Last Updated on: 27th May 2024, 11:59 am

The outcry against colonialism reverberates through the annals of time. Yet, history, that dual-edged sword of truth and deception, frequently distorts reality, painting oppressors as champions and heroes as villains. Amidst this melodrama of blame-shifting, one crucial element remains obscured: our personal accountability in the matter of enslavement and oppression. Let us venture into the genesis of our collective responsibility for not only our own actions, but also the ensuing consequences.

“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)

Indeed, the Scriptures affirm that God grants people land and delineates their borders, thereby ensuring their safety and security. However, as history oft repeats, humanity’s tendency to become complacent in prosperity leads to forgetfulness of the very source of these wondrous blessings, as cautioned in Deuteronomy 8. Should we fail to heed the call to amend our ways, there comes a moment when justice can no longer be postponed but must be served, and we lose the wonderous blessings once granted so freely, and they are transferred to others.

Of course, we are not referring to individuals leading repentant lives who then face adversity, as depicted in 2 Chronicles 20, poignantly encapsulated in verse 11: “See how they repay us by attempting to dispossess us of the inheritance You granted us.”

Losing what God has bestowed due to foolish rebellion is a recurring theme. The initial expulsion occurred at the outset when Adam and Eve disregarded God’s guidance and pursued their own corrupt desires. This resulted in our removal from the exalted state and the ensuing repercussions for mankind, forced to fend for themselves,

“So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:23-24)

Thus, we observe that God, in His sovereignty, is not reliant on human agency to enact our expulsion; He possesses the authority to execute it Himself. Nevertheless, when we persist in wickedness, He may utilise individuals as instruments to dispossess us. Having received an eviction notice, we become unlawful occupants, susceptible to forceful removal by new inhabitants. This serves as a solemn admonition, particularly pertinent to the Western world.

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This principle is vividly illustrated in the original invasion of the “promised land” by Israel, chronicled in the book of Joshua. Additionally, there are instances where God withheld permission for Israel to possess or enter certain territories that were not allotted to them. Furthermore, timing plays a crucial role, as exemplified in the dialogue between the Lord and Abraham, where God explains that occupation of the promised land must wait until the measure of sin is complete. God’s patience is evident, but it is not infinite; eventually, justice must be served. This concept warrants a comprehensive exploration in its own right.

some supporting verses for the points mentioned:

  1. The Original Invasion of the Promised Land :
    • Joshua 1:2-3 (NIV): “Moses, my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”
  2. Withholding Permission for Certain Territories :
    • Deuteronomy 2:5 (NIV): “Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.”
  3. Timing and Completion of Sin :
    • Genesis 15:16 (NIV): “In the fourth generation, your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

These verses support the idea that God’s timing, judgement, and allocation of land are intertwined with the righteousness and obedience of His people.

“BETTER AN EMPTY HOUSE THAN A BAD TENNANT”

If the situation deteriorates to such an extent that there are no successors to assume control, God is nonetheless compelled to initiate justice. Consequently, the dwelling will remain vacant, save for a few feral animals.

For too long, the historical narrative of Israel’s rebellion and subsequent punishment has been neglected. The saga unfolds from internal oppression to exile and expulsion to foreign lands. This pattern of disobedience and its consequences is woven throughout Israel’s history, serving as a sobering reminder of the perils of forsaking God’s commandments.

Consider these verses:

1. Deuteronomy 28:64-65 (NIV):
“Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart.”

2. 2 Chronicles 36:20-21 (NIV):
“He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfilment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.”

These verses underscore the consequences of Israel’s rebellion, including dispersal among foreign nations and exile from their land, as a result of their disobedience to God.

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As we journey back to the western world, we find ourselves ensnared in the grips of arrogance and pride. Our minds, once beacons of reason and virtue, have become fertile grounds for the seeds of corruption sown by social engineers. These architects of deceit have woven a tapestry of wickedness, poisoning our thoughts with their insidious designs.

Behold the cautionary tale of a society teetering on the brink of collapse, its very fabric unravelling at the seams under the weight of its own hubris. We have allowed the whispers of temptation to lead us astray, blinding us to the consequences of our actions.

With each passing day, the foundations of our civilisation grow weaker, strained by the burden of our moral decay. Is it any wonder, then, that we find ourselves on the precipice of chaos and destruction?

Let this serve as a stark reminder of the dangers that lurk in the shadows of complacency. For if we do not heed the warnings of history, we are doomed to repeat its darkest chapters. It is time to awaken from our slumber, to cast off the shackles of apathy, and to reclaim the virtues that once defined us. The choice is ours: will we continue down this treacherous path, or will we rise above the ashes and forge a new destiny?

“TOO LITTLE TOO LATE”

Certainly, one could delve deeper into this topic; however, the crux remains: without repentance, we face inevitable judgement. Moreover, for many, the window of opportunity for redemption may have closed, leaving only the chance to save oneself and loved ones, though not without consequence.

FURTHER READING: Jeremiah 15-17

 

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