Some forks in the road cannot be retraced.
Is anyone listening? Who is looking back, questioning their choices? From close family members to church friends and professional associates – Battle lines are drawn.
These are days of fear and loathing.
Everywhere, democracy is withering and the great power of freedom on earth is being neutered. Such things must happen.
“And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow*; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.”Rev. 9:17
Patience and Kindness – is being met with venom. Attempts at reasoning together deteriorate into irrational quarrels. Yellow-bellied* cowards have become bullies. Racist tribalism masquerades as Patriotic Nationalism draped in Red, White and blue.
Still, some of us remain true. We are not being diverted, joining false worship – politics, power and wealth. We are learning to pass by and move on to true worship – carrying ministry to where the poor in spirit hunger and thirst. Giving the gospel where it’s welcome.
It is not our place to mete judgement. So we pass by our former friends and our associates even discontinuing relationships in our families. Jesus did this in Samaria, where the village expected him to stop and worship in an unholy place.
“… but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.”Luke 9:53-55
“From that time many walked with him no more…” John 6
“For the love of many will wax cold…” Luke 21
“Still, they would not turn away from their sin…” Revelation 10