Avenge Us, O Lord

Unjust judge, shameless widow (Luke 18) – An Informed Faith

Not too long ago, I cited this parable of the widow and the unjust judge, found in Luke 18:2-8. It seems particularly applicable just now. Here it is, from the King James Version.

“There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

We, the American people, Christians and others, have had a colossal crime committed against us–and our courts refuse to hear the evidence. Every worldly institution in which we trusted, in which we hoped for justice, has failed us. They liked The Swamp and they wanted it back.

We have nothing left but our prayers, and the judge of all the earth who hears them.

In Jesus’ name, O God, avenge us. And put things right again: because we can’t, but you can. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s Soothe Our Souls

There’s a lot to be distressed about, these days, and don’t we all know it!

Let’s share a hymn. How many times must Doc Watson have performed this hymn for an audience, and still could hardly get through it without giving in to tears? What a Friend We Have in Jesus… “take it to the Lord in prayer.”

If I had a working guitar, and the talent to make music on it, I’d sing and play this hymn until I cried my eyes out.

And I would be the better for it.

‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

The Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, seems to have a different set of lyrics for every denomination’s hymnal. Here the choir at the First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, sings at as Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. Whatever the version, I’ve always loved it.

Fun fact: A posting of Hyfrydol (not this one) a year or two ago produced this blog’s all-time high single day’s viewership–over 300 views that day. I guess I’m not the only one who loves it!

Mark Rushdoony: ‘The Divided States of America’

An Urgent Message from Mark Rushdoony

Here’s a thoughtful essay by Mark Rushdoony, analyzing the deep divisions that afflict “a nation running from Christianity.”

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-divided-states-of-america

“We have a great deal of historical and contemporary evidence that the democratic process has always been infected with, if not controlled by, blatant lies and fraud,” Mark writes. “Confidence in [our] institutions is now incredibly low.”

People who reject God wind up needing, desperately, to replace Him. Thrown onto their own sinful resources without the guidance of Scripture, when they run from Christianity, they run off in all different directions.

As James Madison would have said, “democracy” is a very poor substitute for justice.

‘Sing We Now of Christmas’

I wonder if I ought to post Christmas carols now and then throughout the year.

This is an instrumental piece by Quadriga Consort, Sing We Now of Christmas, French and English traditional.

Christ must conquer.

Heapin’ Up the Hubris

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We see this pattern over and over again.

In the Bible, the usurping tyrant Abimelech rides higher and higher–until a woman kills him with a piece of a millstone (Judges 10:18). In one Greek tragedy after another, the doomed protagonist just can’t stop pushing his luck until it finally deserts him altogether and the gods destroy him. And closer to our own time, we have Shakespeare’s tragedies–King Lear, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, take your pick: the hero goes too far, and that’s the end of him.

Question! Why, in so many different cultures, widely spread apart in time and space, do so many writers seem to write the same thing? The Bible calls it pride, the Greeks called it hubris: the pride that destroys its owner.

Why have so many different artists written about it–unless it’s because hubris is a real thing that happens in real life? Furthermore, it seems most civilizations knew that, even if they didn’t have the guidance of the Bible. The Roman general Flamininus wept for the foe he’d just defeated, all that splendor gone down in flames. He was afraid to rejoice in his pride, lest the same fate befall him. So you see, the pagans knew about this, too. God never kept it a secret.

Today we have the Far Left Crazy running wild, rejoicing in the fraud that put their puppet in the White House, licking their lips over the insane mischief they mean to do to this country. It’s their hour on the stage, and they strut and fret for all they’re worth. “We can do anything we want! To anybody!”

May the Lord deal with them as He dealt with Abimelech and all the other usurping tyrants of history, all buried under their hubris in the pit of Hell.

 

By Request, ‘Do It Again/Surrounded’

Requested by Susan, and spot-on suitable for the grim situation in which we find ourselves: Do It Again and Surrounded, played and recorded together by Michael W. Smith. I think we want to refer here to 2 Kings 6: 16-17, in which Elisha shows his servant God’s host of angels, invisibly poised to save them from the enemy.

Sanity Break: ‘In the Sweet By and By’

I don’t know about you, but I need a sanity break. I need a hymn–and this one has moved me to tears. This is the one I wanted.

In the Sweet By and By, performed by our own dear friends and colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy Swanson–yes, this is the one I wanted.  I pray it works for you, too.

What to Write?

Slow Motion Lizard Tongue Catching Prey on Make a GIF

It’s Sunday–the sabbath, for many of us–and I don’t want to write about stealing elections and dumping our country into a cauldron of boiling-over wickedness: plenty of time to do that all week long.

I watch the chameleon catching the fly and I wonder whether God is trying to tell us something. The fly has no idea the chameleon is anywhere nearby. But here I am straying into the nooze… *sigh*

Judah the Maccabee, although he was fighting desperately for the preservation of his people, nevertheless refrained from fighting on the Sabbath: it was his way of honoring the sovereignty of God and declaring his trust in Him. So he would only fight if the enemy actually attacked him.

Against all odds the Maccabees recovered the freedom of the Jewish people. And their situation was much more hopeless than ours. They had to fight against men. We fight against cowards, liars, and fools.

Ach! There I go again. Sorry!

‘Babbling About Babel’ (2018)

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Even a fool, King Solomon said, might pass for wise, if he can only keep his mouth shut.

But what we have here is a whole posse of fools displaying their ignorance not just by prattling away about things they know nothing about, but going on to make a documentary about it.

Babbling about Babel

It’s astounding that so many people could be so wrong, all at once. What if someone assembled a whole production company to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln leading America through World War II? Heaven knows what these films cost.

Well, our apparent ignorance of the Bible does go far to explain the way our country has wound up.