Revelation 19:11-13 “I saw heaven standing open<sup class="crossreference" value="(AG)”> and there before me was a white horse, whose rider<sup class="crossreference" value="(AH)”> is called Faithful and True.<sup class="crossreference" value="(AI)”> With justice he judges and makes war.<sup class="crossreference" value="(AJ)”> His eyes are like blazing fire,<sup class="crossreference" value="(AK)”> and on his head are many crowns.<sup class="crossreference" value="(AL)”> He has a name written on him<sup class="crossreference" value="(AM)”> that no one knows but he himself.<sup class="crossreference" value="(AN)”> He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,<sup class="crossreference" value="(AO)”> and his name is the Word of God.”
We fight so many wars today. There is the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on illiteracy and on and on and on. With each new atrocity and tragedy some cry for stricter laws and government controls while others call out for more freedom to defend themselves. The reality is that neither will defeat the evil that besets this world. More laws just hem in the law abiding citizens. Crooks and insane people pay no attention to them. Guns and bullets just make victims of the defenseless and award celebrity to madmen. Innocence is destroyed over and over again.
The Bible tells us not to put our trust in human strength or legislators; “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.” (Isaiah 31:1) Indeed, scripture tells us that rulers and their organizations can be quite hostile to God; “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.” (Acts 4:25,26)
God’s Word tells us time and time again to trust in Him; “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) Defense by legislation or self-defense are lies that we have come to believe in. A law has never stopped an insane person once embarked on their path of destruction. No gun can ever take a bullet back once fired. The Bible tells us: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Psalm 40:4)
Sadly, tragic events fire up all the debates about personal freedom against the need for more controls. All of it a ‘chasing after the wind’ (Ecclesiastes 1:17). Sadder still, is to see Christians defending either side of the debate because both sides have no basis in Scripture. The Gospel is the only defence against the anarchy that threatens our families, our communities and our nation; “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)
What the world believes is that by the strength of man – be it by force or by legislation it can win out. As Christians we know (or should know) better. Some have misplaced their faith on human legislation. Some have misplaced their faith on their own strength. Some are so blinded by fear they forget to have faith in His name; “Therefore God exalted him<sup class="crossreference" value="(A)”> to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Jesus’ mission is to free us all; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised . . . ” (Luke 4:18)
Praise the Lord!