15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (New King James Version)
Time to wake up. Time for us to know what time it is and act accordingly. As this post is being written, we’re witnessing the rewriting of human (future) history.
It was not even a fortnight we saw Americans of every stripe stand up to the plague of racism in Charlottesville, Virginia. How God’s children confronted the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other racist Right Wing ilk that’s hindered our nation from progressing forward. We saw people stand up to a apathetic president (who was voted in by these clowns) and Fundagelical pastors who stood by him; and call these people out.
We recently saw North Korea fire a missile over Japan (supposedly); while flexing its newly-grown nuclear muscle in front of the US, China and South Korea. As this is happening, both Trump and Kim Jong-un going back and forth boasting who would be the victor in potential war.
Now was have Hurricane Harvey which is turning Houston, Texas into a lake with all the rain that’s pummeling the city. Harvey is creating a mess of the rest of the region along the Gulf of Mexico-including parts of Louisiana. Harvey’s winds are destroying communities in Texas. Refineries in the Galveston, Texas area and oil rigs were evacuated; and concerns about raising gas prices are raised. (By the way, monsoons are pummeling Mumbai in the meantime).
We need to understand what is happening-those of us in the Boardinghouse of Faith. We’re seeing ourselves bared before Heaven and Earth and need to recognize this. In Charlottesville we saw human ugliness come to a head and metastasize to other communities in the US of A. In North Korea we see human hubris measured in nuclear firepower with blatant disregard of the consequences or human cost. With Harvey we see the effect of human impact on the climate, and the continued denial of climate change by Washington, as a Category-4 hurricane unleashing its damage on America’s fourth largest city.
Tonight’s Scripture warns of this. The writer-traditionally viewed as the Apostle Paul-warns that we should be careful in how we live and use our time wisely in these evil days so that we can understand God’s will. Those of us in-tuned with the Divine need to understand that we’re in some evil times. Our fellow human beings are acting evil towards each other and towards the planet. Our evil is creeping out onto social media, onto the news, and into the climate. We need to be careful so we ourselves don’t become consumed by this evil and lose hope.
Now, what is God’s will? That we speak up and out against this evil. We need the Boardinghouse of Faith to stand up against racism (and its fellows: sexism, homophobia, xenophobia) with the Truth of God that we’re all brothers and sisters. To hold a holy mirror to these racist goons and show them their true selves. The KKK and others are not doing God’s will by their racist activities; and in fact they mock Christ with their “Christian” moniker.
God’s will is that we pressure our representatives to push Washington to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang-even if Beijing has to mediate. We cannot afford a nuclear war-not matter how limited; it would destroy us for generations. War should never be embraced by the Church, and we cannot fall into the trap of nuclear nationalism or quasi-Christian patriotism. Instead the Church must speak out against this game of chicken that could fricassee the human race; we must bring up the Prince of Peace to the tables while we have time.
God’s will is that we open the eyes of our “climate denying” lawmakers and realize that we are impacting the climate. It is not God’s will (in Genesis) that we rape our planet and dog it to near disaster. We need to understand that God will strike back through the climate as Harvey is demonstrating. We need to push our leaders back to the Paris Climate Agreements and bring back the work under President Obama. That any “Christian” who supports rolling back climate measures are not Christian. We need to do this now while Earth is still habitable.
It’s gettin’ crucial family. We need to redeem the time God gave us to be wise and stand up against the evils above (and others not mentioned). We need to do this now so that we can have a world for us and future generations where we can live together as family…
…While we have time…Peace.
(Image: You see the old tracks going nowhere…Taken in Salem, NJ August 5, 2017)