I was a high school math teacher in Manhattan before I became a pastor in the Bronx. On the first day of each school year I would give all of my students a very long and serious lecture on the importance of doing their homework each night. Then, the very first day of school, I would assign homework. The next day I would come in and check homework. Inevitably, there would be at least one student who didn’t do his homework. I would proceed to make an example out of him/her–usually a “him”. I would launch into a ridiculous tirade:
You can come to your English class without your homework, and I don’t care! You can come into your History class without your homework, and I don’t care. I don’t care whether or not you do your science homework. But you will NEVER come into my class without your homework again. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!
At this point, a more courageous student might show signs of disrespect. If he did, I sent him to the office right away. The class would get quiet. Fear would descend into the room. In the back of each student’s mind was this thought: “I think Mr. Fletcher might be just a little crazy!” I wanted them to think this. And by the way, I had very few problems with students doing their homework.
I wonder sometimes if Kim Jong-un is really as crazy as he seems, or if he is doing “the old Mr. Fletcher trick.” He might just be acting crazy because he thinks it gives him some strategic advantage. Or, (and more likely, IMHO), he is actually crazy. In any case, the world is on edge. So when the world looks like it might fly apart at any moment, what should be the Christian perspective on this?
1. Pray for the president. You may not have voted for President Trump. You may REALLY dislike him. But the Bible commands us to pray for those in authority over us. By the way, you should have been praying for President Obama as well:
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, (I Tim. 2:1-3 NIV)
2. Be encouraged knowing that a rise in war and the threats of war means that Jesus may be coming back at any time!
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Matt. 24:6 NIV)
3. Take comfort that we know how this all is going to end! The last battle to be fought will be fought by the Lord Jesus Himself, and He will prevail (Rev. 20:7-10). Jesus said in John 16:33:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”