4 September 2020: we have forgotten to grieve, for we have forgotten to love.

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I spent last night talking with Kea, about family, and the coming recession. How we should plan, not for five years, but for thirty. About our children. And in that I recalled a friend saying that “the generation that killed their babies will be killed by their children”.

Then I thought that we are taking our families and wives and husbands away by our own hands. We spend our youth chasing pleasure, and children are deemed inconvenient. I am aware that local private schools have had the school counsellor or nurse take their students to family planning for RU-486 so that the girl can continue her studies and reach her potential. Divorce and having children outside of wedlock is so normalized that the Prme Miniister of England has had multiple children by a series of wives, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand has a baby being cared for by her boyfriend. She’s 40.

Ezekiel was told his wife would die, and she did: he was not allowed to mourn. In this time of COVID 19, neither are we: there are funerals delayed for months in this town so that families will be allowed to grieve.

And our churches are burning, while we stand clear-eyed.

Ezekiel 24:15-27

15 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 16 “Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the desire of your eyes with a blow; but you shall not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not come. 17 Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men.” 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded. 19 The people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?” 20 Then I said to them, “The word of the Lord came to me saying, 21 ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword. 22 You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and you will not eat the bread of men. 23 Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not weep, but you will rot away in your iniquities and you will groan to one another. 24 Thus Ezekiel will be a sign to you; according to all that he has done you will do; when it comes, then you will know that I am the Lord God.’”

25 ‘As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their stronghold, the joy of their pride, the desire of their eyes and their heart’s delight, their sons and their daughters, 26 that on that day he who escapes will come to you with information for your ears? 27 On that day your mouth will be opened to him who escaped, and you will speak and be mute no longer. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

All that we have done that is wrong can be bought up the cross. God can reddem us, and he can allow us to learn how to love again. This is not our doing: we cannot break the chains we have bound ourselves, but Christ can.

If the ancient Isrealites lost the temple and their nation, what will God do in recompense to us? For Justice will flow as a river, unless we pray that his mercy flows as a flood.

Romans 10:15-21

15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]bring good news of good things!”

16 However, they did not all heed the [b]good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word [c]of Christ.

18 But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;

“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the [d]world.”

19 But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says,

“I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation,
By a nation without understanding will I anger you.”

20 And Isaiah is very bold and says,

“I was found by those who did not seek Me,
I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

21 But as for Israel He says, “All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

What shall we do? Firstly, we will praise. For God has lifted us from our natural state, though we are within a society that is sinful, we are not like our eilte. We will grieve, for we have loved: we will have shame, for we have nor removed our conscience. And when we think of our wrongdoing, we need to recall this is why Christ died for us.

Christ still has his hands out for us: Israel and all other nations, tribes and peoples. There is no exception. No race is blessed: no race is damned. He will call his people to himself.

Let us give God the praise. Let us marry, love, have kids, raise them, keep them from the familing education system that no longer has valid credentials (with a few exceptions, and even there they are not taught with the rigour of old).

Let us not be ashamed to grieve: it is the cost of love. And God will wipe our tears from our eyes.