28 Aug Further thoughts on Syria
First, I would once again ask everyone to pray for the people of Syria. Also pray that the Lord would give our leaders wisdom. This is, after all, commanded in Scripture. Far too frequently, I myself am guilty of becoming snarky or overly critical and not turning first to prayer and placing my full trust in God and His plans.
That said, I would like to begin by asking this question: What if it turns out that Assad did in fact use chemical weapons? Even if the US and her allies, including Israel, claim that he did, I will remain skeptical. Knowing that the crux of the war in Syria is largely one of winning the battle in the court of world public opinion, the whole thing simply seems way too fishy to me to just accept that Assad would be so self-destructive. However, what if he did? What if Assad really did use gas against some of his own citizens? Does it then stand to reason that people of conscience must act militarily? Must we truly respond?
Consider the simple fact that Assad is fighting a group that is primarily comprised of foreign al-Qaeda affiliated jihadis. How is it possible to teach Assad a lesson without somehow hurting his capacity to fight against the jihadis in his own nation? And how would such an act not send a message to the so-called rebels that we are providing them with support?
The fact of the matter is that if the Assad regime falls, as evil as he may be, any victory for the rebels in that nation will bring about a far greater loss of life long term than even those who have died to date (over 100,000). In Baghdad just today (August 28, 2013) for instance, 80 people died in a bombing. This kind of loss of life has been common place for years in Iraq and it will continue for many more. As bad as Saddam may have been, life was far more stable before the US removed him. Of course I do not support anyone who uses nerve gas on civilians. But is a military strike truly a proper response? Is it wise? Or is it simply an answer to those who feel as though they simply must do something, anything?
Of course, there are no easy answers in this present situation, but I remain absolutely firm that the US should do what it can to keep Assad in power in his fight against the Jabhat al-Nusra jihadis in Syria. Regardless, we as the Church need to pray.
On another note, I want to state how grieved I am in my spirit as I have read several “prophecy” reports and comments on various prophecy sites. I have seen many comments that have actually expressed excitement and borderline glee about what may be about to unfold. I want absolutely nothing to do with anyone whose interest in Biblical prophecy leads them to take such a disconnected spectator approach to events unfolding around us. We all need to be asking God to give us His heart in this matter and also asking Him what we can do for those who are presently being or will be affected.
I will bring some further updates soon.