Fathers; July 10, 2020

Malachi 4:5-6 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

It is fascinating, and entirely appropriate, that this last part of the Old Testament so directly prophesies the content of the New Testament. Jesus explicitly said that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of this prophecy. (Matthew 17:11-12) In that sense it is past prophecy and might be written off as irrelevant, but we need to examine it a little more closely. The last part of it speaks of the consequences of people not heeding Elijah/John’s message, and Jesus Himself wept over what was going to happen to the land of Israel because of the response of the Jewish leaders to Him. (Luke 13:34-35) The thing is, in these Last Days before Christ’s return, we are experiencing an epidemic of a rupture in the relationship between fathers and their children. The majority of the societal ills so evident today can be directly traced to that. In fact, the BLM organization explicitly states that one of their goals is the destruction of the traditional family. That is tragic in the extreme, and obviously demonic. Whatever else you say about these present days, the masks are coming off and people are being open about what they represent. That’s ironic in the light of the physical masks being used because of the pandemic, but it is evident to anyone with an ounce of discernment. It is all too meaningful that we are seeing such attacks on the “Founding Fathers,” even George Washington of all people. It is the devil attacking the very idea of fatherhood, because he is so violently against Father God. The idea of the traditional family is being attacked as “misogynistic” or even “racist,” as though any race had a monopoly on fathers and children. The “systemic racism” that exists is in the welfare system that Lyndon Johnson promoted expressly to destroy the Black family, and he was all too successful. For America to be healed, the children of God need to stand up against the schemes of the devil and proclaim the Fatherhood of God, expressed in the nuclear family, and reject the flood of lying nonsense that has been poured out on society.

I obviously have no trouble getting up on a soap box on this issue! That said, my physical presence is in Japan. Thanks to the Internet, I do have opportunities to speak to the world at large, but I find myself fearing people’s reactions. That isn’t fearing God! I have been convinced for over 50 years that the whole sexuality/gender mess is a lie of the devil, but I interact all the time with people who are caught up in it. I even have close family members who are deceived, not seeing it as a spiritual issue at all. I am to speak the truth, always, in love, always, knowing that my wisdom is not up to the task but God’s is. I am to represent Him, not with any sense of pride but with a total commitment to being available to Him, for Him to speak through and otherwise use me, for the deliverance of others and for His glory.

Father, thank You that I do care enough about this issue to get so worked up about it. Help me not be afraid of emotion, but not be controlled by it either. May Your passion motivate me, not my own unreliable emotions! May I rightly relate to You, so that You through me may indeed destroy the devil’s work (1 John 3:8) and set many free, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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