"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land." Ezekiel 22:30

Monday, April 15, 2013

What Does It Mean to Stand In The Gap?


The Old Testament book of Ezekiel from which the name of this blog is derived, describes the crimes and abominations committed against God by the people of Israel. In Chapter 22, we read about the rampant and pervasive disregard for God's laws and commandments, which made the Israelites of the time "filthy," worldly, and unworthy to be called the chosen people.

At the end of the chapter, God tells Ezekiel:
"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land..." - Ezekiel 22:30
Scripture then goes on to say:
"...but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out my fury upon them; with my fiery wrath I have consumed them, bringing down their ways upon their heads..." Ezekiel 22:30-31
In today's world, we may not face the wrath of God in the same fiery manner with which the people of the Old Testament did; yet I daresay we as a society are committing the same offenses outlined in Ezekiel. But for the saving grace of Christ's death on the cross, we would assuredly face the same furious punishments. Read it for yourself. History does repeat itself. Human nature doesn't change.

With this in mind, it is no wonder that our modern world is in this present state of moral decay. We have by-and-large abandoned Christ and his teachings. The natural order so brilliantly established by God during creation has been flipped upside down by years of so-called "revolutions" and "reformations." I could go on, but it does not take a genius to see the problems.

And so, in today's world, to stand in the gap is different than it was in the Old Testament when God sought for one to plead for the salvation of the land and the people. Christ took our place in the gap when he suffered and died on the Cross. Instead, what we must do now in our modern world is to stand in the gap between the world and God. We must plead on behalf of Christ out in the world, and in so doing, perhaps we can draw others closer to Him.

I for one will not take these constant assaults on my faith without raising my voice in its defense. Even though I may be a lone voice, crying out in the desert, I will cry out evermore. This blog will be a place where I can put my thoughts, feelings, and concerns to paper (or pixel in this case), and in so doing maybe I hope to inspire others who share my beliefs to stand ever more fervently in the gap, but always with patience and charity. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, "Veritas in Caritate."

Christ took our place on the cross; so we must take His place in the world. That's what it means to stand in the gap. I hope you'll join me.

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