Patio Chat 16, Covid: “God is Calling You/Us All to Repentance” – 4:01
• REPENTANCE: Any time someone becomes sick, there are those who look for the reason God made them sick. But that is not His pattern, nor His ways. Illness, sickness, heartaches, pain, suffering, poverty, tears and death all have one common source: The Evil One, the Enemy, or Satan himself. In contrast, all good things come from the Father. However…however…and this is a “cautious” however, there are times when God can release pestilence upon the land. Is this one of those times? I am not certain. I am careful in any pronouncements. But it certainly appears that this could be a “visitation” – not the kind we like – from the Almighty. Just take one nation – America. What are our national – not personal, but national – sins? For starters, our horrific treatment of those who were captured in Africa and brought here as slaves. Then there are the broken agreements – covenants, actually – with Native Americans that produced a literal “trail of tears.” Then came post-Civil War racial segregation. Then came the slaughter of our pre-born babies. Then the destruction of marriage and the legalized institutionalization of sodomy. And those are just the top-line sins. (Don’t get me wrong. I am not an “America is bad” kind of guy. In fact, America has done more good for our world than any other nation that has ever existed [other than Israel]. I am enormously proud of my country.) Yet America has “collective,” national sins, as do all nations of the world. In a phrase, the world’s nations – and its governments – have overwhelmingly rejected the ways and commandments of Yahweh – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And there is only so much of that which can occur until the wrath of God – yes, He is love, but he has anger too – is released. That is the meaning of this verse – which included “social distancing:” “Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed on it; the earth will conceal its slain no longer.” Isaiah 26:20-21 NIV. (Could the reference to “blood” include the slaughter of abortion?) Is this current situation one of those “pestilence” moments? Or is this simply a natural phenomenon? If you are a secularist, you will dismissively choose the latter. If you are spiritually discerning, you will ponder this long and hard … and then repent.