Weekly Sabbath Survey
On God’s Side — 9-14-13
Some of us senior citizens were born into or grew up in a time of war. I was born near the end of WW2, but before the Normandy Invasion that my Daddy participated in. I was about 6 months old when he jumped into 30 feet of water and swam to Omaha Beach on the coast of France. He carried a full 40 pound pack, an M-1 rifle, and was wearing combat boots. Some of these guys never made it to shore. Some were killed by enemy fire, others drowned. My Daddy’s uncle Ben McLaughlin served in WW1, which didn’t seem that far away to my Daddy’s family, when WW2 came along. American Indians stood in line to register for the draft. Some got tired of waiting to be called up and volunteered like my Daddy. One newly minted Indian soldier commented, “Since when does the Blackfeet Indian have to be drafted to defend our nation, our homes and our families?” At Powwows today, veterans are always honored.
In both World Wars, the Allies believed God was on their side. The Germans were a “Christian” nation, but their aggression and cruelty against neighboring countries and systematic killing of innocents seemed to suggest an unrighteous cause. In today’s world, it is hard to identify right from wrong. We have defended un-Christian nations against aggressors, with a degree of success at times and at other times whopping failure. It makes one wonder, is God still on our side?
There are pacifist groups in America and elsewhere, who say that we are an aggressor nation and should not enter into the affairs of other nations. As we matured as a society and gained world power status, our elected officials and many in the general population have perceived us as a kind of police force, ‘arresting’ nations for their abuses of their own people or rattling the sword at the rest of us. And, our true motives may have been more of an economic consideration at times than a peace mission. We opened our borders to others who have come in by the millions. At first, they were happy to get a new life, adopt a new nationality, and learn English. Lately, they sign up for welfare, free school lunches, and Social Security if they are 65. Many express their hate for the country which supplies this aid to them.
Our experiment in social engineering in other countries through military and humanitarian efforts has failed miserably. Especially when their religion is very different from the Judeo-Christian foundation American culture was based on. We want to believe that every human heart wants our definition of ‘freedom’. But they don’t. They have their own agendas, some very different from ours. Jesus predicted wars and rumors of wars and we have it just like He said. But Him saying there will be wars doesn’t mean we have to be in all of them! We want the rest of the world to see us as ‘the good guys.’ But some never will.
Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Exodus 32:26). There were 12 tribes of Israel. Only one answered the invitation of Moses. Notice the difference in the appeal from what we might say. He didn’t say, “God is on our side.” He asked who was on God’s side.
As the countdown to Armageddon continues, America seems out of Christian control. We no longer epouse the beliefs that once marked us as a nation. People in government and other leadership are so corrupt it is a sham at every level, from the White House to the Church House. Where might Diogenes find an honest man among us? With things the way they are, Christian Believers should put our focus on being on God’s side. It could be a lost cause to try to pray this declining nation back into the fold at this late hour. For me, foreign wars that we seem unable or unwilling to win have really lost their ‘shine.’
Being on the Lord´s side is taking His sword [the Bible] and using it to combat the forces of unbelief, putting down all doubts and fears. It means standing true to God and His Word no matter what the crowd does; no matter how faithless our friends become; no matter how worldly our dearest loved ones are. We must step out and declare, “I am on the Lord´s side! I come out against all attacks on the majesty and faithfulness of our God!” – David Wilkerson
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
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