Is Hosni Mubarak’s resignation a positive development? It would certainly seem so if one watches American network news coverage (including the conservative Fox News channel.)

On the surface, it looks like a move toward democracy…and that can’t be anything but good, right?  Well, it’s actually a matter of perspective and definitions.

Here is something else to consider:

The overthrow of Mubarak will empower the masses throughout the Middle East, but the supreme winner will be the radical Islamists throughout the Middle East who have waited in the shadows for others to do the work for them. Jordan might well be next. It is no coincidence that Mubarak has been mostly friendly toward Israel—and that he is hated for it.

Admittedly, this blogger is pro-Israel.  Although I’m a patriotic American, I don’t believe that the center of God’s “universe” is the United States.  I do believe that events in the Middle East are a more accurate gauge of what has true biblical prognostications.

Something else to consider. The United States is also supporting a worldwide effort to have the United Nations unilaterally declare a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. They are planning to present Israel with a fait accompli without any input from the Jewish people on their future and with no say over their own borders or security. No other nation on earth would be treated this way.

Finally, according to the Scriptures, if America sides with this plan…well it ain’t a pretty picture. God said, “I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curses thee.” (Genesis 12:3)

Old irrelevant words from the dusty pages of Scripture?  Or…reality staring us in the face?

Bottom line:  I look to the Kingdom of God for my peace and prosperity.  And since I have identified with Jesus, I am a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

So as the days unfold with all of the world wide instability, I take confidence in Jesus’ words, “In the world you will have tribulation.  But, be of good cheer, because I have overcome the world.

His Kingdom is The Kingdom to seek!

Gary

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I love the practical wisdom that comes from the lips of Andy Rooney.  I watch him frequently with his closing segment on 60 Minutes.  Once again he spoke my sentiments to the tee when he brought some common sense to the public prayer issue.

Andy Rooney put it this way:

“I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.  I don’t agree with Darwin , but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school  teacher taught his Theory of Evolution.”
“Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a  30-second prayer before a football game. So what’s the big deal?  It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts.  They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.
But it’s a Christian prayer,  some will argue.”
“Yes, and this is the United States of America and Canada , countries founded on Christian principles.  According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1.  So what would you expect — somebody chanting Hare Krishna?
If I went to a football game in Jerusalem , I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.
If I went to a soccer game in  Baghdad , I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.
If I went to a ping pong match in China ,  I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.”

“And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit.
When in Rome    ……
But what about the atheists? Is another argument.
What about them? Nobody is asking them to be baptized.  We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humour us for 30 seconds.   If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs.  Go to the bathroom.  Visit the concession stand.  Call your lawyer!
Unfortunately, one or two will make that call.  One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s  foundations.”
“Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of  all our rights.  Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.  Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.
God, help us.  And if that last sentence offends you, well, just sue me.”
The silent majority has been silent too long.  It’s time we tell that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard that the vast majority doesn’t care what they want.  It is time that the majority rules!   It’s time we tell them, “You don’t have to pray; you don’t have to say the Pledge of Allegiance; you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honour Him.  That is your right, and we will honour your right; but by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away.  We are fighting back, and we WILL WIN!”
“God bless us one and all…Especially those who denounce Him, God bless America and Canada , despite all our faults, We are still the greatest nation of all. God bless our service men who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.”

“Let’s make 2011 the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions. And our military forces come home from all the wars. Keep looking up.”        –Andy Rooney

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