Understanding the Times, by Rob Shepitka

 "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under
heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a
time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a
time to break down and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time
to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away
stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a
time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain and a time to lose; a
time to tear and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to
speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of
peace." Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under
heaven. There will be wars and rumors of wars. When the Almighty
says that there is a time for war, then there is a time for war.
Whether or not a war is just or unjust is ultimately determined by the
Judge of all the earth, the Righteous Judge... the One that all will
give an account to. And in all wars, people die. Are some guilty and
some innocent? We tend to think so. But have we begun to determine
justice by our own feelings and standards? Did not Jesus address this
in Luke 13:1-5? The real point was, "Unless you repent you will all
likewise perish."

Do we have the ability to change society so that there will never be
any more poor among us? Did not Jesus say that the poor would aways be
among us? Or is it our responsibility to feed them, love them and
lead them to Christ?

How about when some are despised and rejected? Is there anything new
under the sun? Did not this happen to Jesus? Or how about
Samaritans? How about the Jews, even today?

Should any of this be compared to the slaughter of 50,000,000 unborn
children (in our nation alone) whom God says have a purpose under
heaven called "a time to be born"? Was not the slaughter of children
(Psalm 106:37-38) considered offerings to devils? We have murdered
unborn children FOR CONVENIENCE, not as the terrible outcome of war.
Their blood cries from the ground as Abel's did.

We had the opportunity, the God-given sacred duty, to elect 1 of 2 men
to be the President of the United States. Neither one would be able
to change the course of this nation unless the church repents of her
sin. This election was not about a man. It was about God and what He
says in His Word. Those of us who think that McCain was the answer
would be wrong. Those of us who think Obama is the answer are wrong.
Our vote was to represent the Kingdom of God. We are Ambassadors of
His Kingdom and Pilgrims.

Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego we have been offered to escape the
fiery furnace by bowing down to what God says is abominable. Our
response should be like theirs. The outcome of the situation is not
up to us but to God. Our part is to do what He says and not
compromise to escape the flames.