Summary: Are terrorist attacks a result of God’s judgment on our nation?
Bali ¡V A Christian Response ¡V 2 Chron 7:14
Headline on the Oct 22 Adelaide Advertiser read, ¡§Our world gone crazy!¡¨
„X Is our world going crazy?
„X you could be forgiven for thinking so
„X 192 killed in Bali, 10 die in Sniper attacks, 2 dead in shootings at Monash, head of mental health in Adelaide shoot, another suicide bombing in Israel kills 14
„X and now we have these crazies in Russia holding 1000 hostage in a theatre
What was your response to hearing the news about the bombing in Bali?
„X Anger ¡V senseless act of brutality against innocents
„X Frustration ¡V Terrorists are holding the world to ransom, they can choose any target, while law enforcement are chasing shadows
„X Grief, sympathy, compassion - for the needless loss of life, young lives cut off in their prime
„X Anxiety ¡V Who or what is next? Is it safe to go to a sporting event, a shopping center, a classroom
There is another unfortunate possible response to news like the Bali bombing or the attack on the WTC and that is one of pronouncing God¡¦s judgment on our nation
„X two days after the WTC attack, two well known evangelists made some unfortunate statements along these lines
„X One (Pat Robertson) said, in effect, that because of America’s pursuit of financial gain, health, wealth, material pleasures, sexuality, rampant pornography on the Internet, secularism and the occult, 35-40 million abortions, and a few other things, God Almighty is lifting His protection from us
„X Another (Jerry Falwell), that same night, added his pronouncement -- blaming the devastation on pagans, abortionists, feminists, homosexuals, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way
„X Even if you really believe these things to be true ¡Vthe last thing you would want to do is announce it on national TV, for all to hear, two days after a national tragedy!
„X Falwell got a call from the White House telling him the president was not happy
„X To his credit, Falwell has since apologized and posted it on the internet.
„X here’s what it says: "In the midst of the shock and mourning of a dark week for America, I made a statement that I should not have made and which I sincerely regret. I want to apologize to every American, including those I named."
What should be a measured Christian response to these events?
„X Bear in mind how the Body of Christ responds to these events may well determine whether or not people turn to Christianity for the answers to their problems or turn away
„X The goal of Christians is to lead people to Jesus Christ not to drive them away
„X One of the verses those who make these type of statements turn to is when events like 9/11 and Bali happen is 2 Chron 7:14
„X 2 Chronicles 7:14 ¡§if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
„X This is a wonderful verse because of the promise involved
„X But this verse can be looked at two ways
„X On the one hand, we can put the emphasis on a wrathful God who is pronouncing judgment on his people; or a loving God who wants his people to turn from their sins and move them back into a relationship with Him?
„X Unfortunately, the focus tends to be on ¡§Turn from your wicked ways you bunch of sinners¡¨ rather than on a loving God who is willing and faithful to forgive
„X Its easy to single out the worst sinners in our societies and blame them for all the problems we are experiencing as a nation
„X ¡§If it weren¡¦t for all these beer drinking, pot smoking, women chasing sinners our nation would be blessed¡¨
„X but think for a moment how the parents of those who had just lost their ones would react to a Christian making that type of pronouncement
„X Is that what they need to hear in those circumstances? Would that change anything and bring them to Jesus
„X Is that a measured Christian response?
Want to come back to what our response should be but first notice a couple of other things about this verse
„X Who was it written to? Who were God¡¦s people? Who were called by his name? Ancient Israel
„X When televangelists like the two mentioned above make these statements, they are unfortunately looking at things from an OC perspective
„X Under the NC, salvation is offered to all peoples, not just to a select few as in the past
„X Who are God¡¦s people under the New Covenant? The Israel of God, the Body of Christ