THE TRUE MESSAGE OF "WAR"
By: Pauline Lee
(I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately I do not subscribe to Faithwriter's Private Messaging service)
"I support world peace!" exclaims a person in the crowd.
"We hate Bush and Blair!" another voice rioted off from the crowds of people who took to the streets in anti-war protesting all over the world.
Thousands marched to the US and British embassies in their countries shouting "PEACE, PEACE - in the name of God" and the chanting continued for days and weeks. Some armed with ammunition yet their mouths professing peace as they pushed through the congested streets of anti-war protestors. Our Christian friends were not left out of the scenes and they too reeled into condemning the war. All waging their anger because of the thousands of war casualties agonised by the coalition fighters. And there were a handful of national leaders who thrust their contempt to the United Nations and the world media. But there were also many who stayed home and quietly ill regard the US and British coalition.
Amidst the commotion and angry demonstration, I sought peace in prayer. As quoted in Ephesians 2:14 "For He himself is our peace," and so clearly spoken by Jesus in Matthew 10:34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."
Then I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to read Revelation 18, depicting the Fall of Babylon. In that instance, I looked to the Lord God for wisdom. I also saw a parallelism of Iraq to Babylon. From riches, splendour and evil oppression to destruction. Revelation 18:11 also spoke of the merchants who will weep and mourn over her; simply referring to the world economic system that has to an extent gained much financial wealth from conducting business with "Babylon". Yet, these merchants, in all their schemes and blasphemies, made calculations that traced the source of war to the greed for oil. Behind every sinner's mind is the message of "there must be bad in every good", thus a very convincing story to many equal minds.
The spirit war is the battle for lives and souls to be saved. Consequently, this is what we should be more concerned about. I urge Christians to pray for a revelation in this Babylonian system we live in today. Will the war in Iraq be a preface to this revelation? A question that will rock our minds and challenge our hearts.