Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Erosion of Human Rights

President Obama has shelved his plans to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9. The fall of the Berlin Wall on the night of Nov. 9, 1989, remains a high-water mark in the march of human freedom. And it has special significance to me personally because it represented the end of the Cold War which God used to open my eyes to Him, see my testimony more details.

I guess we should not be surprised that our president is passing on an opportunity to stand up for human rights. Actions speak louder than words. Though President Obama speaks eloquently about hope, he has gone out of his way to befriend those who most trample on human rights. There is a good summary of this in a Wall Street Journal article by Bret Stephens.

I’m sure our president believes that by talking to the world’s despots, he can convince them to change their ways. Certainly, the Lord commands us "love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44, NKJ) but this is to be applied on a personal basis, not a national level. God expects governments to act on His behalf to punish evil, see Romans 13:3-4. So government leaders who appease evil rulers are on a fools errand and doomed to failure. When the President of the United States cozies up to tyrants, it gives them more legitimacy thus emboldening them and their ilk to take even more advantage of people.

Evil is on the march around the globe and I fear that our government is adding fuel to the fire. Please pray fervently for president Obama that he would seek and act on godly counsel. And pray that God’s people may “discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3, NKJ) and make “the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, NIV).

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