Friday, June 4, 2010
Small Potatoes - More Global Stupidity
Being King of the Mountain, was nothing compared to being captain of the baseball team or class president. It was small potatoes.
Last week there was another attack on Israel. First, I am amazed that such a small country is such a big deal. Let's say someone conquered Israel, what would they get? In land mass it is dwarfed by just about every nation in the Middle East in terms of square miles. Natural resources? The Promised Land it is mostly desert. Truthfully, what Isreal seems to have is people, brilliant people. Their contributions to science are truly amazing, check out the Nobel Peace Prizes sometimes - well the ones they give out for actually doing something.
If they lost their land, they could go be brilliant somewhere else. I am not saying they should, I am just trying to look at the situation from an unemotional, or political vantage point. They could.
What is my stance on all this? I think that if Palestine disarmed, there would be peace, and if Israel disarmed, they would be overrun in 24 hours.
I have been following this since I was in 4th grade - well, when I wasn't playing king of the mountain. Israel has tried land for peace. That didn't work. They've tried defending themselves against attacks. That hasn't worked. They have so far, be restrained in aggressive acts. That seems to have held their borders pretty solidly.
I was looking over the details of the recent attack. there were some sympathizers and some terrorists in the mix. I suppose in a time of war, it is hard to tell who is who. Tragically, lives were lost. Apparently the bottom line is that, as was seen in the film from the attack, the plan was to scatter the blockade busters, but it became more violent than anyone predicted. Nothing like bringing matches to a fuel depot.
Beyond the politics and spin, Christians are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels."
Peace is not the lack of war, it is knowing the hand of God is able to keep you in spite of that which goes on. True peace leaves fear at the doorstep, and invites others to join in. It is not making concessions at all costs, but dictating a mutual respect between two parties.
As we head for the last days of this world as we know it, there will in fact be 7 years of peace. But it will not be God's peace - no it be that of man for his selfish reasons.
Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
The tiny land of Israel is like a timepiece for the events preceding the return of Christ. It is actually no small potatoes. What happens in Israel affects your eternity.