The collect for this Sunday talks about adversaries, and the texts deal with an advesary to true prophets. We do have such. There are those who hate all that which is of Christ, and want us to agree with that which is antichrist. They want compromise.
But we should not associate or compromise. These people are bad: they have taken over what used to be innocent, or even good. Hat tip to Adam for the BLM quote, which is accurate.
The unfortunate answer is that the expression “Black Lives Matter” has been thoroughly co-opted by the explicitly Marxist organization that is Black Lives Matter and we can have nothing to do with it. Just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego couldn’t bow down to the statue of Nebuchadnezzar, we can’t bow down to this.
And just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to face the wrath of Nebuchadnezzar, we too may have to face the wrath of the angry mob that has come out. And likewise, our hope is that God will intervene to save us.
It certainly gives a glimpse into the kind of courage it took for some of the heroes of the Bible to stand up in the face of the opposition they dealt with.
We must indeed pray for courage. To stand, to pray, and to worship.
we beseech thee mercifully to hear us;
and grant that we, to whom thou hast given
an hearty desire to pray,
may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted
in all dangers and adversities;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Church of Ireland
Now to the text. The test of a prophet is twofold: that his words are consonant with scripture, and that his words come true. Jeremiah challenges the false prophet doubly: he prays that his words may be true, but he reminds him that (a) there have been many prophets who foretold the time he was living through and (b) if the people had not returned to Jerusalem within two years, he was no true prophet. The fate of a false prophet was bleak: and false prophecies have always led to heresy (See Deuteronomy 13).
We are to always purge the evil from among us. Not apologise to it.
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord, 6 and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7 Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
This is not the time to stand on niceties. You may note I've linked to two Catholics, a quasi Lutheran (I'm nowhere near as intelligent as Vox Day) and to an group blog of believers. Truth is where you find it. Lies are legion, and everywhere. We defend our brother, though we may disagree. For the faith is ancient, and the truths we are hold are in common.
Reformed theology does not depart from our ancient Christian heritage but affirms the catholic, orthodox doctrines of God and Christ that form the backbone of the great confessional tradition of worldwide Christianity. Though the Reformers were excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church, they did not cast off the Trinitarian faith of the councils of Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus, and Chalcedon. They affirmed the doctrines that God is three persons in one divine nature (Matt. 3:16–17; 28:19), and that God the Son took a truly human nature without ceasing to be fully God—two natures in one incarnate person (John 1:1, 14). Reformed theologians have proven ardent defenders of the orthodox doctrines of God and Christ against heresies old and new because those doctrines are revealed in God’s Word.
We could have been born into other times, when there was Christendbom, and the borders were defended by warriors of God. But we were born in a time of a great apostasy. For our leaders to say that we are blessed, we are Godzone, we are priveleged because our forefathers were of Christ is a lie when they encourage us to worship their new pagan master.
We must stand. Christ only needed twelve. There are far more of us now than then.