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Wars and Rumors of War

In Matthew 24 Jesus, talking to his disciples about the end, says, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.”

This week the news is marked by rumors of war. North Korea has ramped up the rhetoric, and it remains to be seen if rhetoric is the right word. As of this morning every indication is pointing toward them planning to launch some type of medium range missile within the next two weeks. We live in a strange age. As a nation we have been waging wars on two fronts, with very little impact on the home front. The average American has not been asked to sacrifice anything. We can turn the news on and see something about Afghanistan or we can switch the station over to something that makes us laugh.

But I am guessing that anyone aware of the crisis forming in Korea has been at least a little unsettled. We are naive and ignorant of history in our assumption that America will go on forever unchanged except for progress. And yet the words of Jesus remind us of the ubiquity of war on this planet. There WILL be wars and RUMORS of wars. Jesus wants his followers to not be alarmed and to expect these kinds of things.

We need to pray for our country and for our leaders who are faced with VERY difficult decisions each day that have global implications.

Our position is not to be ignorant of the reality of wars and rumors of wars, but, equally, we are not to be alarmed by such events. As a matter of fact, Jesus goes on to see a seed of hope in these global issues.

He refers to earthquakes, famines, and wars as birth pains. These are the types of things that remind us that this world, full of sin, is not all there is. God is working through this mess, bringing to birth a new creation in which all of these evils will be finally put out.

How does a Christian read a newspaper filled with bad news, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines? We read it with a lens of hope for a better country! We long for the city whose maker and builder is God. We long for the birth of a new heavens and new earth without sin, death, and destruction. And we wait patiently in hope, patiently in prayer, and patiently doing the best we can to bring healing to those who are hurting, love to those who are forlorn, and hope to those who are lost.

About Don Filcek

Don Filcek

I like mountain biking even where there are no mountains. I like to jog and call it running. I read books to learn stuff. My family is pretty much awesome. ReCAST is the church where I belong. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I like the color yellow.

3 Responses

  1. Marv says:

    Amen!

    But I think you ask and expect too little of us. We are called to do our part to bring the Kingdom to earth. Being nice and helping people who hurt is good, but doing what we can to end injustice is the work of Christ. It is perhaps the greatest work and the greatest and most challenging call. If in fact we all spent resources to end hunger and poverty in the world war might even end. Both of these may be pie in the sky, but hunger poverty and war go hand in hand, and our country seems incapable of actions based on this fact.

    What would our foreign policy really look like if it was God and Christ centered?

    • Don Filcek Don Filcek says:

      We do bring hope to a hurting world, and I think the only way that really will happen is one person at a time. I think we both desire the same things, Marv, but see a different pathway there. I have little hope in policy to ever really effect the world change we are longing for. I think that 2000 years ago the king came to become the way, and he is coming again to bring His people into His kingdom.

      I don’t give up on effecting the world, but I believe real change will be take effect, one heart at a time.

  2. Mike says:

    I liked what you said a few weeks ago. (I’m probably going to misquote you, but I think it will be close enough.) “God is ruler of this earth, but he is not recognized for it. Someday he will be recognized for it.” Not that I had some kind of radical life transformation after that, but I don’t think my life has ever been impacted so much by so few words. Pretty powerful to put that in perspective.

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