Filling the Leadership Vacuum

As I write this, the United States is weeks away from a presidential election. Like American politics in the Twenty-First Century, the race has been divisive, polarizing, uncivil, filled with countless accusations, and lacking in character depth and substance when it comes to putting forth solutions to solve our country’s  problems.

I have no political agenda here. I consider myself apolitical- I am not Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, or any other label that can be placed on a person’s political views. My principles are guided by my faith, family values, and my life experiences. The current political environment has created a segment of the population that is discouraged and apathetic toward what is happening with the presidential race. Poll after poll shows the lack of support and dissatisfaction Americans have for their government. It also seems as if reason and moderate discussion no longer apply to politics because the extreme ideologies have seized both political parties and people in general.

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vison, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (KJV).

When leaders fail to lead or if their principles are negotiable, the entire nation suffers. Historically, as a nation’s leaders go, so go the people. This is true in the current case of the United States, ancient Rome, or even ancient Israel. Just as the Bible says that bad company corrupts good character, so too does lawlessness among leaders creates lawlessness among the people. When leadership is wanting in government, you could also more than likely believe that leadership is lacking in the home, in the church, and in the workplace. This creates a vacuum, where people try to fill in the gaps for themselves and do what is “right in their own eyes.” And as a result, standards and ethics disappear.

In the Old Testament, God frequently rebukes kings, priests, false prophets, and the peoples of Israel and Judah for their continued disobedience and lawlessness. One such instance can be found in Ezekiel 22, where God specifically rebukes the priests, princes, and prophets.

God makes a direct correlation between the behavior and disobedience of Israel’s leaders to the behavior of its people:

“The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out my indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,’ says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 22:29-31, NKJV).

God searched the land and found no one to be a person of principle and lead. What a sad commentary on Israel’s spiritual affairs. The United States finds itself in the same situation as our elections have devolved from the best person for the job to trying to discern the lesser of two evils.

However, the responsibility does not lie solely on the government. All of us must take action and display leadership in our lives- reach out to those who need a hand up. The problems facing our society- racism, discrimination, oppression, addiction, crime, marginalization, isolation are all matters of the heart. It is impossible for one election or one candidate to fix society’s ills. We must look within and examine ourselves. What can we do? Are we willing to stand in the gap for our loved ones? Are we willing to draw the proverbial line in the sand of our beliefs and morals and stand our ground? Are we willing to be a voice for those who cannot speak? Are we willing to be our brother’s keeper? I believe as we take leadership of our own lives, not only will our lives improve, but so will our nation. God bless you.

 

One World Government- The New Tower of Babel

The first decade and a half of the 21st Century has been eventful. Beginning with the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the last fifteen years has seen the rise of global Islamic terrorism, the collapse of the American economy, the “Arab Spring,” ISIS, and as of this writing, the rise of Iran on the world’s stage coupled with strained American-Israeli relations. As these problems become more and more global in nature, there will be those who will cry out for a global solution to these problems or a one world government.

The Bible prophesies that a global government will be in place and will be ruled by the antichrist before Jesus returns to rule and reign on this earth. There are prophecy students and teachers who pore over the day’s headlines and events to see where they fit into Bible prophecy. What if the pattern for the End Times global government is found in the Old Testament?

Since the Law and the Old Testament teachings served as a type and shadow of Christ (Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 8:5 and 10:1), what if the Old Testament could give us a type and shadow of the End Times one world government? Genesis chapters 10 and 11, though often overlooked, serve as a transition from the post-Flood world of Noah to the time of Abraham. Genesis 10 outlines the genealogies of Noah’s three sons- Japheth, Ham, and Shem. One of Ham’s sons was named Cush, who had a son named Nimrod. The Bible tells us of Nimrod:

“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” (Genesis 10:8-9, KJV).

The Bible also states that Nimrod was a king and that he built the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad, Calneh, Asshur, Nineveh, Rehoboth, Calah, and Resen (Genesis 10:10-12). A simple online search will reveal that all of these cities are located around modern day Iraq. From this same geographic area, came the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms, both of whom play pivotal roles on the world stage during biblical times and are on the rise in our time.

Genesis chapter 11 transitions into the Tower of Babel. Though Nimrod is not named specifically in chapter 11, the events in question take place in the land of Shinar, one of the cities founded by Nimrod, thus his stamp may be on the Tower of Babel. After the Flood, God told Noah and his family to repopulate the whole earth, but it appears that the post-Flood world stayed in one area.

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech…And they said to one another, ‘Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they said, ‘Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’” (Genesis 11:1,3-4, KJV).

What you have in this chapter is that the whole world, possibly under the leadership of a charismatic leader,  has defied the commandment of God to scatter out all over the earth, and they built a tower as a symbol of their defiance. The Bible goes on to say the Lord “came down” to view the tower. The Lord then confused the languages of the people and scattered them all over the earth (Genesis 11: 5-9). The place was called Babel because of the confusion.

Though the Bible spends numerous chapters on the physical place and kingdom of Babylon, Babylon can also be symbolic of the world’s system. Global communications and technology have made the world a smaller place. In fact, we can take a look at recent history and see tests of a world government, with the first Gulf War of 1991 being an example of a global coalition of nations coming against a common enemy, i.e. Saddam Hussein and his invasion of Kuwait. There was the U.S. led coalition invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the current conflict with ISIS is located in Iraq.

Just as God put an end to the Tower of Babel, so too will He put an end at man’s latest attempt at world government and the reign of the coming antichrist. In fact, Revelation chapter 18 describes the fall of Babylon the great in detail:

“And he [an angel] cried mightily with a strong voice, saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:2, KJV).

The chapter goes on to detail judgment that will come upon the nations that partook of Babylon’s riches. The Bible speaks that the judgment will come quickly, in an hour. As Christians, the time has come for us to flee this world’s system. We must surrender fully to God and commit our lives to Him. We must not defile our clothes with the filth of this present world nor should we live in fear of the world’s state. We must heed the Bible’s warning:

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” (Revelation 18:4, KJV).