Thoughts after Ezekiel 33

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” Ezekiel 33:7

Think of Jesus as the watchman (to the world).

God’s statement in the same chapter, “When I bring the sword against a land…,” is also true of any conflict. So today I can say God brought the sword against Ukraine. Sounds unfair, right? But even the Ukraine/Russia conflict isn’t about territory or politics (in God’s eyes), it’s the age-old conflict between law (sword) and grace (Eph. 6:11,12)—a conflict God invented (and solved) at creation. War at its heart is a spiritual battle and calls for spiritual, not physical armor to truly resolve. Unfortunately that won’t play well at the UN.

I keep thinking of Notre Dame when it burned, and the picture of the gleaming cross in the blackened sanctuary that flashed across the internet. In spite of its misuse, the world today knows that the cross—above all—symbolizes the mercy of God.

The watchman has sounded his trumpet.

A Discussion on Reason

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord” Isaiah 1:18

Funny that I should think of myself as a “free-thinker.” Free-thinkers generally follow reason as their source of wisdom in a godless universe. But can’t one use reason also in a universe created by a living God? After all, with the so-called “Big Bang Theory,” an origin is recognized by both atheists and Creationists—the only question being, was the universe happenstance, created through some invisible subatomic particle; or conceived and formed through an invisible personal God?

Evolutionists view the universe as something going on to bigger and better with wide-open potential. It depends on mutation to create variability. “Life wins!” I’m told, is the theory that keeps things from getting out of hand.

Creationism, in contrast, depends on the dynamics of a seed. So the universe is only fulfilling its potential. Everything the universe can be, has been determined at its origin.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” says Hebrews 11:1. 

To rely on either theory creates its own world-view. Each is an act of faith.