Christians in limbo have few options here.
Refugee children are everywhere, playing and roughhousing and running and crying and proudly reciting English alphabets for visitors and even somehow sleeping amid the din. Some clamber giggling up steep flights of cement stairways that have no railings, and their parents don't blink: For Iraq's Christians, this grim setting is as close to safe as it gets of late.
No matter how the end time scenario unfolds, we know that Islamists are looking to establish a global caliphate and that many Muslims expect Mahdi to return to set up his kingdom. The violent aspirations of Islam are all too real. In areas where Islamists dominate....fear, oppression, bloodshed, suffering, and murder follow close behind. In Chad, Mali, and Nigeria, Islamists are burning churches, raping women, and murdering anyone who won't submit to them. In Iraq they are burying people alive for not converting to Islam. Christians among others are being beheaded for not bowing the knee to Islam.
For all the 'activity' of the 26 countries in the coalition, there has been remarkably little offered in the way of concrete support.
As U.S. jets pounded Islamic State positions north of Baghdad this week, diplomats pondered their options in Paris. U.S. President Barack Obama has stressed the importance of a collaborative global effort to combat the Islamic State (commonly known as ISIS and ISIL) which has been rampaging across much of Iraq and Syria, slaughtering as they go.
The president said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone." He want to build an international coalition which will come together to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. But based on the reactions of international leaders, he has yet to receive any concrete commitments to take an active part in the military campaign against the Islamic State.
If we could question those Americans who have gone to fight with jihadists, it would be interesting to see what they were taught in school and how they came to hate America so much. Meanwhile, we had better get back to teaching the current and future generations what we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nation.
Third, with the advent of the Internet and instant world communication, not to mention our ability to blow up the entire planet with our nuclear armaments, we are living in unique and unprecedented times in which the potential for good or evil has been exponentially multiplied.
On top of all this is the fact that we all have only one life to live, and then we step into eternity.
For me, this means increased sobriety, increased commitment and increased faith. Nothing else makes sense, whether Jesus is returning in 10 years or 100 years.
I admit, I watch the goings on in the world and wonder, "Is this the final straw?" Or will our cages be rattled a little more before in a warning that cannot be ignored, as it seems some of these latest headlines have been?
I believe that this time in which we are living is God's way of preparing us for our ultimate goal—being with Him. If we loved this world, if the world was paradise and we were in total utopia here, how much would we think about God? Would we long to see His face, live in His kingdom, and walk with Jesus? (Think about it.)
And to put it plainly, the Bible tells us point blank, that we are not to love this world.
At the time of this writing, Mohler has offered no further commentary or clarification about his statement. But unfortunately among Christians at large, such commentary from a discerning voice like Al Mohler often gets spun as jealous criticism. It's common to see complaints like: "It's not for us to judge," or "This is the kind of Christian in-fighting makes the world see us as unloving and divisive." Even CharismaNews.com posed the rhetorical question: "What's behind this trend of leaders making appeals to gospel stars such as...Hillsong? Is it the Lord speaking or another spirit?"
So, what's wrong with Al Mohler's critique of Hillsong? Nothing at all, actually. Rather, discerning critique from Christian leaders about ministries that profess to represent truth has both grounds and benefits.
"The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold... The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians." Exodus 12:35–36
There are some in Egypt who still aren't happy about the above, and are demanding, some 3,500 years later, that the Jews return their nation's plundered treasure.
The Left's strong delusion . . .
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi did her best Chicken Little impersonation in a guest appearance with Bill Maher, saying "civilization as we know it would be in jeopardy" if the Republicans took back the Senate in November. Pelosi made the comments during a live segment on Real Time With Bill Maher.
If you needed any further confirmation of Pelosi being a certifiable nut, she actually claimed the Democrats are "not fear-mongers" right after saying the world will end.