The Part 1 and Part 2 sermonettes today are loosely connected as usual, there will be some who agree with my points and there will be some who do not. Choice is one of the great things that we have in this life. (Dylan’s take on the matter) Actually its one of the few things that are guaranteed, but I admit that in some circumstances, the choices are narrowed by circumstances. I had some mild trepidation over the order. Considering that there will be a couple of dozen people who read them, how critical can the order be? Ok here we go:
There are plenty of Hollywood movies out there that are ready to show the full force and destruction of “God’s judgment” but they never seem to ask just what it was that people did to deserve the “judgment”. If the movie does try to ask that question the answer usually is a nebulous “we were doing evil, like polluting the earth”. This always makes God’s judgments seem arbitrary and capricious. But I think that the worst judgment that God can pass on us is that we have to live with the consequences of our actions. We cannot escape the world we create for ourselves.
Usually, if we were to think of the things that God might judge us for we tend to think of the big and drastic things, like murder or blasphemy. But I think that in the end, the things that God cares about the most are how we treat our own children, because how we treat our own children, who are wholly dependent on us, is a greater indicator of who we are, both individually and as a society.
It is well known in psychology that how children are raised can make a big impact on the later life outcomes of the children. It is also well known that if there are too many broken families that cannot adequately provide for their children in a certain area or city then crime rates will soar and society as a whole will suffer. When most people look for God’s judgments they look for fire from the sky and plagues of locusts everywhere, but they fail to see that high crime rates, a general breakdown of social order, and well-being are just the indicators of God’s judgments that they should be looking for.
In “the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil” the great determining factor in God’s judgments will be how all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people have treated the least of those among them because how they treat the least among them will determine what they will become. That is, how a society treats its children will determine what kind of society they will become. It determines what will be transmitted to the next and subsequent generations. If they fail to care for those who come to them naked and a stranger to this world then they will fail to continue and God’s judgments will be upon them. This test of how a society treats its children is the great determiner of the success or failure of that society.
Once a society forgets this and places present pleasures over eternal pleasures then begins the process of decay and a loss of stability. It is not something that happens overnight. It may take a generation or two, but eventually, the judgments of God will come, not in the form of fire from heaven or rivers of blood, but in manifestations of man’s inhumanity to man that will make people wonder, How did we get to this point? In a sense, it all started when we ignored “the least of these my brethren” (Matt. 25:37–40).
So if we take the time to reconsider that famous passage from the Book of Matthew, and realize that our children come to us as strangers, naked, hungry, thirsty, and in need of our constant care, and we must clothe them, feed them, give them drinks, and care for them when they are ill, we can see that one of the things that will divide the righteous from the wicked, those nations, kindreds, tongues, and people that will continue on and those that will not, the eternal societies from the temporal societies, is how we treat the least of those among us. How we treat the most vulnerable among us is how God will judge us.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
And remember to “suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
From the feature film, The Kingdom of Heaven:
“Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, ‘But I was told by others to do thus,’ or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice.”
It’s not scripture, but it was well written.
The sins of the father, etc. Mothers too. Time marches on, until He pulls the plug, and it doesn’t.
“Even so, come Lord Jesus”
Upon reading those holy words the thought comes time and again of what shall be the judgement upon Amerika for the push to pervert our children ? The Cup of Trembling awaits us if we do not stand against this evil !
Well said LL. A critical admonition from our Lord and Savior. Yet it seems more today than ever in my 62 years, we see rampant failure in what is a fairly simple concept.
How do you destroy something? From the bottom up and the inside outward. You capture peoples minds and they will do what you demand, even if it is to their detriment. We saw this weakness on full display with the lockdowns; parents panicking and massively overshooting the mark as if this were the plague and the only way to save the child was to destroy the child, trusting and believing everything they were told without so much as a thought. There will be hell to pay with a lot of surprised faces when God makes his final move and judgement ensues.
The KoH quote is one my favorites…the full scene is even more powerful — Able adults have the responsibility to protect the less able regardless what others tell you to do, most of the time they do not have your best interest at heart.
1. y’ gotta lie in the bed y’ made
2. your children are but reflections of you
“Jewish Guilt (in the ’40s)” Mom says, “When you do something bad, you’re just giving Mrs. Goldberg (the crotchety old bitch in the next door apartment [and I’m being very kind]) something else to gossip about, about how I don’t bring you up properly, so think about it before you do it and don’t do it, otherwise you’ll embarrass me and make me look bad.”
But Catholic guilt is stronger. I mean, how can you really sin when your mother goes, “What would Jesus say about what you did? He died on the Cross for you to be (insert sin here, like wanking off, lying, necking with your girlfriend)??? And what will Mrs. (insert last name)(the crotchety old bitch in the next door apartment or house) be saying about you now?”
Bad enough you’ll be the talk of the town, but somehow it ends up that your petty sins are causing blood to drip out of the local crucifix and actually transcends time and causes blood to drip out of Jesus while he dies.
Catholic guilt. So personal, impersonal and time traveling.
Extra points for “And the Pope called the Crusades to chase the Paynims out of the Holy Lands so you can play with yourself? No wonder why they eventually got kicked out, all because you had to touch yourself down there.”
And to your first point , Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matt 22: So, God shows mercy to us that live thru such times. I do thank you for your Blog as your points allow many to see that as Steel Sharpens Steel , so Man Sharpens Man.
Life is the refiner’s fire for the human soul, Wild Bill.
It always made me wonder why the person who was rewarded for doing the good stuff was oblivious to having done it to the Lord.
And Herod struck first at Rachel’s Lament in an attempt to do it to Jesus.
Rachel’s Lament is interesting in and of itself, for after being barren, she conceived and bore Joseph, which means, “let there be another” rather than being grateful for the gift of a son (particularly a son such as Joseph)
Good point. I didn’t realize that. And yet, she got Benjamin.
God had a plan for Rachel and for Israel’s family. You can’t come away from a reading of scripture without respect for lineages. In our present day, the plea of the masses is to install horrible people like Biden or Pelosi – and to give voice to savage people who have no respect for God, no honor to their lineages, whatever they might be. That is not the Way.
As gravity judges the promethean fool who leaps from a building, so the reality of God works implacably against those who run against it.
And yes, love of neighbor, the “least of these my brethren” signals the love of God and righteousness itself.
“…on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Please keep these coming LL…