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Besides for being in the news right now, what do Scientology, Lance Armstrong and gun control all have in common? All three of them reveal the downside of man's controlling nature. All three of them point the finger back at each of us….because each one of us can easily become a "control freak" if we are not careful.
There is a new book out by Lawrence Wright on Scientology entitled, Going Clear. As expected, it reveals more damaging facts about the controlling nature of this organization. Pretty scary stuff….and terribly detrimental to children, and their families. What do we think is going to happen when a religious group carries out a secret agenda at the expense of its followers? Power, control, and suffering….this is what a cult is all about.
Read the stories of those who have come out of the Jehovah's Witnesses….or Mormonism….or any religious group that carries out a secret and hidden agenda….and the stories will sound eerily similar. The false doctrines are varied….but the controlling nature of the leaders is almost identical. That's because man's nature is pointed in the direction of selfishness, and control.
Raymond Franz is a former member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. He wrote a book years ago entitled, Crisis of Conscience. It is a clear warning of what can happen when someone turns his God-given right of decision making over to an organization. The problem with certain religious organizations is that they are run by leaders who are awfully experienced at controlling others….and these men are callous to the real spiritual needs of the people.
Lance Armstrong has gone through his own "crisis of conscience" recently. In his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong said, "It was impossible to live up to this. I'm a flawed character. All the fault and all the blame falls on me. Whether it's fans or the media, it just gets going and I lost myself in all of that. I certainly couldn't handle it, and I used to control everything in my life. I have controlled every outcome in my life." We can all probably relate to Lance's struggle in one way or another. We are all flawed....we are all sinners....and we all like to be in control.
And then there is gun control. There is that word again. It is amazing how often it tends to pop up in our lives. There are some people in our world, and perhaps even in our nation, who want to prevent people from even owning guns. These elite "control mongers" have their own agenda….and like the leaders of a cult, they feel they know what is best for everyone else. Control, control, control.
Do we want evil men like Adam Lanza being given guns? Of course not. We want responsible people to own guns….and there are millions of responsible people in our country who meet that qualification. When evildoers like Adam Lanza viciously attack children, responsible adults need to have guns on hand to stop the attack instantly. This is what will help to protect the children from such modern day monsters.
At the end of the day, it is about the children. We don't want them to join a cult, and get controlled by power-hungry leaders. We don't want them to imitate Lance Armstrong, and cheat their way to "victory." And we don't want them to be vulnerable to vicious men who wish to hurt them.
God loves the children, and He wants to surround them with His protection and peace. Jesus suffered and died on the cross for the children, and for each of us. It is only when we accept His forgiveness for our sins….and place ourselves under His leadership….and the control of the Holy Spirit….that we find the power to stop trying to control others.
If you are out of control today, turn to Jesus….and ask Him to take control. He will change your heart….and He will change the way you treat others. Are you ready to hand over control of your chaotic life to Christ? No Jesus….no peace. Know Jesus….know peace. Pretty simple huh?