The Shrinking Real Estate

So, I have been reflecting a bit on the COVID situation. As human beings, we are quick to rush to extremes and identify the problem based on our worldview or emotional state. This observation is hardly controversial. In the old days, the distance of real estate between the conspiracy theorists (freedom lovers) and the useful idiots (leftist ideologues who lap up fear for compliance) was very, very wide between those two groups. But since this virus began, that real estate has shrunk considerably indeed. Those who were on the "left" or the "right" (if there is such a thing anymore) of the middle have necessarily fallen into those categories. Of course, to be clear, it does not mean the claims of the conspiracy theorists are false. Not at all. I am just trying to explain the lay of the land, so to speak. But where is the "middle" in all of this? The "middle" (not to be confused politically with the political centrism) is necessarily where the truth of the matter lies. Let us reflect on 1 Sam 4. Because that is the situation that describes our situation quite well. Let's read it: Now the Israelites went out to fight against the Philistines. The Israelites camped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines at Aphek. 2 The Philistines deployed their forces to meet Israel, and as the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand of them on the battlefield. 3 When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the Lord bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.” 4 So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. And Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 When the ark of the Lord’s covenant came into the camp, all Israel raised such a great shout that the ground shook. 6 Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?” When they learned that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp, 7 the Philistines were afraid. “A god has[a] come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before. 8 We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness. 9 Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be men, and fight!”10 So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died. ------- The Jews had the Ark, but they lost anyway. What is the point of this passage in light of our current situation? The point is this: for the Useful Idiots, they will exchange their freedom for a return to Bread and Circuses. They will follow the Health Cult, no matter what, and they don't care about their own freedom or the freedom of others. They will give it up and as St. Paul teaches, "they will exchange the truth for a lie." For them, the State has become their Church from whence all authority comes, and the vaccine and its passport will be their Sacrament of Tolerance and Inclusion (does the irony escape you?). But like all things which are counterfeits of God, it will fail horribly. Maybe sooner or maybe later, but it will fall. And God will permit this to show that HE is sovereign and almighty and not the WHO, the UN, or the Great Reset Clowns....because only God is ultimately in charge and He will not be mocked. But what about the "conspiracy theorists"? Are they on the side of the righteous? Some, yes. But not all or even most. Why is that? Because, like the useful idiots, the conspiracy theorists, they too want a return to Bread and Circuses, but unlike the Useful Idiots, they are willing to suffer for its return on their terms not the State's. That sounds good, right? Yes, it does, but the catch is the return is on their terms, not God's. For some or most? in this group, it is a return but without repentance. And so, this group too will have to be corrected. The Jews thought that bringing the Ark to the battle but without a change of heart would mean that God would honour the Ark for His own sake. How did that work out for them? This is a warning to those on the "right" who defend freedom. Wake up and understand. Unless you repent, your end will be no better than the useful idiots. 2Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 3) Don't think God will come to this nation or any nation's rescue without repentance. My fear (and it is a real fear, a legitimate fear) is that we are so blinded in sin, that like the Flood, the time of mercy is over and we are only observers to what must come.

Regards, John Pacheco

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