So, imagine that I was standing there facing west when these ducks flew by from right to left. Does one need to be a prophet or a conspiracy theory junkie to observe that they are going south?
Does it need to be a political statement to observe that the momentum of just the past few years, or even the past few months, has brought major change to America and to our world? Or that the further reformatting of America will come later if not sooner if something big doesn’t intervene?
Can we avoid there being eventual consequences to our accepting the erosion of our civil liberties, which has seemed so logical in the face Covid-19? What or who else could have motivated us to submit ourselves so easily to society-altering and freedom-inhibiting laws? And where could that take us?
Note that I didn’t say if said change would be good or bad, I only observed that the ducks are moving. I have cherished friends whose entrenched opinions represent both poles on that spectrum. We can remain friends and spiritual family if we all seek God; have a willingness to hear Him; vest ourselves in helping to enlarge His Kingdom; and extend grace to each other. Otherwise we’re in real trouble. (Throw “Israel” into that volatile mix and – – “no matches, please!”)
Conspiracy theories can take us to dark places on this, but so can Mt. 24. And if you have eyes to see and ears to hear you don’t even need them, to inform you that something big is going on. We can know for sure that Satan has been conspiring against God and those who love Him, from the beginning.
Nothing about this should surprise us. These are special days. Things are happening. God is on the move and is advancing us toward the possibility of Rev. 7:9. We are now being, and will increasingly be, forced to consider what is most important to us. It’s a time of sorting out. It’s a I Peter 4:17 Day, and maybe we ought to be pondering I Peter 4:7-19.
The most certain thing we can say about Peter’s use of the word “near” there, is that we’re 2000 years closer than when he wrote it.
Are Jesus’ words in Mt. 26:41, for us? Today? “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (nasb)
Am I an alarmist?
Ken Stoltzfus, Kidron, OH
June 25, 2020
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