The Babylonians are Coming!

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 0 comments

by Bill Seng

“I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own.” ~Habakkuk 1:6

When a nation goes astray, how does God call them back to repentance? One way is to raise up another nation to defeat and enslave the nation so they might realize their need for God and genuinely call out for his help. It is frightening to think that God might be doing the same thing with America today.

Islam is a religion that has been growing at an astounding rate. It is the dominant religion in the Middle East, it is overtaking Europe, and it is establishing firm roots in America. Could it be that the Islamic people will be the source of judgment against America? The best I can do is give you a solid maybe.

If they are to be a judgment, we really can't hold against them that they want to overtake us. We are a wicked nation. Granted, by our standards Islamic extremists do some horrendous things, but then again, look at the average Muslim's lifestyle: they pray 5 times a day, fast regularly, and take the words of the Quran seriously. We do many of the things the Bible tells us are wrong, and they find those things to be horrendous! Now, I don't want to say that all Muslims are a judgment against America; many are here seeking a better life.

I have Muslim friends that I absolutely love. They are kind, respectful, and generous. If I were to take a strict attitude that they are here to kill me, I probably would not be an effective witness toward them. Some might say I am naive to trust them. I disagree, because they seem very sincere, but even if they were not, Jesus said he was sending us out as sheep among wolves. Why should I fear anyone when all I would be forfeiting is this earthly life?

In other words, whether judgment is upon us or not, we have an opportunity to witness to people who may not have had an opportunity to experience the Gospel message in their native lands. This is not only true with Muslims, but Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and any other ideology or religion that originates from a foreign land. We are a blessed country and a blessed people as the children of God.

And yet, we have wars and rumors of wars lurking in the shadows. Iran may acquire a nuclear weapon in the near future, and there is no doubt they would love to exercise their nuclear power once it is attained. What can we do if it appears that there will be a war between the western world and Islamic extremism?

1) Pray for Israel. Whether or not you believe Israel is God's chosen nation or not, it is our ideological ally in the Middle East.

2) Be ready to witness. God wants to win the souls of all people. In fact, we have even been instructed by Jesus to love and pray for our enemies.

3) Be ready to lay down your life. In a conversation I had with a former co-worker, I was asked how to combat terrorism. I don't know that many people would like my answer, but Christianity is a counterbalance. As much as they are willing to kill us we need to be willing to die. Faith up till death speaks loudly to the executioners. Look at the Apostle Paul and how he condoned the death of Stephen in the book of Acts.

Whether God will bring judgment on America through another nation or not, I cannot say. I know that we deserve judgment. But even Nineveh was given an opportunity to repent. Our current situation might just be an excellent opportunity to share Jesus.

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