Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Lately, I have been contemplating on the times that we are living in, I recognize that God has sent a judgement on our nation and I find that I have a double mind on the subject. I am having a harder time finding rest in the Lord. On the one hand I want to see the corruption burned up but on the other hand I find myself wanting to make “war” with the instruments of His judgement. (Take for example the all reaching tentacled monster that has become our “government”, taking our pick between any of the last 4 Presidents at least.)
I begin to feel as if I can imagine what Jeremiah was feeling when God began to describe to him how he would go about cleaning up the abominations that had filled Israel.
“Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.”
Like Jeremiah I feel that I cannot “root” for the land, which is full of abominations nor can I give support to the enemies that God has prepared to sweep it clean. I cannot fight against the land nor can I fight against the Lords purpose in His instruments of judgement, I can only do His will and abide in Him. We can see how this worked out for Jeremiah:
For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.
Nobody wants to be Jeremiah but sometimes we are called to deliver a message that nobody wants to hear. Sometimes it is easier to become embroiled in political and cultural squabbles than it is to stand apart from them and deliver the warnings God wants delivered. Being a neutral observer sometimes puts us at odds with the partisans who insist that God is on their side, it is so easy to find ourselves in that role, Joshua did:
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
God is on a side all His own.
I’ve been feeling led of late that it is simply time to warn people, not argue with them, not “engage” with them but simply let them see and hear the gospel as clearly as the Holy Spirit can deliver it through me. Taking a side is only going to draw me out of the abiding rest of Christ, but I still have an obligation as a witness:
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
It’s not my job to fight for my Constitutional rights, to fight for the United States of America and every abomination she has democratically chosen for herself. It isn’t my job to fight against the Marxists, feminists, globalists, fascists or the government.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
I don’t want to identify with the smith or the coal. Destruction is necessary, the parts of me that don’t conform to the image of Jesus Christ need to be consumed. I should lay them down like the dead man I am trying to be.