Sixty-Four—Nero fiddled while Rome burned up

Sixty-Four—Nero fiddled while Rome burned up

As much as two thirds of Rome was burned up in AD64. It was widely rumoured that Emperor Nero sent out men, who while acting drunk, set the city on fire to clear space for his new palace. In his efforts to avert suspicion from himself, he blamed the Christians for the act. Thus, he justified his persecution of the church. Christianity is again being used to avert blame. Christians make easy scapegoats, so it shouldn’t surprise us that accusing fingers are pointed our way. Christians are branded as insensitive to the feelings and rights of women if they protest the millions of babies murdered in the womb every year. Christians are dismissed as uncaring of those who wish to end their lives prematurely at the hands of ‘caring’ doctors. The godless narratives have prevailed. Right is wrong, and evil is good. Of the world, I expect nothing different. But too many Christians have stayed quiet, trying not to offend. Our churches have filled up with members who wring their hands, hoping that things won’t get worse, and doubting that they can do much to stop it anyway. Christian, see things as they are: We rise daily filled with the Holy Spirit, armed with His Word, and surrounded by His people—the church! Prayer is their personal and collective communication with the Divine, and every deed done for the good of the Kingdom of Christ is blessed and a blessing. The Joy of the Lord is still our strength and though a savage war for the souls of men rage around us 24 hours a day, we fight as victorious soldiers of the cross. Like modern day Neros, the enemies of the cross are burning down the morals of the City of God and blaming those upholding them for their ‘evil’ dissent. This I can do little about. But what I can do is NOT stand with them as they do it! No hand-wringing here!

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