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 22:30Scripture 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 22:30-31In 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 some of 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. 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. As the saying goes "Always preach the Gospel. When necessary, use words." I will be using a lot of words on this blog, and if I'm any good at it, we'll find plenty in common.
I think you'll find that I'm interested in a wide array of topics, so not everything I post on here will be heavy and philosophical, but I'll be honest, a lot of it will be. I think even subjects like sports could use a healthy dose of reality and objectivity. They are just sports after all. But our individual and collective worldviews shape how we see even the most lighthearted subjects. So this will be my forum for sharing how I see the world, and why even things like sports can be bigger than the game itself.
When it comes to the deeper subjects like philosophy, ethics, and religion, I take assaults on my faith and beliefs seriously and will not go without standing up for what I believe to be true. Even though I may be a lone voice, crying out in the desert as it were, I will continue to do so. 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.