I was chatting with my friend Peter this morning, and he said, “I aim to stir up your sincere mind by way of reminder.” And I was like, “Why do you talk like that? Why don’t you simply say, ‘I wanna remind you of something’?” And Peter said, “Don’t be cheeky. Just listen.” So I said, “Ok…” And he was like, “First of all, remember that scoffers will come along, scoffing at the stuff our Dad promised us (e.g. 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:13-14; Psalm 103:12-14, etc.). And remember that these scoffers will take the mysterious stuff our Dad said, and they will twist it to their own destruction. These scoffers scoff because they deceive and delude themselves with the noxious notion that they can graduate from their finitude. They have no appetite for stewarding the mysteries of the Maker. They deliberately overlook the facts. For instance, they give no thought to the fact that they are not self-existent, or self-sustaining; and they dare not acknowledge their utter inability to achieve utopia or even sustained individual satisfaction (though these truths are painfully obvious every day of their lives). They flood their minds with ideas of self-assigned identity, and personal affluence, and visions of political greatness; and they lust for the “likes” of the superficial masses; and they tell themselves that ‘they are the victim;’ and they inundate and imprison themselves with commodities of their own making to indoctrinate and console themselves on their own lies.” And then I asked Peter, “Are you talking about transgender people, or Trump people?” Peter said, “Both.” And then I said, “Are you talking about Christians, Muslims, or Mormons?” Peter said, “All of them.” And I said, “Christians?” And Peter said, “Come now, let us be honest with ourselves… we love the Kool-Aid of Baal! I thought I was immune to its enticements, but then that Rooster business happened and I was forced to reconsider my presumptions. And then I forgot. And I started knocking back the Baal Kool-Aid again. Then Paul blindsided me in Antioch, and I was reminded of the fact that it depends not on human will or exertion, but on our Abba, who has mercy. And the fact is, I need daily reminders to steward the mystery that our Abba has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.”