Ruins

Today as you’re reading this blog, you are probably sharing the same profound sadness I’m feeling after the terrible church massacre in Texas. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, even in what we might call a “safe” environment such as America’s Bible Belt. Satan is hard at work, driving wedges wherever he can, trying to instill fear, hatred and doubt… even, and maybe especially among the Body of Christ. Please join me in praying for His peace in the coming days, and for a clear understanding of how we as a Church need to respond.

As if to taunt us further, we came up this week against a situation where Christian schools in Australia are being forced to compromise biblical principles or face severe legal action that could jeopardize the very existence of the schools themselves. I can’t go into detail now, but will let you know how Christians respond to the conundrum. Please pray for wisdom and courage.

And then, as I sat here and thought about these things this past week, I was drawn to the Book of Ezekiel. You may remember that one of my grandsons in an Ezekiel, so I’m rather partial to the prophet!  His 6th birthday came up this week, and I was reminded to pray especially that this child will grow to become the man of God his namesake was. His Mom (my daughter-in-law) reflected on that and added, “The world is going to need strong Godly leaders soon”.

Wise words for crazy times.

All thru our recent travels, it seems that every day was a visit to a ruin. Ruins in Ireland, ruins in Malta, ruins in Jordan….. In the case of our visit to Hong Kong, not ruins exactly, but more like remnants of a time gone by, marked by the end of a hundred years of British rule, now replaced by Communist law.

Observing all these examples of the rise and fall of kingdoms everywhere, I was brought back to Ezekiel and his prophesies assuring the people that God still loves them, in spite of what they did. I had to chuckle to myself as I read Ezekiel chapter 11, verses 2 and 3 in the Good News version: “… these men make evil plans and give bad advice in this city. They say, ‘We will soon be building houses again. The city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the meat in it, but at least it protects us from the fire.’”

It just seems so familiar as I look around today. People are cruising along, relaxing in their reasoning that they won’t be burnt (even if they’re cooking ourselves in the process). The Aussies say it so well: “She’ll be right, Mate!”

But look back at the ruins with me: one civilization after another growing and flourishing until they find themselves wiped out and built over by the next power that comes along.

As an American and as an Australian, I have to cry at what I’m seeing all around me. We NEED God, today more than ever. I know you’re praying already, but please don’t give up!  Remember those other words by dear Ezekiel, quoting God even as he prayed, And I sought for anyone among them who would repair the wall and stand in the breach before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it…. May that be our prayer for our homelands today… and may we not be included in God’s final assessment at the end of that verse:  “but I found no one” (Eze. 22:30).

God bless us all and teach us what to do.

Marsha

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