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I once broke into someone's privacy fence, went to the back of the house and began breaking windows. It all started when I left the house on the way to the printer to pick up some envelopes for the church. I had to stop for gas, and as I was pumping the gas, I smelled something funny. It was the same smell my GI Joe action figures made when I was younger so it caught my attention. A few blocks away there was a brownish smoke rising, so I decided to drive over and see the obvious army of GI Joes. What I found was a house that had just caught fire. Now I am no hero, but being the only one there, I began to yell and pound on the door. No one answered. A semi-truck driver arrived and we kicked in the front door. Again I yelled but no one answered. I tried to go in but the smoke was thick. I was scared. Instead of going in, I broke into their privacy fence and went from window to window breaking them. Yelling inside. No answer. The dog barked. The fire trucks arrived, a paramedic bandaged up my bloody hands. I left and got my printing. As I left the print shop, I saw a car stop at the end of the road-block, a woman got out and yelled at the cop, "That is my house." She is panicked. Crying. She runs down the street. I leave there shaken. It was a Thursday. I arrived back at about 10 that morning and my pastor tells me that I can have the rest of the day off. I am still shaken. Finally, around noon, I called the TV channel, because I am overwhelmed with the fear that someone was in that house, that maybe the panicked lady had a child home sick that day. The person comes back to the phone. The house was empty. I am still shaken. 10 years later as I type this, I am still shaken. I hope that I will always be shaken.
Over the last week I have been shaken. Some would define all the virtual yelling and breaking of glass as hate. I do not. It is the overwhelming sense that the house is on fire. I am on scene, and something must be done. What is first classified as hate, ultimately will be seen as love. And conversely, what is now seen as love, acceptance and tolerance will ultimately be seen as the greatest form of hatred. Condoleezza Rice wrote in her biography that "Today's headlines and history's judgments are rarely the same." Be careful how you define hate. Be careful how you define love. Be careful how you respond to the smell of GI Joes burning in the distance.
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Before we get to the reason why I believe Obama will be re-elected, let me see if I can bring you into my perspective on the state of the human mind when it comes to change of direction.
People change their direction/mind when they are open to change of direction/mind. What opens their minds? Glad you asked....
1. They are STUCK because they are looking at a situation from a wrong point of view
3. They are SUFFERING the consequences of bad decisions
For an example of this, let look at the story of the prodigal son from the Bible.
The Parable of the Lost Son
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There will be two times of peace in the middle east. The first will be under a great world wide ruler that will be able to bring peace on earth for the span of 3 1/2 years. This great leader is the one the Bible calls the Anti-Christ. The second, and final peace will be brought under the Prince of Peace during the millennial kingdom when He rules and reigns over all the earth for 1,000 years.
To understand the events of this week, and for that matter, the last 1,500 years you must understand Genesis 22. I personally believe that without a firm grasp of Genesis 22, Christians may find themselves on the wrong side of history.
Before we begin, we must understand that Islam is not at war with Jews and Christians because of cultural differences or issues of free speech or even modesty of women. At its core is the fact that as long as Christianity and Jews are allowed to exist on the earth, Islam's core religious tenets will be in question.
For the purpose of understanding the conflict, we will combine Christianity and Judaism into one faith, that we will call the faith of the Bible. (The Jewish Old Testament combined with the Christian New Testament.)Or as it has been called the Judeo-Christian ethic. The link between these two world religions and by extension the nation of Israel and America cannot be underestimated.
The First Conflict: Isaac or Ishmael (The Jewish Conflict)
The root of the conflict between Islam and Biblical Faith exists in the account of Abraham on Mount Moriah. This is the place where in Genesis 22 the Bible states that Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac. For Jews this is a key historic event and for Christians this is a major picture of Isaac as a type of Christ and the lamb as a sacrificial substitute. (This also explains the constant battle for Jerusalem and specifically the Temple Mount)
In Islam, Abraham's first born, yet illegitimate son Ishmael was the one in the story. Ismael, the son of the Egyptian slave Hagar, is the forefather of the Ismaelites, of which Mohammad claimed to be a descendant. This conflict is core to understanding why these two worldview will always be in conflict.
The Second Conflict: Jesus or Mohammad (The Christian Conflict)
The root of this conflict between Islam and Biblical Faith exists in who's narrative of God you will accept. Though Islam claims that Jesus was a prophet, their mantra is that "there is no God but Allah, and Mohammad is His prophet." The exclusivity of Mohammad is as central to Islam as the exclusivity of Jesus is central to Christianity. There is no way to find an amicable resolution to this conflict.
For people of the Bible, there are some choices. Will you accept the narrative of the 24 hour news cycle that makes this about oil, or land, or insults? Will your loyalty be to the Bible, and Jesus? Will you stand with Israel? Will you accept the idea that Islam is peaceful, or that peace can be achieved through a two state solution, or by democratizing nations in an Arab Spring?
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