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There is a War on: Be sure you have on your
SOMETHING ? BUT WHAT ?
There is something about a soldier …goes the old song, that is fine, fine, fine!
Certainly, a sense of ordered might, enthusiasm (where present), mission and assemblage for fell or perhaps even defensive purposes can be impressive! The other side is there too, and some armies seek to guard against the easily accessible excesses in this domain. Armies can be sites for oppression, bullying, sadism, towards one’s own or the enemy, irrational hatred, determined obfuscation and visionless arousal, likewise.
Edinburgh Tattoo seen on ABC TV on
When it went further, and presented us with materials related to the treatment of various gods, or their imaginary treatment of others, however, it was apparent that this was something more than entertainment, or the impressive martialling of the clothing at least, of might.
The vision seemed to appear as the lights disappeared. Was this not the Commonwealth with its new look, its new direction (somewhere from the multiplicitous past into the unified future?), and was not the roll of the droll something of an admission that the ship was sailing in the 8th sea, the unknown one; but, that with all good feeling, together it would be pleasant, even profitable, and intensely human.
To make the
trend even more obvious, there were American elements, from
However, the direction symbolised ?
Is it not,
v with al Qaeda seeking to chomp and chastise;
v with a world in disarray;
the past vision that Britain at least
formally adopted, of spiritual faith in the living God through
Jesus Christ, with no papacy added to help Him, just
ONE Mediator from the ONE God with ONE
message in ONE library of His own, the
Bible, fading nationally:
v that this was a new look ?
Was it also a beginning of symbolisation of one world with one human cargo which, however it was sourced, is now coursing into a pleasant future with, to be sure, no maps, but still, a coming place for man, by man, from man, and to man.
reminds one of Romans , except that they would perhaps write, instead of “God”,
“mankind”: no small substitute, though one of small wisdom, and no realism. It
is then as in
God was not pleased then; He has not changed (Malachi 3:6, Psalm102, Hebrews 13:8, Micah 5:2, Habakkuk 3:6). How would this verse in Romans 11 read then, with this infinite change ? “For of mankind, and through mankind and to mankind are all things, to which be glory forever.” One has omitted the Amen, since there can be no Amen to this, but only avast and avaunt, for the smoke is acrid, the folly is perennial and the future is not unknown for any such thing as that, or any adaptation to the confusion of pseudo-unified religions, which embracing stark opposites, mean nothing except that the one or the body which adopts the result, is itself playing ‘God’.
It was noticed in the last chapter that China*1, on the other hand, coming from an atheistic past in its governing echelons - and in fact, it is living rather well in the present through the funds being imported for commercial projects just now, from nations of a very different complexion - is experiencing much of what troubled Russia in the late twentieth century (cf. loc. cit., *1 and *3). What is there being offered is by no means all that is wanted.
The stress on the individual that is arising in China, is reportedly intense, indeed it appears also to be on meaning: it is not fitting to many in China to be ants in an anthill, pitilessly beaten by the sun of a deceased Mao, or Marx, whose ways are anything but divine, either in theory or practice (cf. SMR pp. 925ff., 127ff., Highway to Hell, and Indexes). Even Saddam Hussein is now having HIS little book, filled with such pearls as adorn a dictatorship, though the book is not red this time!
The world loves itself, but is not lovely (James 4:4). God is needed. God IS love (I John 4:7-8). HE made sacrifice for His love; HE took the penalties of caring for the loved; and it is HE who being who He is, makes His atonement available, in love, and not something else (Galatians 1).
Thus as one
nation begins to move towards
Washington Post report on
THE DESTINY THAT IS THE DESIDERATUM,
BUT HOW ?
Not in millions, of dollars or of men, does the answer lie, but in One
Known, and Displayed, Tattooed on His very Face
There are really only two places to go: to destiny with God or to rebellion without Him. If the former, then He needs to be identified – just as you do not go to SOME COUNTRY OR OTHER when going abroad, but identify clearly what it is, name it and ensure that you are to be accepted when you get there. One well remembers going to Canada when some decades younger, to perform a needed ministry in a beautiful Island (PEI), and on being found to have some past breakage in some fingers of one’s left hand, being told that THIS, it was NOT in the medical report presented. YOU COULD, the official advised this author, have been refused entrance; but since you are professional, all is well.
On the same
flight, from memory, one recalls some people at
It is therefore wise to think: in times past the Roman Empire slew Christians with zestful enthusiasms, enjoying the spectacle, then Romanism testifying how it glorified God just as Christ predicted (John 16:2), and now Islam is pursuing its ancient techniques, slaughter and more slaughter the specialty of its martial fame. It is not for nothing that they have slaughtered; nor for that matter, that Communism became so profoundly competent a learner in the human abattoirs game, leaving a trail for eternity to ponder, in Cambodia, and even more in China, not to mention Russia, or the arctic rigours that led to so many rigors, in Siberia. These were the dastardly dynamics: they bite, they tear, they snarl, they lie, they parade, they cling to death like crows to carrion.
There is a war on! (cf. Ch. 6, … Immovable Faith). Some fight as they will.
Ø But for the Christian: You fight
with grace, kindness and compassion but especially with understanding, wisdom
and the courage of Christ, who died that men should live and not die in
inescapable exclusion from the very presence of God. You cannot force it; God
does not force it: but in His all-knowing, never deceived beauty of holiness,
He misses none, just as Christ found His sheep (John 10).
Ø The restraint of His love, never merely
possessive, the purity of His heart, always ready to forgive, the amplitude of
His opportunity, never merely jaded, and again, the sheer openness, not to
change by man, but to the overthrow of the sins of man on that blessed
application to which all are invited, sometimes even urged (Matthew 22:8-10),
and many come: this is the joy of those who cry, “Glory to the
righteous!” just as God predicted would be the case, yes even as here, down in the “isles” (cf. Isaiah
24:14-16, 42:6, 49:6, 50-55), who “receive the water
of life freely”! (Isaiah 55:-13, 54:6, Revelation 21:6, ).
Ø It is Christ, not
Ø Never does anyone have to lament, saying – Oh let me come to the One who shed HIS blood, and does not live by murder, but in grace! If only the door were open. The invitation is there: Come!
Ø To be with the Prince of Peace, and acceptable to Him (as in Ephesians 1:1-6, 2:1-10), you need to ask for His GRACE (not money, not fame is needed, but kindness and compassion given as He will). You need to ACCEPT His PLACE (and this means first, not the celestial destiny with Him, but His place for you, on the Cross as a cancellation of sin, receivable ONLY by faith as shown in Romans 3, Eph. 2, Galatians 3, 5), and ADDING nothing to the document, not credits, no merits (for BY GRACE you are a having been saved person, says Paul, through faith), you enter in HIS NAME. The HE clothes you with HIS righteousness which is the mark of the Master (Isaiah 61:10, Psalm 71:16, Romans 3:22ff., , Ephesians 2:1-10, Matthew 22:11ff. – and notice the fate of the man ‘undressed’ who dared to enter the presence of the king!).
Ø That then is in your visa; for that is the COUNTRY OF ORIGIN which makes the destiny, under the same management, assured. Come by faith to Him as He is and as He has proclaimed Himself to be, you are already accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6); and when so, then already you HAVE “an inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11), and God has known you from the first (Ephesians 1:4), yes this, even when YOU do not know HIM till the last: and this, when the time is ripe and your life on this earth is complete, then it is merely … coming home!