Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let's frown to keep the bullies in check.

the Times said,

Administration energy spent clamoring for a bigger American military presence would be better directed at convincing Iraq's neighbors they have a stake in brokering peace and keeping Iraq whole....

And just how are they to do that?

My sixteen year old son provided an analogy that may fall apart in a couple of places but still makes sense. The USA is like the big guy who has stepped in to help a weak kid (the people of Iraq) against a bunch of bullies (the Jihadists). Now with the ISG (I'll Surrender Gladly) report, the USA is to tell the little guy, "Fend for yourself, I have too many owies! Oh! And you bullies, be nice, or I'll have to show you my stern face."

Now who is helping the Jihadists? At least two of Iraq's neighbors; Iran and Syria.

Is a stable Iraq in "their" best interests? How do we convince them that it is? Give them more money? Sure, that works for all of our problems. We just throw more money at it and it goes away- NOT.

I don't think the people of Iraq should count on Iran or Syria for anything. And now it looks like they can't count on the US of A either.

And the I think the Jihadist's are thinking "Today, Baghdad. Tomorrow, New York - again."

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Is that a threat or a promise?

When I tell a friend of mine, "I'll be back." he will quip, "Is that a threat or a promise?" Well! I guess that depends upon how one looks at it.

I was thinking of this recently when it was pointed out to me that we can consider God's prophecies as not just predictions, but promises.

  • God promised that He would send his Son.
  • God promised that His Son would pay the penalty for us.
  • God promises that He will be back.
Or to put it another way:
  • Christmas was a promise.
  • Easter was a promise.
  • Judgment IS a promise.
And to us Bible believing sinners saved by the Grace gift of God and called "Christians," that is a beautiful bunch of promises.

But to those that don't want to believe, even refuse to believe, it is a threat. It threatens their lifestyle. It threatens their future. Why it even threatens their reason for being. That's why many of these people want any visage, any evidence, of Christ removed from the public arena. Because if it's true, there will be HELL to pay.

How sad! Because salvation is soooo simple.
So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31 NKJV)
And that's a promise.

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