What Must Be Done In Times of Catastrophe
Look To Our Lord Jesus
This WEB page is written from a Christian perspective, based on the King James Version of the Holy Bible, but supported by virtually every translation of the Holy Scriptures. It is written in simple language that is intended to accomplish one goal, that of helping people to understand what is going on in a world in which we are witnessing an astonishing, rapid increase in atrocities such as murders committed by mothers against their own children; senseless shootings in our schools, in places of employment, and other public places as well as other acts of random violence that shake us and cause us to wonder, Just what is going on?
Most recently of course, we were astounded by the demolition of the World Trade Center in New York City by terrorists who clearly showed their intent and purpose is to destroy humanity, not simply America, but humanity, for there are no boundaries they will confine themselves to. They will strike anywhere, at an opportune time in which they are able to destroy as many people as they can. And, it is a mistake to think that one individual is perpetrating these crimes against humanity because clearly no one person was involved in all of the atrocities we have been reading about and viewing on television and hearing about on radio. Different women were involved in the murder of those children that we read about in stark horror. Different boys have been involved in the mindless murder of our school children and of school authorities. No one person is lurking in the dark places of our cities waiting to strike the unsuspecting and bring about their death.
No---It should be clear to everyone that to focus on one person and believe that capturing him or executing him will bring about relief from the horror that has gripped our nation and the world is nothing more than wishful thinking. What we are struggling with is a system that gives rise to atrocities that rush upon us in different forms. Said the apostle Paul, in the 6th Chapter of Ephesians, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
As our national leaders respond to the events of our day, many focus on the power of our country to bring us through whatever the calamity might be. They talk about the resolve of America, the determination and power of America, and a host of other such things without ever mentioning the fact that we are totally unable to defend ourselves against those who want us dead. Our nation is engrossed in the power of America to deliver America out of the predicament we are in.
Look at II Chronicles 7:14. "If My people, Which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." What we often hear, when the calamity springs from natural causes such as an earthquake or hurricane or flood, are boastful words that dwell on our greatness rather than words of humility that direct our attention to our inability to cope, and to the power of God to relieve. The question before us is, Does America have the humility that we need to cry out to God acknowledging, "Lord we can't but you can. Help us as we struggle against evil forces that seek our ruin!"
In the scripture we just read, we find that God requires that we humble ourselves before Him. That is the challenge of America because in America there are so many religions that people believe in that those who ought to be leading us back to God are so fearful of political ramifications that they won't mention the name of our God. They simply call Him "God" so that no one really knows who they are talking about, and I suppose they might even be hoping that others will think they are talking about the same god that they recognize as God. And, the disturbing thing that results from that kind of vague reference to God is, when He delivers us, nobody clearly understands that it was by His power we were delivered. And, all of us need to understand that God delivers us that He might receive glory, honor and praise. Look at II Kings 19:34, "For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake...." God must be praised for what He does and we ought not muddle what God has done for us by worshipping with or by soliciting the prayers of those who do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, because God acts on our prayers because we believe in our Lord Jesus. When we pray to God, in the name of Jesus, it is tantamont to our saying, "Lord Jesus, please take my prayer to Almighty God for you alone O Lord have access to God." No other prayers reach God excepting those of the penitent sinner who is seeking Christ that has not yet learned how to pray. However, the grace of God continues upon His creation.
When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, Moses told the people who he was representing. Moses sought no help from any other religion or god. He was in a war with pharaoh, fully dependent on his God to back him in the predictions he had made of the woe that would befall the Egyptians if they failed to do what God wanted them to do. Nowadays, in their folly, our national leaders mix their worship of God with those who don't believe in our God, as made known to us by our Lord Jesus. They solicit the prayers of those who don't believe in our Lord Jesus and they create unimaginable confusion because God must get the glory for what He does. And, those of other religions, whose prayers we sought, are quick to attribute the relief that our God brings about, to the power of their god because we sought their prayers. Christians ought to know that prayers offered to God in any name, other than the name of our Lord Jesus, are worthless utterances that go nowhere and do no good. O people of America, there is only one true and living God who is able to hear and act on the prayers of His children, and that is the God introduced to the world by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and reveals Himself to us in the person of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost. He is one God. He is the God that has blessed this nation over the years and He is the only one who can see us through the struggle in which we are now engaged. But, before we can realize all that He desires to do for us, we must regard Him.
