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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A Biblical Response to Current Events -7-27-19
It’s Back on the Table
What’s Happening: “Last Thursday, Attorney General Barr ordered the death penalty be reinstated. Last used in 2003, it will immediately put five death-row inmates (murderers convicted of the most heinous crimes and who have exhausted their appeals), in the crosshairs. Not completely outlawed, the Furman v. Georgia Supreme Court decision took that option off the federal table in 1972. The death penalty for those convicted of federal crimes is now back on the table through Congress and the AG, though it will be by the lethal injection of one drug rather than three (https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-07-25-ag-barr-orders-federal-death-penalty-reinstated/). ‘The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by the justice system,’ said AG Barr.
Knee-Jerk Response: “Whatever happened to ‘Vengeance is Mine?’Doesn’t God have that exclusive right?”
Biblical Response: “Apparently not…ask the victims? Oh, that’s right. You can’t. They’re dead. Seriously, some have said this is an act of human vengeance. But God is eternal. Temporal matters he left to us (of course, He does provide us guidance on this issue – Deut. 19:21, etc.). Others will argue that was a cultural matter. Can you name me a time in history when more died unjustly than have in the last 100 years? No one in his right mind could possibly name a more corrupt and evil time than right now (and that’s not to mention the deaths of the unborn). Still others say the threat of death is not a deterrent. If that were so, the death penalty.would not be a murderer’s first appeal for removal off the bargaining table.”
“Christians? We believe it is a last resort (and rightfully so) to impose death on anyone. But we also believe in evil. We further believe in the second death…- Rev. 21:8 – …and that only the Righteous Judge has jurisdiction over that. We are all deserving of this, but, thankfully, for those who confess Jesus as Lord (even those on death row), His death on the cross paid that debt in full (Rom. 10:9-10). Let me just say that there’s a huge difference between the First Death and the Second, between temporal and eternal.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to use this awesome power carefully and rarely…and with wisdom; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-30-18
Talk About Defamation!
What’s Happening: “When Jarrod Ramos, 38, killed five and wounded two at the Capital Gazette, a news outlet he had sued in 2012 for defamation, he was obviously not thinking about how his reputation might suffer by taking matters into his own hands (https://www.yahoo.com/news/capital-gazette-shooting-suspect-sued-023352130.html). ‘A lawyer would almost certainly have told him not to proceed with this case,’ the court wrote in its opinion following the appeal. ‘It reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not,’ quotes Nick Vasser in his HuffPost article.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Isn’t defamation about reputation, anyway? Instead of folks wondering about Ramos’ character, this way he removed all doubt!”
Biblical Response: “Anybody who loses…twice…and represents himself…is not sane anyway (which is underscored by his vengeful heinous act). I guess the left won’t be crying for more gun control on this one (he used a shotgun…not a handgun or any illegally purchased long gun). What can keep anyone safe from such murderous intents? Probably nothing…realistically. Nothing short of massive world-wide revival will make everyone realize that vengeance is the Lord’s. (Rom. 12:19).”
“Christians? We believe that family is the answer for most feelings of being wronged…a good father and mother will teach their son that time and truth (and patience) sort out most of life’s inequities… Of course, he could have gotten the same input in Sunday school. Maybe one of the prison ministries will reach him. One can always pray. Even murder is forgivable…by Someone who was made on ‘no reputation’ (Phil. 2:7-8).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us reach out to those who feel they have been wronged, teaching them to depend on Your final justice; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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