Egypt, Libya, Japan, and the gospel.

It seems as if the world is coming apart at the seams.

Egypt has peacefully assembled and driven out their dictator. This is a messy and fluid situation. Mubarak was a bad man who oppressed his people. There are reports that he fleeced his country for billions of dollars. Since the U.S. has supported Mubarak and the Egyptian government through his oppression, there is a great deal of animosity built up against the United States because of that.

Libya is in the midst of a complete civil war. Once again Gaddafi is a bad guy who has oppressed his people. While Egypt conducted their conflict relatively peacefully, this conflict is devolving into a full blown bloody war. Because of the fact that Libya has oil and gas export interests, the price of oil (and subsequently gasoline and everything else) has skyrocketed. In this instance I can understand why people are calling for the United States to get involved, because the Gaddafi regime is in a position to slaughter the rebels. I have that desire, but there are two questions that I ask myself.

First, how would our citizenry react if Canada would have sent troops to Wisconsin as “peace keepers” during the latest demonstrations regarding collective bargaining rights of public employees?

The second question is that if we are going to get involved in Libya and “kick the door in” under the premise of peace keeping or humanitarian aid, then why aren’t we as involved in the Sudan where the longest running African war is still taking place?

If Acom’s Razor holds true here, then the simplest explanation for this is that there is more economic interest in Libya than there is the Sudan. The truth is that both of these international situations are a big hot mess, and it behooves us as believers to be in prayer for a missionaries in both of these regions. We need to pray for their safety, and we need to pray that this turns these areas into fertile ground for the gospel to take hold, because it is amazing to me that people are most receptive to the gospel story when they are the most desperate. One indisputable fact is that there is a ton desperation in these regions.

Which brings me to Japan. We need to be in constant prayer for this country, because of the fact that they are dealing with a man made disaster that has been instigated by a natural disaster. The earthquake in Japan registered in the top five strongest earthquakes since 1900. This created a massive tsunami that absolutely devastated the eastern coast of Japan. This tsunami has caused damage to three nuclear power plants, which has initiated a melt down in at least one of them. This has the potential of being a catastrophe that will have long lasting affects. We need to earnestly pray for this.

In all of this, I think we have to realize that both God is in control, and that our time to expand the gospel is finite. We need to realize that we are incredibly blessed to be believers in the United States, but that means we have a responsibility to support those who are in desperate need, mainly because that is the most effective way to spread the gospel.

I don’t pretend to be completely right on anything, but these are my thoughts. Thanks for the read!


About larsenphillip

I'm an imperfect disciple of Jesus Christ. I am learning that my walk with Jesus gets deeper when I drop the presumptions that I have and simply follow him. I get frustrated when people put God in a box, and presume to know how He will reach individuals, work in peoples lives, and advance His kingdom. If Tony Campolo or Jim Wallis were to call me and ask me to work for them for free...I probably would. I think one day I'll write a book, and I am a nut for STL Cardinal baseball.
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