About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
In 1 Corinthians 14:33
the apostle Paul said that God is not the author of confusion in a
Christian meeting. Does this
mean God has never been, or never will be, the instigator of confusion
outside of a meeting of the saints? Read
"But the LORD your
God will deliver them [Canaanites] over to you, throwing them into great confusion
until they are destroyed."
Now read Deuteronomy
"The LORD will
afflict you [
The above verses state
that God does instigate confusion as a means of bringing a nation down in
judgment. Unless the above two
situations of judgmental confusion and the resulting social chaos were a
departure from God's normal interaction with nations, God has, does, and
will, instigate confusion as a means of implementing divine judgment.
From my perspective,
chaotic cultural confusion permeates the North
American landscape. Multitudes
of voices are screaming at us from all directions and through all of our
devices. Both the political
left and political right, for example, are hurling nastiness at each other. Such things
leave many cornered in confusion as they see
their nation being ripped apart; something Jesus said will eventually
destroy a nation. Matthew 12:25 reads:
"Jesus knew their
thoughts and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself will be
ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not
The sad fact is that
many Christians are involving themselves in this political and social
unrest, and they do so in the name of the Lord.
This is dividing the church that in some cases looks more like a
fractured political movement than the unified Christian movement it is
mandated to be. If God doesn't
want His people involved is confusion as 1 Corinthians 14:33 suggests, I
doubt that He wants them caught up in the cultural confusion that He might
be instigating as a form of judgment on their nations.
As Christians, we are to
rise above the fray of cultural confusion because, in spirit, we reside in
the heavenly kingdom, far above all earthly authorities and institutions.
Ephesians 2:6 reads:
"And God raised us
up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ
Since we reside with
Jesus in His heavenly kingdom, we align ourselves with Him.
We should, thus, view any present-day cultural confusion from His
perspective, especially if it is of His doing.
God is, remember, the eternal judge over all things.
Could He now be pronouncing judgment from His heavenly courtroom as
seen in Isaiah 3:13?
takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people."
I certainly do not know
the inner workings of the mind of God, but this I know.
God has revealed to us in Scripture that He has, and still can, be
the author of cultural confusion as a means of bringing a nation down in
judgment. Could that nation be