I found this in my news feed — the eulogies for a woman driven to a radicalized suicide by the lock-down rules. Things are going as predicted. Evil flourishes, and the people are told it is good. Apart from those pesky Christians, who revert to the truth. At this rate, a patriarchate would be better than democracy.
Related, if we may leave Japan for a moment: 90-year-old Canadian woman chooses medically assisted death rather than endure another retirement home lockdown. This is one of those grim modern stories that make me wonder for a moment if we should put the Church back in control of everything.
The Eastern Orthodox Church, that is.
It is worth noting that everything that will be of God is tested. We all have trials. They are quite unpleasant when you are in the middle of them. But the trials refine us, and make us more like Christ. It is those who are of this world who get a free ride.
The cost of that is merely their soul, as they are converged with the lies of this time. Also note that women are deemed moral agents, and need to be purified as well. They are not exepmt. Nor are any strangers. For God is, among other things, true justice.
2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honour of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgement and by a spirit of burning.[a] 5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
11 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, 3 “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 But Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
Again, note that God does not play favourites. There is no people that he would not save. There is no part of humanity excluded from salvation. The Jews needed to learn this. Christ was sent to them, true, but he died for all, and rose for all.
And in him we have our hope. Not in anything else. Our testing and trials in part exist to remind us of that. We live, and work, and do wonderful things, But it is all by the grace of God,
And to him belongs the glory.