WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR
By Dr. Jim Wolfe, Senior Pastor
I love our country and have long prayed for a national revival. I know many deny that America was established on Judeo-Christian principles, but that does not change the fact that we were, at our best, a Christian nation. But then that is for another day!
My concern is that many, including me, can easily get caught up in the bitterness and angry interaction that permeates our society today. It is so easy to think that the end is near, and Jesus is about to split the Eastern Sky! Sometimes I just want to throw up my hands and say, “Even so, Lord Jesus come!”
But Jesus said in Matthew 24:6, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Regardless of how war-mongering our society may become, we (the Church) are never to give up – we must persevere for the gospel’s sake so that when that end does come –many will have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
One of our major purposes as the Church is that of peacemakers. It is so easy to get caught up in the battle, using the worlds ways of attack, that we miss our opportunities to share the peace of God found in a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For our weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Yes, we are in this world, but we are not of this world. Let us not use the world’s carnal weapons, but the Spirit’s. In Ephesians 6:7, we find that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. But, the Bible is not a weapon to beat people over the head with while joining the vicious rhetoric that is stirring people to take sides and destroy each other. Killing and maiming those who oppose our views, does not end in peace!
So, there is a great challenge for the Christian today. Our nation is divided and if we are going to survive we must come together in unity and with a common purpose. Carnal warfare only destroys! May we remember that our task is to use our speech for the good of edifying the hearers. Whether it is written or spoken, may our words be that of “Thus Saith The Lord” shared in love to the end of reconciliation and peace.
That is not easy when we, as Christians, speak truth in love, and the ungodly and worldly will not sit down and reason. Nevertheless, we are to persevere for the gospel’s sake! Jesus says in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Are there any Christians in Washington DC? Maybe, but I do not see many peacemakers. I pray it is simply because they too, have been caught up in this world’s “Wars and Rumors of War.” Our nation’s leaders must focus on unity!
May all of us stop this nonsense and bring healing to our land! I do not know how it will happen, but the only thing that will bring unity and peace in America is a return to our founding heritage. Psalm 33:12 reminds us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Can this actually happen? Not by man’s power, but only by the miraculous hand of God! Christian friend, do not give up; pray; persevere in love; for we serve the God of Miracles! And that gives me hope for our land.
Matthew 24:6, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”