if it were the demonstration of having achieved success in their lives. Slowly but surely, the world moves from an ambiguous postmodernism to a rather clear inversionism where everything good is replaced by what until now had been considered unworthy. Where postmodernism tried to expand the possibilities to reach God in various ways (something impossible to do by any way by the way) inversionism intends to establish atheism as the truth. The arts, especially music, have taken paths of chaos and bad taste that our young people absorb as the most sublime. Peace is replaced with violence manifested in the rise of drug trafficking, wars and killings. I often wonder if the increase in drug trafficking that is observed in some Latin American countries is not a component of the vaunted asymmetric warfare whose aim would be to saturate the market with abundant supply of drugs to destroy the society of the United States from the inside.

Look around you. The current culture is materialistic, selfish, epicurean, focused on the immediate, always in search for the grotesque and confrontational. Those who think that in this manner they are going to achieve peace, security and progress are totally wrong. Let us not be drawn into the world and its empty promises. There is no greater treasure than to count on the good will of God. The trials and persecutions will allow us to refine our character so all we need is to have an ever stronger relationship with the Lord Jesus. With our spirit transformed and aligned with the Spirit of God we can advance through any trial or difficulty. To God alone be the glory!

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Today’s word for June 15, 2011


Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:1-3

How easy it is for the enemy of our souls and the world, which is also our enemy, to keep us distracted from what is truly important. Their favorite tools, which act as an attractive bait, are displayed before our eyes for us to lose sight of the goal of our life and the direction we need to maintain to reach our destination. Financial success, whether obtained by illegal or unethical means, is the accepted and recognized metric for progress and welfare and trying to achieve it makes us leeches that only live to demand more and more. We have been dazzled by the alleged happiness that results from having many goods and only having to rely on the riches that we have managed to accumulate. Money, now has become the savior of our lives and it makes us look away from our true Savior, Jesus Christ.

The way the apostle Paul explains it is striking: «Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.» What is in plain view can not be denied. Many are now under the yoke of mismanaged finances for having been blinded by the false appeal of the prosperity of the wicked. Let us return our gaze to the Provider of all good and all blessings, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. If we stay focused on the way he presents in front of us, we will stay out of all grief related to the mismanagement of our finances. To God alone be the glory!