The Arizona Shooting and the Apple of God's Eye
Within Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International, we have been very shocked with the news concerning the killings in Arizona and consequently the leaking of all the gruesome details concerning antisemitism as a motivation of this horrible event.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families that lost loved ones, and the victims at home or the hospital.
As an affiliation we teach condemnation of the sin, help and forgiveness to the sinner (2 Peter 3 : 9, Acts 10 : 34); praying for the shooters soul and peace for his family.
We also will pray for our government (1 Timothy 2 : 2), forgiveness of sin and insight into a government focused on acting according to the will of God, as given by God.
Our founding fathers understood clearly that our freedom, understanding of justice and right and wrong were defined by God in the Holy bible (Exodus 20)
. We see this demonstrated by the following words from the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." (Declaration of Independence)
By the removal of God from our society, this knowledge of right and wrong is literally changed from an absolute to something relative. Within this relative truth we will find a lot of misinformation to which people like the Arizona shooter was attracted.
Of course this is nothing new, but it is one or the reasons why people are forgetting that the people of Judah and Israel (the Jews) are the Apple of God's eye (Zech 2 : 8, Ps 17 : 8). Hearing the rhetoric and hatred that caused the cowardly attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a result of this false theology and hatred.
This antisemitism comes forth out of that replacement theology which we as an affiliation strongly condemn. Christians have not replaced the apple of God's eye (the Jews Zech 2 : 8) nor will they ever. Instead of being the replacement we are brothers and sisters grafted into the same olive tree, the tree of Jesse (Rom 11 : 17)
God was using the grafting process to make a very important point. Instead of grafting a good branch onto a bad tree, God took a bad branch and grafted it onto a good tree. This was opposite of the way the first century people grafted olive trees. God had a good tree with a good root system. The Israelite nation was the tree with the root system of the patriarchal law, mosaical law, and the new law. The Gentiles were represented by the wild olive tree. God took the wild olive tree, the Gentiles, and grafted them into the good tree and it's root system. When as Christians and a Christian Nation we want to be blessed by God we do need to adhere to God's absolute truth and reach out to bless the Jewish Nation and in that our Jewish brothers and sisters. (Gen. 12 : 3)
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this date in 1945 Soviet troops liberated survivors at the Auschwitz concentration camp, and in 2005 the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as a day to commemorate victims of the Nazi era. http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/ihrd/comment_post.php
On that horrendous day in Arizona, we saw heroes that sacrificed their lives to save others as they threw themselves over a loved one or even a stranger to protect and save their lives, during the Holocaust righteous gentiles risking their lives hiding the Jews without thinking about themselves first. (John 15:13) Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Let not their lives be sacrificed in vain, remember Jesus's love for you, which is so great, that HE gave HIS life for you.
In His service,
EWCMI Pastoral Team