“What shall we do we these men?”– Acts 4:16.
Time for a brief rambling here, folks. Well, not really. I’ve titled this article random thoughts on issues of the day because I reckon some things, important things, ought to be thought over rather than blindly followed. When you look around us it seems like everything is falling apart, right?
Our nation(s) is slowly being fed to tyrants who do not care about anything else but power and total control. Look, for instance, what’s happening in Australia with the Andrew administration. I have numerous friends there.
The Australians are experiencing the evil of when power gets into man’s head. They just keep on shutting things down and hence come and lie to the public that it’s for their good.
The government, I still emphasize as I often do in my other posts, is not for the people but against its people. Tyranny does not come to fruition at once; but by the taking of freedom bit by bit—and make sure its people dare not say anything or they will risk their livelihood.
It follows then that if the people of nations are silenced, men lose their freedom which they will never recover—ever!
Also, it is often a tactic or formula, as far as it goes, and well, if you have a wide range of world history in your mind; that the government to fulfill its purpose of control, it must needs be create enmity amongst its people on issues of the day, that is, depending on what fits the narrative to disrupt communication among the people who, the government, remember, ought to serve.
This does not necessitate to the government only, but it extends to media houses and families as well. If you want to alter your people’s thinking, alter their visuals. Take them on a ride of illusions as reality. Art of seduction. Perhaps no one is at risk at this modern age than the modern youth. A majority of millenials are born internet-fellas.
And so, at anytime [the tyrants/government] can make these group of young people very vulnerable.
My meaning is this. I believe the old generation can do well without the internet. Actually, the old world is better than this current one. But also, we cannot deny the internet has brought [about] us many advantages which we cannot take for granted; yet this [internet world] is not to be regarded as the summum bonum, chief good.
If, and I say “IF” the government proceeds and threatens to shut off the internet, the young generation will feel the most hit. A case of vulnerability will be created so that these young people will do absolutely anything, even at risk of their health, to not live without the internet—the virtual world.
They will think [perhaps] to themselves to have won the war but the opposite is true. They have become puppets of a greater force that they know nothing about.
The ability to think logically will be challenged and destroyed. And those who dare think for themselves, if they will not conform, they will be made to be detestable before others.
“Have nothing to do with those rebels!”
Rebels. Rebels because they failed to do all that they are told to do by their “so loving and caring government” and other favorable promises remarked thereon. First promise by giving what you took—freedom. Must be nice!
Bear with my ramble thoughts a little bit more. Do not be surprised when people will be threatened to be put in concentration camps in failure of compliance to some sundry mandates. You’re wise and know how to apply.
I’m not saying I know the future, but we’re free to witness the signs. Just like the once upon a time “Gas Chambers” of the Nazis; our narrative may one day also become a “once upon a time” in the future. But here we say, who knows? God knows!
Observe if there’s anything you fear to say because you fear you’ll disappear or you’ll be rejected by your fellows for holding to some unpopular view to theirs.
If so, I’m afraid you’re conditioned to become a captive, and not in fact, a free man. Free to think, free to talk, free to live—not that your life is merited by your good works—but because of the compassionate nature of God to breathe life in you today—to walk as a free man in Christ.
You know the account of Christ and Barabbas before Pontius Pilate. The multitude did not chant Barabbas’ name because they loved him or cared for him, no. They hated the Man next to him—Jesus Christ. And who is Jesus Christ? Truth!
What about those disciples, Peter and John, before the council [government] of their day? What was their charge for arrest? They preached Truth—Jesus Christ! These two men were bold enough that they shook this council to the core. Luke records that when the council saw their boldness “they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
The case of the apostles is nothing new to what is happening today. Rulers of the world have ganged up against Christ and His Church. It is either we (the church) be silent, or they will silence us, no matter what! But all this is in vain. A lost war! If fear be pressed upon the people of God, we must pray for more boldness to speak regardless of what men may think of us.
We must not pray to keep silent, but to proclaim the truth of Christ, yes, even if it will cost us our lives. We will die; but we’re at the same time alive in Christ Jesus—praise God—for all eternity. Our body, men can kill and do what they want with it. But our soul is safe in God’s hand!
There, I say, our chief hope must cling. And what if we die? We die in the LORD, not because of men.
“Why did the Gentiles rage, and the people plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed.”– Acts 4:25, 26, cf. 2 Chronicles 2:12; Psalm 102:25; 124:8; 134:3;146:6.
The bad thing man can do to us is nought. The worst that can happen to us is to be separated from God for all eternity. Hell is hell because God is continueously and eternally present tormenting His enemies. Men fear hell for many reasons, but none considers that what makes hell is God’s consuming fire, ever avenging His justice! God’s wrath, if you like.
Very well, then. I’ve established my thoughts that men, sensible men under God’s rule, must not suffer tryanny whence they can talk. Fear not anyone you who fear God. Let us remember, again, as John and Peter, stood before the council for standing up for Truth—Jesus Christ.
I’m pressed to highlight the whole passage here for our own encourgament and exhortation in the face of hopelessness in our nation. Observe:
“On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed.”
He goes on,
For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”– Acts 4:1, 3, ESV.
Do not fear what other people, your class of friends, will think of you if you end up challenging them to think, and them, you! Do not follow blindly, but prayerfully bring all to God for clarity with His word wide open.
Even if you lose friends, be glad that you’re not the first nor the last. You have Christ and St. Paul for your instruction in this matter. Consult them in the word.