Facing the biggest crises of the past decades causes division and deep concerns in our societies and among Christians as well. The feeling of compassion for these refugees is mixed with the fear of the threat these masses could bring to our culture and lifestyle. Change is inevitable. The political reasons, approaches and solutions are so complex and manifold that it’s hard to comprehend, understand and handle them even for ones with many years of experience in politics. The Word of God commands us to pray for them so they would perform their difficult leadership duty with wisdom and power from God.
God’s Word doesn’t leave us without divine guidance, encouragement and hope in these hard days. The followings truths may help us put the current and the upcoming events
1. God is the Lord of History and the Ruler of the Nations. He is above the nations, He commands and they arise, He brings them forth from distant islands. He has not finished His works in history. We may prefer things going as they used to and what we are used to, but this is not the pattern we see in the Bible and in history. Here are some verses about this:
- Psalms 96:10 - God will judge the peoples with equity
- Psalms 47:9-10 - for the kings of the earth belong to God
- Isa 14:26-27 - This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out over all nations. For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? – God makes the decisions on the fate of nations, including our country, Europe and all other peoples.
- Isa 60:9 - Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your children from afar – movements of the nations are in His hand
- Isa 60:12 - For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.
Since God is the Lord of history, this situation in our times is also under His power and supervision. He has never lost control. Sadly, too many believers, when it comes to shaking our known world, become
2. The Cross is the central event and message of history. God sees the existence of the whole world and history in and from the perspective of His Son. Before the beginning of the world and history He had decided that He would do everything by His Son, through His Son, in His Son and for His Son. Jesus Christ is the essence, the center, the origin and the aim of all existence. There is nothing that was not created for Him, through Him and by Him. God’s motivations in creation and history are centered around the person and works of Christ. Therefore the purpose of history is nothing but enhancing the knowledge of Christ’s person and works, and history is a means in God’s hands to fulfill the Great Commission. Ephesians chapter 1 beautifully describes that from the eternal past to the eternal future He did and does everything for Christ.
3. God’s purpose with all what is happening is spreading the gospel, making His love known
The current crises reveal some difficult truth about us. What are we more concerned about: our country’s future or the progress of God’s Kingdom? Our culture or the gospel? Our lifestyle or the lost? Our purposes or God’s purposes? When the reality to obey to the Great Commission comes close and causes
4. We have no reasons to be afraid. On the one hand, because being in God’s will is the safest thing even if everything changes and the world we used to know disappears. On the other hand, perfect love drives out fear (1John 4:18). I hear many people (Christians and non-Christians) talking fearfully about the progress of Islam in Europe. The concerns about Islamization of Europe and the increase of the threat of terrorism very well be
5. Jesus will keep us accountable about what He has commanded to us. Here are some of those.
- Love our enemies and do good to them – Mt 5:44-48. The one who fears is not made perfect in love – 1John 4:18.
- Help the needy, because it is like doing it to Jesus – Mt 25:35-40.
- Share the gospel with all nations – Mk 16:15. The nations are here now.
- Pray for our leaders – 1Tim 2:2.
- Respect the governments’ efforts to maintain order and obey its rules – Rm 13:1-4 – except if those are in conflict with God’s commands – Acts 5:29.
When, where and how we have to put these principles in practice: we all need to get to our own inner conviction before God.
6. God loves these refugees, Muslims or migrants just as much as He loves you and