We are living in a time of great re-alignment in the world. Recently, the country of Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet. Many people do not know this, but Turkey is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This alliance was formed after World War II as a hedge around the Soviet Union. The Soviets, under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, had taken advantage of the vacuum created with the demise of the Nazi Empire by taking over most of Eastern Europe. The communist’s espoused a world revolution to destroy capitalism and bring the world under the control of communism. The Russians, who controlled the Soviet Union, were actually using this premise to expand their empire. Russia had become a communist nation in a revolution that overthrew the royal family, which controlled the government until that time. Although under the guise of communism, the truth was: Russia just continued in its historic pattern of an autocratic government. They had never sustained a democratic system, and even after the fall of the communist government, they do not truly function as a democracy today. Vladimir Putin is an autocratic leader in the image of the Czars that have ruled Russia throughout their history. For the most part, the Russian people are comfortable because this system, as do most, arose from the people who are governed by it.
We Need to Rise Above Human Philosophy!
Why is it important, as Christians, to understand what is going on in the world? The Russians are the same people they have always been, and they will not just accept this as an accident. NATO is an alliance where all the members swear to defend one another in war. Our nation invoked this treaty to gain assistance and backing from NATO after the 9.11.01 terrorist attack when we invaded Afghanistan. Turkey is the only Muslim state in this alliance, and her history is more tied to the Middle East than the western world. As Americans, we have always treasured our values so much; we have often assumed (to our error) that when given the chance, people will gladly embrace them and we can join ourselves to them. This is where a Bible verse in Amos 3:3 could help us, how can two walk together unless they are in agreement?
We can also see a deeper biblical principle at work. Whenever it is in a person’s advantage to claim to be something, they will often take advantage of it. However, the scriptures tell us, we must not be deceived by actions that could easily cover up a person’s real intent. This is why the basis of our actions should never be built on human philosophy. The basis of all our actions should have the weight of the Word of God. Even in world affairs, we need the voice of Christians who are in touch with the Spirit and Word of God to be a source of guidance. Let’s not settle for simple humanity; let’s be kingdom people!
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool. Jeremiah 17:9-11