Here’s an interchange with Jesus, recorded by the prophet Isaiah well before Jesus was born or the New Testament existed:
“Why are your clothes so red, as from treading out the grapes?
“I have trodden the winepress alone. No one was there to help me. In my wrath I have trodden my enemies like grapes. In my fury I trampled my foes. It is their blood you see upon my clothes. For the time has come for me to avenge my people to redeem them from the hands of their oppressors. I looked but no one came to help them; I was amazed and appalled. So I executed vengeance alone; unaided, I meted out judgment. I crushed the heathen nations in my anger and made them stagger and fall to the ground.” (Isaiah 63:2-6 TLB)
We live in a world that is growing more demoralized every day at the hands of evil men and women. By hook or by crook (I guess we could say Big Media or Big Tech today) they occupy positions of power in most governments.
The limits to power placed upon Western-style governments by their constitutions are not regarded as limits at all – just niddling annoyances to be worked around with fancy dances and outright lies.
Truth as most of us have known it no longer exists, except as a water boy for the narrative. Government is no longer employed to uphold the law; the law is employed to uphold the government, regardless of how corrupt or evil it may be. We all saw that very clearly during Donald Trump’s first term in office, with much of the government straining to destroy him.
When the Wuhan virus emerged, churches were among the first institutions attacked by politicians during their newfound flu-mergency. It took nearly two years and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming that the First Amendment means just what it says: Government has no authority over churches.
Why were churches attacked so quickly and shut down? Because the church, even in its broken and pacified condition, terrifies the political left and the kingdom of darkness they worship.
God frequently describes himself as long-suffering. He is, and for that all of us can be eternally grateful. But He is still the only God in the universe, the only Creator, the only One who sits on the Throne, and the only One who in righteousness executes judgment against those who attack his sovereignty. There is no appeal from His rulings. There is no escape from His justice.
The Apostle Paul – who was certainly in a position to know – emphasized that humanity is in a spiritual war against powers and principalities that are opposed to God’s rule (Ephesians 6:12). Paul urged those of us who bear the name of Christ to employ the power we obtained at the Cross to fight against the powers and principalities of evil. Yet, how many of us who have attended churches all our lives know how to do this?
Today, everyone is “woke” over made up, imagined grievances that have emerged from the pit of hell. Yet the pit of hell’s greatest fear is that the Christian church will become “woke” to the power against evil that Jesus gave it at the Cross. The powers of darkness quake at the thought of an awakened church, filled with believers who know who they are, in Christ.
Jesus does not “need” us to act. That’s why I opened with the passage from Isaiah. But He would very much like us to act, because that would be a sign of maturity; that we didn’t just sit in church pews our entire lives, listening to elementary-level messages that we thought we had reserved for the kiddies. Perhaps there are churches out there that would like to become “woke” in a good way, as in a Great Awakening. This might be a good time for churches to take up their own discussion among their local body.
I opened with Isaiah 63 for a reason. Many Christian churches seem to discount God moving in any significant way in our era. Perhaps I misunderstand, but today’s churches allow for God to move in the lives of individuals, but I hear very little about God moving among nations. Do churches today even believe that God is able to exert his will over our technological oligarchs?
I think we are much, much closer to divine intervention across the world than many imagine. I think it will occur at the national level. God operates on a much larger chessboard than we can possibly imagine. Our job is to cooperate with Him when He moves. Can Jesus do it himself? Isaiah 63 speaks of both nations and individuals. I don’t think He is going to be handing out free passes for those in power to continue worshiping powers and principalities. Remember, Jesus is the Captain of the Angel Armies. If He ends up doing this, it’s not going to be for the faint of heart. A functioning Church would never have let things get to this point.
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