Week 6 Day 1
Zechariah 13 It shall come to pass in that day
That a great panic from the Lord will be among them.
Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
And raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand
I think I first learned about Lemmings from a Disney nature film on the animals of Alaska many years ago. I remember being impacted with sadness by the idea of such a spectacle as “mass” suicide. What possessed the little creatures, to rush headlong over the cliffs to their death? Lately I am finding the ideation of “cultural suicide” wrapped up in the current political climate, which has no response to the tantrums of anyone who gets in front of a camera, or a microphone, or does something so outrageous that it simply must appear on the popular newsfeed of the day, to be equally horrifying.
Most of us watch in horror as the so called leaders of the world and this nation in particular quake in fear as a significant “constituency”; they of course looking to what politicians everywhere seek, their continuation in a position of power, go through the paroxysms of social and cultural suicide. What are Christian folk to do? Powerful voices within the Christian community speak everywhere I turn, but are we facing an inevitable end to all things. The idea of final things looms large in my mind, and yet God’s Spirit compels me to look again. Don’t look away from the horror, confront my fear and pray, speak as the opportunity arises. There is a Savior. His Name is Jesus. He died for the very agonies which the world is experiencing right now. While there is no “getting comfortable” with the monstrous behavior of people at their worst it has been my experience that when people are at their worst, Jesus is at his best.
Horrified? In a state of panic? Ready to “leap off the cliff” with the rest of the world? Try this instead. Cry out to Jesus. There is light in this darkness. Pray for courage. Pray for those caught up in the unrest and upheaval we are seeing today. Seek the Lord’s will for how you would respond.