Posted by: tucsonjefe | August 8, 2006

Middle East Uproar Calls us to Renewed Zeal

Have you heard?  There is a war in the Middle East.  If you haven’t heard, you have been in a cave for a while.  I suppose that 24/7 news coverage is a good thing, but it certainly does dull the senses after a bit.  It boggles my mind that folks can watch the ongoing mess in that region, and completely miss the point.  The reason for the hostilities has nothing to do with national boundaries.  There are spiritual forces involved that will never be mollified by lame negotiations.  Hezbollah attacks Israel because Israel exists.  That is all there is to the issue. (I find it interesting that Microsoft Word spell checker can spell Hezbollah, but never capitalizes “god.”)  Our policies are irrelevant.  Reason is irrelevant.  Military might will not end the conflict, and neither will diplomacy.

 

Prophesy buffs are having a field day, digging up obscure references and making them fit the front-page news.  And surely we can see that this is all in the Book, whether we can be sure about each specific rocket attack and kidnapping or not.  For me, it is a stirring reminder that time is short and millions are not ready.  It is easy to get bogged down in the necessities and absurdities of daily life, and forget the point.  Jesus is coming back real soon and those who don’t know him will be condemned.  Precious little else matters.  When I first came to Christ I was obsessed with reaching others.  I was a real pain about it.  As time went by, I answered the call on my life, went to Bible school, and got immersed in Church-world, a wonderful fantasy-land of a place where everything revolves around programs and buildings and fine points of theology.  It is so very easy to let church life inoculate us against reality.  Unbelievers burn.  The end is near.  If your passion for the lost has moved from your belly to your doctrinal statement, then every rocket blast is a call to return to your fist love.  

 Scripture Reading:             2Pe 3:8-9 MSG  Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day.  (9)  God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. Somebody Said:             “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon (1933-1996) American Writer

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