Friday, December 19, 2014

New, News, News!

Dr. David R. ReaganBy

I feel like I have experienced a news overload during the past six months. The headlines have been blaring about EBOLA, ISIS and ISRAEL.

Additionally, we have been bombarded with news stories about the resurgence of Russia and the fading of America. And then there are the constant wars, rumors of wars and civil conflicts. It's as if the whole world is tottering on the brink of insanity.

We here at Lamb & Lion receive constant requests to comment on all these news stories from a biblical perspective. Nathan Jones and I appreciate the requests. In fact, we are honored by them because they demonstrate that many people respect our opinion.

But even though I have a doctorate in international relations and have been a life-long student of the Bible, I do not consider myself to be some sort of guru who has all the answers. And I don't like to shoot from the hip. To prepare worthwhile responses requires study, thought and prayer. So don't look to me for pop wisdom on all the news stories.

The one thing I can say for certain, off-the-cuff, at any time is that God is in control. Read Psalm 2. It says that God sits in Heaven and laughs at all the evil plots of the world's political leaders. He laughs because He has the wisdom and power to orchestrate all the evil of Man and Satan to the triumph of His Son.

Let me conclude with a humorous story.

Each year Al Gist, the founder of Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries in DeRidder, Louisiana, hosts a prophecy conference. At this year's conference, Al spoke about the crisis in the Middle East. He began by explaining that the Muslim fundamentalist army trying to take over the area has gone through several name changes. It began as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Then, as it began to succeed, it changed its name to ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — Levant being a French word for the whole Middle East). Recently, the group changed its name again to simply IS (Islamic State).

Al said that when he shared this information with his wife, she said, "I'm no expert on any of this, but I can tell you one thing with assurance: The Great I AM is going to convert IS to WAS!" Amen!

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