There is a certain instinctive sense that, when it comes to the people in our own neighborhood, we help each other out simply because we share the same view, the landscape, the streets, the local creeks. Proximity creates trust. Even if we do not talk to each other often, when our neighbors need a cup of sugar or to borrow a tool, we help.

Alaska is like that, even for city dwellers. We share the same long, cold, dark winter nights and revel in the endless light of summer. If we don’t talk about the crops, we talk about hunting and fishing. And there aren’t that many of us. Our population density hovers at about one per square mile.

Thus, we even come to trust our elected officials, our teachers, our religious leaders, our business owners, at least to a higher degree than, say, California or New York. If it ever came to an Ultimate Crisis, they wouldn’t let us down, would they? Why, we’re friends and neighbors.

Without authentic evangelization, without the teaching of Natural/Divine Law, chaos catches up with us.

Well, we are now in an ultimate crisis. The ability to deny it gets harder and harder. But the bottom line is the truth, and that truth is not pleasant:

We have lost many freedoms. The freedom to travel, to hold a job, to get an education.

If what is happening in Australia and France is any indication, many of us will be rounded up, or denied the ability to purchase food.

Our elected officials have, at best, done nothing. At worst, they have become part of the problem. Many businesses, educators, pastors, bishops have become obedient and servile to the Approved Government Narrative.

Since our cultural and political leadership have betrayed us, if ever there was a time to admit that we need God, it is now. You know, the One we’ve air-brushed out of our culture.

But how do we go about that? If we want to blame our political and cultural leaders, how about ourselves? The price of centuries of Christian theological disunity is now apparent. Without authentic evangelization, without the teaching of Natural/Divine Law, chaos catches up with us.

Thus, the tolerance of divorce, homosexuality, contraception, drugs, alcoholism, live-in relationships were once the province of movie stars and the mega-rich. But they are common middle-class, blue-collar vices now, pervading everywhere.

If we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves.

Repentance is needed. But what if people, and this includes Christians, see their vices as their private domain or believe there is nothing wrong with them? A brief survey will get you many different answers:

“OK, abortion is wrong, but not contraception.”

“My own children are gay, I can’t disown them. I don’t want to offend them.”

“Hey, I’ve been divorced and remarried twice, and my pastor has, too.”

“I’m living with a woman because we’ve both been through divorce and don’t want to endure that legal mess again. It’s a lawyer’s racket.”

“I’m on welfare, I paid my taxes for years and now I’m going to get some of it back.”

“Once saved, always saved. I can sin all I want but I accepted Christ’s sacrifice, so that covers it.”

“Even Pope Francis said there is no hell. Or did he? Well, something like that.”

“I go to church every Christmas and Easter.”

There is blame enough to go around for all of us. Repentance must be preceded by remorse and humility. Remaining obstinate and persisting in sin is the Pride we all attribute only to the devil and his minions. It is more prevalent in us than we care to admit.

Imagine if we had an arena or stadium filled to capacity, read the Book of Joel and be determined to carry out what it calls for: “Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.”

If we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves.

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Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • Ralph says:

    I think this reflects the fact that Christians are not called to beat others over the head with the bible.. but to love and mentor. Jesus came to help the broken and disparaged, the church is made up of hurt people who have overcome or see purpose in their situations.
    Yet the state is beating the citizens(we the people) over the head, using coercion, social shaming, and defamation based on individuals to be a good lil sheep. Shut up take the jab and be thankful your overlords violated your freedom of choice.
    -Do something, share Christ with a friend or coeworker =] Be the change you want to see in the world.. and never let someone take up space in your head.
    -Be Autodidactic and Re-search for yourself =]

  • Jen says:

    Who are the people unlovely? who are the people who are lonely? Who are the people YOU need to pursue-open your home and your heart, and invite them to a meal to a regular bible study. Who are the people who need YOU to be the presence of Jesus. What does break the hurting and bitter hearts is the seed of God’s Word in a good and honest heart as it is the soil in the environment of an authentic community. As Jesus last prayer John 17:1-5 here John 17:3-4 ” Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

    The greatest evangelism on the face of the earth is when you love brothers and sisters authentically for the right reason and right way. So! Those outside of Christ will understand and believe that Jesus can be their Savior too.

    • Jen says:

      You still got to be honest. If who you are serving is living in Sin, its your responsibility to gently remind them (not condemning) bringing up the scripture about what the bible says lest you are held responsible for your brothers or sisters damnation because of your fears and silence.

      • Aaron Blumenthal says:

        Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
        …for all who draw the sword will die by the sword (Matthew 26:52)
        Eye for an eye (Exodus 21:23–27)
        Enough is enough! No more other chicks. It doesn’t work! All brothers and sisters in Jesus should join the crusade. The church of satan spreading its roots everywhere.

  • Opus says:

    AMEN Bob. Well said. The book of Joel is appropriate . .
    Joel 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 
    29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 
    30  And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 
    31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 
    “old men shall dream dreams” See:

  • Anthony says:

    Like 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”