We are now half way through the year of the COVID, and the second wave of the virus seems to be nicely starting up. A couple of days ago I was reading the lectionary and I noted that Ahab repented of his evil and the LORD relented on the destruction of his dynasty.
For a season. '
We forget that the mercy of God is not infinite, and that the God treats nations pretty much as a potter does clay. Woe betide the nation that doubles down on its institutionalized evil. (No, I am not talking about racism here, but the lack of respect for human life). we are mocking the almighty, and he can drop lighter fluid on the the witches brew of hatred that our progressive rulers consider is nicely bubbling away, allowing them to control the agenda.
This is going to end fairly badly, unless we repent. This could be the end of the nation state, and a resurrection of something far more primitive. Because the biggest vector for promoting evil right now is not the Chinese Communist Party, or anything Russia, but US tech corporations.
18 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’
Note that this is nation or kingdoms. There have always been those who are chosen of God. In every nation and in every kingdom. But the apostasy or faithfulness is considered as something corporate, a quality of the ruling classes and the culture of the times.
If this is true, we may have bought the current cultural virtue signalling (it is a paper tiger of a revolution) on to ourselves, broken quarantine, set up another round of the virus, and (when the progressives inevitably lock down -- too late) watch helplessly as our economies implode. And we will be without excuse, for Christ has been preached to us as a nation.
20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgement for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgement for the land of Sodom than for you.”
You cannot regulate the Church and prohibit the celebration of the death of our Lord and the meeting together for encouragement and allow those factions you support to meet again. Your personal virtue will not protect you from risky behaviour, regardless of what the mayor allows or the press says.
And you cannot continue, as a society, as a nation, to not merely turn away from God but to actively promote that which is clearly evil while encouraging hatred against the people of God (generally under the "postcolonialism" label) and expect that God does not understand. That this nation is not clay in the hand of God.
And to be under the hand of a powerful and angry God is a thing of fear. There will be a judgement, and it will be just. it will fall on those who choose not the way of Christ and his cross. Do not be one of them, and stop believing that the church can be at one with them.
For they are doomed to destruction, and we are called to be for Christ.