Friends:

I had an interesting experience last night that I would like to share with the world on this Valentines Day, 2018.

Because my sweetheart has conflicting “obligations” tonight that does not include me, (Wednesday Feb. 14) we decided to do our traditional Valentines Day date last night on the Tuesday.  After a nice dinner, we went to the movie about Churchill titled “The Darkest Hour.”  Good flick – it accurately documented the struggle Winston Churchill faced as to whether the U.K. should risk everything, and fight the Nazis to the bitter end, or sign a nonaggression treaty with Hitler, providing temporary PEACE AND SECURITY to the U.K. in exchange for granting the Nazis silent acquiescence to their fundamental idealism and aggressive expansionism.   I get this.  If one chooses to just look away, and not confront lying hoaxes head-on until the bitter end, then organized Evil wins a great victory.    As Edmund Burke said:  “Evil can only flourish when good men DO NOTHING!”

Last night, after reflecting on the evening’s entertainment, I had yet another night dream of the Savior.  As usual, He came to me with His wide smile and loving embrace, then uttered just His usual three simple words: “Come, Follow Me.”  And away we went.

We were suddenly in a huge metropolis consisting of diverse people of all races and religions.  I was shown this large, abandoned dwelling in the very center of the city that was to be the focus of our attention in this night dream.  It was much like the “Old Granville House” in the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” but much larger in size.

Soon we were observing a well-attended, TELEVISED, public meeting concerning the fate of the old, neglected, boarded-up house.  The meeting began with a very detailed “scientific” report presented that the old house was “dangerous” and a “public menace” and should be immediately “condemned” by the city officials, and immediately 100% leveled and torn down.  The real estate underneath it was clearly extremely PRIME and VERY VALUABLE – for it was in the very heart of the bustling metropolis. An architect presented his drawings showing what was being planned to be BUILT in its place, after the official destruction order was issued.  MOST people in the large crowd murmured agreement – “TEAR IT DOWN, TEAR IT DOWN – IT IS OUTDATED AND AN EYESORE – WE WANT A FULLY MODERN CITY WITH NEW, MODERN BUILDINGS!”

The “mayor” restored order by hitting his gavel and saying:  “Calm down, calm down, this is a public meeting, and we will hear all sides of the argument before rendering our decision.”  With this, a number of grey-haired elderly folks came to the front and testified: “Call us hopelessly romantic, but we remember how wondrously beautiful this Old House once was.  It was the cultural center of our city.  There were lavish balls and all high society gathered there socially, and regularly.”  With tear-filled eyes they said: “During our national wars and conflict, this wondrous Old Building was our beacon of light and hope – inspiring us that we could overcome and shine against ANY enemy.  Please, please, please, don’t tear it down!”

Another expert came forward and testified: “Don’t forget, this Old House is officially registered on the National “Historic Registry” – if you decide to tear it down and replace it, you will be tearing down a real part of our national identity along with it.”  Another man and his wife came forward and testified: “I don’t agree that this Old Building is TOTALLY structurally unsound and dangerous.  Our religious group holds meetings there, and we have fixed up a large portion of it, as you well know.  Perhaps we can agree to only tear down a PORTION of the building that is so obviously neglected and falling apart?  I think you may be right – a part of the Old House may indeed need to be modernized and renovated – but PLEASE – not the WHOLE THING!”

Finally, three men arose.  One was an attorney, one had a bald, shaved head with FIRE in his eyes, and one was a tall man full of wisdom and middle-class-level wealth.  The attorney spoke for the three of them, and said: “We would like to offer our services to this fine metropolis.  We have done our own independent analysis of the Old House over many years – and found it to be 100% structurally safe and sound.  My report can be read in my book on the subject, if you would enter it in as “evidence.”  The House was built on a solid foundation of bedrock by the original founder of this metropolis “in the beginning” – long before any other structure in this fine city was ever constructed.  Its core pillars are still rock solid in every way.  We would like to see this wondrous Old House fully and totally restored to its original state and glory.  We employ many workers who will donate their labor and expertise to this venture, free of charge.  It will once again be the light of hope and heart of this great city.  Will you allow us to do this project?”

The MONEY POWER and BANKERS immediately responded forcefully to the Mayor and Council:  “Gentlemen, please, we have already been over this for many years.  Even if fully restored, the Old House is outdated and its architectural style is arcane and out-dated.  It doesn’t fit with our grand modernization master-plan.  You need to look to the FUTURE, not be misty-eyed over the past.   If you wish to attract modern research scientists all over the world to our new Research Park and be eligible for billions in Government Grants, then demolish the old eye-sore and embrace the future world.  Don’t waste any more time!”

That was where the Savior left me, and I returned awake in my bed with a clear understanding of the meaning of His special teaching parable shown to me. I was not shown the final decision – for I think the jury is still deliberating – and the “final decision” is yet being debated.

The Old House, my friends, is the Holy Bible.  Loved by some, but viciously hated by the vast majority of “worldly” folks who believe it is musty and outdated, and thus an embarrassing eyesore.  Some cling to the more “habitable” parts of it, while doing their best to ignore other parts of it that they don’t like.  The main point is, there is a very organized group of people who have been trying for many years to take it COMPLETELY down.  But it is God’s WORD – built and protected by the CREATOR Himself for thousands of years.  It’s foundation is solid and its pillars are indeed eternal.   But if His people collectively decide to remove it, they will simply have to live with the consequences.

Where do you stand?  I know who the “attorney,” and the “shaved head man,” and the tall man are, do you?

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