Tuesday, May 26, 2009
North Korea Nukes
What is up with North Korea testing a nuke and missiles on Memorial Day?
Maybe North Korea thinks they will have more power to negotiate aid from other nations, or maybe they have an irrational fear of being invaded. More likely, they see an opportunity to increase their stature in the world and export their weapons technology to like-minded countries like Iran. North Korea has already helped Iran jump-start their ballistic missile program. Demonstrating a viable nuke will help them to sell their technology to Iran.
The North Korean government senses an environment in the world today where they can get away with belligerent acts of defiance. Who is going to do anything about nuclear proliferation? The United States is the only country that has shown any interest in policing the world but Iraq and Afghanistan has made us weary of this. So we are committed to a new strategy: talk.
The problem with thinking we can solve the problem of nuclear proliferation by just getting all the parties around a table to talk is that it is not grounded in reality. Those who think this is possible are ignoring the truth about the natural depravity of mankind; people are not as reasonable as secular humanists would have us to think… "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9, NKJ)
Thinking that we can solve the problem of nuclear proliferation by just talking about it is very dangerous because it doesn't work. All it does is give the aggressor time to develop weapons that will eventually be used. North Korea may not use their nukes aggressively but Iran has made it clear they would use them to wipe Israel off the map. 1Thessalonians 5:33 is screaming out to the nuclear proliferation negotiators: "For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape" (NKJ).
Yes, the world is a very dangerous place and getting more dangerous by the day. I don't see how anyone who is not looking forward to Jesus returning can deal with the path this world is on. A wise man told a graduating class: "Dream like you'll live forever and live like you'll die tomorrow." That is good biblical advice... I know that what I don't get around to do in this life, I'll have all eternity to do. And living every day as if the next moment we could be before Jesus will result in the best life possible... "And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed" (Romans 13:11, NKJ)