What’s Next?

Who can say anything realistically rational about what is going on in Israel, Palestine, and Iraq? (Even the United States for that matter.)

What sense can be made of senseless slaughter and chaos?

How can anyone in the West get their arms around cultural and ethnic differences in the Middle East that go back hundreds even thousands of years?

I fear we comment about things we don’t really know about or understand.

If God has an agenda in all of this, perhaps we’ll know it soon enough. After all, no one truly knows the mind of God. No one understands how he sees what we can never see. His scope of vision moves way beyond the horizon of our limited perspective. We want him to act now because that’s how our culture has taught us to think—make it happen now.

We are not a patient people here in the States. We think if it can’t happen now then someone is doing something wrong. And there has indeed been plenty of wrong-doing going on. But that’s not how the rest of the world thinks. At least, from what I understand. And it’s certainly not how God thinks, from what I gather in scripture.

I’m clueless when it comes to how war works. I’m not very savvy when it comes to international politics. What I do know is that we, as a country and the church, don’t seem to be doing a very good job of fulfilling our role in the world. Understand, I don’t mean peacekeepers but defenders of the poor, the oppressed, and innocent victims who die simply because of their beliefs. Of course, it’s only Christians who are dying “over there” so that’s really not a big deal in the mind of many.

Should it be?

Yes, I understand there are not-so-conservative Muslims and people of other beliefs that are hurting deeply—often because of their beliefs. But Christians are the ones spilling their blood on the ground, across the newspaper headlines, and into our homes via the evening news.

I pray for peace. I pray the senseless killings will stop and people come to terms with how the world is today, not how it was a thousand years ago. I pray that God will act—today! Then again, I have no business setting his time-table. He has a good deal of practice when it comes to rescuing his people. This isn’t his first rodeo.

The real question is—what’s next?

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  1. Norm, perhaps you’ll remember me. Look, for almost two thousand years Christians have literally been getting away with murder, mayhem and more. It’s only natural for there to be a backlash. Of course, all forms of violence against anyone are to be regretted. The remedy for Christianity is a healthy dose of Judas.

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    • Norm

      Of course I remember you. How could I not…I pray for you often.

      “All forms of violence against anyone are to be regretted” is certainly true. “Christians have literally been getting away with murder, mayhem, and more” maybe not so true. If we reach back in time, from Egypt, Babylon, to Assyria, and Alexander the Great, there was a good deal of carnage unrelated to a “Christian cause” but very often focused on the people of God. Of course we could also mention Germany and the atrocities throughout Africa. There’s enough guilt to go around. It’s unfortunate that the world in general, too often sees violence as the solution. What’s more unfortunate, as we’re seeing in the Middle East, there’s no middle ground or compromise in the mind of some folks.

      I can’t agree with the “healthy dose of Judas” suggestion. Nor am I naïve enough to say “Jesus is the answer” when much of the world isn’t even aware of the questions. However, God has not and will not surrender his plan for his creation. It took two pieces of wood and three nails to tell the world–there IS a better way.

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