Monday, December 14, 2015

The Race is Fixed

The day after two radical Islamic terrorists killed fourteen people in California the New York Daily News ran a headline that proclaimed, “God’s Not Fixing This.”  One of the few times, the liberal-secular media has got something related to God right. 

It is not only my theological assessment that they are exactly right; it is my position that God is allowing, if not causing this, to happen.  I know it is hard to fathom, but God has often used ungodly nations to bring judgment on His people.  (See Ezekiel 14:4-23).  He does this in hopes that we would turn to Him.  The fact that the New York Daily News mocks those that solicited His divine favor through prayer does nothing to discredit the wisdom of seeking the true and living God.

I’m certain the writers at The Babylonian Daily News had a field day blasting Noah the boat builder.  Think about it -- it wasn’t God who built the boat.  God delivered the flood.  The boat was what God told Noah to build to escape His coming judgment.

Can the New York Daily News find favor in the eyes of the Lord?  The Bible says, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  It’s no surprise that the Daily News couldn’t see the utility in prayer.  Less than seven verses later the Bible commends Noah for his faith in the unseen, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”

If the liberal-secular media is not going to call upon God, they’re probably not worried about the devil either.  The apostle Peter warned us about the devil, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith...” 

This reminds me of a joke a General in the 82nd Airborne Division used to tell us:   “There was a US Marine and a US Army Paratrooper walking through the jungle.  All of a sudden, they realized a lion was following them.  They both immediately broke in to a run.  After about two miles the paratrooper, for apparently no reason, suddenly stopped.  He dropped his rucksack, opened it up, and removed a pair of running shoes.  The Marine became indignant.  Flabbergasted and confused he asked the paratrooper, “What the heck are you doing”?  The paratrooper responded calmly, “What does it look like – I’m putting on my running shoes.”  The Marine responded, “That’s stupid, you can’t outrun that lion!”  The paratrooper agrees, “You’re right – I can’t outrun that lion, but I can sure outrun you!”

Dear friend, God sent his Son to fix this.  I’ll race you to the Ark of Christ.

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