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When cataclysmic crises occur people do three things.

First we stockpile food.

Secondly we arm ourselves to protect our supply of food.

Thirdly we turn to God.

We turn to God in vain.

Not because God is a figment of the human imagination.

I have been trusting God all my life. I am now 73. That’s a long time.

When we stockpile food and arm ourselves we turn our back on the God we are turning to.

I am not saying stockpiling food is wrong. It isn’t.

However look at Matthew 25:31-46 (The Last Judgement)  English Standard Version (ESV)

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

That is as clear as it can get.

That is why I am saying that if you are arming yourself so that you will not have to share what you have hoarded you trust in God in vain.

That God you claim to trust it will say, “Go. I do not know you.”

Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

We are in a moment that will test the trust of all of us.

I have shut down the screenings I do at my in home CINEFORUM.

Why? Because now is a moment that calls for the greatest caution.

The disease threatening all of us is demands this caution.

But this disease threatens us precisely because we have fallen asleep. We have forgotten that every moment demands caution.

We have been told the path of life is strait and narrow and few there be that find it while the path of destruction is broad and wide and many are found on it.

Strait means enormously difficult, almost impossible.

Narrow means so narrow only one person at a time can get through.

Last week the world we knew died.

The global economy which depends for its life on cash flow has come to a halt.

We have been told this will last only for a few weeks.

A more realistic look is at least three years.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/us-govt-expects-18-month-pandemic-with-widespread-supply-shortages/

Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

For decades I have, God’s grace, done what we are called to do.

Churches have been shut down.

When Jesus fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes he did not say first to them, “If you accept me I will feed you.”

When Jesus was asked where he wanted his church built he said, “Where two or more of you are gathered in my name I AM.”

Now is the time to show our faith.

Lay down the guns.

Feed the hungry.

Give drink to the thirsty.

House the homeless.

Welcome the stranger.

Visit the sick and those in jail.

This is how we worship God.

This is how we show our love for Jesus.

This is how we live our faith.

At least, God’s grace, it is how I live mine.

Join me.

When told only he could do what he was doing Jesus said, “What I do you can do and more.”

St. Francis said, “Preach Christ constantly. Use words if you must.”

Actions speak louder than words.

–Reg Hartt 2020–03–18.

reghartt@gmail.com

https://www.fox19.com/2020/03/18/gun-shops-having-trouble-maintaining-inventory-amid-coronavirus-spread/

 

https://6abc.com/society/lines-of-people-stock-up-on-guns-amid-covid-19-pandemic/6023154/

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/us/coronavirus-gun-buyers.html

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/guns-ammunition-sales-coronavirus-concerns/

 

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