On Sunday we had a preacher talk about a letter from Jeremiah  to the exiles in Babylon. He informed the Jews that they would be in Babylon for 70 years. So settle down, build a family, and pray for the city: you are there for two generations. He noted that there will be good times to come — and but that this is not the time now.
No one likes being in times of trial. Everyone wants good leadership. But in hard times, there are no good options: only less bad ones. This is the time we are in, and we need to own this. We cannot fantasize about the better times that were before, because there is nothing we cannot do about the past.
What we do now will set up our future. And here the prophets matter, for they preach hope. We may not know what will happen in this season, but we have been told what the end will be. Justice will roll like a river, and there will be security and peace.
23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.
25 “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. 29 And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. 30 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. 31 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.”
Over the last few days I have been informed, by media, by multiple blogs, and by my own bleakest thoughts that this time is a disaster. I am told to be kind and to tolerate evil, when the command of God is that evil I should hate. The world says that this means that I am a horrid person, and my church and faith must be reformed so that we allow all evil, because the greatest command is that we are kind and bear no offense.
SJWs delenda est. It’s interesting that the author points to Star Wars, specifically, The Empire Strikes Back, as the source for so much of the SJW’s nonsensical narrative. All because, being wicked and despicable, they are desperate to avoid being the subject of the well-deserved righteous hatred of normal, functional people.
The ride never ends.
But the prophets do not see this. Nor do they see a short solution, but the long solution. Which is Christ reigning over all, and a new heaven and earth. Which is all evil being banned.
There will be no need to hate evil, for all evil will have been removed: we will be pure and holy. This will not be our doing, but that of Christ.
- Jeremiah 29.