For those who do not know, there is an air quality warning in Manitoba at present. Its morning, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table partially deafened by one of the two portable aircon units my son in law has retrofitted into his house (the landlord has bigger concerns) and read this text.
The text horrifies me. i do not want to think of my daughter as doomed to destruction. And I do not want to consider that my grandchildren — the youngest of which will have his 4th birthday soon — will be killed.
Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!”
O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
(Psalm 137:7-9 ESV)
Particularly when you have the middle kid tell you that he loves you… This leads to you praying fervently that his nation is not akin to Babylon and not doomed for destruction. Which has a certain dissonance: I’m in Canada, which is not my nation, but the nation I live in, vote in, work in and will die in is New Zealand.
And both have rejected the Law of God for a thing called tolerance. On this anniversary of the US revolution (and the rejection of lawful authority) in the USA we must ask if Babylon is the West, and if we are doomed as surely as Edom was.
We may have been the hand of God, and done his work in the past, but I am not sure of this now. We seem to be exporting a progressive poison: we have drunk it to the point of destruction and we want to share it. Yet we should not despair. For God is soveriegn. He drafts people. Eeventhouse who are actively opposed to the gospel and have killed the ministers of the word of God.
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.
For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.
(Acts 9:10-19 ESV)
If I have read Kings correctly, the elite of Israel, the kings and princes, either supported the worship of God almighty and reformed the temple, removing the corrupt and idolatrous, as did Josiah, or encouraged the worship of idols, including at the most evil the ritual child sacrifice of Molech. The people, most of them, will follow the lead of their rulers.
And when the leaders do not have the trust of the people, for the people consider that they are being led falsely, then society will crumble. The quote below is from Rasmussen: I do not consider that the voice of the people is the voice of God, but the warning is there.
Most voters have long believed that the Supreme Court justices have their own political agenda, and they still tend to feel that agenda is more liberal than conservative.
A plurality (47%) of voters continues to believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments, and 54% think states should have the right to opt out of federal government programs that they don’t agree with. Even more (61%) think states should have the right to opt out of federally mandated programs if the federal government doesn’t help pay for them.
The Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that Americans honor on the Fourth of July, says that governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed, but just 25% believe that to be true of the federal government today.
Only 20% now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead.
Now, yes, I know that today is US independence day and many people are celebrating gheys can marry as if that is a new civil right and being married is merely a chance for a party or sex.  As if marriage is about romance. The trouble is that the end of that rainbow is the fact that you will fade into irrelevance, then die.
The trouble with this elite is they deny that after we have died it is appointed that we are judged. They consider that they are immortal: or that there is nothing else, and all that matters is their sensitivity.
Which brings me back to the horror of the psalm. It may be hyperbole: it is a description of what happened when a city was sacked (along with mass murder, looting and rape). But this passage corrects our preciousness, our sense that we should be allowed to be in comfort and not challenged. It corrects our sense that our nation is perfect because it is rich and powerful.
Babylon was both.
So ignore this elite. Let them fade into irrelevance, or the topic of jokes.
Look not to their approval, or that of any woman or man,. Seek God and obey him.
Bo not follow this elite. Do not be them, or like them, lest you also find yourself dated by your desperate seeking of a fashion-forward ethical state. Therein your soul will be destroyed.
And that you will be held accountable for.
1. Calvin respectfully but firmly reminded the king that a true sovereign is the minister of God. Any ruler who does not make his reign subservient to God is not a king, but a robber. Rulers are ministers of God to punish those who do evil. Calvin instructed that magistrates must constantly remind themselves that they are the ministers of God, and in so doing, they will be forced to exhibit a “kind of image of the Divine Providence, guardianship, goodness, benevolence, and justice.”
But this responsibility did not and does not establish the king or any other authority as the head of a state-sponsored religion. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “The civil magistrate may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and Sacraments; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
2. Nothing against sex per se: tend to avoid parties.