Two years ago the world went into hiding as it faced an invisible enemy, everyone could pass a virus on to anyone they met. Most weren’t aware they were carriers. The international resolve to tackle the invisible enemy led millions to think that possibly Governments were turning a new page.
23 months after the COVID19 response to the pandemic a new drama hit the world. The invasion of Ukraine.
Governments were is a difficult place because they must maintain the momentum in their economies, therefore, you hear political leaders shouting about standing with Ukraine, but buying oil and gas from Russia. You see the United Nations sit in session and condemn the Russian Federation only to have the Russian Veto used to prevent an agreement or even criticism.
Over the weekend it was interesting to return to the words of Jesus when he described the end days in Matthew 24, notice the key point verses 7 and 8 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
During the 20th Century humanity began to see this fulfilled globally, then came the nuclear age with the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction, the Cold War, humanity ravaged the planet and life became very cheap.
Listening to a commentator in the USA she made a point that struck me – why aren’t governments acting, not because collectively the Russian Military is too strong for them but because the cost of heating, driving a car, transport and other trade will be more expensive.
When I was training for sport, I had a coach who used to repeat 1 moment of short term pain creates a lifetime gain. Yes, action would hurt the world economy, and COVID19 was worth that pain. But 45 million lives in Ukraine aren’t.
The Bible accounts for why this moral vacuum exists refer to 1 John 5: 19 “We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” Humans are created in God’s image, they understand the issues but this world collectively ignores the will and conscience of the people. Why? Because Satanic power is pulling the strings of all leaders.
Should we take up arms? No! we should separate ourselves from the politics of the governments here on earth because they have no answers. One point you can be certain of in Russia and Ukraine this week is not one Jehovah’s Witness has taken up arms.
The Bible principle is those who live by the sword will die by the sword. All Human governments put their trust in military and economic power, society is conditioned to expect peace through law, order and the gun.
What guides Christians? The Law of Love! It goes beyond not killing or hurting your fellow human it emphasises that true Christians are prepared to die for their fellow humans. No guns, no warfare but love. It happened during WW2 and Stalin’s USSR.
Often the bravest thing to do is wait, in our case, we are waiting for the total solution, God’s Kingdom led by Jesus Christ and the heavenly armies, they are the only ones who can defeat Satanic rule.
The short term pain is millions will die needlessly, the long term gains those who survive to have the opportunity to live forever under God’s Kingdom rule.
But to understand the greater issues we need accurate information. I can just point the way to content that aids your search for truth.
Yes, we weep for Ukraine, and the Governments of this world who remain weak but appear strong but we know they have no power – the battle isn’t ours it is God’s, therefore, find out what is going to happen next and why these things aren’t hidden just buried.
Can the governments beat Putin’s Russia?
Do they want a weakened Russia? Politics is playing compromise with the lives of those not in power, with the income of the poor and the rights of the individual.
It is strange how discussing following the bible standards and looking to Christ for leadership can cause so many government officials to be opposed to ordinary people who pay taxes, keep the laws and are determined to live in Peace and Unity.
The only solution to the real issue is to follow through on our prayer to “Let your Kingdom Come!”
The people of Ukraine want real peace and human rulers and governments will never achieve that. Therefore, we pray “Let your will be done on earth” because Jesus has cleaned the heavens the only element left is the decisive battle and then all humans have the opportunity to live forever.
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