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[Darris McNeely] People mean what they say. I was always taught that words have consequences. I was listening recently to the supreme leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, talking to a group of supporters in a kind of a big, mass gathering, and he was talking about the Iranian nuclear efforts that they are making to develop a nuclear bomb, the talks that are going on with western nations to deal with this issue, when someone in the audience shouted out, “Death to America!”. “Death to America!” And of course he said, of course, “Death to America!”, because of what they are doing and trying to strangle Iran. And I’m wondering, are people listening? Are leaders and negotiators at the table in Switzerland and wherever these talks are going on really listening and understanding that sometimes in the world, people do mean what they say? This has been brought home to us in the talk of late. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came and spoke before Congress a few weeks ago, and he sounded a clear warning of what a nuclear-armed Iran in the Middle East would be like. And the danger’s not only for the State of Israel but for the other nations and even the western nations in Europe and the United States.
What’s taking place in the Middle East right now is a great, dangerous place. Iraq is in flames with ISIS and Iranian involvement there. Syria has been undergoing its civil war. Yemen has also been overtaken by some insurrection. Libya and other places, and then of course we have this matter of Iran, who’s really acting like the ancient Persian Empire, and that has not escaped the attention of people who understand history and what’s taking place today.
And so, when you look at this and you see pictures that people have had in Iran of the Statue of Liberty with a death face on it, you have to realize that, hey, this is sometimes very serious, and people do mean what they say. And we should listen to what their words are really telling us.
In Psalm:55:20, the psalmist is talking about being betrayed by those that he knew and he was close to. And it says, “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.” Kind of reverse that, as you apply it to what’s being said in Iran today, that their mouth is not very smooth – in fact, their war is on their tongue. And their words are not soft like oil – their words are like drawn swords if what they say is “Death to America” or “Death to Israel”, or France, or England, or any other nation that doesn’t subscribe to their particular worldview.
It’s a dangerous world, and we should at least understand that as we pray for God’s Kingdom, and certainly to pray for a bit of wisdom and discernment among those that do have the responsibilities of leadership in the world today.
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