Osama Bin Laden Threatens the Nation Again
[My friend and brother David Arnold wrote the following and I thought it insightful. He did not write it as an article for publication, but was merely communicating some of his thoughts to some friends. He doubts that it is "polished" enough in its present form (but poor me; it looks fine to me; I can't tell) but still gave me permission to use it as my front page editorial this month, and am happy to be able to do so. Jon W. Quinn]
On the morning news it was reported that Osama Bin Laden has made another terrorist threat against the United States. He appears to have been the chief planner and murderer of 3000 at the World Trade Centers three years ago.
Even though we pray for our country and the military daily, I just realized this morning that we do not pray for the capture of Osama. This will be added to our prayers. There have been many evil men in history, and I believe he is one of them. Perhaps God allowed him to come to his power to wake up the people of this country. God used Nebuchadnezzar as His servant to punish Judah and other nations because of their sins. I believe God, through His Son, is in control now. Col. 1:17; Acts 17:24-31; Dan. 4:1-37. Note verses 31-32.
If this nation does not forsake much of its evil and turn to God, I have no question but that the time will come when evil men, such as those holding to an evil religion, may overpower it. I believe this nation may be given the opportunity through the next few years to make this turn unto God. It can turn, but based on the history of Israel and Judah, their examples are not encouraging that it will turn.
There may be a time, as in the history of Judah, that God expects us to accept the terror of an evil leader and nation. I pray that we will repent
before this takes place.
Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah that the Chaldeans were going to destroy Jerusalem, even if only the wounded among the Chaldeans remained. Jerusalem would yet be burned. Jer. 37:1-10. Zedekiah was told to surrender to the king of Babylon and that his life and the city would be spared. Jer. 38:14-18. Zedekiah, because of fear, did not want to do this. Later, he rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, his two sons were killed in his sight, and his eyes were put out. Jer. 39:1-7. This is "recounted" in Jer. 52:1-11.
How terrible was Zedekiah's rebellion against the will of God. His sons are killed in his sight. The very last thing he saw was the deaths of those sons. His eyes were put out, and Jerusalem was destroyed.
Pray that our nation will be delivered and that evil men will be delivered to punishment. Pray that we, or our children, or theirs will not face such situation as was experienced by Zedekiah, the nobles of the land of Judah and Jerusalem.
Remember: "Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people." Prov. 14:34.
By Guest Editorial By David Arnold
The Front Page
From Expository Files 11.12; December 2004