Pray for the Persecuted

I’m not going to say much today, except to draw attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Latest reports are that even children are being beheaded by radical Islamists. They have no mercy. Please devote at least a few minutes to praying for those suffering this persecution. We need to remember those who are standing for our Lord.

Leaving Mosul

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. . . . If anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. . . .

Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. (I Peter 4)

Syria: Making Another Foolish Mistake?

For more than a year, President Obama has been issuing warnings to Syria that the United States will not stand by idly while thousands are being slaughtered in the civil war taking place there. He has repeatedly spoken of a “red line” that cannot be crossed—the use of chemical weapons by the government against those who are attempting to topple Bashar al-Assad. Although that line was crossed quite a while ago, the administration has now gotten around to admitting it. But does the Syrian government really care? Is it quaking over threats from a so-called superpower that is all words and no action on many fronts?

Read Lines

The use of chemical weapons might have been the publicly stated reason for taking action, but one suspects there are other issues that disturb the president more:

Gone Too Far

I have great sympathy for the innocents caught in the literal crossfire of the Syrian debacle, but we must always consider the wisdom of any attempt to involve the United States in the multitude of wars and semi-wars that are ongoing daily. We must consider first whether there is any direct threat to our country. Then we must think about what would happen if the Syrian regime actually is toppled. Who would take over? Al Qaeda is prominent in the uprising. It’s not the only group, but history shows that the most radical element usually takes control eventually. Assad is a monster who uses chemical weapons. [By the way, where did he get those? Anyone else thinking of Iraq under Saddam, and how he might have transferred his over to Syria prior to our ousting of him back in 2003?] But who’s to say Assad’s replacement would be better? Do we really want to have a hand in turning that country over to Al Qaeda? Does anyone really see that as less of a threat to the United States?

The other concern here is that Obama seems poised now to act unilaterally without the approval of Congress. He has no authority to do so in this situation. Attack is not imminent. Any decision on the use of the American military must first be the subject of congressional debate. The problem is that Obama is quite accustomed to acting alone; he often makes statements about doing what needs to be done—as he perceives our “needs”—without waiting for Congress. Bottom line: he is untrustworthy. Congress must take its responsibility seriously and contain the Obama ego.

Stop Worrying

Syria is not the only place where we have sounded an uncertain trumpet or have waded into a conflict without proper deliberation. In fact, when one analyzes the Obama approach to the entire tinderbox known as the Middle East, one comes to a rather dismal conclusion:

Middle East Policy

Let’s avoid another foolish mistake. If only the grownups were in charge.