Weeping in Babylon

December 13, 2006

It’s the continuous work that the Holy Spirit does in the heart of the redeemed.  He takes the cold, undiscerning heart and transforms it into one with an altruistic love and compassion for others.  A  heart that is overcome with joy when a soul comes to Jesus and receives eternal life.  A heart that likewise agonizes over the report of a soul going into eternity that wasn’t prepared.  A tragedy that doesn’t have to happen as the sins of all were paid for at Calvary by our Lord Jesus Christ, and yet takes place every minute of the day as folks reject the truth.  When you grasp the seriousness of this; that when a soul goes into eternity without being washed in the blood of Jesus, there is no more hope for that soul, the horrific events transpiring in Mesopotamia (Iraq) take on a whole new dimension.

To the unregenerated, they’re only numbers.  “Twenty bodies found here, or fifteen Iraqis killed in a market place.  For those who bring us these stories, they’re little more than headlines that must be reported ahead of and better than the other competing news sources.  They are saddened by these events, but cannot understand the eternal significance of them.  This tragedy continues to unfold as three seperate incidents were reported this morning.  It’s absolutly mind boggling when you see the hatred and malice that one human being is capable of harboring toward another.  There’s nothing new under the sun and such has been the case ever since Cain slew his brother Abel.  The horrific events taking place in Iraq, at this moment may be far fewer than those commited at the hands of the Nazis, but they are no less significant.  The tragedy of a Chaldean going into eternity without Jesus is equal to the tragedy of a Gypsy who wasn’t born again being executed at the hands of the Nazis.  Every soul is eternal; every person is created in the image of God, and this image has been under assault by Satan ever since there was a man on the earth. 

I Peter 5:13  “The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so does Marcus my son.”

In this verse, the apostle Peter is making mention of the church that, at that time was flourishing in Babylon.  I mention it here for one reason.  There is no doubt in my mind that there are saints; true born again christians in Iraq at this very moment of every background.  These folks hold the truth that can set men free; the knowledge that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.  These true saints are under assault by every facet in that country as the devil and his minions do everything in their power to obscure the truth.  These saints, be they Kurds, Arabs, Chaldeans, Persians, Americans, what have you, have the answer to real peace that being eternal life in Jesus Christ.  It’s my fervent prayer that while politicians talk factional leaders threaten, and military personnel carry out their assigned tasks, that souls would come to Jesus.  This is the one truth that matters.  This truth; “that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” is the one piece of truth that neutralizes the power of the grave. 

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Right now, it’s 8:35 here in Constantine.  As the day unfolds, the pundits will continue to discuss the Iraq policy.  Retired military leaders will offer their assessment and political entities, will seek advantage out of the carnage that’s transpiring in Mesopotamia.  President Bush will continue being President Bush, the eagle nation of Daniel chapter seven will continue to fulfil her role in prophesy, and the final day will continue it’s steady march toward the realm of current events.  Jesus Christ is returning and what were witnessing is the ramping up of the last days events that are to preceed his glorious appearing. 

Romans 8:22  “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

I began this post with a comment on how the Holy Ghost transforms a mans heart after he’s born again.  This is a continuous process as we are changed from glory to glory; ever taking on more of our Lords nature.  I was, for years, a very hawkish person concerning foreign policy.  Even after getting saved, I maintained a neo-con view of reality coupled with the christian right support of “better living through political gain.”  This was my view of the world even during the season of rebellion that began in 1990 and lasted until March of 2004.  Since that time, I’ve learned to see things as they are; that souls are going into eternity without Jesus.  (I knew it before but it now has a whole new meaning.)  The republican party is not “pure as the wind driven snow” as I once percieved and that spiritual wickedness saturates every square inch of this world.  It’s a “darkness that can be felt” as the stage is being set for the man of sin to make his move. 

In a way, the season of rebellion that I went through, has a silver lining.  It was a very depressing time; being out of fellowship with the Lord, but now, as a result, I’m no longer in lockstep with the “christian right republican” mentality that we can legislate a better tomorrow.  This is not to discourage anyone who operates in the realm of politics; it’s simply an understanding that the real answers don’t reside there.  Laws can determine that a pedophile must spend time in prison and this serves as a necessary deterrant, but laws alone cannot change a mans heart.  Only Jesus can do that.  (You cannot legislate matters of the heart.)  Since the Lord restored me, I have understanding on a level that I never had before.  When I see events such as those taking place in Mesopotamia, Darfur, and North Korea, I don’t primarily see American policy succeeding or failing; I see lost souls who need Jesus.  I no longer blame the democrats for every insignificant transpiration in society.  I now see the big picture as opposed to viewing the world through a republican prism.  That bigger picture is simply this.

Ephesians 6:12  “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.”

The real battlefield in Iraq doesn’t reside between the Hiddekel and the Euphrates.  It resides in the hearts of men and is fought more in the prayer closet than in the flesh.  Through this vessel of clay, we go forth and proclaim the good news of new life in Jesus.  But it’s in the prayer closet that principalities and demonic strongholds are brought to nothing.  This holds true everywhere under the sun. 

James 5:16  “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”


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