Chag sameach Shavuot, everyone! Halleluyah! Nearly 4,000 years ago today YHWH gave His people TORAH, without which, we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living.
As is our Sunday custom, we watched the CBS news program "Sunday Morning" on TV, and we were very disappointed to discover that this High Holy Day of Shavuot never even got one mention in today's show (or anywhere else in TV Land). But, that's "the world" for ya! They have no clue. YHWH's commanded Mo'edim (Appointed Times) mean absolutely NOTHING to the world - not even in any church, because they don't pay attention to "that Old Testament stuff!"
Anyway, "Sunday Morning" brought a segment about Ireland's "amazing and ground-breaking" decision to approve gay marriage by popular vote, with weirdly coiffed and painted types desperately trying to show the world they were NOT the sex they were assigned at birth, telling the Catholic church it's time modernize and change its collective thinking. And they had the full support and backing of Ireland's leaders - who were clearly bucking for votes.
Yeah, sure, why not? The Catholic Church has been caving in to demands for many years now. One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics even called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favor of same-sex marriage...
Yes, by all means, take God OUT of the church altogether! He's clearly not been there, anyway, so go ahead and make those changes! God won't care, because HE IS NOT THERE! The Catholic church (along with most other churches of the nearly 40,000 different Christian "denominations" - and even many "Hebrew Roots/Messianic" congregations comprised of a bunch of pious people running around pretending to be holy - are based on MAN's ideas and opinions, not YHWH's commands!
Well, the bottom line is, Scripture tells us that these things would happen in the end times, and that YHWH's people would have to stand strong because "those who have patience to the end will have LIFE" (Matthew 24:13).
So, all we can really do is to make sure our own households are run according to Torah, and to be a light for whoever crosses our path. We can't force anyone to find their way to YHWH/Y'shua; all we can do is "sow seeds" and hope they land on fertile soil. The world is in total chaos right now, and it's only going to get worse - so hang onto your hats, everybody, and STAY STRONG IN THE WORD!
The following scriptures were borrowed from the Aramaic English New Testament:
John 4:23. But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, indeed. For the Father, He seeks worshippers as these. 24. For Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship, they must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Colossians 3:15. And let the peace of the Mashiyach direct your hearts for to that you have been called, in one body; and be thankful to the Mashiyach. 16. And let his Word dwell in you richly in all wisdom. And teach and admonish yourselves by psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, and with grace in your hearts sing you to Elohim. 17. And whatever you do in word or act, do it in the name of our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach, and give thanksgiving through him to Elohim the Father.
Matthew 4:. 8. Again the accuser took him to (a) mountain that (was) very high and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, 9. and said to him, “These all I will give to you if you will fall (and) worship me.” 10. Then Y’shua said to him Leave enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.