GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE (Ps. 47:8), AND . . .
God, most definitely, is still on His throne and those who are His children thorough faith in Christ are comforted and assured by this. But, it is disappointing and disturbing that a great many pastors and others who should be providing the leadership needed for times like this are sitting on their thrones too; and sitting on their hands, holding their tongues, not lifting a foot; biding their time, and acting as if all is well in Zion and the world (“Zion” being a reference to Christianity in general and the Church in particular).
But all is not “well in Zion” or, consequently, with the world. This world, America being the prime example, has for decades been given over to the forces of evil. Understand this: there is no greater manifestation of evil in the world than anti-God Marxist Communist ideology (which really is a religion in itself); and nothing embodies this evil more than people who advocate and support this ideology which is committed to wiping out every material or mental vestige of Christianity on planet earth; the kind of people who now mostly control America’s government and other institutions. Most of those in pulpits and elsewhere who should be stepping up in order to stand in the gap (Ezek. 22:30, 31) for truth and right and freedom are not doing it. Those who do, are, as rare as the proverbial “hen’s teeth.” Why? Basically, there are three reasons.
One reason is ignorance. The general public has for decades, been “dumbed down” deliberately and systematically by the public school system. Preachers and others have not been immune to this. Consequently in these desperate times our “leaders” are the counter opposites of the “children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). Our “leaders,” for the most part, do not have understanding of the times or know what they or anyone else should do. If they did, they would at least be informing people in no uncertain terms that America is now governed by Marxist ideologues ambitious to fundamentally transform our country into a communist, totalitarian nation. The duty of a watchman on the wall is, at the very least, to inform people that a deadly enemy is within their gates (Ezek. 3:17-19; Isa. 62:6).
Another reason is intimidation, usually based on self-interest. A campaign of intimidation is in play all across America now to silence free speech. The biggest target in the cancel culture’s crosshairs now is the First Amendment. This is historically typical of communist takeovers of people and nation. People are being steadily intimidated into shutting up by the threat from social media moguls of being de-platformed, by the threat from woke corporation heads of being unemployed, and the threat from government of being fined or imprisoned. Many formerly-well-thought of people in government have become so subject to intimidation that they aided, abetted and otherwise allowed the recent fraudulent election that took down our former President, who otherwise would have been reelected. Many pastors are intimidated similarly, to the point that they have taken a position of taking no position whatsoever publically where all this is concerned.
A third reason for the default in leadership from pulpits and others in the public square is indifference—plain old lazy, suicidal indifference. Admonition such as that found in the following Scripture passages comes to mind: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man,” and “While men slept an enemy came” (Prov. 6:10, 11; Matt. 13:25).
Yes, God is, and will remain, sovereignly, omnipotently and omnisciently, on His throne; and, as “the God of all the earth,” he will, “do right” (Gen. 18:25). In the meantime, those in positions of leadership here on earth, and especially those in pulpits, need to “do right.” This means being good stewards of the responsibilities that God has entrusted them with, and being good soldiers of the cross (1 Cor. 4:2; 2 Tim. 2:3). It means being faithful speakers and standard-bearers of Truth until "He that shall come will come, and will not tarry" (Heb. 10:37).