One of the things a mate said to me a couple of days ago was that the current policy makers believe that they can solve all the suffering of this world if they tweak our behaviour and get the economy sorted and equality indexes ideal (that is less inequality). They are looking at policies and they believe that work as described is the same as work as it is done. They consider that with appropriate management all people will live a happy life until they reach the end, which they will ease.
And they have no interest in the future. They are high church progressive atheists. God does ha way of dealing with such, from ancient times.
If it looks like evil is winning, then ask yourself why the last four years have seen such a giant surge in Satanic evil, not just in the USA, but around the world.
Look around you at what we're seeing right now: riots in the streets, America's greatest cities sinking into oblivion, the Communist Party of China - and Communism is the very definition of Satanic evil - working hard to undermine the Christian West, degeneracy and filth of every kind on television through streaming services, plague, famine, and horror all around.
You think it is coincidental that all of this is happening right now, when a certain Donald John Trump is President of the USA and is, somehow, one of Christianity's toughest and strongest defenders?
I mean, this is a billionaire playboy whose sexual conquests are legendary and whose ability to stay faithful to any of his women is... limited, at best.
This is a man who, on the campaign trail, had considerable difficulty in telling an interviewer what his favourite passage in the Bible was, and said, "TWO Corinthians" instead of "Second Corinthians".
This is a man whose marriage to a Slovenian supermodel of formidable talent, intelligence, and achievement is quite odd, and it is difficult to understand how the two of them can possibly make it work.
And THAT is the man that has done more to protect and defend the True Faith than ANY President for FORTY YEARS.
If ever you doubted that the Lord uses broken tools to work His wonders, then wonder no longer. That is how the Big Fella Upstairs does things. Just sit back and let Him do what He needs to do to fix the shit that we broke.
There are many who scoff. Who cannot see the will of God, and (interestingly) hate the Trump and all he stands for. They consider death is the end.
It is not. That is the final judgement.
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers,
who rule this people in Jerusalem!
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the overwhelming whip passes through
it will not come to us,
for we have made lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
16 therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid[a] as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
17 And I will make justice the line,
and righteousness the plumb line;
and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it passes through it will take you;
for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night;
and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,
and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim;
as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused;
to do his deed—strange is his deed!
and to work his work—alien is his work!
22 Now therefore do not scoff,
lest your bonds be made strong;
for I have heard a decree of destruction
from the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.
I don't often go for Verdi and the requiem mass, but this as close as I can find musically to the passage.
The same people consider the church as another social agency, or a scam. They think we are mugs to give any money to the work of God, which is through his church. They point to corruption within the clergy and scandal, but are silent about the greater scandal in the secular social agencies .
And they want to tell us how to spend our resources, how to run agencies, and how they will support us only if we follow their agenda. But their agenda is of the spirit of the age.
6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8 And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
We are to worship God. It is noble to give to the work of the church, and the furtherance of the gospel. Work witi the church you belong to, support its ministries, and resource its growth. We have a world who is lost and hurting and the church is the answer to that world.
The church is not peripheral to the solution of the problems in this time, when the state implodes (and it will) the church will remain, and the church is the solution. It is central, not peripheral.
Let ups give God the praise, for he will make fools of these professional mockers, and show his power through this an any other circumstances. Death is not the end: may our death, by nattural means or by the stragetms of those converged with evil, bring glory to God.
And may w, at the time of Judgement, be told that we have been a faithtul and good servant of God.