The Voice or THE VOICE

2015_Voice_s8_DKA_horz_ShowAbout_CC_1The Voice is NBC’s flagship entry into the arena of reality TV.  This Emmy Award winning program debuted in April of 2011, and it has risen to the number one spot in NBC’s primetime programming. The Voice showcases some of the country’s best unknown artists.

These aspiring stars are judged and coached by a panel four of the biggest names in music. The judges this year are Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams.

Due to the popularity of the show, people associate “the voice” with The Voice; but, this hasn’t always been the case.

  • When Adam, not Levine, and his wife heard THE VOICE, it was “the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8 KJV).”
  • In Psalm 29, there’s a captivating description of the majestic voice of God: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
  • John the Baptist described himself as: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord . . . when John saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:23, 29).”
  • Jesus spoke about the welcome sound of His voice: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27).

While you might be a fan of The Voice, I hope you will listen to the words of Peter and heed THE VOICE of eternal life:  You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69).”

Judge Scalia and Jiggery-Pokery

scalia2According to Justice Antonin Scalia, the decision of the Supreme Court to allow health care subsidies nationwide is nothing less than “jiggery-pokery.”

After a little research, I’ve learned that jiggery-pokery is associated with the dishonest manipulation of the truth.  This is what Justice Scalia felt the majority of his fellow judges had done when they twisted the truth and skillfully sidestepped it by misinterpreting the words of the law.

Paul gave a jiggery-pokery warning to Christians in several different churches.  He alerted them to the danger of being deceived by “persuasive words, fine sounding arguments, and those who change the truth into a lie.”

Recognizing the truth in a world filled with deceit can be difficult.  This is why we need to heed the words of Paul:  “Do everything you can to present yourself to God as a man who is fully genuine, a worker unashamed of your mission, a guide capable of leading others along the correct path defined by the word of truth.”