Just watched a movie about Winston Churchill and the events just before WW II (The Gathering Storm with Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache, Lena Headey). Supposedly a romance, the subplot was the familiar story of a man crying out to deaf ears and warning of impending danger. In the end they heard, but almost too late. The US got into WW II even later —all in an attempt to stay out of something that was not their fight.

It made me think… are we like that? In today’s modern world I am stunned at how blind people seem to be at the threats around us. Once, many years ago, I was asked to speak at a woman’s group in Ohio. During my talk I mentioned that during my first few years in Israel I had come to learn that of all the false religions, Islam seemed to me one of the most demonic and deceptive (as if any false religion isn’t)… At the end of the meeting I was asked to publically apologize—there was a guest there who insisted that what I had shared about Islam was wrong and I had not been loving. I tried to explain that she obviously did not know what was in her own religion. Clear understanding of Islam can only lead to violence and a totalitarian society… but the well-meaning people said I had not said this in a loving way and I had to apologize.

Today, the world is kowtowing to the pressures of Islam. For England, resistance to the war with the Nazis was based on economy—there was a good trade going on between them and Germany… war would nix that… What are the pressures for us?

I have met many Moslem people, during my time in Israel. When I was in Turkey for a vacation, a friend of mine (Lisa) and I met a lovely young newlywed couple from Saudi Arabia. They were on their honeymoon. If ever there was a couple in love, it was them, He looked like a normal young man in jeans and a nice shirt. She was dressed in the full black covering from head to toe, with only her eyes showing. Even gloves on her hands. But she saw my eyes and wanted to talk with me, and so her husband approached me and translated so that she and I could have a long talk…

We must learn to hate the sin and love the sinner. I think about the awful shooting in the States, and the bombings in Iraq… so much death… so much sorrow, so much suffering. A Jewish man died trying to save his students. When I heard his story, I remembered what Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than that he gives his life for his friends…” I wonder about his eternal fate… and am so very thankful that the answer rests in the hands of righteous God and not me.

A non-believer died for others… a man driven by his own inner demons, perhaps influenced by false religion killed others, and now he is gone in eternity…

All I can do is pray for the Lord to have mercy on us and on the victims, and on the family who have lost loved ones… and pray to be a testimony of the Lord Jesus…

And I pray that I will NOT be silent when faced with falsehood. John the Baptist was a lonely voice in the desert. May each one who belongs to Jesus seek to be a voice crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord… because surely the times are changing….

I am so wanting to do something that is unheard of at our wedding. I want to have a small table set up somewhere, with several pieces of literature, and perhaps a few New Testaments.. etc. Find a place to put it where it is unobtrusive, not obvious, but findable, by those whom the Lord would lead to that table.. .and hope that at least a few non-believers would be curious and take some reading material. I don’t know yet. I mentioned it to a friend, and she said, “I don’t know, that kind of thing just isn’t done at a wedding…” And she is right… maybe it can’t be done in a good way in Israel, without totally freaking out people… something I don’t want to do… but one thing I can do… is ask you to be already praying for each and every person who will attend our wedding, believers and non-believers, that God will arrange the seating, the mingling, the meetings, the arrivals and departures, and that He will minister to all who come, and especially to those who don’t know Him.

So many of my friends and colleagues are not prepared for eternity… please pray for them…