HOW DO WE PROCESS AND REACT IN THE FACE OF EVIL?
IT IS UNEQUIVOCALLY WRONG TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE COMMITTING HORID CRIMES. In international law there are evils such as war crimes.
IT IS RIGHT TO EXPRESS FORGIVENESS. IT IS RIGHT TO LONG LIKE AMOS THE PROPHET FOR JUSTICE TO ROLL ON LIKE A RIVER AND RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A NEVER-FAILING STREAM.
AS A CHILD OF GOD AND A FOLLOWER AND DISCIPLE OF JESUS WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES, AND TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE US. TAKE TIME TO PRAY.
Matthew 5:43-45: You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
SAINTS BEWARE WHEN RELIGION AND STATE PROMOTE HATE OR EVEN THE OPPOSITE WHEN THEY ARE PASSIVE ABOUT EVIL, BEING EVIL. THE ROUTE FORWARD IS MOST DANGEROUS.
THESE ARE DAYS TO PRAY AND FAST.
PRAY AS IF IT’S YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER. PRAY AS IF IT’S YOUR FAMILY SUFFERING. SHOW SINCERE COMPASSION FOR THOSE SUFFERING. NATIONS SHOULD PROTECT THEIR PEOPLE. ISRAEL MUST ACT FOR TO NOT ACT IS TO BE COMPLICIT WITH EVIL. THE TRAUMA PUSHING PALESTINE TOWARDS VIOLENCE OPENED THE DOOR FOR EVIL. PRAY FOR JUSTICE. PRAY FOR MERCY. ONLY IN JESUS CHRIST DO WE SEE A JUST AND MERCIFUL GOD WHO WILL DIE FOR THE ENEMIES OF GOD. HOW LONG DOES HATE RULE THE LAND?
PALESTINIANS, ISRAELIS, AND ALL NATIONS EPHESIANS 2:13-18 OFFERS A GLOBAL SOLUTION COME NEAR TO GOD. HE IS THE ROUTE TO PEACE. HE IN THE FACE OF MURDER BY HIS BROTHERS, JEWISH RELIGION AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ROME, AND LET’S NOT FORGET BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR ME TOOK ALL HATE, AND FORGAVE AND INSISTING ON JUSTICE FOR THE OFFENSES COMMITTED, FOR MY OFFENSES HE TOOK OUR PUNISHMENT. HE TOOK EVIL TO THE MAT AND DEFEATED IT WITH LOVE.
THOSE WHO COMMIT MURDER ARE GUILTY OF MURDER. THOSE WHO BY OMISSION OVERLOOK MURDER ARE UNFIT TO LEAD AND ARE NOT UPHOLDING JUSTICE.
The foundation of God’s throne are righteousness and justice. Psalm 89:14
American history speaks to us now, there is a point when men must do something.
“The People should never rise, without doing something to be remembered – something notable and striking.
DIARY OF JOHN ADAMS, DECEMBER 17, 1773
STRIKING BUT NOT HORRID. NOTABLE BUT NOT EVIL.
And when all measures for peaceful and proper protest have been exhausted, people openly declare a revolt not secretly murder the vulnerable.
American freedom was terrible and costly.
There is a point when peacemaking is deafened by the war machine. And on those days we must remember the words of Christ Jesus, blessed are the peacemakers, in these times we must pray for such peacemakers!
War is dreadful and proud and unavoidable at times. Peace is painful and humbling and unattainable at times.
Who suffered unjustly to forge us our peace but Christ?
Diplomacy and peace require much wisdom, and statecraft. The God of all wisdom be with all governments and diplomats. Praying 1 Timothy 2:1-4 – “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
And when war is upon us. Consider the words of Abigail Adams:
“The die is cast. Heaven only knows what is next to take place, but it seems to me the Sword is now our only, yet dreadful alternative….
Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren February 3, 1775
Last week I was prayer walking Harvard campus on Thursday October 5th before, the attack.
For days now I’ve been asking others to pray, for this young student from Harvard, I shared my encounter with Jesus and prayed for him. He said,’you have no idea how much this means to me.’ He also said he goes to Catholic mass sometimes. And this week his Pro Palestinian group is in the news for their official response to the attack from Hamas.
I am praying Ephesians 2:13-14. Also note worthy after Sydney and I conversed on the Harvard steps with him and prayed, we walked from Harvard yard over to the Science Center Plaza. It was here I gave a ‘taketimetopray’ sticker to the Zion/Israel group gathering on this same day, none of this strikes me as coincidence.
We also prayed the next day in the historical south meeting hall, for this nation. I have been praying for this young man, for 8 days and I feel lead to ask for further prayer coverage for him as he put a face to these youth. My prayer is for him and all like him to know Jesus as his GOD and Savior.
And here I am praying for Israel, Palestine and the Harvard campus as they each have headlines daily in the news. May Jesus win everyone over for GOD STILL LOVES THE WORLD JOHN 3:16! In the uncertain hours and days prayerfully and with passionate petitions approach the courts of heaven for peace, for justice and for Jesus perfect governance over the world to guide her through her trials, as he is KING.
Only Christ can put to death enmity, hatred, illwill, and the like. Ephesians 2:16
Pray for kings, and judges to show discernment.
Psalm 2:10-12 NOW, therefore, oh, kings, show discernment; take warning, oh, judges of the Earth. Worship the Lord, with reverence. And rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
It will take AN ACT OF GOD to bring peace. (Psalm 122)
Pray with me LORD GOD, OUR Christ, Son of Mary have mercy on all mothers and fathers. Christ take in each soul seeking refuge. Christ heal what has been incurable, if you are willing! And say to us as you did when the INCURABLE diseased with leprosy comes to you, ‘I AM WILLING, BE CLEAN’ amen.