17 November 2021

This is a time of crisis. The press is full of fear; fear of the virus, fear of those who have not taken the vaxx, fear that one will lose one’s job because one has not taken the vaxx: fear that our freedoms and pleasures will be used as levers against us.

The cure for fear — and I fear, I fear, for I am being required to do things that are new. That I do not know. I am finding I liked the infrastructure of the system, where things generally just happened (though I know I was one of those who made them happen) more than I thought I would.

But God tells us, even though our jobs are on the line, and we are threatened with no services, not to fear. He as something better to come.

Frances Berger may e correct. This crisis is to force out of dysfunction, abuse, and dependency into freedom, gratitude and joy.

In simple terms, the devil you don’t know is a knee-jerk reaction against faith and creativity. It immediately negates faith in the possibility that a good decision (refusing the peck to save job that may not be all that good anyway) might actually lead one from a bad situation (an employer using coercive tactics to force you to do something you don’t want to do) to a good or better situation (another job where you may not have to endure such things or perhaps another way of earning income that might land you in better circumstances).

Material considerations aside, it also sidesteps the spiritual “better” that arises should one decide to abandon the devil they know.

The devil you don’t know is also an affront against spiritual creativity, which entails a certain degree of risk-taking in order to think and act creatively in harmony with divine creation.

Within the devils paradigm, the devil you know represents the comfort, security, and familiarity of the System as well as the call to stay with the System, but of what good is the comfort, security, and familiarity if the price you are being asked to pay for it includes being manipulated and coerced by the System toward something you know to be wrong and evil?

Once again, I understand that not everyone is free to choose in this situation, but I suspect many are far freer to choose than they present themselves to be.

Instead of “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” why not think in terms “worse the devil I know that the angel I don’t”.

Yeah, the phrase has a kind of cheesy Hallmark card quality to it, but there’s nothing cheesy about the message the phrase conveys.

Why stick with a bad situation you know? Why not have some faith in God and yourself and take a chance at something potentially better?

The scriptures today are often interpreted as end time scriptures, though the abomination of the desolation happened with Titus destroyed the temple. The Christians in Jerusalem obeyed Christ and fled. We are closer to the end than Zechariah or the Apostles. But it is not yet.

There are lessons to draw from these passages. The first is, as a nation, do not take up the cause of Jerusalem to rule it. Those who have that city as part of the empire find they don’t have an empire. (The neocons forget that they are running an empire. Badly, but it is an empire).

The second is that there will be mourning and repentance for Israel. Instead of mocking Christ, they will grieve for him.

Zechariah 12:1-13

12 The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. 4 On that day, declares the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the Lord of hosts, their God.’

6 “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

7 “And the Lord will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8 On that day the Lord will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11 On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land shall mourn, each family[a] by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

13 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Mark 13:9-23

9 “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

In this crisis (point three) we should not be concerned about what we say to our accusers. Every time we speak, God will take over. I have experienced this. I have seen this.

And those in power will have a witness, so God is glorified.

Finally, do not think we can make heaven in this life, or that by acceding to the demands of Jew, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu we can synthesize an ecumenical unity leading to God. Such convergence leads instead to the enemies of God. God is not there. Christ is not there.

When Christ returns, it will be obvious.