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WHO’S TO BLAME?
Revelation 9:20-21 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 16:9, 11 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
The Apostle John is talking about the judgments or plagues that come upon the earth during the ‘last days’ in which we currently live. As we move closer to the end of time and the second coming of Christ the plagues mentioned in Revelation will intensify. The purpose is to awaken people who are not followers of Christ that they may see their sin and turn to God in repentance and receive forgiveness and eternal life.
Personally speaking, todays pandemic is one of a number of divine warnings that we must turn from sin and cry out to God for mercy and forgiveness. Hope is lost without that.
Revelation says when these disasters and plagues etc., come upon the world the majority will refuse to repent, in fact the majority will speak abusively against God. “When humanity suffers in this way under God’s judgment, people blaspheme the name of God and do not repent of their sins by giving him glory (Rev. 16:9). Regardless of whether they attribute this judgment to the true God, or to some supposed supernatural power, in their idolatrous state of unbelief they vent their anger and express their hatred toward God. This idolatry would include ascribing their suffering to fate or random chance or a false god or religion.” (Dr. L. A. Brighton, Revelation. Concordia commentary.)
Not only will people speak against God, but against his followers. Case in point: the New York Times published an article by, Katherine Stewart who blames the entire plague on you know who, Christians! That’s right, not China, but you and I are to blame. She writes in part: “Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government, and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. . .in the current crises we are all reaping what that movement has sown.” As Tony Perkins with Washington Watch points out, if anyone denies science it’s those who argue that babies aren’t human beings or that biology doesn’t determine you sex.” Also, who were the first to discover science? Christian men who believed God’s word, that God put natural laws in the world and must therefore be consistent and discoverable.
Stewart went on to say Christians are in the way of a ‘strong centralized response from the Federal Government.” Humm, how about all the church groups and parachurch organizations jumping into help the strangers? Accusing Christians for the world’s problems is nothing new under the sun, but this hate-filled editorial trash is uncalled for and the reason more and more people don’t trust the media.
Be that as it may, American’s have suddenly been jolted from our deceptively easy life thinking we could coast along with irresponsible spending, embracing immorality and bowing down to any and every god we choose with impunity. No so! If we read God’s inerrant word correctly, we will look at the pandemic and other natural disasters as a call to repentance and revival. Will God’s true followers call out to him and lovingly share the gospel with their neighbor so they too can ‘prepare to meet thy God?” We can only pray.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
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