2 Timothy 4:3 says, “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, and Paul goes on from there to say that this time will be characterized by people who will follow their own desires.
In some of my last posts, I’ve said that I never thought that I would live to see this day, whatever “day” that was. I’m sorry to say that I have to say it again. I never thought that I would live to see this day. One of the other blogs that I follow has the following cartoon: a picture of a piece of paper with a frowny face, and a message saying, “Sorry, the page you have been looking for has been removed or is temporarily unavailable.” One of the other blogs I follow, a conservative one, has had a couple of posts partially blocked out on a particular social media with the disclaimer that said post is being “fact-checked”; the post is unavailable.
Very seldom on this blog have I entered into politics, except maybe as it impinges on Scriptural teaching; I’ll admit, the particular blog mentioned above is definitely conservative – and supportive of our current, and soon to be ex-, President. This seems to have become politically incorrect.
As I meander around the internet, I’ve just in the last few days come across some very disturbing posts and pictures. There has been always been discontent with our current President. He has dared to love this country and to advance her interests. Further, he has undone a lot of things a former, much-admired President has done. And, I admit, he seems to delight in “poking the bear,” as it were, deliberately tweeting things which upset his opponents. This apparently has only served to enrage them, and now, with his defeat, they seem determined to obliterate his own achievements. Some of his supporters still seem to hold out the hope that his defeat will be overturned. I don’t think so. Some of them hope that things can be turned around in 2024. Probably not.
Here is what concerns me. Because our current President is identified as a Christian conservative, some of those who are enraged at him not only want to get rid of him, but also to vent their rage on Christian conservatives in general, and to get rid of them.
As I said, “I never thought I’d live to see this day.”
With the things that have happened recently, things that never should have happened, and the uproar that’s accompanied them, some Christians talk about the Rapture and that it must be time for the Lord to come back for His people. That may or may not be. What they seem to fail to realize with this hope, and it is a blessed hope, is that there is nothing in Scripture which says that believers will be spared from all the suffering and misery that will happen just before He comes back.
Though it may very well be preparing for the end times with all the troubles around COVID-19, there is still nothing approaching “the mark of the beast,” which is perhaps the main “mark” of the end. And believers throughout church history have seen in their current events that which has led them to hope it would soon be over.
Some in our day claim that the vaccines being worked on to cure the coronavirus will contain a micro-chip to enable tracking of the inoculated. Even if that turns out to be the case, it still seems to me to fall short of the final “mark”. According to Revelation 7, the “mark of the beast” will be public and visible, to counteract the public and very visible protective mark of the 144,000 Jews, vs. 4-8, not hidden away in a micro-chip under the skin. So far as I can see, nothing has happened in Israel anywhere at all approaching Revelation 7. In addition, the rest of that chapter tells us, there will be a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, peoples, tribes and tongues standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. As bad as it might seem, the enemy will not win.
In the meantime, even though the apostle Paul didn’t know anything about “democracy,” he still wrote that it is our responsibility as believers that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, 1 Timothy 2:1, 2, emphasis added. He didn’t say anything about having to agree with their politics or governance. In fact, he lived during the rule of one of the worst, if not the worst, of the Roman emperors, a man who delighted in the agonizing deaths of Christians in the Coliseum and who took part in their tortures.
The Founders of this once-great nation had themselves, many of them, come from places where there was governmental control over spiritual things, that is, “religion”. The Constitution they formulated was designed to prevent that.
However, as with all things merely human since the Garden of Eden, the road only leads downhill. We may yet, and not that far off, see the end of religious liberty in this country. It’s already begun in some of our states with the prohibition of religious, that is, church, meetings, though nightclubs and casinos are still free to operate as usual. We’ll see if this restriction ends when the pandemic is over. Censorship is beginning, as with the blog mentioned above. It likely won’t get any better.
As our Lord was coming to the close of His earthly ministry, He told His disciples some of the things that would happen just before His return, and He said to them, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near,” Luke 21:28 NKJV.
I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few days or weeks or months. I don’t even know for sure what will happen in the next five minutes. But, one way or another, all things will come to an end. I don’t know if the things that we see happening around us are “the beginning” of that end or not. But maybe it’s time to “lift up” our heads.
In the meantime, January 20, 2021, is 10 days away as I write this. At that time, it will become our responsibility as Christians to pray earnestly, faithfully, and truthfully for Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., the 46th President of these United States – as well as for all of our governing officials, down to the most local level.