Doomsday postponed, not cancelled
The world breathed a sigh of relief today following the announcement from North Korean madman Kim Jong-un that he has decided to suspend his missile attack on Guam. North Korea’s leader, at least for now, is happy to sit back and monitor the “foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees.”
“Doomsday canceled,” declared Drudge.
Actually, it would have been more accurate to declare doomsday postponed. There’s a colossal difference between a horrible incident being canceled and being postponed. Given the choice, I’d opt to have a heart attack canceled over postponed. So, as nice as it was to see Kim Jong-un relax his trigger finger, it is imprudent to perceive his decision—or the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran—or Vladimir Putin’s relative silence—or the subsidence of conflict in Charlottesville—as evidence of the power of peace. In each case, while broader conflict might have been avoided, peace was not created.
The point is, the subsidence of tension and conflict does not mean peace has prevailed. It does not mean we can relax.
Here in the West, many tend to think that peace is the norm and that war is a crude aberration. This is a false and dangerous assumption, and one refuted by 6,000 years of human behavior. Winston Churchill said that the story of the human race is war. Identifying and accepting this grim reality was key to Churchill’s worldview and absolutely crucial to his victory over Nazi Germany and defense of Western civilization. Churchill’s recognition of the human tendency for competition and conflict put him in a perpetual state of preparedness and vigilance. This meant that while his colleagues during the 1930s hoped for peace, Churchill prepared for war.
What about you and me?
This is not to say we should not hope for peace. We must! But can you see through the peace illusion? Six millennia of human history show that peace in this present world is impossible. Countless millions have searched for the way of peace, yet not a single person, community or nation has achieved enduring, sustainable peace. Ever. In the history of mankind. Instead, we descend into conflict, time after time after time after time.
Accepting this reality will revolutionize the way we think and behave. If we, like Churchill, realize that human nature always gravitates toward tension, conflict and war, we will be more motivated to prepare for the inevitable. England’s leaders and most of the general population were not ready for World War II, and it very nearly cost them their sovereignty and their lives. Thankfully, Churchill was ready. What about you? Are you ready for more conflict and war?
It’s coming. Look at this world, and look past Kim Jong-un backing away from launching missiles, past the countless peace deals and peace treaties, past the fruitless gatherings of foreign leaders, and past the myriad international organizations. Look seriously at the rapidly intensifying tension, competition and hatred between nations, between political parties, between races and religions, and between communities and social classes and groups.
Consider events in North Korea, Charlottesville and virtually every other American state, Israel, Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Syria, China, Russia and every other nation on Earth. Is the way of peace prevailing, really?
This world is in exactly the state that the Bible said it would be before the return of Christ. “The way of peace they know not,” warned the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 59:8). The Apostle Paul warned that there would be lots of talk about peace, and that the prevailing peace illusion would actually be a sign of imminent war. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM …” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
When you think on it, this is actually incredibly reassuring. God anticipated humanity’s struggle with peace. He understands why we cannot achieve peace, and He will teach us the reason if we are sincerely interested and have a teachable spirit (Isaiah 66:2). Moreover, God has in His possession the road map to enduring peace and happiness.
“Great peace have they which love thy law,” wrote the psalmist in Psalm 119:165. That, in essence, is the key to peace: Love and embrace God, His truth and law, and His whole way of life! The fruit of “righteousness,” or obedience, explained Isaiah, “SHALL BE PEACE; and the effect of righteousness QUIETNESS and ASSURANCE for ever.”
You see, peace is possible—but only through God and the application of His Word!
Quelle: The Trumpet
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