Which Brings This Into Sharp Focus
The front door graphic is obvious ...
So how could you pay?
The back of the shops is identical with the back of the houses. Both were summarily chopped in half, assembled and painted and have graced the old man's "Church Square" scene for four years - in all weathers. Although the models are now "out of production" they still command a price of about £12 each and more.
fbb paid something like that for BOTH, supposedly "pre-owned" but not assembled.
This series of spiritual "thoughts" began long, long ago with reference to the little-known Old Testament prophet Habakkuk. He wanted to know when God would be "doing something" about the mess his nation was in.
God replied that he was doing something but Habakkuk may not like it. What God was doing was "sending" or "allowing" or "not stopping" (the words may vary according to convention or culture) the Babylonians from invading, destroying Jerusalem and the Temple and taking the fittest people away to slavery and exile.
The exiles would only be permitted to return when they had learned their lesson; when they repented of their sin and respected their "half" of the Covenant.
So how does God stand vis à vis the Virus?
How does God stand re the millions who are being persecuted?
Air Quality? Cancer? Homelessness? War? Terrorism?
Dying of Old Age? Murdering Unborn Children (Abortion)?
The list of badness is vast.
There are no easy answers - it would be offensively glib to suggest that there are. We live in a very broken world; we have neglected God's standards and the consequence is brokenness of various sorts. We can debate until the cows come home whose fault it all is but God does give is an answer.
We may not like it ... but God's eternal promise of Life through Repentance and the Salvation of the Cross trumps any other solution.
And it is on offer to us all.