A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-23-19
It’s All About Jurisdiction
What’s Happening: “A U.S. court ordered Friday the government of Iran to pay formerly incarcerated Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and his family nearly $180 Million in damages. Rezaian and his family suffered through the false imprisonment of Jason for 544 days and his wife, Yeganah, for two months. They were captured in Tehran in 2014 and held on espionage charges, but released in a prisoner exchange for seven Iranians. During his incarceration he was subject to physical abuse, food deprivation, and threats of execution, but mainly used as a bargaining chip in the negotiation that resulted in the Nuclear Deal (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-judge-orders-iran-pay-180-mn-reporter-222236257.html). ‘The Rezaians presented evidence showing that Iran arrested and detained Jason to increase its bargaining leverage in ongoing negotiations with the United States,’ said Judge Richard Leon.
‘Holding a man hostage and torturing him to gain leverage in negotiations with the United States is outrageous, deserving of punishment and surely in need of deterrence.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “What hope have the Rezaians got of ever seeing any of that money?”
Biblical Response: “Not much. It’s a matter of jurisdiction, the Iranians will say…I can’t imagine a Tehranian government paying anything to the Rezaians…why, that would be an admission of guilt…and an acknowledgement of the authority of a U.S. Court! But there is a court of competent jurisdiction to which they will one day answer (Heb. 9:27). In fact, so will us all. And it may not be pretty. As I have said many times, ‘Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.’”
“Christians? We believe that God, as the Creator of us all (Gen. 1:26), has the right of judgment of His creation (John 17:10). As Creator, He has jurisdiction.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, may we trust in Your ability to give a;ll of us what we’ve got coming; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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