What shall we do? Politics and churches, popes and premiers, courts and commentators–the crazies have taken over, and all our worldly institutions–in which we put our trust–have failed us.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has two parables we need to hear.
Luke 18: 2-8–An unjust judge who fears neither God nor man is troubled by a widow woman who comes to him again and again, seeking justice. “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continued coming she weary me” (v. 5). And Jesus asks His audience, “And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?”
Luke 11: 5-8–A man is wakened by a knock on his door at midnight. It’s his neighbor, needing to borrow bread so he can feed a friend who has just come to him. The man in bed doesn’t want to get out of bed; but, “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth” (v.8).
The lesson in both parables is the same, and speaks to us today:
For one thing, it keeps up our connection to God–and we need that connection. For another, it states our faith in God, that He hears and answers prayers (which is what Humanist Manifesto II explicitly denies: they don’t want you praying). And for a third, God already knows what He is going to do and when He is going to do it, but we are His children by adoption and He will feel for us, He will care for us, He will know when the time has come to give us any particular blessing.
And it may be that, like the unjust judge and the man who’d already gone to bed, God will decide to give us what we need rather than be “troubled” by us forever.
Keep praying. We need deliverance out of the hands of wicked and ungodly rulers. It is in God’s power to grant us that deliverance. No evil empire ever rose without His decision not to stop it, because He respects our free will; and no evil empire ever lasted a minute longer than He decreed. As mighty as they are, He can throw them down in an instant. Ask the Assyrians.
Though He bear long with us… keep praying. He is God, the judge of all the earth. Keep praying.