For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome
Reflections take me to considering the year’s absence from our gatherings of some members of our fellowship. Loneliness rests at both ends of the spectrum. Not much is said about the space of emptiness left behind when some do not attend gatherings the purpose of which is to encourage one another as we worship in unity. Virtual worship cannot replace contact worship. There is an element of bonding and love that is missing and we’ve been cautioned against “forsaking the assembly” as we are social beings not meant “to be alone”. The present conditions of separation and isolation must have the dark side of the universe rejoicing. This is not what God created and mankind/humanity loves to distort and destroy the “good” that God created. By appearances that is what presents itself today…
Events and conditions are in fast change mode and not for the betterment of our existence. Who is responsible? Is it evil-driven or is it the heavy hand of God telling his people to change, to repent, to walk humbly with Him. See
Ezekiel 14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off humans and animals from it; 20 even if Noah, Daniel,[a] and Job were in it, as I live, says the Lord God, they would save neither son nor daughter; they would save only their own lives by their righteousness. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+14%3A19-21&version=NRSV)
2 Chronicles7:13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. From <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+7%3A13-15&version=NRSV>
Can it be both? Changes that are not in alignment with scripture need to be addressed by His people both collectively and on an individual basis. The hard question to answer is where stand you? Can it be possible to love and fight for what is right by God’s standard? Is there a place for reconciliation? Working in unity of spirit within God’s parameters?
Recently shared: A quote from Gordon Pennington and shared by Lance Wallnau.
Above all, we are Christians, and in serving the risen Christ, our greater mandate and uncompromised commission is to proclaim the good news of salvation, God’s free gift of grace, to a world in bondage to sin, and shame, and fear. This is the true foundation of all freedom.
Tyranny, in all it’s forms, through the political machinations and manipulations of conceit and deceit, is a manifestation of idolatry. It places surrender and obedience to man-made edifices of government in bondage, over surrender and obedience to the throne of Almighty God in worship. Only Christ offers enduring freedom to humanity. The governments of this world have never ultimately provided anything that did not lead to eventual subservience bondage.