Religion Today: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos
Religion Today: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos – by Robert Socha
“And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:7 Amplified Bible
Critical Race Theory; urban America’s violence and mounting death toll; the demonization of an entire ethnicity, multiple tongues; the climactic and imposing political scene; the fascistic suppressing of free speech; the frenzied 24-hour news cycle that promotes cataclysmic negativity and impending doom; totalitarian shut-downs; despotic legislation (HR 1, HR 167, the “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism“); the economy; oil; propaganda, especially of a worldwide pandemic; terrorism; nuclear adversaries; compelled inoculation “for the common good” and to enjoy previously held liberties; lost trust in venerable institutions; forced acceptance of and “equal rights” for every societal aberration; social media; etcetera, pine for our heart’s and mind’s attention.
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It is difficult not to get mad when you witness things contrary to decent and rational behavior, defying logic. For example, a recent video has gone viral (June 20th), having recorded the execution of two people, in broad daylight, pulled out of their vehicle after participating in Chicago’s annual Puerto Rican Parade and indiscriminately shot point-blank. In a major American city, they were left in the street to die! Tears well up as I consider those two precious lives, extinguished for no discernable reason except our culture’s demise. This murder is inexcusable, and justice must come forth to vindicate the senseless loss of life!
There was a season several years ago where the incessant political ramblings so agitated my spirit that I found myself angry, short-tempered, and frustrated. Witnessing the self-imposed collapse of Western idealism rooted in the Grecko-Roman/Judeo-Christian ethic, I felt powerless. Prating fools advancing godless socialist ideals have once again taken center stage, and similar unease has clouded my mind these days, but this time I have recourse because I learned what to do to put my mind at ease.
Turn off the incessant political theatre and turn on the Word of Life.
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Daily I rise early to weed my gardens while listening to Scripture and should be through the entire Bible by the end of summer.
After two weeks of this activity, there has been tremendous progress. (Notice the tools still out for use.)
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I’ve taken up, once again, an aggressive Bible reading planthat thoroughly inculcates my mind toward the good, the virtuous, the Truth. I intend to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) And I listen to Scripture through the Bible appwhile driving; “consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 Berean Study Bible.
“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” Philippians 4:8 Amplified Bible.
Robert Socha (so-ha), was born in southern California. He served 5 years 3 months active duty in the United States Air Force; honorably. After his service he took an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology, where, through his studies, developed a deep love of God and Country and sincere appreciation of the value of Liberty. Robert and his beloved wife of 20 years are raising 4 beautiful Texan children. They moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, in 2013, to put their children in Hillsdale Academy. For almost 5 years he has worked in sales. He and his wife consider Michigan a hidden gem, and absolutely love this city and state they’ve adopted.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.