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The Chaotic Price of Rebellion

By Watchman | November 15, 2010

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;  therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants shall live.”

     The news agencies have been broadcasting internationally regarding the search for North Carolina girl Zahra Baker, a child who had battled bone cancer that left her deaf and with a prosthetic leg, reported missing last month.  As evidence of her murder by her father and/or stepmother mounts, so does the heart-rending cry from many posting on the news sites:  WHERE WAS GOD???  The same question was asked when suspicions arose against Casey Anthony when her three-year-old daughter disappeared, when the DC snipers took the lives of several people, when a school-room full of Amish children were slaughtered, when a 13-year-old Muslim girl was stoned after reporting being raped, even after the attacks of 9/11 on the World Trade Center in New York City.  The question has been asked in anguish by Christians after every major tragedy of this generation, and in mockery and ridicule by the unbelievers.  How could a righteous, just God who loves all of His children allow such horrible things to happen when He has the power to stop it?  Why would the Father who loved us enough to send us His own Son to be a sacrifice for our sins not intervene to save the precious lives He created?  If He could intervene and will not, doesn’t that make Him uncaring and unjust?  If He cannot, doesn’t that mean He is not all powerful?  I’ve heard these questions asked in various ways a hundred times by people of all different backgrounds, religious affiliations and ages.  The answer, as always, lies in the unchanged and unchanging word of God.  We are reaping the harvest sown by our own rebellion.

      God has always known that forced love is no real love at all.  Because of that, He gave us the greatest gift we have as human beings, wonderful and dangerous in its power:  free will.  We have the free will to choose to accept or reject His gifts of love and mercy.  We have the free will to choose to live our lives in accordance with His laws, or in accordance with the laws of chaos.  We are free to love one another as He has loved us or to sow the seeds of hatred and discord.  We may live in His righteousness or in the evil of the adversary. This is His gift to us.  Although God is omnipotent and omniscient (all-powerful and all-seeing), there is, paradoxically, one thing He cannot do by His very nature, and that is to act against His own word. 

     In an earlier post I pointed out the “if/then” relationship of God’s covenants with man.  God laid out the plan by which man’s life would be an honor and glory to both God and man, and followed the plan with a series of warnings about what He would do if man refused to live righteously and how He would treat the nations and people who followed Him.  He imposed some pretty hefty discipline on His chosen people when they disobeyed Him, but He never forced their compliance.  He does not force either our love or our compliance today.  He has, however, lifted His hand so that we may see what our rebellion against His will has brought into our world. 

     William Yeats’ 1919 poem “The Second Coming” begins:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot held;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

     Brothers and sisters, the center is not holding and things are falling apart because the falcons (we, the created) cannot or choose not to hear the voice of the Falconer (the Creator).   God said that He was setting before us “life and death, blessing and cursing.”  The choice is ours.  Have we chosen life over death?  Have we chosen the blessings available to us through our acceptance of the shed Blood of the Savior?  Some of us have, of course, individually done so, but our world is spiralling (“turning in the widening gyre”) out of control because our nations have turned their backs on the God who gave them being and trusted in their own wisdom and righteousness instead of God’s.  Here in the US we no longer believe that God is necessary to our well-being as a nation.  We were mostly silent when demonic decisions were made to keep God out of the political arena and out of the schools in which our children learn their world views.  We were mostly silent when decisions were made to legalize the killing of unborn children in the womb.  We were mostly silent when nearly any sexual gratification became normalized, no matter how offensive to God we knew these lifestyles to be.  We were mostly silent when child “specialists” deemed ordinary punishment and Christian teaching to be unhealthy for our children; now we are shocked and apalled when our children commit atrocities and we cannot figure out why or where God is in all of this. Have we chosen life?

     Where is God when all these bad things happen?  Right where He has always been.  Watching, loving, calling us to Him.  He has never moved an inch away from us; we have moved away from Him, and we are paying the price for our rebellion.  He has lifted His hand of mercy and restraint from us as He endeavors to bring us back into righteousness by allowing us to see in our world the mirror image of what we have brought upon ourselves.  He was right beside little Zahra as she breathed her last in the company of monstrous parents, loving her and opening His arms to her.  Yes, He could have prevented her death, but His gift of free will is given to the sons of perdition just as it is to those who spend their lives bringing him glory. He did the most wonderful thing for her:  He took her from this transitory world to the paradise of His presence.  He was right beside all of those souls who died at the World Trade Center, welcoming those who lived in His love into His kingdom and mourning the eternal loss of those who would not bend the knee before Him and accept the precious gift of love He had offered them.  He is right beside us now.  Will we choose life and blessing, or will we choose death and cursing?  The choice belongs individually to each one of us.  It belongs to our national leaders, our pastors, our neighbors, our families and our friends. 

     There is such good news in this chaos, brothers and sisters!  God loves you.  God loves you so much that He became Man in the person of His Son Jesus and paid the price of your sins on the cross so that you could spend eternity with Him.  He bridged the gap between His love and perfection and man’s original sin so that we could become the righteousness of Christ, and take the place He always intended us to have at His right hand.  It doesn’t matter what is in your past, how many sins you have committed, or how many commandments you’ve broken:  God, through Jesus, will wash away your sins and allow you to stand spotless before Him.  All you have to do is repent and ask His forgiveness.  Scripture tells us that we have ALL sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that not one of us is righteous.   Yet God has made a way for us out of the chaos of evil.  He has given us a way to put off the sinful man of the past, and be clothed in the white robes of righteousness, through which He will see only Jesus within us.  Praise His Name, forever and ever!

Maranatha!

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One Response to “The Chaotic Price of Rebellion”

  1. Shirley Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    None of us are righteous and our works are as filthy rags. God did not promise we would not have trials and tribulation. He did, however, promise to be with us through it all. David was the apple of God’s eye, but he suffered. Job was a righteous man, according to God, but he went through horrendous trials. Paul was a chosen vessel, but he was beaten to the point of death for Jesus’ sake. There are many examples of those who loved and lived for God, but still had pain and persecution. We are in the flesh. We will have pain and trials. In those, God will be our strength. Out of those trials, our faith can shine even more brightly. It’s not because we’re “bad” that things happen to us. Jesus has our sins covered, if we accept Him as Savior. When times are bad or things go wrong, there are those who are quick to blame God. What about the good times? Do we remember to thank and praise Him? I think it’s a “cop-out” to ask “Where was God?”

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