As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Mark 13:1-2
Jesus acknowledged the buildings but cautioned His disciples about what was to come later. The disciple was obviouly impressed by the entire structure, but Jesus knew that temples or synagogues or churches are manmade and are therefore prone to destruction. I’m sure His response shocked the disciple, especially given the size and magnitude of the structure. How could something so grandiose be toppled?
How can a nation so great and powerful and mighty fall?
Name a civilization: Greeks, Romans, Persian, Medes, Chinese, Japanese, even Great Britain. All of them have fallen and are a mere shadow of their greatness if they even exist today. Many of the great civilizations fell from within through corruption, rampant lasciviousness, and exorbitant government overspending and overtaxation, to name a few egregious acts leading to their downfall. It certainly could happen here, and some suggest we’re on the downside of this moral curve.
It’s easy to look around and think nothing could take down the behemoth of a nation because of all the good we do around the world, all the missionaries we fund, etc etc. But as you look elsewhere, you see the moral and ethical underpinnings being jarred loose.
What happens next is anyone’s guess. God, of course, isn’t surprised by any of this. He didn’t lose any sleep over any Executive Order Joe Biden passed in the last 5 months or any tweets that former President Trump would tweet out in the wee hours of the morning before Biden.
We can wring our hands as much as we want, but we’d be better suited to pray for the leadership of this country.
Pray that bold men and women of God will continue proclaiming the Gospel while we still have light.
Pray also that the evil deeds of darkness will be exposed and dealt with.