Random Thought of Conviction
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" -- Matthew 23:29-33
Some things never change. And history truly does repeat itself, although in slightly different ways. The religious reprobates of Jesus' day are truly seen in America today; yet not in the way that modern church-goers interpret it. They think that a Pharisee is someone who has a high standard of holiness. So if someone refuses to watch TV, Hollywood, refuses to dress like the world, etc., then they are considered a Pharisee. Why, their Pastor told them so!
The Pharisees were not condemned by Jesus for having high standards, but that they were hypocrites. They imposed things on others that they themselves were unwilling to do (Matthew 23:4). But one thing that stands out to me as I write this, is the statement Jesus makes about how, if they were in the days of old, they would not have persecuted and killed the prophets, as their fathers did.
Apply that to today. You can apply it secularly, first of all. Those who lived under tyrannical governments of the past, i.e. Nazi Germany. Now, I certainly do not believe in the fake Jewish Holocaust but I am going to use it to illustrate my point here.
Assuming that the mainstream historical fable about World War II is correct, people all over America, including the Christians, condemn the German people of the 1930s and 1940s for going along with tyranny of the State. They say, like the Pharisees, "If we had been in the days of Nazi Germany, we would not have been partakers of the State's tyrannical oppression". Yet, they certainly would have. A better example would be Marxist/Communist Russia (which revolution was perpetrated by the Synagogue of Satan), which was truly tyrannical and oppressive. But we will stick to Germany, since the most can better relate to that analogy.
My response to those who say they would not have participated in, encouraged, or even tolerated a wicked regime is this: Of course you would have done it. How do I know this? Because you are participating in it right now. When you go along with the mainstream agenda of anti-racism, when you condemn people for being too extreme in their Christianity (because you yourself are lukewarm-- Revelation 3:16), and when you thank God because we live in "such a free country", and sit and do nothing to try to change things, you are doing the very same thing. You are much too comfortable right now to "stir the pot" and become unpopular and rejected for the sake of Christ and his kingdom. Of course you would have been a partaker in the wick deeds of the past; you are doing so this very day.
The same goes for those who criticize the people in the days of the Roman Catholic Church, and their oppression and ungodliness. The days when you would be persecuted for going against the church. You say you would have stood up to them, like Luther did. But I am here to tell you, you would not have done the slightest thing, but would have went along on your own merry way. Why? Because "we need to have unity, and charity, and not be controversial. We cannot be divisive, or be critical. We need to thank God for those whom he has appointed to church leadership", etc., etc. etc. You have come up with excuse clauses in your Bible to justify yourself.
But the church today in America is as corrupt as it has ever been. The only difference is that all the power is not consolidated into one church organization. The devil has gotten more clever in this generation. But it is still a united consensus among the churches; you must either be a complete compromiser and reject all of God's truths, or at the very most, you can be a lukewarm church that does not take matters too serious. And the people are tolerating this apostate church as much as they ever were in the days of Roman Catholic control.
I almost forgot to mention: If the typical Christian were in the days of Jesus, he would have been partaker with those who condemned Jesus. Why? Because Jesus did not go along with the religious establishment of his day, and called it out for its apostasy. The Christians would have also condemned John the Baptist, and also Jeremiah the prophet. Why? Because Jeremiah essentially stood alone in condemning the "church" of his day. Yes, the church today condemns the modern Jeremiahs who call the church to repent!
We need a new Reformation. We need to take heed to the words of Christ. I do not know what the specific solution(s) are to our situation, but we can no longer sit back and accept things the way they are. Be like Martin Luther and stand up for the truth of Jesus Christ!
" And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." -- Revelation 18:4,5