Defending the Defenseless
Prophecy - Signs
Thursday, July 21, 2016
With the police under attack in the United States, I wonder what would happen if they all went on strike? They have one of the toughest and most thankless jobs, and they don’t do it for the money.
If we woke up tomorrow and there were no policemen, how long before looters hit the streets? How long before sexual predators hit the streets? How many senseless killings would there be over tennis shoes or video games? It would pretty much be survival of the fittest in its rawest form. This anarchy is what many of the preppers are preparing for, not the Book of Revelation. They just see lawlessness hitting the streets. Without a police force, anarchy would reign.
It was God who told mankind to defend the helpless, the weak, the sick, the down-and-out and the oppressed. He did not mention cutting anyone’s head off.
Yet, the United States and much of the rest of the world does business-as-usual with oppressor countries.
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:2-3 NIV
A few years ago, when the Syrian Civil War was new, I wrote an article about the conflict and why the United States was not helping? All over the world there was hand-wringing over the senseless deaths of innocent Syrians, caught in a war that most did not want. At the time of the article there were 5,000 deaths. A United Nations and Arab League Envoy estimated this past April that more than 400,000 have now died.
Somebody should have taken care of business when the Syrians were pleading for help, expecting the United States to arrive any minute. After all, isn’t that what the U.S. usually does? Come to the rescue?
Not only did the U.S. not come to the rescue of the now slaughtered Syrians, we are doing business with the oppressors.
It was the road to Damascus, after all, where Saul was blinded by the light; and by 722 AD there were 3.8 million Syrian Christians out of a population of 4 million. Fifty years later, Islamic terrorists of that day invaded the Holy Land, killing any who stood in their way. Abassid Caliph al-Mahdi forced the Syrian Christians to convert to Islam or be killed. When the Christians revolted in Homs (855 AD), it did not work out well. The leaders of the revolt were crucified.
The United States wasn’t around in 855 AD to rescue anyone from oppression. But had we been around and operated as today’s United States, the Christians would be up the creek without a paddle. We are no longer the world’s policeman. As such, the world has none.
Five years ago when the civil war started in Syria, there remained 1.5 million Christians, down from 3.8 million, 1,300 years ago. The United States still does business with the oppressor.
According to a Breitbart report March 16, 2016:
“The Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, reported Wednesday that in only five years of conflict and persecution, the Christian population in Syria has been reduced by two thirds, from 1.5 million to only 500,000 today.”
Possibly the worst massacre of Christians in Syrian history occurred in 2013, once again at the hands of Islamists; and no one came to the rescue. Evidence of thousands of mass graves with men, women, and children who had been tortured to death by fire or buried alive were discovered. This massacre reportedly occurred at the hands of the Syrian rebels that we support.
Sadad, Syria is located in the desert about halfway between Damascus and Homs and was home to many Syrian Christians. According to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama:
“What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing. For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women…. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture… What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.”
Is the United States upholding “the cause of the poor and the oppressed” as Psalm 82 commands? What is the world going to do without a policeman to prevent worldwide anarchy? What countries are going to step up?
The Syrian Refugee Crisis could so easily have been avoided. Now hundreds of thousands are seeking relief from the oppression. Unfortunately, Islamists have infiltrated the crowds of refugees seeking shelter in Europe and the USA; but with no uniforms, how does one know the good guys from the bad?
What about defending the defenseless when the defenseless is a child in the mother’s womb? We live in a country that performs more than 1.5 million abortions each year. One cannot be more defenseless than a child in the womb.
Are we naïve enough to believe that the largest Christian nation in the world, a nation founded on biblical principles, is pleasing to God?
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. Psalm 146:7-8 NIV
Policemen and women around the world are under attack, our guardians; while college kids at elite universities seek safe spaces where they cannot be insulted or offended. If the police go on strike, there will be no safe space… anywhere.
The United States has a history of helping the oppressed and the helpless, rushing aid to Indonesian tsunami victims or earthquake victims in Haiti. This is what nations founded on the belief that God really does exist are supposed to do.
The Lord loves the righteous. I think we are in big trouble.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Jesus
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