We fell down the rabbit hole

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We fell down the rabbit hole”
When we use the phrase “We fell down the rabbit hole”, we’re usually referring to the experience of Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic story of “Alice in Wonderland”. Alice literally fell down the hole of the White Rabbit and it took her into the alternate universe of Wonderland. In Wonderland everything was upside down and backwards, the opposite of what you would expect it to be. Nothing was normal or made sense.  
Welcome to America in 2022. We fell down the rabbit hole. What used to be good is now bad, and what used to be bad is now good. Boys will be girls and girls will be boys. Nobody knows what’s real news, fake news, or a Russian bot. Politicians and government officials lie as easily as they breathe, and the truth about anything can’t be located even by Google-earth.
So, it shouldn’t surprise us that there’s confusion regarding the essence of character and integrity. There are many in our society (including some Christians) who accept falsehoods, endorse lies, excuse sin, and all the while loudly proclaim that their side’s character and integrity is above reproach. This is true of people on both sides of the political spectrum and on all sides in the culture wars.
Not only is that untrue (in that such conduct is not an example of true character and integrity), but it also serves to further confuse the issue in people’s minds. When weak character is proclaimed to be strong; when an obvious lack of integrity is declared to be an example of integrity, and when lies and distortions are coming at us from all sides, people’s heads spin and nobody knows what’s real or true. This is life in a society down the rabbit hole. Nothing is as it seems and everything is the opposite of what it should be.
But as Christians we know the truth as proclaimed by God in the Bible. We know what honesty, integrity, and strong reliable character looks like because God has given us clear written instructions about this in the Bible. And therefore, as Christians, we have the call of God upon our lives to be men and women of godly character and impeccable integrity.
Our society needs this to be true of us. Somebody has got to come back up out of the rabbit hole of lies, deceit, deception, misinformation, and manipulation. It has to be us. We, the Christians, must be the people of honesty, integrity, virtue, and character. If not us then who?  We’ll think more about this tomorrow.
God bless,
Pastor Jim 
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