Jim Langley: Confrontation with the elephant within the room | Housing & lifestyle


This proverbial phrase “the elephant in the room” often seems to fit into these turbulent times.

This elephant can be a number of challenging topics that people would rather not discuss for fear of offending others and possibly being canceled by some who feel offended. Oh my god – I just exposed one of those proverbial elephants!

Let me mention a few more elephants just to paint a clearer picture of the problem I think we need to address.

Systemic racism comes to mind. Then there is this concerted effort to expose the police in our largest cities as we open our southern border to undocumented migrants. What about runaway government spending and the inflation that must of course follow? What exactly is electoral integrity?

And of course there is the exorbitant corporate spending on divisive advertising for power and profit at the expense of what I believe to be the silent majority.

What we need is a dialogue about these and other elephants so that we can work through the obvious problems that already pretty much split our country in half! We need to properly recognize and address these outstanding problems for what they really are.

The problem with such elephants is their illusory nature. It’s hard to understand its real purpose. Before we can fight these monsters, we must grapple with their true source. I have come to the conclusion that the real culprit behind these divisive problems is the oldest of all enemies.

Since the beginning of time as we know it, he has ravaged human life in our midst. Satan is real and he is leading a spiritual campaign to destroy all that is good and valuable in this world.

That is not to say that all of our perceived efforts are good. But all evil is created through his spiritual division.

Unfortunately, many follow his example without realizing that they are connected. There are two camps in this world – those who follow the deceiver (evil) and those who follow the Lord (good).

Let me say again that unfortunately many who follow his example have no idea that they are even following him. They just feel like they are following their own desires, which they see as a greater good. Well, I think such desires are self-centered, and they fall straight into the trap that Satan has set for humanity.

Fortunately, many have separated themselves from the ways of this world and follow the One who has taken a different course leading to a divine nature that prevents us from succumbing to Satan’s devious plan. We must take a stand for what is right and true and what pleases God.

Let me quote the leader of the first Christian church. In 2 Peter 1: 5-7 we read: “For this very reason, make an effort to add the good to your faith; and for the better, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and for self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, piety; and to piety, brotherly goodness; and to brotherly goodness, love. “

Peter continues wisely in verse 8: “For as you become increasingly possessed of these qualities, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This may seem alien to the way you think. If so, you are not on the same wavelength as our Heavenly Father.

You see, the Holy Spirit guides those of us who place our full trust in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and we feel His presence in the daily circumstances we face in life. He wants you to reach out and get into close fellowship so that you can approach him today. Please consider praying for His presence in your life.

Let me end with that thought. Whatever elephants you will encounter in the future, realize the spiritual battle and realize that the power of prayer is most important.

We must pray for boldness and realize that we are not alone in battle. There are many near you who think like you and know that God is not satisfied with the divisive plans of evil.

We must stand firmly for what we know is right. Yes, we are wonderfully blessed to live in a country based on Judeo-Christian principles and we must fight for our rights as Americans.

Passages for thought

»Psalm 133: 1-4

“Acts 26: 15-18

“2 Timothy 1: 7

“2 Peter 1: 3-4

»1 John 4: 1-4

– Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while serving as a life and health insurance broker in Santa Barbara. In recent years his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. A long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing fourth quarter columns in 2014 and is now reaching an international audience through CBMC International Devotional Monday Manna. He can be reached at [email protected] for more informations. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.