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Dark Days

October 9, 2019

The news reports are showing people fleeing the Turkish attacks that began a few hours ago. Panic and confusion are taking over and the skies are dark from the smoke.

Stumbling to the slaughter

Deliver those who are drawn toward death,And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know t

Links to check out ↓

The Jerusalem Post

Christianity Today Article

For a little background on the current President of Turkey read this article I wrote for another website in 2016 Attempted Military Coup in Turkey

You may also be interested in this blog post Warning – You Might Not Like This

One more that you may possibly want to read on the subject of current events from a Christian perspective Christian Reaction

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Christian Reaction

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?

We are observing the rapid decline of  values and way of life that we enjoyed for so long here in the United States. The Christian community is responding in many ways, but not all are ways that I recognize as Christian. I see some responses that make me cringe. I am referring to those who are engaging in mean spirited debate motivated by anger. Also those  who claim to be followers of Jesus but are following the culture of the day instead. Yes, I could go on with descriptions of other responses but the point of this post is to find the answer to the question. What was the question??

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

To find the correct answer always go back to the Book. The Bible has much to tell us about living in this world in all kinds of circumstances. Right now much of the current events are connected to leaders and soon to be leaders of the country. Election, election …Sometimes the subject is the only one covered in the daily news. So I’m just going to focus on one portion of scripture concerning leaders in this blog post. I will focus on other scriptures that address living in our changing culture in future posts.

This is a portion of scripture that is great to read and study using more than one version. I love it in the J.B. Phillips New Testament. Note: his spelling is a little different for a couple of words (British).

1 Timothy 2:1-8    J.B. Phillips   

Here then is my charge: First, supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings should be made on behalf of all men: for kings and rulers in positions of responsibility, so that our common life may be lived in peace and quiet, with a proper sense of God and of our responsibility to him for what we do with our lives.

 In the sight of God our saviour this is undoubtedly the right thing to pray for; for his purpose is that all men should be saved and come to realise the truth. And that is, that there is only one God, and only one intermediary between God and men, Jesus Christ the man. He gave himself as a ransom for us all—an act of redemption which happened once, but which stands for all times as a witness to what he is.

 I was appointed proclaimer and messenger of this great act of his, to teach (incredible as it may sound) the Gentile world to believe and know the truth.

 I want the men to pray in all the churches with sincerity, without resentment or doubt in their minds.

Question: As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

Answer: Prayer should be the first response

May I suggest that we keep these verses handy to remind ourselves of what we should be doing.


Corrie ten Boom tells about something that happened concerning this subject in her book “In My Father’s House”. The time was 1914 when one after another, countries of the world issued declarations of war. Corrie writes about her father and a weekly prayer meeting. Her father’s name was Casper ten Boom. The following is a short section from the book.

Father continued to pray for the Queen and the government of Holland, as he always had. We were very patriotic and loyal to Queen Wilhelmina and her prime minister, Abraham Kuyper, who was also a prominent theologian.

A division of purpose developed in our weekly prayer group. “Casper, it’s not right to pray for those in government,” some of the people said. “The world is evil-Satan is prince of this world and we should only look at the Kingdom of God.”

But Father said, “As Christians we are in the world, but not of the world. We must not give over our country to the enemy, because then we would be disobeying 1 Timothy 2 which says  ‘First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.’ “(vs. 1,2).

As the weeks and months of World War I went on, the pietists became more uncomfortable as Father, Betsie, and I continued to pray for our government. The difference in these basic beliefs drove the group apart. The others began to draw more and more into their spiritual shells, until we could no longer meet together for prayer.

I invite you to visit the Corrie ten Boom page to learn more about her.

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This is what Joni Eareckson Tada says her response is to news stories. She says “I use what I’ve learned as fodder for prayer and intercession (there’s hardly a time I turn off the news that I don’t pray about what I’ve watched).”

I love her way of stating her prayer reaction. I want to begin to see each news story that I hear about as a call to prayer. How about you? Are feeling overwhelmed with bad news? Let us go to the King with everything immediately.

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Update
(first posted March 1, 2016)
 As things grow darker around us, we have the increasing opportunity to shine brighter for Jesus. That’s the good news. The bad news is that our enemy has a special strategy that works especially well in the darker times. If you have been following any of the coverage of the presidential campaigns you have seen the plan in action.  I hope that you have read the article by Max Lucado but if not please take a minute to read it → here and then come back. The acceptable standard is plunging within the Christian community. Are you baffled? I have been stunned. What we are seeing is the result of a simple two-step plan.

Step 1    

Some leaders in the Christian community gradually drop their standards because they are following the current culture instead of Jesus Christ. So those who are following the leaders drop their standards also.

Step 2

Dark times come and many go willingly, even enthusiastically into the darkness.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power.                                                      -2 Timothy 3:1-5    NKJV


Remember the lyrics of  “Stay Strong” by Newsboys?   Video


Who are you?

Who are you serving?

We must stand strong and keep our eyes on Jesus and not be swayed by an evil ploy.

I pray that we will shine in the darkness.

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.          -Daniel 12:3 NKJV


Update

The above blog post is from March 1, 2016. Today is May 4, 2016. In the past 2 months, we have seen the escalation of moral decline in the United States increase at an even faster rate than we would have thought possible. Last night the 2016 election was the big news and this morning many of us are sensing the call to prayer.

I urge you to stay close to Jesus. Get into the Word and pray. We need to be hearing what God is saying and live our lives by the Spirit in faith. Hard times approach but they offer many opportunities to shine for Jesus. This is our time and God will equip us with what is needed. Let us be the ambassadors that we are called to be and walk daily with the King.

Update September 27, 2016

I am not surprised by the presidential election campaign circus in these past months. But, I am surprised about the eager involvement of Christian leaders in this. Many have become part of a desperate alliance.  The purpose of the alliance is to join together in support of a candidate who is believed to be the best choice for Christians.

Philip Yancey expresses it well in less than 3 minutes


How did we get here?

Read Chris Gilmore’s post below

“THE PROMISCUOUS CHURCH & HER PART-TIME LOVERS”

If ever there was a time for revival, certainly it is now.

I pray that we will choose to put our trust in God alone.