My daily Bible reading yesterday brought me to Psalm 73, and it went straight to my heart. I hope it stays there.
God help us! How often do we envy the prosperity of the wicked? They’ve got it made! Who restrains them from evil? Why do they never seem to get punished, no matter what they do?
Ah. But God’s gonna cut them down. Meanwhile He is with us, He hears our prayers, He has prepared a place for us. But the wicked and the ungodly “whose eyes stand out for fatness” will have no place in His Kingdom. Their riches won’t save them. They can’t mandate their way out of Hell. They can’t buy off the Righteous Judge.
Reading Hollowed Out, by Jeremy Adams, I was getting the very strong impression that everything is going wrong. Everything! But then a strange thing happened to me. I found myself singing the old Car 54 theme song.
There’s a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn’s broken out in fights,
There’s a traffic jam in Harlem that’s backed up to Jackson Heights.
There’s a scout troop short a child, Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild–
Car 54, where are you?
And the thought came to me: Everything can’t go wrong. It sure looks like it–but what’s that, that the Bible tells us again and again, about how we should walk by faith and not by sight? I mean, is God still up there on His throne, or not? Do we have His promises, or not? Is Christ risen, and our sins forgiven, or not?
The answer is not “Not.”
I don’t understand the details of what God is doing with this fallen world of ours. Maybe He thought we need a wake-up call. Maybe even a trip to the woodshed. But the end of it all, according to God’s own enscriptured word, is salvation. Regeneration. Christ shall reign forever.
This is what we must believe. God is pleased to let us into His labors with Him, to accept us as His servants: there is no higher calling. So buckle down and work, no matter what we see, no matter what we suffer.
Because He has a new heaven and a new earth waiting for us, and eternal life with which to enjoy it.
I’ve been doing some thinking about this. Current events and all, you know.
Either there is a supreme, sovereign authority, or there isn’t. If there isn’t–well, have fun, anything goes, whatever you can get away with.
If there is, either it’s God, the God revealed to us in the Bible, or someone or something else.
If God is supreme, we have His word and we know what He expects of us, for He has told us so. But if that authority belongs to someone or something else–then whom? Whose is it?
Well, perhaps some other god. Thor. Baal. Zeus. Ah, we’ve tried all those. They didn’t last.
Ooh-ooh, I know! It’s us! Real smart people! And all that stuff that we create–technology, laws, moral codes…and the state! Hum-baby, the state! That’s where you find the supreme and sovreign authority. Oh, yeah–in Science, too. You just can’t go wrong if it’s the State and Science.
Obviously we never learned a blessed thing from that whole lamentable and wretched 20th century. Original sin is nothing if not intractable.
If the supremacy is not God’s, then it must be someone else’s.
And if it does belong to someone else–no two people can agree on whom–then God help us.
Ah! I’ve just finished typing and submitting my Newswithviews column for the week. You should see it here tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I took a break to enjoy a cigar and read some of Livy’s The Early History of Rome. I’m at the part where the hubris and folly of some of the best and brightest jidrools in Rome provoked a massive invasion by the Gauls and the sacking and burning of the city.
Livy writes of triumphs and disasters, good and evil, wisdom and folly; but through it all, he carries the same message at all times:
Human nature doesn’t change; therefor politics never changes. There isn’t much in our own political monkey-dance that we won’t find in Livy’s. The fact that we’re still here in spite of all that is oddly comforting.
We know, as Livy didn’t, that God is sovereign over history and shapes it to His ends. Even our disasters, brought on by ourselves, He builds into the structure of His plan. That was something the kings of Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt refused to believe–to their cost. God built them into His plan, too.
Livy, a contemporary of Augustus Caesar, loved his country but feared for her future. Little did he know that God was already shaping all the world’s future–with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.
This has been a bountiful spring so far. Today I noticed some new wildflowers in the lawn–little tiny white ones. We also have bright purple and bright yellow flowers. The lawnmower cuts them down, but they always come back. I see them as a sign that God is nigh.
Meanwhile in the fallen world, the Great Lockdown has given globalists a taste of absolute power… and they really like it–shutting down churches and interrupting services, forbidding family gatherings, forcing us all to wear masks and stay six feet away from one another, forcing us to receive experimental drugs as vaccines, and censoring us all over the social media: which was set up to give us all a voice, but now they want that voice silenced. Unless, of course, we use it to praise them. That, we’re still allowed to say.
They want their global government, headed by themselves, with the rest of us enjoying only little tastes of freedom doled out sparingly by our overlords.
