I have been considering over the last few days something son one calls classical stoicism. There is only so much we can control: there is much that is out of our control. We need to concentrate on where we can make a difference.
The problem is that we are often burdened by the emotions that others want us to have to control us, which generally are not loving. They are fear. They are guilt. When these curdle, and they do, one ends up with rage or despair, and I don’t mean the Godly despair that leads to repentance, because we are without power. The anger comes from others, and we cannot change others.
When it is my sin, I can own it, confess it and change. I cannot do anything about the sin of others but pray.
But God can, and God will. He will change them, or use them as examples. God is sovereign, and the kings and ministers and bureaucrats of the current global woke empire are not. They will be one with Assyria, on a pyre of destruction.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke;
his lips are full of fury,
and his tongue is like a devouring fire;
28 his breath is like an overflowing stream
that reaches up to the neck;
to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction,
and to place on the jaws of the peoples a bridle that leads astray.
29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel. 30 And the Lord will cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger and a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst and storm and hailstones. 31 The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the Lord, when he strikes with his rod. 32 And every stroke of the appointed staff that the Lord lays on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. 33 For a burning place has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready, its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of sulphur, kindles it.Isaiah 30:27-33
2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practise the very same things. 2 We know that the judgement of God rightly falls on those who practise such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practise such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgement of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.
6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honour and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.Romans 2:1-11
We all judge. We all have to judge. Those who say that judgement is a sin accuse even God for discerning what is true and right and holy from that is ugly, and evil. Most of us fear judgement — and our use of the terms kindness and tolerance weaponizes this — because we do not want to give up our pride and see ourselves as we are.
Broken, sinful, without redemption.
Didact once said that reformed theology is God is sovereign and the rest is jumping down speculative rabbit holes. (I’m paraphrasing). But it misses this: unless God was sovereign and powerful he could not redeem us. We cannot do it ourselves.
And unless he was just he would not be worthy of worship. We are not just: we delude ourselves if we think our exquisite inter-sectional sense of pride in our status and sins will save us.
But Christ can. Choose Christ. Or be one with the failed empires: a warning to others.