“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.” (Daniel 11:36 NIV)
In each major undertaking, it is necessary to distinguish our friends from our enemies. These days friends and allies of the recent past are on the outs with the U.S. administration while negotiations go on with a regime that openly promises to annihilate us–and our friends! So we must ask, “If our leaders seem friendly with our enemies, yet act like enemies to our friends, are our leaders friends?”
The disciple John saw a man driving out demons in Jesus’ name and told him to stop. The problem in John’s mind was the man was not one of the twelve. “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mark 9:39-40 NIV)
Whoever is not against the Lord is for him. In other words, people are his friend by virtue of their Christ-honoring speech and actions. If we side with God’s enemies, that makes us His enemy. If we use the force of government as a weapon against those taking a moral stand, while, at the same time, endorsing abhorrent practices, then who are we alienating? If we call evil what the Lord calls good, and vice versa, then aren’t we standing with Satan?
When the Captain and chiefs of our Ship-of-State are in open rebellion against the God of heaven, then what happens to those on-board? Barring a mutiny–which I do not see happening–the U.S.S. America is going down. Do not think for a moment that this boat is unsinkable. This day it sails under the flag of the devil while pointing its guns defiantly at the Word of God. Prepare to man the lifeboats.
In warfare, everyone has a responsibility to declare whom they will serve. Whether we live or die, our loyalty must be unquestioned. We must show our God that we are his friend.
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
(2 Timothy 2:19 NIV)