As the end draws closer it'll become harder to discern, in some respects, the real Christian vs the illusionary Christian. The real will live on the foundation that it is God who sent and His son who redeems. The Christian who lives the illusionary life will be aware of that, but still try and gain heaven by their own virtue and effort. I use the word "illusionary" because even the one who has fallen victim may not realize what they are doing, and why many on that day will very boldly go before the Lord and attempt to claim what is their inheritance...but will hear the words "Go from me, I never knew you." I have no intention of meeting God with any arrogant proclamation of God to fulfill His promise of what He owes me. For if I ask for what I am owed, then I will burn in the fires of hell. I will seek rather His mercy and pray He remembers this fragile frame and that He remembers those whom He knows.
"Go from me, I never knew you." is forever.
I came across this quote this morning by TD Jakes: "You face your greatest opposition when you're closet to you biggest miracle."
It was in a meme and placed prominently above a Christian News Stream. I suppose it is intended to inspire and touches the emotions, I guess, but is it really true? There really is no Biblical foundation for this idiom to work. Maybe once or twice...but the circumstances around it would have be the right place in the right time. Christianese is a often a strange language with strange unfounded foundations for facing hard times. The remedy doesnt always work. Best method for hard times is to seek the God who is there..and not the one we want to be there who is always quick to dole out an emotionally charged platitude.
Looking a bit like we may be coming to the end of the pandemic..Not totally yet..but almost over.
Almost two years now.
Without a doubt, however, the thing that kept it going was the former guys disinformation initially and then by his uneducated minions who live and breath off every word the former guy says. And the evangelical right wingers who believed the ramblings of grifting prophets ("Will prophecy for tithes and offerings"). who claimed Trump was going to be another Cyrus The Great. Cyrus was a king..not a president and had there been an internet back in 600 BC he would have not had "The Great" attached to his name except on a primitive "Tweet" called carving words in a rock to be unearthed centuries later.
Had Trump NOT been President when the pandemic started I think America could have been a bright shining light for the world as an example. The Biden administration did get a lot of vaccine sent out to a lot of countries world wide. I shudder to think what would have happened if Trump had been re-elected.
The future of America and democracy will depend a lot on what happens in November as the Trump/GOP coup is still ongoing.