A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-26-20
The Beginning of the End
What’s Happening: “Protests that began in 2019 (really beginning much earlier) finally boiled over into police involvement Sunday in the streets of Hong Kong with mass arrests, the use of tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. Communists in Beijing pledge installation of mainland laws happening to bring order, but protesters chant ‘Hong Kong independence.’ Hong Kong, long a business hub, rejects the artificially imposed order…and may have sealed their fate. Meanwhile, the U.S. contemplates sanctions in support of the protesters, who only want autonomy. Reaction of the U.S. over China’s role in the coronavirus, their ongoing theft of technology, and the U.S.-imposed tariffs cloud the already complicated issue (https://www.businessinsider.com/beijing-new-national-security-laws-hong-kong-protests-2020-5Quoting the Reuters article in Business Insider: ‘Protesters chanted ‘Revolution of our time. ‘Liberate Hong Kong,’ ‘Fight for freedom, Stand with Hong Kong,’ and ‘Hong Kong independence, the only way out.’’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Maybe they’ll be more successful than the protesters in Tiananmen Square.”
Biblical Response: “Probably not. Communists in China won’t allow another democracy on their doorstep (arguably, India, South Korea and Japan are democracies, and already too close). Together with worldwide coronavirus condemnation, tensions in the South China Sea…not to mention the brouhaha over Taiwan…I don’t think the Chi-Coms will put up with it….and I can’t see anyone willing to spend blood and treasure over a tiny island in the Pacific. All this means the beginning of the end…of course some can’t see it (Matt. 16:3). I hope I’m wrong. There were many who threw tea into Boston Harbour (a couple of centuries ago) who weren’t given a chance of success, either…and look how that turned out. Of course, they had God on their side.”
“Christians? Oh, we believe that God plus one is a majority…in fact, He doesn’t even need the one! His sovereign will shall be done, and He determines the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to look upon the efforts of those who want to throw off the chains of oppression, optomistically; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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