We must stop validating other religions by causing them to believe that there is substance in what they believe in by inviting them into our worship and praise of God as equal ministers of God, allowing them to sit in our sacred places and allowing them to pray to their god in our churches. We as Christians hate all religions that fail to recognize Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Either we are right or wrong to believe that. Either we believe what Christ taught or we don't. No man, says our Lord Jesus, can serve two masters, for they will hate the one and love the other. We must love only the God of our salvation as revealed to us by our Lord Jesus. But, in doing that, we incur the anger and hostility of a blind and ignorant world. They look upon us as being bigoted, hateful and divisive, but that should not concern us. Our Lord Jesus clearly told us that the world hated Him and it will hate us as well. But, a great many who claim to be Christians, don't like to be scorned, don't like to be ridiculed or made fun of or being portrayed as hateful bigoted people, and have sought to be accepted by a sinful world that rejected our Savior and is still rejecting His followers. As they did unto our Master, they do unto us. So, let their insults and their scorn come, because we know that the servants are not above their Master. A great many who will read this publication will label me, the writer, as a hate filled bigot, but what have I said that differs from the word of God? The problem is, people are not being taught the truth and as a result they don't know how we as Christians should be responding to the issues of our day. The fact of the matter is this. Our Lord Jesus came into this world and clearly claimed to be the Son of God and the Savior of the whole world which Christians believe Him to be. Those that don't believe that must reject the truth, that Christ spoke, as a lie and they enter into other beliefs or what is commonly referred to as other religions. We as Christians view them as rejecting the truth of God in preference of a lie from the devil. Hence, we cannot respect what they believe or in any way validate their beliefs. There is only one truth and that comes to us from God by way of Jesus Christ. Anything that conflicts with what He said must be rejected as a lie. If we respect any other religion we are respecting a lie. We are Christians, a peculiar people who have been called out of darkness into the marvelous light of our Lord Jesus, that we should show forth His praise. We are a single minded people.
Christians Need No Unholy Alliances
In my first commentary I ended with the comment, We are a single minded people. And, that must be, because the Bible says, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
Now, let's focus on the cause of the tragedies that are occurring in the world. Yes, I said in the world, because it is not America alone that is troubled. We are dealing with world wide trouble, but we are simply more sensitive to the trouble which occurs in America. And, all of the ails that are causing the calamities to come upon us can be found throughout the world, so it is not my intent to point an accusative finger at America and scold this nation as the naughty child of the world, for what is wrong with America is wrong with a great many other nations of the world. The fact of the matter is this. God so loved, not America alone, but the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Christ Jesus died for the whole world and the whole world is indebted to Him and obligated to Him and is accountable to Him.
Christians must realize that we must be true to our God and our religion and not conduct ourselves in such a way that we treat other religions that deny the divinity of our Lord Jesus as valid religions. To illustrate more clearly what I am saying, I will draw a parallel with math. It is a mathematical fact that 2 plus 2 equals four. So, if we encounter those who deny that basic fact and offer us some other hypothesis, we would reject that as being mathematically unsound and in error, particularly in view of what our understanding of math has enabled us to achieve. To us, such a hypothesis would not be accorded any respect or recognition. No one would knowingly promote an error, we might like to think. So, the same can be said of religion. Knowing that our God desires that He alone be depended on, we cannot have the kind of unity that brings us all together as worshippers of God unless we are worshipping the same God. Jesus Christ is God of the Christians. No other religion recognizes Him as God. They don't pray to Him as God. They don't sing to Him as God. They don't render service to Him as God and they don't run to Him as God in time of trouble. That's what makes it impossible for us to join our worship of Him with the worship of those who don't believe as we do. But, does our refusal to worship with those who don't share our belief prevent us from living peacefully among those who don't believe as we? By no means! The difference we have with others does not relieve us of the responsibility to be neighborly toward them. We accept the fact that we must work with them. We accept the fact that they must have an opportunity to work and provide for their families, so we work with them. We accept the fact that they must be allowed to secure an education that will enable them to secure employment through which they can provide for their needs, so we attend school with them. But we cannot mingle our religion with theirs nor should we mingle our worship and praise of God and of His Son our Lord Jesus with their worship, for in our worship of God and His Son Jesus Christ, we come together as one in our faith and belief in Christ Jesus and we cannot be one with unbelievers.
Our Lord Jesus referred to calamity that had befallen some people in His day. "There were present at that season some that told Him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Clearly our Lord Jesus linked our relief from our ails to penitence. So, it should not matter to us that the world links our calamities to the conduct of certain people. Those who do that simply refuse to face facts or are ignorant of the truth. Calamity is related to sin and where sin is, the door is opened to calamity. Calamity is a ferocious demon who is bound by the fetters of the grace of God so that he cannot pounce upon the people. But, as the people sin, they weaken the fetters so that the demon of destruction is unleashed upon the land and he destroys God's creation. Our Lord Jesus warns us of that so that when we sin, we ought seek His forgiveness so that the sin is forgiven and not held against us and the demon of destruction remains fettered. I am reminded of the little boy who was sitting on a porch crying and when asked the reason for his tears, remarked, "I am crying because I stole a candy bar from the store." When told that he should simply take it back to the store, the boy remarked, "I ate it already." So, having eaten it already, the boy did the next best thing. He repented of what he had done.
The whole world must know that sin weakens the fetters and by sinning we unleash destruction upon ourselves. It is not man that we ought be fearful of but rather the affect of our sins, for the calamities of this world spring from our sin. No matter which way we look in this world
there is trouble that only Christ can save us from.
Now lastly, look at King Hezekiah, that grand king of Judah in the Old Testament. There standing before Hezekiah was the army of that ferocious king of the Assyrians, Senacherib. His men appealed to the people of Judah to disregard what Hezekiah had told them about trusting in the God of Israel, and urged the men of Judah to throw down their weapons and surrender to Senacherib and he would give them rewards, but if they resisted they would die. Now see what happened to the host of Senacherib. "And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall you say to your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; andI will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land." Read further. "Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses." Oh what a mighty God we serve. When America, as a nation, puts its trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is God, the world shall know that none can harm us.