I have needed to come to the scripture today because the lies promoted on Pravda One and the smugness of the ruling class stuck to my craw. There were people saying that "we can rule alone" or counting the meethods to make a more progressive government. I'm seeing too many people promised much but delivered little: less than little, because the promise is not acted on.
And yes, I expect politicians to lie, but this bunch were believing their own press releases.
I need to stop doing that, and instead consider God. Even in the bad times he is in control, and he will raise up a people and an empire to bring justice, again and again... usually an empire no one particularly likes. If you look at the other texts for today, the prophet Jeremiah goes to all the kings of the Levant -- not merely Judah -- and says bow to the yoke of Babylon and live, otherwise you will be destroyed.
I need to recall that God controls this season, and in it he will work things we cannot comprehend.
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
131 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvellous for me.
But I have calmed and quietened my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and for evermore.
And the elite? Well, they have a choice. Repent, or they will find that they are left to build their own hell. They will believe a lie, live a lie, and call it virtue. Their desires will enslave them.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.
Mistrust the great and good and those things that they demand you believe in. It;s generally better to do the opposite of what they believe.
If you can, vote them out.
If you cannot, give them politeness, taxes, but bow the knee to God alone.
And do not be at all like them.