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CLARITY – 12-28-19 Necessary and Possible


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-28-19

Necessary and Possible

What’s Happening: “ISIS released a video the day after Christmas (Thursday)  that showed the beheading of ten Christians and the shooting of one prisoner in the back of the head. Although the video did not come with sound, the killings were reportedly in retaliation for the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in October. The Islamic group has had their caliphate territory defeated, but have made recent victories in Africa, especially in Niger ( ‘We saw a terrible ambush of U.S. forces in Niger in 2017, that played into ISIS propaganda for months and really put Africa into focus; it has only grown in strength since,’ said Raphael Gluck, Co-Founder of Jihadoscope (they monitor online activity of Islamists).”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess you don’t have to hold territory to exist.”

Biblical Response:  “Nope…at least not here (Jesus famously replied at His trial, ‘My kingdom is not of this world…’ – Jn. 18:36). And you are not required to have a caliphate to perpetrate evil…as the eleven executed learned. That’s why there’s a hell. As the saying goes, ‘Justice makes hell necessary; mercy makes heaven possible.’: Good News for the Christian…bad news for ISIS. Of course, they’d argue for their 72 virgins. Unfortunately for them, reality is not created by sincerity of belief. They are tragically…and sincerely…wrong.”

“Christians? We believe in a just God (Is. 45:21). We also believe His justice will not slumber forever (2 Pet. 2:3). Sometimes, there seems to be a gap between the affront and the punishment that’s been incurred as a result. This delay is not that God is slow about His promised judgement, but He’s just giving more time for us to repent (2 Pet. 3:9).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us never to consider Your delay for slackness…it’s just mercy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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