One of the things that is distracting us at present is the surface noise of the news. It is designed to hit us in our emotions, and take us away from our purpose. When times get interesting, we can and do get involved, and that can lead to us forgetting our purpose.
Which has never been unique. It is to know God and enjoy him forever.
2 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
The Founder of Salvation
5 Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honour,
8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
All is subject to Christ. Our nation, our tribe, our family, us. This is difficult for us, because we want to be in control, and we want to think that our race and tribe has been specially blessed. This lead to such nonsense in Victorian times as the British Israelite — who over read Blake. In modern times, it is leading to the equally nonsensical Black Realities. Since the British have repented from this error while many so called leaders of African-Americans have not, and the souls of such matter, excuse this quote of correction.
Let us acknowledge that, at the time that these sects were founded — Frank Cherry’s Church of the Living God in 1886, William Saunders’ Church of God and Saints of Christ in 1896, Wentworth Matthew’s Commandment Keepers in 1919 — black Americans were in a desperate situation. The abolition of slavery had not brought black people to the Promised Land. In fact, most former slaves and their offspring found “freedom” in post-Civil War America to mean a life of toil and poverty. Illiteracy was widespread, and very few black people had even as much as a high-school diploma. In such an environment, it was possible to find a credulous audience for the nonsensical and counter-factual claim that black people were the true descendants of ancient Israelites, and that actual Jews were therefore imposters, who had “stolen” their identity. What is more difficult to explain — mind-boggling, really — is how anyone in the 21st century could be so ignorant as to believe this. But such nonsense has continued gaining traction:
It is to Christ that we are to submit, and none other. If there is a dispute between obedience of the word of God and adherence to the rulers of this moment and time, we choose Christ.
That’s not easy at times of mass hysteria and/or virtue signalling.
But the very virtue signals we are told to do is a trap. it means we are, again, neglecting our salvation. Turn again, instead, to Christ.