Forget the title. I couldn’t help myself. This isn’t really a series, this is more of a follow-up from my previous post on considering what the nature of chastisement is.
Basically, the prior post says that, yeah, we’re being chastised, and lays out Romans 1 to indicate why.
I won’t rehash that all here, since you can move that thing on your desk called a mouse, click on the previous post, and read it.
For this post, I just want to muse a bit about the general nature of chastisement and the current indicators that this is, in fact, what is happening. While I believe there are things happening all around the globe that indicates this is a global in scale, I’ll focus on The U.S. because that’s where I am and it’s my immediate perspective. Others can fill in from around the globe.
I think most everyone thinks of Chastisement as fire and brimstone, wars, plagues, death, destruction… you know, all the stuff that makes Hi-tech movies with mundane plots otherwise entertaining. And sure, ultimately the pinnacle of chastisement probably does play out that way when it’s one of the “biggies.” But even then, it’s usually us giving it to ourselves… maybe not in the plague area, but certainly in the war area.
Anyway, whatever you might believe about what constitutes a divinely guided day of wrath as opposed to the natural consequence of our own stupidity in a world that has pushed God aside while pursuing a utopia engineered by human brains, the one thing that seems to be clear is that when God decides to pull away, all sorts of weird stuff happens. Sexual immorality, homosexuality, greed, hate, lack of respect for family and parents, and so on.
I think one can see that we’ve checked most, if not all, the boxes on the list in Romans 1. What Romans doesn’t talk about is an election cycle that leads to division, confusion, and despair.
Let’s face it – this whole Presidential election is embarrassing. The stuff released on Donald Trump is unsettling, crude, and unpresidential. The stuff dropped regarding Hillary is infuriating, criminal, and corrupt. And with every passing day, more and more and more is released and another shoe drops.
Our political system is broken and corrupt. It is my belief that this election cycle is a chastisement of sorts. Layering on top of the cycle is all the division it is causing. This is not simply differences of opinion between friends – there are very raw beliefs and emotions in play. This election is driving divisions between family and friends. One only wonders what will happen after the election in this country, regardless of who wins.
This also happens as gang violence soars in certain cities, as high-profile police shootings in turn led to violence against police, concerns about increasing drug use and angst over terrorism threats continues.
We don’t need a comet or an asteroid. We’re doing fine all by ourselves.