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Prophecy - Signs
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Rebecca Droeger

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I were watching the new Karate Kid, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.  It wasn’t too bad for a remake.  Of course, I usually enjoy Jackie Chan movies because of his stellar karate technique and the comedy he usually brings to every role.

At one point in the movie, Jaden Smith’s character (the actual karate kid) goes to see his girlfriend audition for a special music academy.   He sits behind the girl’s music instructor.  The girl plays the violin beautifully.

At the end of the audition, Jaden’s character stands up and claps his hand.  He prods the music instructor wanting to know if the girl made it in, saying "she did great, didn’t she?” The music instructor ignores Jaden character, gives a sigh; looks up with annoyance, then walks away.

My daughter, Nicole, was confused by the instructor’s actions.  She said “Mommy does he not like little kids?  Do they annoy him?”

“No,” I responded.  “That’s not what is going on.  He thinks he’s too good for Dre (the karate kid).  He thinks Dre is beneath him, so he thinks he doesn’t have to answer Dre’s questions; he thinks it would waste his time.”

Nicole seemed to understand it and move on.  Unfortunately, it reminded me of all those times in Middle School or High School when I would say “hi” to someone I thought was becoming a friend, and that person would give you a half smile like “oh, I’m too good to even say ‘hi’ to you.  Can’t you see I’m with more important people now?”

Funny, Nicole seemed to make peace with it; but I still don’t understand it even today.  I never understood how it could take so much effort to acknowledge someone else existed.  What could possibly make another person think that he or she is any better than someone else?  I mean, their feces smell no different than mine, so what is their problem?

Sadly, it’s not isolated to just a few choice people.  In fact, you can find it in walks of life.

My Mom was telling me a story of one of her co-workers earlier this week.  Mom’s co-worker is not part of a wealthy, upper-class family; she is just your regular working-class person.

Mom was horrified when the co-worker started bragging about the expensive steak dinner she had the night before only to tip the waitress $0.15.  Mom asked if the waitress was bad, to which the co-worker responded “no.”

Mom’s jaw dropped.  “Why would you do that?  They depend on that money.”

The co-worker’s reply was heartless.  “Then she should get another job if she wants to be paid better.”

Really, I can’t make this stuff up.

These incidents made me think of 2nd Timothy 3 where Paul talks about signs of the Last Days.  According to the New Kings James version, one of the conditions of man that Paul lists includes is “haughty.”

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power."

The dictionary defines haughty as “proud, arrogant, snooty, conceited, self-important, superior, stuck-up, self-aggrandizing, high and mighty, condescending.”  If that doesn’t describe these people, then I don’t know what does.

This particular Biblical verse has come up several times in our Omega Letter articles lately, but the blatant outward display of all of these characteristics cannot be ignored.

Scoffers might object saying “yes, but we’ve always had snotty people. So what?”

The difference nowadays is that it’s accepted as the norm.  It’s often encouraged and glorified on TV.  Just look at previews of reality shows where hosts like Simon Cowell (former American Idol judge) or Chef Gordon Ramsay (Kitchen Nightmares) demean contestants in front of the whole world.  Audiences obviously love it or else there would be no demand for these shows to be on.

In fact, “haughty” is not the only portion of the verse that is glorified in the entertainment industry.  The entire verse looks like a typical prime-time nightly line-up.  You can’t even find fact-based news programs without some or all of the verse being covered.

We could either look at this, shake our heads, and further realize the moral decay of the world; or we could look at it and realize that our King will be returning for us sooner rather than later.

“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”  Luke 21:28 (NKJV)

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