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CLARITY – 1-7-20 Some Alliances Are Good


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-7-20

Some Alliances Are Good

What’s Happening: “NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), in a meeting to get the briefing about recent Iranian developments, agreed (mostly) with the U. S. actions taken in retaliation (this includes the airstrike and the drone strike that killed Gen. Soleimani), Monday. They did, however, caution Iran ( NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, ‘We are united in condemning Iran’s support of a variety of different terrorist groups, At the meeting today, allies called for restraint and de-escalation. A new conflict would be in no one’s interest. So Iran must refrain from further violence and provocations.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Isn’t NATO kind of irrelevant these days?”

Biblical Response:  “With the Cold War mostly over (the Soviet Union is defunct and the Russian nuclear threat is a mere shadow of what it once was), you might think so. However, Europe is now threatened by other dangers (the competing hegemonies of the Middle East, etc.), and NATO’s relevancy may have been renewed. Then there’s Europe’s lust for a secure supply of oil and natural gas, Brexit, the immigration crisis (the invasion of Islam), and other forces of chaos. Used to be that NATO’s main reason for existence was countering the Warsaw Pact (originally the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania). Now that everything’s changed geo-politically, a new enemy may be actually helpful to NATO. We’ll see. That alliance was good in its time. It may be once again. Just as there are some bad alliances…there are some that are good.”

“…You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.” (Is. 30:1 NLT)

“Christians? We believe in good and bad alliances—some to be avoided and some to seek….like an alliance with God and not with the world (1 John 2:15-17). Of course, this is individual advice, but nations would do well to heed this also.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize the value of alliances and the expectations (nad power) that come with them…and seek only those that benefit; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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