I am convinced by scripture that nations will survive, but the modern nation sstate? That’s another story. Adam has this to say about his state, and New Zealand is in the same position. The borders are closed and we are lcoked in. The main difference is that the scenery is nicer and it is a lot colder here.
My home state of Western Australia has been cut off from the rest of the world for months now. Nobody is allowed in or out. My own family thinks that this is simply splendid as people are now choosing to take their holidays in forgotten wheatbelt towns that hold all of the rustic charm of a tetanus infected nail to the foot.
Methinks they are confused as to what the word choice actually means.
When I pointed out to them that if something drastic happened in our family, neither they nor myself would be able to travel in either direction due to their government mandated cellophane wrapped existence. This point elicited some uncomfortable ums and ahs in token acknowledgement of being prisoners in their own state with no visiting rights.
Australia is a fairly artificial federation made up of a bunch of Anitpodean colonies, three of which who onn’t quite fit: Tasmania, New Zealand and Western Australia, which is functionally an island because it has the ocean on one side and a desert on the other. New Zealand saw the atrifice, and decided it was much better to remain independant. But the over reach remained.
So a quick note to our leaders: your state is artificial, and in its imperialistic over reach, it will fail. It will die. But the people will remain, and it is the people that are the nation.
To the world unite people another note: the nations are of God.
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord.
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
so shall your offspring and your name remain.
23 From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.
8 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralysed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go’, and he goes, and to another, ‘Come’, and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this’, and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marvelled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
Christ was shocked by the Roman in his directness. I am not: I know people who work that way — but it requires that you all know that you are under authority and acccountable. The Centurion showed his virute in his caring for his servant and his reluctance to break the cultural norms of the Jews.
And all such will be drawn to God. Regardless of nation, of tribe. That is true.
But the fact we are in tribes is also true. Israel are the chosen line of kings and prophets (most of whom had headaches from preaching to a people who thought they knew everything). We will be in our tribes. And as our leaders cannot keep the peace, we will look to Christ as our King.
May you come soon, Lord Jesus.