A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-31-19
What’s Happening: “Protesters stormed the American embassy in Baghdad earlier today to object to the air attack on Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq by U.S. warplanes Sunday. The attack killed 25 and wounded 55. The air attack on Kataib Hezbollah forces was in retaliation for the killing of an American civilian contractor killed by an Iranian rocket attack on an Iraqi base. The protesters disbursed after they were repelled by stun grenades and tear gas (https://www.yahoo.com/news/protesters-outside-u-baghdad-embassy-085751803.html). ‘Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,’ Trump tweeted.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Whatever happened to ‘vengeance is Mine’?”
Biblical Response: “You are referring to the passage in Romans 12;19 or Hebrews 10:30 (of course, Paul was quoting Deut. 32:35 when he said it). How do you know that the retribution that came was not ultimately from God? That God uses other nations’ acts to effect His will is nothing new (I’m thinking the enslavement of Israel under Egypt and the Babylonian captivity, etc.). Is this the case here? As a friend recently reminded, ‘It is above my pay grade.’ Still, it wouldn’t surprise me.”
“Christians? We believe that vengeance is an arena that should be exclusively left to God…we also believe in being an instrument in God’s hand.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to be careful to not usurp You…I guess it takes discernment….of course, that would take prayer and a heart tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit (which may be His underlying purpose)…so be it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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