They appear to have all the power that they need, to do anything they please. And if they can proclaim Critical Race Theory in our schools, our universities, they can teach us to hate and fear each other–which will make it hard to organize any opposition. Everything they do is meant to keep us from getting back together.
But they can’t get rid of all the flowers, can they? Anymore than they can get rid of the God who creates the flowers and gives them life.
He is still here. He is watching. He is the Judge of all the earth, all-powerful, all-wise, all-righteous: even the globalists, these little frauds who want to set themselves on His throne, have only the being that He gives them.
God loves to use the weak to overcome the strong, the foolishness of preaching to overpower the false wisdom of the world, and things that are despised, and things that are not, “to bring to nought things that are” (1 Corinthians 1: 25-28).
The house of the ungodly is founded on unstable sand, and great will be the fall of it.
As I press on in my study of Daniel, added by R.J. Rushdoony’s Thy Kingdom Come, I recall that I asked, the other day, “Is there a spiritual world that impinges on our world and can make its effects felt?”
The answer is “yes.”
God taught King Nebuchadnezzar, “… the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17).
God decides who’s king and who isn’t, and how long the king gets to be a king.
Because the spiritual world and our world are connected; and God is the connection.
Consider blessings and curses. They originate with God, in what we would call the spiritual realm, and are manifested in our world, here on earth: because God rules over both realms and to Him–and not to us!–the worlds are one and the same. Again, God Himself is the connection. He is Lord over both realms.
All this stupid, crazy stuff that’s going on in our world today–we can’t see how, but it is all part of God’s purpose. All this stupid, crazy stuff originates with fools in rebellion against Him and against His created order. It all fails, and will continually fail.
God took away Nebuchadnezzar’s reason, reduced him to an animal existence: so that Nebuchadnezzar would learn to understand that God gave him his kingdom and God took it away: God rules in the kingdom of men–our world–and gives it to whomsoever He will. It took Nebuchadnezzar several years of living like a beast to learn that lesson; but learn it he did. Others never learn, and eventually God removes them.
The spiritual world is intimately connected with ours: the Bible says so.
We’ve got superheroes out the wazoo, thanks to our, ahem, “entertainment” industry. Superheroes for every conceivable occasion.
But not for real life. We did have one hero, President Donald Trump, but the global ruling class ran him right over. Took ’em four years to do it, but they did it. And now the good guys are powerless and there’s no one to stop the bad guys from running on all fours into Hell, as St. Gildas once put it.
We don’t need superheroes. We need real heroes–like, for instance, Fanny Crosby. Blinded by an incompetent doctor shortly after she was born, Fanny wrote some 8,000 hymns, many of which are still well-loved today. That’s a hero. Never mind the silly costumes.
And I’ll bet we could find these heroes, if we looked. Find them, celebrate them, and follow their examples. Most of the good people have been driven out of politics–out of most of our institutions, I daresay. So we won’t look there. They’ll turn up in unexpected places.
But one thing we’re fabulously rich in, and that’s anti-heroes. Bad guys. Huge bad guys like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, and whoever’s pulling the strings for Joe Biden. And lots and lots of little villains who riot when BLM says riot and think they’re fighting fascism because fascists have told them so. And the medium-sized villains who train and instruct the multitude of useful idiots. Not to mention the bad guys in China, Russia, and Iran.
We pray the Lord our God will turn the ungodly against each other, as He has done so many times in history. When good guys are in short supply, He can use bad guys to tear and rend the other bad guys. Sennacherib, king of Assyria–invincible, the big cheese, proud enough to mock God–first he lost his army to the plague, and when he got back home, his own sons murdered him.
Liu Shao Chi, president of Red China: a devout communist, but the only man in China that had the courage to call Mao out for the Great Leap Forward–an experiment in mass murder that cost some tens of millions of innocent lives. Mao had Liu murdered by his doctors, but not before Liu stopped the killing spree.
God will find persons who will do His will. They will commit crimes against criminals, as did the sons of Sennacherib, or suddenly find themselves moved, like Liu, to stand for the right no matter what the cost.
Be uneasy on your thrones, you self-dubbed masters of the universe. The only God has taken your names, and judgment is coming.
It brings to my mind these lines from a hymn, This Is My Father’s World:
“This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ God is the ruler yet.”
Mark launches his text from the book of Esther: “The story of Esther is not primarily about the salvation of God but of His government, particularly as it works through unbelievers.”
Through unbelievers? Yes! When there are no good guys around to stop the bad guys, God will use other bad guys against them–or even, as He did to Pharaoh in the days of Moses, against themselves. But yes, He will work through unbelievers… whether they like it or not.
There is no corner in Heaven or on earth where God is not the sovereign Lord of All.