Whose side are you on?

Posted: December 14, 2014 in Christian Living, Revival, World Events
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“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:1-2)

Many Americans were shocked after hearing reports of the atrocities committed by the terrorist group ISIS this year. We were even more shocked when we learned of the brutal beheadings of Americans. Now there are rumors that ISIS is even beheading children!

Many of us are thinking the same thing: “How could any religion promote such evil atrocities?” Or “Why doesn’t God step in and destroy all of these enemies?”

But in the mind of the terrorist WE are the enemy of their god, Allah and it is their duty to destroy anyone who does not ascribe to their religion: “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you; therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (Quran 8:12)

It’s part of human nature to think that the universe revolves around us. We have a tendency to think as if our desires and wants are the most important things in the world. Subconsciously we try to make God fit into our plans.

Think about it. During the crusades, many people stated that God was on their side, that their cause was just and that God would help them defeat their enemy. (Those outside the Christian faith) It is events like this which should tell us that our perspective is wrong. We need to re-think our relationship to God.

When Joshua asked the person he encountered whose side he was on, it must have been a real shock to hear him say “Neither!” (Joshua 5:13-14) The Lord’s army isn’t FOR anyone. God’s purpose is to carry out God’s will – not to be another force at the disposal of man’s whim.

The real question is not whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side. Are we submitted to God? Do we really act as though Jesus is our Lord, or do we try to get God to do what we want? God sometimes graciously intervenes on our behalf, but that is only God fulfilling His plan through us for His own glory.

C. S. Lewis wisely wrote: “Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, `Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything – God and our friends and ourselves included – as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.”

This is not a popular opinion, but is it possible that all that we’re seeing in the world today is the result of God’s law of reaping and sowing? Galatians 6:7 tells us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

We’ve replaced the Bible and prayer in our public schools with metal detectors and police security. We’ve given up the security of family values and replaced them with immoral ideas and attitudes. Sanctity of life is no longer fought for, and more often is legislated against. Our children have become uncontrollable beasts who murder without conscience. Pornography has been piped into our homes for us and our children to view at the push of a button on the remote control.

If we reap what we sow, well, “Welcome to the harvest!”

The only way that this war on terror will end for us is to pray as the prophet Daniel did:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land…Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (Read Daniel 9:1-19)

It is only when we truly repent and turn from our wicked ways and turn back to God that we will experience true peace in our land. Because God promises that, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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