I had a couple of odd experiences on Sunday. I watched a webinar about the current crisis, and the saying throughout was stand strong, get help, know the facts. Then my mate from the mountains read Sunday’s post and called me to tell me that I should have courage. For which I need to thank him.
Today’s passages need to be read togehter, for it is true that the apostate, who has experienced God’s prescene and then walks away, rejects God and crucifies him again. But we all sin. We will continue to sin. But when we fall, God will drag us back to him, though we consider ourselves less than worthy of his love, and hide from the Spirit in our shame.
Again, to sin is a serious matter, but we have a High Priest who understands what it is to be tempted, and has paid the prive for our sin.
What the apostate lacks, above all things, is humility. They have, all too often, fallen into the original temptation, and want to make themselves as God.
I prefer to remain Weka, and human. And, on Monday, Weka praises God for coffee.
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the Lord upholds his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
26 He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
27 Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you dwell forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land
and dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not slip.
32 The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
33 The Lord will not abandon him to his power
or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself like a green laurel tree.[a]
36 But he passed away,[b] and behold, he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
What we need to deal with is a society that is apostate. It has fallen away. It is post christian: to appeal to the basis of Christianity or the morals of Christ is seen as a weakness to be weaponized against the righteous. They are proud of their sins, and horrified by anyone who says to them if you continue on this path you will destroy your soul and your life.
Didact is correct here. The Marxists who have made their long march through the bureaucracy are the useful idiots of Satan.
The fact that we are incapable of calling things what they are, has landed us into a very predictable mess. This is a symptom of the disease that is eating away at our whole society. If you cannot speak basic truths and facts openly, then you cannot acknowledge dangers when they thunder toward you.
After all, if you live in a society in which a mentally ill man who mutilates his own body has to be called a “woman”, or in which all of the great good that White people have done is considered evil and racist, or in which “F**K JOE BIDEN!!!” somehow transforms into “LET’S GO BRANDON!!!”, or in which the Russians are the source of all evil and nonsense in the world…
… then you will not have the capacity or the self-awareness to understand why a tiger is charging straight at you with the clear desire to turn you into his dinner.
This is the direct result of allowing cultural Marxists to take over so many of the institutions. It’s not like they were secretive about their intentions, either – Antonio Gramsci and his acolyte, Rudi Dutschke, literally told us what they planned to do.
Do you see now why I keep saying that shooting openly avowed Communists on sight should be considered a completely legitimate form of self-defence? Indeed, when the world finally comes to its senses and installs Didact as Supreme Overlord of Mankind, Commies will be hunted down like the servants of Satan that they really are.
And that, ultimately, is the source of our problem:
We let Satan into our lives.
Marxism, and its more virulent and dangerous offshoots of cultural Marxism and social justice ideology, are all merely the latest manifestations of a philosophy and belief system that goes all the way back to the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. It is the philosophy espoused by the Serpent, which says that “You shall be as gods”.
But we can’t. We never will be. God’s power is not for us to take onto ourselves. We are imagers of God, either in an aesthetic or functional sense (if you listen to Dr. Michael Heiser about the latter, and I do), and we have a very clearly defined place in the hierarchy of the natural world. We have disobeyed that hierarchy, and refused to give defence and respect to the LORD our God, who gave us these things.
God’s judgement against our sins is righteous, necessary, and entirely appropriate by this point. It will be bloody, terrible, and horrific to watch, but we have to go through it. Justice – real justice – is never clean or easy, but only its proper administration can ensure that mistakes made in the past, will not be repeated in the future, at least not for some generations.
There is a groundswell coming. It is of people who have had enough. They have seen their businesses go under, their careers ruined, and their children in despair because of Government dictates that go well beyond the needs of any public health emergency. They have little to lose.
And they will revolt. Quiet noncompliance can do as much damage as a demonstration. And the old unions used to cripple businesses by working to rule — as the job was written, without the shortcuts that made doing the job possible.
SO is it in the church. The liberals who run the various church committees are finding their level of comfort is diminishing as the collection plate has less coin in it, and the state funding of their project comes with managers who bring a demand they give more than a pinch of incense to Caesar.
We are all under pressure.
But we need to not fear. We need to have confidence, even courage. Not so we charge the bureaucrats and their lawyers — though it would be satisfying. But so we stop, think, pray, and act according to the strategy of God and not man.
Our elite know too well, and are too practiced, in the strategy of this world. But we are not to be like them.