Friday, May 9, 2008

The Myanmar Mess

John 3:20 “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

Ancient Biblical truths are being visibly illustrated in this present day. Myanmar, (that I have always known as Burma), is the latest witness to the fact that when evil men are in power, evil things happen. Evil begets evil. Unrighteous attitudes lead to unrighteous behavior.

This Asian nation was hit by a major catastrophe. Oh, I’m not talking about the cyclone that ripped through the cities killing perhaps 100,000 people a few days ago, I’m talking about the cyclone of evil that swept through the nation on September 18th, 1988 – the military coup that deposed the government and set up a rule of tyranny that is now a public spectacle in light of the recent cyclone.

Job 9:24; "When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges."

Compassion Always Responds.

After hearing the news of the cyclone and the major damage it did to the country – including the tremendous loss of life – people gave. Great organizations (such as World Vision) stepped-up almost immediately and started to put together shipments of supplies to be airlifted in to help the people affected by this horrible storm.

Originally, the Junta that is ruling the country, would not allow supplies to be brought in. Then they began allowing certain shipments to be flown in. Now, we get word that the military is seizing the shipments of supplies that are being brought in for emergency relief. Food, clothing, medicine, and other supplies are being taken by the ruling Junta to further extort the people and entrench their own power. People have lost their homes, possessions, family members, and more, but their leaders do not even care. This is sad, but not surprising.

Proverbs 10:20; "The heart of the wicked is worth little."

We have seen this type of scene played out time and time again around the world. We have seen despots rule with iron hands. We have seen the inhumanity that is perpetrated by unrighteous individuals who have absolute power. Proverbs 12:20 states; "Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil."

Prayer Changes Things

I have friends – Burmese brothers – who pastor under duress in that nation. They are working for God in spite of the hardships and difficulties that their circumstance presents them. They suffer for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for them. Pray for the Burmese people. Pray for the evil reign to be broken and righteous reign to be established. Pray for liberty and justice to return to the people of Burma.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”

1 comment:

Karlene said...

My thoughts and prayers are with them. Helps me to really realize how blessed we are with the beautiful lifestyle we have here in LA (the weather). Thanks for sharing -Karlene