……repentance a chance. I understand the defiance displayed particularly by the people of Manchester since the suicide bomb attack on Monday. And in so many ways I applaud the desire to stand together against those who initiate and support attacks such as that which took place on Monday night in Manchester. And yet my plea is that amidst the defiance some thought would be given to repentance.
There seems to be this innate thought that we are on the right track as a nation. British values are declared to be worth standing for and celebrating. And yet such values are never really fully articulated. But won’t we stop and consider that we might be going the wrong way and need to repent? Lets look at this issue nationally and individually.
We are in a moral maze that seems to becoming increasingly mazy as we pursue our God-ignoring agenda. In fact the moral state of this country is best described as a mess. We now celebrate the abhorrence which is two people of the same-sex getting married, and we call it progress. We killed 185,824 children in the womb in 2015 in England and Wales. There has been much talk about those who were killed in Monday’s heinous act being “innocent” and we understand what is meant by that. But what about these innocents killed in the womb? Where is the lament over that?
The treatment of Tim Farron in the general election campaign has been a disgrace! It is as if the liberal thought-police have been out to emasculate the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Curios that isn’t it!? The arch liberals attacking the leader of the Liberals! I wrote about this previously here concerning gay sex. And then there has been the onslaught against him concerning abortion see here for example.
I mention the above without even mentioning the transgender cavalcade which is seeking to ruin our youngsters and others beside. And there is much more which is simply God rejecting in this land. Oh surely it is time we sought the Lord in repentance.
The Lord Jesus said, in the light of some terrible happenings in His day, that there should be a response of repentance. We read of it in Luke 13:1-5.
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’
He is saying that the best way to respond to these catastrophes is to realise we are in a messed up world. And in that world I am messed up by sin. And if I do not repent then I am destined for eternal calamity. Essentially, the world is a mess, I am a mess so I must repent. Have you done that? If you don’t you are set for eternal disaster. You can point others to being heinous or innocent or whatever, but what about you? you and I all of us are in the sinner category. All of us are heinous, none are innocent. We need a Saviour. Such a One is only Jesus the Lord.
So all I am saying is give repentance a chance. Please think about it for yourself and for your nation.
Finally, my thought is that the real shock we should have about our nation is not that these incidents take place, but that there is not more of them. The Lord is really merciful in this. But if there is no repentance I can only fear that more will occur as the Lord works out His judgement against this nation which once honoured Him by cleaving to his Word, but now rather rejoices in the progress (falsely so-called) of rejecting the standards of the great Almighty Lord.