29 Jan, 2024 Are we headed toward World War III?
Opinion/World Events/Christian Perspective
By Summer Lane
Every day there seems to be a new conflict on the global stage or at home. A horrifying drone attack on a U.S. military installation in Jordan resulted in the deaths of three honorable U.S. servicemembers over the weekend. Ukraine and Russia are endlessly locked in a hopeless and needless war. China is becoming increasingly more aggressive as it postures toward taking Taiwan.
Even worse, news broke late Monday afternoon that Joe Biden was poised to authorize military action in the Middle East as early as tonight, triggering fears that the U.S. will soon be embroiled in a serious war overseas…yet again.
The southern border has fallen, allowing millions of unvetted individuals to pass into the country, unhindered. In fact, Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin reported this week that on Sunday alone, San Diego, California Border Patrol apprehended more than 1,000 illegal migrants – and the majority of them were single, lone travelers. They identified Chinese nationals and Turkish nationals among them.
Like it or not, the internal terror threat in America has never been higher. As nations wage war on the global stage and the United States has slowly lost its sovereignty and security, it can be easy to look at the world and want to bury our heads in the sand.
🚨Report: China is maintaining a constant military presence around Taiwan, with four warships strategically deployed in various directions. pic.twitter.com/mgN6EIAa1q
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) January 29, 2024
As Christians, we have been boldly told by Jesus that, yes, we will have trouble in this world, but to take heart, because HE has overcome these terrible things (John 16:33).
It seems like a very real possibility that a world war could indeed erupt. This is not fearmongering by any means, but rather an objective observation based on the escalating chaos and violence that is roiling across the globe.
How can the Christian respond to this?
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). There is certainly a time to defend your family and your country (although that time is often hotly debated, and rightly so!), but Christians know that peace is important to God, and that war is simply a byproduct of our fallen, sinful world or wicked, corrupt leadership.
In Isaiah 40, there is this response to war:
Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God.
“With gentle words, tender and kind,
Assure Jerusalem, this chosen city from long ago,
that her battles are over.
The terror, the bloodshed, the horror of My punishing work is done.
This place has paid for its guilt; iniquity is pardoned;
its term of incarceration is complete.
It has endured double the punishment it was due.”
Certainly, we live in stressful times, but every generation has its struggles. America has enjoyed vast prosperity and, overall, domestic peace for decades. That seems to be rapidly changing, and this can be stressful for Americans for many reasons. We worry about the future of our country. We worry about the future of our freedoms. We worry about the safety and security of our children and our grandchildren. What will tomorrow bring? What can we do to stop this destruction of Christian values and heritage in our country?
🚨 BREAKING: As early as tonight, President Joe Biden will authorize US military action in the Middle East.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 29, 2024
While we can certainly all take common sense and peaceful action where we are rooted, we also must remember that God does not want us to live in fear.
Psalm 46:1-3 reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Another great verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Do not live in fear of the unknown. Pray for the best, pray for peace, pray for wisdom and strength and restoration within our own government. God can work miracles, and we must hold fast to that hope. Meanwhile, take care of your family and just focus on doing the next right thing, one day at a time.
The opinions in this article are specific to its author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire Counter Culture Mom team. This specific article was written by Summer Lane, and may not be reproduced, except to quote for reviews or interviews, without the express permission of the author.
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 30 books, including the hit Collapse Series. She is an experienced journalist and columnist who reports on news within the U.S. and abroad. She is the Associate Editor for Right Side Broadcasting Network. Additionally, she owns Write Revolution News, where she provides a rapid-fire feed of the nation’s most important America First news and events.
Summer is also a mom and wife who enjoys rural country living, herding cats and ducks, and reading fiction. She is passionate about writing on women’s issues, parenting, and politics from a theologically-grounded perspective that points readers to the good news of the gospel.
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