Saturday, March 19, 2011

Discerning Seasons (5) - God Squeezed Out

When the tipping point is passed and the number of Christians shrinks dramatically, God’s authority gets squeezed out. The forces of evil begin to get a free hand on earth. They get to determine what happens on earth and God has very little influence. This is the third stage.

We reap what we sow. When a society turns away from God, it eventually loses his blessing and protection. There might be is an interim period, where peace and prosperity continues, based on a backlog of faith from the faith of previous generations. Unfortunately, that legacy of blessing eventually runs dry and the society begins to experience what its lack of faith deserves.

To western eyes used to living under inherited blessings from generations of faith, this situation will seem like something terrible, but this level of chaos and catastrophe is normal in many parts of the world. A community that rejects the one who protects it should not be surprised if it loses its protection.
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear….
No one calls for justice;
no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies;
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil (Is 59:1,2,4).
God’s power has not changed, but his authority to act has been truncated.

The full series is at Discerning Seasons.

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