Meaning they are exact clones based on race,class,theological convictions on denomination,age,pastor or pastoral staff etc…
And why: because it is not a family likeness in Christ that is The foundation of their unity-their family bond-their family blood 🩸…that flows into all areas of their lives…that is understandable,expected and reality…
Romans 8:29 ….etc…
But a unity based on human likeness,human bias and prejudices,human wisdom That rather unites different peoples -encourages only those who are the same while purposely or unknowingly or unaware excluding others and encouraging/attracting those people who are the same as they..
Gee much like the Pharisees with this attitude,this self righteousness,this behavior,this belief -instead of Christ and His likeness -His Righteousness reflecting in our heart,mind and life:
The world is acting like us christains when we get more holier more self righteous than thou taking God given gifts like imagination,creativity,the sciences and arts etc…that we christains can and should reflect and unbelievers do sometimes reflect since we All are created in His image…whenever those things that reflects God, worships, points to and praises Him knowingly and Unknowingly sanitizing,destroying,erasing,canceling and deleting these things and at best those things that can be redeemed we redeem and at worse we embrace and worship and build upon..
With these war cries not only on our lips but in our hearts and minds:
Encouraging each other:
6 “Be very strong† and continue obeying all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you do not turn from it to the right or left 7 and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them;† do not serve them or bow in worship to them. 8 Instead, be loyal to the Lord your God, as you have been to this “The Lord has driven out great and powerful nations before you,† and no one is able to stand against you to this day.† 10 One of you routed a thousand† because the Lord your God was fighting for you, as he promised.†† 11 So diligently watch yourselves! Love the Lord your God! 12 If you ever turn away and become loyal to the rest of these nations remaining among you,† and if you intermarry or associate with them† and they with you, 13 know for certain that the Lord your God will not continue to drive these nations out before you. They will become a snare and a trap for you,† a sharp stick† for your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you disappear from this good land the Lord your God has given you.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. – Psalm 91:1,5,11
With this knowledge:
Dustin Benge (@DustinBenge)3/11/20, 3:41 PMIf I thought for one second that a virus was outside the sovereign will, control, and dominion of God, I don’t think I could sleep tonight.
Confidence in the sovereignty of God in all that affects us is crucial to our trusting Him. If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God’s sovereign control then we cannot trust Him. His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, we cannot trust Him.
Reference: Trusting God, 1988, p. 37. Used by permission of NavPress – http://www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.
I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes – that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens – that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence – the fall of leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche. He who believes in God must believe this truth. There is no standing point between this and Atheism. There is no halfway between an Almighty God, who works all things according to the good pleasure of His will, and no God at all! (Spurgeon)