“WOE to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My spirit, That they may add sin to sin; Who walk to go down to Egypt, and have not asked my advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of the Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefor the strength of Pharoah shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.” ~ Isaiah 30:1-3
The shadow is telling us what it has planned for us… “Parents are not the primary stake-holder in their own children’s education.” ~ Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education …as it is destroying the most basic self-defense system of all…OUR OWN NATURAL IMMUNE SYSTEM!
These words, along with Isaiah passage above, were a part of this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday INVITE: If we continue to remain in the shadows of silence while they murder us and take our children, then we are dead to ourselves and to God, not by His hand, but by our own!
Who can fault the Communist who falls on the sword of Communism? Who can fault the Fascist who falls on the sword of Fascism? Who can fault the Feminist who lives her angry life, inside and out, as a Feminist…or the Secularist for being true to his own religion? BUT woe to the shepherd who leads his flock astray while hiding from the shadow…or worse, complying with the shadow, from behind the light of the greatest truth in history, the Cross of Calvary.
Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
I had a recent exchange with a woman who was quick to defend our County Executive for violating his oath of office in defending hospitals for forcing yesterday’s “heroes” to inject experimental gene-modifying mRNA issued under an EUA, not approved by the FDA, into their bodies or lose their jobs. She said, “Maybe he needs to see this particular video to understand he’s been scammed like the rest of us.” After I pointed out he has access to the internet just like the rest of us, she continued on in his defense, “Everyone has access to the Internet but that doesn’t mean they go beyond the narrative being fed to us to discover the opposite narrative.” It is beyond tragic to realize how critical thinking has evaporated from the mind of our Western Society. I tried to explain to her that political and military leaders swear their oath of office for the simple reason they are accountable to those they represent and lead. If I, as an ordinary citizen make a mistake, it is myself and those who depend on me who suffer. When they make mistakes, ALL of us who are represented and lead by them suffer. The shepherd has the greatest burden of accountability. They are accountable to those they lead, and to God by greater degree.
So…how do they, the shepherds, all mostly good men, not see the obvious? I had one brother, responding to my “if we continue to remain in the shadows of silence” P&FW warning, try to lay it all on Satan. As I pointed out to him, Satan is surely behind the trickery, but our continued compliance after the trickery is revealed to our mind makes our Lord weep…and nothing, dear brothers and sisters, comes close to the torrential rain of tears from heaven wrought by the perpetuation of evil and harm to our children enabled by our silence and failure to…pick up the stone. Cowardice, I reminded him, is #1 on the Revelation 21:8 list of His most hated transgressions for good reason. Another good man, a pastor, was unable to see What was behind my “holding his feet to the (same) fire” to the detriment of his flock.
Now, as the Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil Regiment appears to be doubling down on its policy of silence and inaction, Holy Spirit points to Saul’s “I” problem as the 2 Samuel 2:10 root cause of another divided house. This sets up a very sad realization when we compare Paul’s concern for all the churches to the I-ME-MINE fiefdoms of the present day. This is one faithful servant who remains open to any and ALL suggestions. In the meanwhile, the CLOTH will be empowered, as remnant or a John 17:21 full house worthy to pray the prayer of Jabez, by His will.