Two things continued to be out of control this past week; Donald Trump in America and murder in Jamaica. And both malfeasances spring from the same root. Evil!
The kind of evil which moved even a well known political commentator, and avowed atheist, Mark Wignall, to invoke the name of Satan, in a recent column dealing with #MurderinJamaica. Thus triggering this tweet:
Mark Wignall | Murder as sport and payback https://t.co/nLZ4jSnGOE Mark Wignall an avowed atheist writing about satanic influences #Reality
The kind of evil which flew in the face of common decency, and ethical considerations, as manifested in this tweet:
The kind of evil which touched down in my, usually fairly safe, neighborhood last night, in the form of wicked gunmen, leaving one man dead in its wake, another injured, and a entire community traumatized. Thus causing us to experience what world famous conscious reggae artiste #Etana has been highlighting in her music; #wrongadresses, where, ‘ lady where you come from, people die there every day’, captures the sentiment which prevent people from the ghetto getting a ‘ fair chance’ in life.
So how does one counteract this kind of unmitigated and unfettered evil? In the USA people are voting with their pocket books as Nordstrom’s shares took off dramatically after an initial fall.
Further ‘ the land of the free and home of the brave’, in the form of one branch of Government, The Judiciary, has began to push back against The Donald.
#Trump – “see you in court ” but he’ll see the court is a higher authority than him #FridayFeeling #MuslimBan 9th Circuit Court of Appeals https://t.co/CvH0KOUR0e
In respect of an answer or answers to the problem of murder in Jamaica, this week the Lord led me through some serious revelations.
Facebook Monday morning
How the faithful city
has become a whore!
She that was full of justice,
righteousness lodged in her –
but now murderers! Isaiah 1:21 NRSV
Last night after the excitement of the only narrative that people in the time of Noah knew before The Flood, #Superbowl, #LadyGaga #Trump and O’Reilly. I read this. And trembled inwardly! And grieved for my once peaceful and God-fearing country.
” But Noah found favor with God “…..in today’s transcendent narrative translates into, ” The Blood of Jesus washes away all sins”. Thank God for Jesus, for if it wasn’t for Him, ( Psalm 124) only God knows what would have become of us. And others in the North too!
Then a promise of restoration followed a prophecy of judgement.
“Zion shall be redeemed by by justice,
and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
But rebels and sinners will be destroyed together,
and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed”
Isaiah 1: 27-29
In obedience, as, The Word of God is indeed living and very active.
Comment: One of the challenges for Christians to be aware, is that as much as we follow the news of the day, in order to know how to pray and how to relate to this world, there is another ‘ conversation ‘ taking place in the ‘ Spirit world ‘. Which we can only hear, as Isaiah did, by remaining in God’s presence – through God’s Word, Prayer, Meditation and worship.
And then to respond ‘ hear I am Lord send me’, when the Lord speaks.
So even though #Jamaicanoproblem is spread abroad as a great calling card, in reality, the once faithful country to ” Puppa Jesus and Massa God, has become a ‘ land of murderers ‘.
And Zion can only be rescued by #repentance! Not a new crime plan, or even a ‘ minority report’ as some are describing it on Twitter and in the newspapers.
Facebook on Tuesday morning.
“Moses said, see I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity…..Choose life”. Deuteronomy 30:15-20. The OT reading for my Anglican Church worldwide on Sunday.
Old Testament Theology differs from New Testament Theology only in respect of Jesus being the manifestation of the complete revelation of God’s will and purpose. But the same principle applies for individuals and nations. Choose Jesus and you will have life and prosperity. Reject Jesus and you have chosen death and adversity. The Gospel Truth. Anything else is #alternatetivefact and #fakenews
For ” there is no shadow of turning with God”.
So ” wearing black” is good. But choosing Jesus is the only answer for a land where ” bloodshed follows bloodshed, and the land mourns”. Just as the prophet Hosea warned.
Comment: The scripture quoted is part of the OT reading for Sunday in my Church. And the great challenge for policy makers and ordinary people alike, is that as a people, too many of us have chosen death and adversity over life and blessing. In America and in Jamaica!
Rejected the Gospel which directs how we treat our women and children – born and unborn- how we regard material things, how we regard ourselves before a holy and Creator God, and then wonder why there is so much bloodshed in the country. Or so much madness happening in the first 20 days of the Trump era! For as they say in Jamaica ‘ everything is everthing’. Everything is connected. Murder and a rejection of the Christian ethic.
Facebook Tuesday morning part 11.
” For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘ how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”. Romans 10:14 & 15.
And in case you are hesitant and believe that you were not sent!
” As the Father has sent me, so I send you”. The words of Jesus himself to disciples then and now. For Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. ” No shadow of turning with him”. ….the song in my heart as I woke up this morning. Great is thy faithfulness.
So if people do not hear the Gospel and choose life over death, guess who is to be blamed. Not Trump. Not Andrew. Not PSM. And certainly not Bountikilla and Beenieman! Nor CNN and RJR.
Just maybe then there is a reason why The Lord allowed Facebook and Twitter….. to be available ‘ at a time like this’.
End of my devotions for this morning.
Comments: Even though we are counting on the courts in the USA, and the Government of Jamaica to play a central role in rescuing both countries from evil, ultimately it is The Salt of Earth and The Light who are the disciples of Christ, the Christian community which is responsible.
That’s what the Scriptures mean by describing those ‘ whose feet bring good news, as beautiful. Compared, for example to the darkness espoused by Steve Bannon, the architect of chaos and confusion. And one of Trump’s top advisers!
So the army of God need to get going. For peace is fast becoming an elusive dream in this world. On account of madness in the USA and in Jamaica.
The good news is that God is a sending God. As as The Father sent the Son, to die, so that murder and political madness and other forms of evil, do not have the last word in God’s creation, so too The Son continues to send His disciples to spread to the Gospel of Christ.
News captured very powerfully in this Facebook post this week:
Then ” Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling ” came into my mind.
Especially verse two.
2. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
mercies for you and for me?
Come home, come home;
ye who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!
For Jesus is the same, yesterday ( in the time of Isaiah), today ( in the time of the authentic church) and forevermore ( at the day of judgement….for it is appointed for all men once to die and then the judgment) and eternally.
The Gospel Truth and not #alternatetivefact
“So Today if you hear the voice of the Lord calling do not harden your heart”. Hebrews 3:7-8
Final comments: For if you harden your heart you have become an accomplice to those who ‘ fly the gate and let in the pirates ‘. Messrs Trump and Murder’. And then it is pointless complaining that ‘ satanic influences ‘ are at work, like Wignall and Co.
For Satan, the thief, has come to steal and to kill and to destroy. While Jesus has come that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. John 10:10. And like it or not, believe it or not, the reality of life in God’s eyes , is that we have only two choices: believing Jesus The Crucified One, or working for The Thief. Choose carefully! Now! Today! As there is no repentance in the grave.
But until then, softly and tenderly Jesus is calling….for you and for me…..for Donald Trump and even wicked gunmen #ThiefontheCross. What a loving and merciful God!