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6 March 2020

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It is not only those who are of Abraham who God shows steadfast love to. This is what Christ has done for us. If we accept God’s law, it generally goes well: not always, as Micah points out. But if we reject the law of God, things go really, really bad really fast.

Neon Revolt, From Gab.

That being said… Dennis Prager is right about one thing: young people around the world are deeply unhappy these days.

And that is because everything that they have been taught throughout their entire lives is essentially a direct rebellion against God.

Not just any god, by the way – but God the Father of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. God, who is the LORD, and whose Son was, is, and will be King over all of the nations of the Earth.

Everything that the Millennials and Gen-Z have had impressed upon them by their elders and peers is against the laws of God – indeed, they have been taught to reject God in His entirety, because He imposes shackles and burdens upon them that no free young person should have to endure. Or so goes their line of thinking.

Calling this infantile and foolish is stating the obvious. The real problem arises with the fact that any society that rejects strictures placed upon its behaviour, the meaning and manner of said boundaries being beyond the influence of men, will inevitably fall to its destruction.

That is not my original thesis. Several anthropologists and historians have extensively studied human civilisations and all of them have come to basically the same conclusions. The moment that a society rejects boundaries placed upon it by a force greater than anything that mere men can muster, it begins its slow and terrible headlong plunge into the abyss of its doom.

Didact’s Reach

What then can we do? We can rely on God. We can turn to God. Paraphrasing Peter Grant, whose book on prison ministry is being read right now, you need to stop thinking about feelings but instead facts. Acknowledge that you have done wrong, sinned — is a fact. Take responsibility for that. Be penitent. Live another away. And beg forgiveness from your fellow man and God.

Your fellow man is equally fallen and all too often works on the economics of retribution. But God rejoices in being able to give Grace through Christ: the prophets knew this before Christ.

Micah 7:18-20

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.