Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Ayatolla's Threat

"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman, February 11, in a way that will leave them stunned," declared the Ayatolla Khameni on Monday to a gathering of Iranian Air Force personnel.

What will that "punch" be? That's the question everyone is asking. I wouldn't be surprised if Iran conducts an underground nuclear weapons explosion on that day. Their aggresive enrichment activity seems to indicate they're looking for more than just clean energy.

Whatever the punch turns out to be, I find the phrase in which he prefaces his threat intriguing. He cites God's grace as the empowering agent to carry out this act that will "punch the arrogance." Scripture does say that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, but I have seen little of what I would call humility out of Iran. And I admit that America doesn't demonstrate a great deal of humility either.

But is God's grace the means of judgment as the Ayatollah implies? Tragically, I fear that the Ayatollah and others like him have no concept of God's Amazing Grace. It's becasue of God's grace that He can take sinners like you and me, cleanse us of our sins, and offer us a place in heaven. God in His grace makes His enemies His friends. Sadly, the Ayatollah and many Muslims miss this beautiful truth.

God will one day judge humanity for rejecting Him as the Revelation and other prophecies indicate. Yet, now we live in the blessed age of grace, where God extends His nail scarred hand to His enemies and offers forgiveness and reconciliation. Oh, may the world receive that gift of grace while it is still available.

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