THE MEANING OF FUTILITY

If we are not going to trust God, who should we trust? Who will we trust? This is not a new question. King Solomon dealt with it in the Book of Ecclesiastes 1 NASB – The Futility of All Endeavors – The – Bible Gateway long ago.

Instead of living his life under Heaven — trusting in God — Solomon tried to live his life under the sun. That is, Solomon tried various alternatives to God: sex, stuff, science, state, and/or self. The Book of Ecclesiastes 1 NASB – The Futility of All Endeavors – The – Bible Gateway records what Solomon learned, the futility of putting our trust in anything or anyone except God.

From the perspective of God, the idolization sex, stuff, science, state, and/or self is nothing new under the sun. Yet every generation of man must learn for itself the futility of putting age-old idols of sex, stuff, science, state, and/or self before our Creator.

What is “new” about the Book of Ecclesiastes 1 NASB – The Futility of All Endeavors – The – Bible Gateway? Solomon used his God-given wisdom to record what he learned from the perspective of God.

Solomon begins Ecclesiastes by explaining the meaning of futility. When we live life under the sun, without God, we end where we started. Without God, we cannot make any real progress.

Science

Solomon turns next to the futility of wisdom, the “science” of his day, under the sun. What did wisdom under the sun gain Solomon?

Ecclesiastes 1:18 New American Standard Bible

Because in much wisdom there is much grief; and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

Grief and pain!

When we look back on ancient times, many of us congratulate ourselves. We think we know so much more, but relative to what there is to be known, modern scientists know little more than did the educated people of Solomon’s time. The wise know better than to congratulate themselves for all the answers that they have. The wise realize how much more we need to learn. Yet when he set God aside, pursued wisdom without God, Solomon found the pursuit of wisdom pure frustration.

Sex And Stuff

Therefore, Solomon turned to the pursuit of pleasure and possessions, that is, sex and stuff. Imagine having a harem with hundreds of wives and concubines. Money to buy the best wines and live entertainment. Great! Right? But Solomon grew bored. What was the point? In fact, Solomon encountered worst problems than pure boredom. Imagine a king writing this proverb.

Proverbs 21:9 New American Standard Bible

It is better to live on a corner of a roof

Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

So, Solomon turn to laboring to gain more and more possessions, to acquiring wealth and accomplishments for their own sake. Nevertheless, Solomon remained wise. Therefore, he eventually foresaw a problem.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 New American Standard Bible

18 So I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is futility.

State

What did Solomon say about idolizing the state? Since Solomon was the King of Israel, he was the state. Nevertheless, he was not happy with the state.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 New American Standard Bible

4 Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold, I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and power was on the side of their oppressors, but they had no one to comfort themSo I congratulated the dead who are already dead, more than the living who are still living. But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.

Consider why Solomon was so wise. He had asked God for wisdom so he could rule God’s people well (2 Chronicles 1:7-13 NASB – In that night God appeared to Solomon – Bible Gateway). Yet, because he had tried to live his life under the sun, Solomon knew he had failed.

Self

In Ecclesiastes, does Solomon talk about making an idol of himself? Not directly, but consider the story Solomon tells in Ecclesiastes. Whenever Solomon encounters a problem pursuing the idols of sex, stuff, science, and state, Solomon turns to his own wisdom to resolve the problem. Eventually, however, he is humbled.

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 New American Standard Bible

16 When I devoted my mind to know wisdom and to see the business which has been done on the earth (even though one should never sleep day or night), 17 and I saw every work of God, I concluded that one cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though a person laboriously seeks, he will not discover; and even if the wise person claims to know, he cannot discover.

When we strive to live life under the sun instead of under Heaven, that is the definition of idolizing our self.

It not until the end of his life that Solomon finally gives up, sadly repents, and turns to God. Why is Solomon sad? He has grown old. Thus, Chapter 12, the last chapter, begins.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 New American Standard Bible

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years approach when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

When we have grown old, there is so little we can do, except to warn those who follow after us of our follies.

The Lesson

So, what the lesson Solomon leaves us?

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 New American Standard Bible

13 The conclusion, when everything has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

NOTICE

Please link to our voter guides: VOTER GUIDES FOR CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

Please post our flyer on public bulletin boards or leave copies on tables so that voters can pick it up and share it:

Want a second opinion? We encourage you to do all the research you can. Check out COMPILING A LIST OF VOTER GUIDES | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

Posted in Citizen Responsibilities, culture, religion, Voter Guide | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking statewide and legislative public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicizing the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William County and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distributed Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.
  • Cited by The Federalist in Virginia Plans For All Public Schools To Allow Boys In Girls’ Bathrooms (thefederalist.com).

The 2020 Election

  • Nominating Conventions and Primary Elections: Prepared Voter Guides for the Republican Party’s nominating conventions and the June 23 Primary Races.
  • General Election: Prepared Voter Guides that focused upon the incumbent’s voting records.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

Posted in Citizen Responsibilities | Comments Off on The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

COMPILING A LIST OF VOTER GUIDES

When we make a decision, we should make that decision based upon what is true, not upon lies. That requires us to do our homework. We cannot merely rely upon one source or upon those who conform to just one point-of-view. We must seek the advice of those care more about the truth than pleasing powerful men. We must listen first to those who love us, not those who would use us.

Proverbs 23:22-23 New American Standard Bible

22 Listen to your father, who fathered you,

And do not despise your mother when she is old.

23 Buy truth, and do not sell it,

Get wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

CHRISTIAN VOTER GUIDES

ADDITIONAL VOTER GUIDES

NOTICE

Please link to our voter guides: VOTER GUIDES FOR CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

Please post our flyer on public bulletin boards or leave copies on tables so that voters can pick it up and share it:

Posted in 2021 Election, Citizen Responsibilities, Constitutional Government, Local News, religion, Voter Guide | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 31

(pictures from Elizabeth Guzman for Virginia (facebook.com/elizabethguzmanva) and Ben Baldwin for Delegate (benbaldwinva.com))

There isn’t much information in the news media about the candidates running for the House of Delegates. So, what can we find out about Elizabeth Guzman for Virginia (facebook.com/elizabethguzmanva) and Ben Baldwin for Delegate (benbaldwinva.com))? Well, here are some of the more informative articles.

So, where can we find useful information about the candidates?

Voter Guides for the House of Delegates races are somewhat scarce, but we have our own. See the notice below. Here are some additional voter guides.

Guzman, because she is an incumbent has a voting record, is a relatively well known quantity. Baldwin’s positions, because of the poor news coverage and the fact he has not answered many surveys, are more difficult to discern. Hence, we can compare Guzman’s votes against our own beliefs (see the scorecards below), but we many be uncertain where Baldwin stands. So, if you are unhappy with Guzman and leaning towards Baldwin, you may wish to visit his website, attend one of his events, and/or try to call him.

NOTICE

Please link to our voter guides: VOTER GUIDES FOR CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

Please post our flyer on public bulletin boards or leave copies on tables so that voters can pick it up and share it:

Posted in 2021 Election, Citizen Responsibilities, Legislation, Political Parties, Voter Guide | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment