Isn’t it funny how we’re now hearing about the comradery in Texas, now since everything has been taken away from people (which makes everyone “equal”), and they only have each other? Week before last, America was divided and ready to go to war over the removal of confederate statues. We even had “Neo-Nazis” and “KKK” and other weirdoes crawling out of the woodwork to spread their hate.
And not too long ago, we had the ever-skimpily dressed Beyonce’ inciting unrest on all sides with her silly retro garb designed to honor the “Black Panthers”….
We humans are so fickle! We can do that proverbial “180” over just about anything because we allow ourselves to be motivated by emotion. Scripture tells us as much. Take a look at just these few passages:
John 2:24. But Y’shua did not entrust himself to them, because he understood every man. 25. And he did not rely on men to testify to him concerning anyone, for he knew what was in man. (AENT)
Isaiah 2:22 22 Stop relying on man, in whose nostrils is a mere breath - after all, he doesn't count for much, does he? (CJB)
Micah 7:5-6 5 Don't trust in your neighbor; don't put confidence in a close friend; shut the gates of your mouth even from [your wife], lying there with you in bed. 6 For a son insults his father, a daughter rises against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a person's enemies are the members of his own household. 7 But as for me, I will look to ADONAI, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. (CJB)
This passage says it all:
Jeremiah 9:4 2 I wish I were out in the desert, in some travelers' lodge then I could get away from my people and distance myself from them! "Indeed they are all adulterers, a band of traitors is what they are. 3 They bend their tongues, their 'bow' of falsehood, and hold sway in the land, but not for truth. For they go from evil to evil, and me they do not know," says ADONAI. 4 Everyone, be on guard against your neighbor, don't trust even a brother; for every brother is out to trick you, and every neighbor goes around gossiping.
5 Everyone deceives his neighbor, no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to lie, they wear themselves out with sinning. 6 "You inhabit a world of deceit; deceitfully they refuse to know me," says ADONAI. 7 "Therefore," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot, "I will refine them and test them. What else can I do with the daughter of my people? 8 Their tongues are sharpened arrows; with their mouths they speak deceit - they say nice words to their neighbors, while inwardly plotting against them. (CJB)
Psalm 146:3 1 Halleluyah! Praise ADONAI, my soul! 2 I will praise ADONAI as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God all my life. 3 Don't put your trust in princes or in mortals, who cannot help. 4 When they breathe their last, they return to dust; on that very day all their plans are gone. (CJB)
I would love to see our future filled with the continuance of the kind of comradery we see today in Houston and the rest of the flood area. But, I’ve lived long enough now to know that it won’t, because humanity has a short memory. In the history of the world, man has ALWAYS found reasons to make war. Always.
Disasters always draw people together, but that togetherness quickly dissipates once things return to normal. It can be likened to attending a marriage or substance abusive recovery seminar … for a while the love and fellowship feels terrific, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But once we return to our homes, the “warm and fuzzy” quickly recedes into the background (especially in those who have never given their lives to YHWH/Yeshua), and we become the same people we were before the seminar....
Hurricane Harvey has America in shock right now, and we're all united in the desire to help our fellow man. But, it won’t be long before we’ll find something else to divide us. That’s just the way we humans are.