Isn’t this a distraction?
If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.Elizabeth Charles1Martin Luther’s quote runs thus: “It does not help to say: ‘I will gladly confess Christ and His Word on every detail, except that I may keep silent about one or two things which my tyrants may not tolerate…'” — see also
If we fail to be distracted by the great evil of our age we fail — especially when that evil has invaded Christ’s Church, harms and kills our neighbours and opens the door to a global totalitarian state. Why did Jesus get distracted by engaging with the misguided and harmful systems controlling the daily lives of the people? Why didn’t Jesus just talk about pure theology? Perhaps because he was both God and good, and the radical news of the gospel combats and exposes evil, as the light chases darkness and freeing truth must dispel enslaving lies?
Shouldn’t we be model citizens?
Agreed. Jesus is our model citizen: he died at war with and judging the society he had come to save. May God grant us, each according to our role, to walk in his footsteps.
Jesus stood up for the oppressed against the oppressive powers of his day, who governed intrusively every day life. Repeatedly healing on a Sabbath when it was against ‘the law’, was a key reason leading to his death — alongside challenging their authority that allowed non-religious systems to intrude on worship.
Some believe that because Pharisees were religious the comparison is not fair, but by logical extension they must say the whole picture of Pharisees and Jesus has no application in every non-Christian and atheistic state. This is manifestly untrue.
For more see: Civil Disobedience – A Christ-follower’s imperative.
Shouldn’t we care for the anxious?
Their current condition is a bit like an anorexic person who believes they are too fat. You will have to be sensitive to their irrational excess fears, whilst taking care not to affirm the harmful deception that has ensnared their mind. Ultimately, when someone has believed a lie, only the truth can set them free.
Shouldn’t we avoid being a bad witness?
This is important: our society is shrouded in darkness, we are called to be a light on a hill and salt to the world. In the 20th century hatred of the Nazi party and white & black people sitting together would both have led to outcast status. When society is wrong at such a profound and deadly scale, what is a bad witness?
Following the crowd is not our calling. Leave Jesus and history to determine our witness. If we are silent at this time…
WWII lasted 6 years—shouldn’t we be more patient!?
WWII came on the back of an aggressor who’d already been compromised with for far too long, broken international agreements, had invaded Czechoslovakia before Poland and, it later transpired, were killing their own people. It was a war waged on behalf of vulnerable nations like Poland.
The war against Covid-19 countermeasures seeks the protection of the weak and avoidance of compromise with the ongoing murderous activity of global governments.
How can I help my pastor?
How can I help my flock?
How can I help my family?
Isn’t it good that the state values life?
The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.Albert Camus
When using just war theory as a measuring stick, it is hard to credit there is much priority on saving life. From the French Revolution onwards (and no doubt backwards), to gain popular support noble benefits are espoused, such as “save lives”, “equality”.
Is there blindness in the church?
This merits it’s own article. Coming soon…