Why the Heathen Rage
Vol: 171 Issue: 4 Friday, December 4, 2015
Sometimes, as events overtake us and the horror of the situation threatens to overwhelm us, it helps to take stock of the actual situation we are eyewitnessing.
Paul, writing to the Romans who were under the reign of the mad Emperor Nero, reminded them to,
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1)
Note there are a number of key points Paul made that speak to us across the centuries as we consider the wisdom of what our government is about to do in our name.
First, Christians are strictly enjoined to be “subject to the higher powers” (our government). But what if we think our government isn’t following Scripture to our satisfaction?
Or if we disagree with our government’s foreign policy? Or if we oppose the current administration. Or what if we just plain think our government is wrong and not following God’s leading?
Paul writes, “For there is NO power but OF God” because God put them there for His sovereign purpose. From George Bush to Saddam Hussein to Jacques Chriac. “The powers that be are ordained of God.” How else does one interpret that?
Every government interacts with other governments which then have an effect on how history plays itself out.
Since God is the Author of history, ‘Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,” as He says in His signature passage in Isaiah 46:10, then it stands to reason that whoever is in power in any nation at any point in history is there because it will interact with history in order for it to play itself out according to God’s overall plan.
Because He has already declared it, and declared its outcome.
This is something that is very important to understand as we enter the dark days ahead.
Paul continues in Romans 13:2,
“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
This doesn’t infer that there is something wrong with criticizing our government. That is our right because of the kind of government we have.
And Paul himself invoked his right as a citizen of Rome, because it was his right to invoke by virtue of his citzenship.
That is different than resisting our government. There is an unusually thin distinction between ‘criticism’ and ‘resistance’ during wartime, especially given the vulnerabilities exposed on 9/11, and to my mind, some have come pretty close to the line, if not actually crossing it.
That said, Paul enjoins Christians to show due allegiance to our leadership, because God put him there according to His purposes.
We as Christians have our own duty to accept God’s purposes as our purposes, or else what does surrendering our will to God really mean?
But with that assurance that Paul gives us that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28), we can face the gathering clouds of potential global war with a bit less fear.
God is in charge. Or nobody is. (Now, THAT’S a scary proposition!)
As the war progresses, we are going to run into a lot of worried people. And they’ll have a lot of questions. We have the answers because we have a Bible.
This is one of those times when the fields are white with the harvest, but the laborers are few. But that’s who we assemble your Omega Letter for — the few. You.
You are the ones that people are going to ask, ‘what does this mean?’
Every month you put your money where your heart is, which makes my job enormously easier because I know I am addressing dedicated fellow one-on-one evangelists. Not lurkers in the shadows.
God’s army for the last days conflict.
So take heart in the dark days ahead! God has a plan for our government, He has a plan for Iraq, He even has a plan for this war.
And He has a plan for somebody who sees all this begin to come to pass and wants to know that he too can look up and know his redemption draweth nigh.
And all that is needed to advance God’s plan for that person is you.
To “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)
In short, to be equipped for our own battle in our own spiritual war.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.” (Psalms 2:1-4)
May God bless you all in the days ahead, and may God bless America.
Originally Published: March 17, 2003
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