Where Will God Take Us from Here?

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I’m tired of writing about the nooze. Tired of watching Democrats murder my country by inches. Nevertheless, I have to write for Newswithviews this week; and I think I’ll write about my books–because there’s a lesson in here somewhere, if I can dig it out.

When Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, came out last year, a few readers said the series had gone on too long and it was time to put it to bed: grant the good guys final victory and let them all go home, to live happily ever after. Like, it’s a fantasy series, you should be able to do that. Why not? Tolkien did.

In my series, the characters plod ahead through good times and bad, enduring one crisis after another, doing their best to serve God, although the world seems to fight them every step of the way. This pattern is also known as “history.” We don’t get a final victory, just a lot of little ones–and that’s if we’re lucky.

Was World War II a final victory? Hardly. The Cold War took its place. Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East. To say nothing of the domestic crises each and every nation must endure. But that’s history. It doesn’t stop. When the Byzantine Empire finally defeated the Sassanian Persian Empire after some 300 years of war, the same emperor was still in office when Islam broke forth from the deserts of Arabia and crashed against the walls of Constantinople.

As Christians we believe in final victory. We can read all about it in the Bible. Jesus Christ has won it for us. Ultimately Christ shall reign forever and ever.

But we don’t know when. We just keep working. We don’t get to see God’s calendar. It would be a terrible mistake to show it to us, and God doesn’t make mistakes. We get a glimpse, in the Book of Revelation, of what Christ’s final victory will look like. And then, as C.S. Lewis hinted, the story really begins. We can’t even imagine what’s in store for us then.

God rules history. From time to time He intervenes in it. We have no idea what our history will be like after the restoration of all things. How could we? God has the whole universe at His disposal.

There’s no telling where He will take us from there.

 

It’s Killing Us Back

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It’s getting so you expect to see mass shootings in the nooze, you can’t keep track of them; and if it’s not a mass shooting, then it’s some other lurid crime that once upon a time would’ve had the whole nation goggle-eyed for months but now just comes and goes, because there’s always another one, just as awful, to crowd it off the front page.

So we’re gonna have more gun laws. Yeah, that’ll do it.

The Smartest People In America–“progressive” politicians, academics, noozies, judges, ACLU lawyers, Hollywood, teachers’ unions, etc.–have spent sixty years poisoning, debasing, and debauching our culture–that is, corrupting our national character–and now everybody’s astounded that our culture is killing us back.

All the laws you can write won’t restrain bad people from being bad. Guns are virtually banned in London, but their murder rate topped New York’s this year. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

We’ve killed our culture. How? By teaching and preaching that good is evil and evil is good. Look at it. Sixty million unborn babies massacred. Drag Queen Story Hour. “The hero of this movie is a villain!” Everything is racist. Transgender. Out of one side of their mouths they preach radical autonomy, you’re a little tin god, your truth is the only truth that matters, “Good job!”–and out of the other, they’ll tell you what you can or can’t eat, can or can’t say, can or can’t think. This stuff makes people crazy.

The worst thing they’ve done–which started with them abolishing school prayer in the early 1960s–has been to teach the nation to despise God’s laws. Oh, we can still believe in Him, as long as we don’t mind being openly mocked by Smart People–and as long as we bend the knee to “choice,” transgender, same-sex pseudomarriage, and anything else the Left demands we hail as sacred. We are expected to honor and “celebrate” abominable things. It can’t help but maim our character.

Once upon a time first Israel, then Judah, rejected God’s laws and disrespected him by trying to elevate false gods to His level, or even merge them with Him in their minds; and their depraved beliefs led them to depraved actions–child sacrifice, idolatry, murder, and the abuse of law and government for private gain. So God destroyed their kingdoms.

He will eventually intervene in history. He always does, sooner or later. He will intervene in hours.

Pray that for Jesus’ sake He leads our country to repentance, not destruction.

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