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The Omicron variant has appeared out of Africa. Scientists don’t know much about it. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization reported it is a “variant of concern.” And this from Wikipedia: “The variant has an unusually large number of mutations, several of which are novel, and several of which affect the spike protein used for most vaccine targeting at the time of its discovery. This level of variation has led to concerns regarding transmissibility, immune system evasion, and vaccine resistance. As a result, the variant was rapidly designated as being ‘of concern’, and travel restrictions were introduced by several countries to limit or slow its international spread.” 1

Over thirty mutations, I’ve read.

However, many doubt the veracity that is coming out about this virus. The point of this post is not to discuss whether Omicron is dangerous or not. I simply want to discuss that it has appeared and what that means to us.

As I listened to an interview with a British scientist about the  Omicron variant on the car radio, I thought, “Oh, my. It is possible there is no end to this. It’s going to keep mutating and mutating.” I believe that this plague didn’t just happen. God is not only aware of it, He is either causing it or allowing it. I think this plague is part of His judgment on the earth. Five million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, although some doubt that number. Shouldn’t we plead for His mercy? No one in secular leadership in this country—none that I’m aware of anyway—has said, “We must pray and ask God to help us and have mercy on us.”

Right. Why beseech the Creator of the universe—and the One who created nucleic acid genomes and virions, two ingredients in a virus—to help us?

Sorry for the sarcasm.

But it does make you wonder why are we not encouraged by our governments to kneel in humility and ask the Lord for mercy and healing, doesn’t it?

However, we really don’t need to wonder long, do we? This nation and many others have rejected our Creator and Savior. We will not repent. We will figure out how to defeat this plague with our incredible intelligence and science. Wear a mask. Get the vaccine. Wash your hands. Stay home. We’re in this together. Do you see anything about repentance in that short list? That lack of repentance doesn’t go well when we are suffering through a pandemic that the Lord has poured out upon the world.

The Book of Revelation informs us that even though the Lord brought calamity of various kinds to the earth, people unfortunately and stubbornly did not repent.

“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation 9:20–21). 2

In this nation we—not some vague “they”—have been murdering helpless infants for fifty years. We made sexual immorality legal. That is not “they.” That is us. The Lord eradicated nations that did the same things we are doing at this time. Look up the Canaanites. Check out Sodom. What makes us different from them?

Regular readers of this blog may remember that several years ago I had an overwhelming experience from God that His judgment is coming. It was so strong that I sobbed like I had lost a loved one.

Maybe I had.

Regardless of the lack of repentance among nations, Christians can repent for the sinful deeds committed in their countries. We can ask for mercy. I submit to you that we cannot do otherwise.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARS-CoV-2_Omicron_variant

2Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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