I read the reports of the first Republican presidential debate of this season. My conclusion was unambiguous.
We are in deep trouble.
Changes of government in my lifetime have been varied. I remember Lyndon Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One. I was mesmerized by the Six Day War. In my first election, I voted for President Nixon. Chairman Mao died. The Tiananmen Square Massacre took place followed a few months later by the Berlin Wall coming down. Communism fell. Apartheid ended. Iraq was invaded. The Arab Spring appeared out of nowhere. The Scots missed independence. Ukraine got mauled. The EU survived Greek intransigence – barely. El Chapo mocks the world. Argentinians and Brazilians rage in the streets, demanding the impeachment of their respective presidents. Meanwhile Putin plays Russia’s timeless game of brinkmanship wrapped in hubris.
The few decades of my life would occupy a small army of historians for twice my lifetime analyzing and pontificating on the causes of sundry changes.
The picture looks different when we zoom out and look at the hand of God in the governmental affairs of man.
This is a critical perspective for us as we are overtly asking God to destroy a government. So far, the Egyptian Curse has been toying with us. Just as Pharaoh negotiated with Moses trying to avoid a total loss, so we have seen a steady trickle of wonderful, measurable, verifiable sustained change.
While we worship God for those, we are not satisfied with anything less than the destruction of the structures and the government of the Egyptian Curse. God was not content with setting the Hebrews free. He destroyed Pharaoh’s government.
I can think of no historical precedence for this. As much as I know of different movements in church history, I can’t identify a single one that took on this issue and won. So, as usual for Sapphire, we are plowing some new ground with the usual costs to the trailblazing team.
Since this will probably be a long, arduous battle, it behooves us each Sunday to step back from the warfare and to refresh our perspective with a clear view of our Great King. We must not let the battle obscure the Commander in Chief.
Today’s worship celebration has to do with God and the destruction of governments. While we have not seen Him take down the Egyptian Curse over a whole tribe yet, it will enrich us to explore many other “take-downs” run with God-speed and God-finality.
Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, where anticipation is building for Saturday’s seminar