“I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

There are times when I wonder if the falling rain reflects the tears of heaven as the Father weeps over the sins of His fallen children.

Yesterday I wept in my heart as I learned of New York Governor Cuomo’s decision to further expand the despicable practice of abortion. The unborn are suffering, they are victims who suffer at the very hands that were designed to nurture and care for them.

As a father, I realize that each child is a miracle, no matter the circumstances of its birth. As a Christian, my spirit trembles at the amount of blood that drips from the hands of American women.

As an American, I realize that these sins and many others are only the latest indications that America has gone beyond the point of national repentance.

But there is a reason for this, a threat that many see but do not perceive. Global society is changing at an unprecedented pace, not to achieve equality or social justice as many claim.

The real issue is overpopulation.

Our planet simply cannot contain the burgeoning numbers of humans. As such, the powers that be are reshaping the mindset of society by promoting lifestyles in a futile attempt to curb the explosion of humanity.

As energy resources are depleted; as water becomes increasingly scare; as religious friction becomes more of a threat, humanity’s leaders are taking measures to address the issue.

By “redefining marriage”, by expanding the parameters of abortion—all in the name of equality, social justice and social rights—the ultimate hope is that we will slow down the mushrooming global population growth.

And those churches, businesses, and individuals who oppose the agenda on the grounds of its innate immorality are financially oppressed, socially ostracized and threatened.

But the Bible predicts this.


And as it was in the days of Noe (Noah), so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Luke 17:26

According to Genesis 6, one of the conditions in Noah’s time was a surge in human population, sexual immorality and global violence. This, coupled with Jesus’s prediction in Luke 17:30 show us that the conditions of Sodom and Gomorrah will be rampant across the earth before Christ’s return.

In Sodom, homosexual lifestyles were not only common, they were government endorsed. Those who spoke against such lifestyles were violently oppressed (Genesis 19:9). We’ve gone beyond that by purporting the idea that gender is a choice (as if God had made a mistake!).

No doubt the Father wept at both junctions in history. But His tears of sorrow were transformed into a relentless anger that manifested itself in a swift, unrelenting and cataclysmic judgment.

In Noah’s time, God’s tears became a flood that washed away humanity. In the case of Lot, fire fell from heaven. We have sinned in exactly the same ways as previous generations. Shall we we escape the wrath to come?

No. We are even more guilty for we have the Scriptural record of the destruction of both Noah’s world and Sodom. But we have learned nothing and, instead, deny the accuracy of the Scriptures despite the proof that lays all around us.

In our time, the Bible predicts that nuclear holocaust will end civilization as we know it (see Malachi 4, Zechariah 14:12 and others). Everyday humanity teeters on the edge, like a drunk man on a precipice.

One day, we will fall.

For the nations of the world, there is no hope. But for you the individual, there is hope. Be born of God’s spirit and walk in His Word (John 3). Only in Christ (not the church) can refuge be found.

As I write, rain is falling. I am sure that the Father weeps once more. But remember, after the rain, comes the fire.

JP Robinson

603 BC, Dura Plain, Babylonian empire.

Beads of sweat trickled down their backs, making the silk of their tunics cling to their skin. But, despite the wild crashing in each of their chests, as one man, the three young men lifted their heads in stern defiance of the tyrannical king and his immense idol. 

“Bow!” Nebuchadnezzar leaped from his throne, his purple cape swirling around him as an enraged snarl ripped out of his throat. 

It was Shadrach who answered him, speaking in a voice as strong and uncompromising as the mountains that ridged the plain. “We’ll die first.”

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It’s been almost 3,000 years since the heroes of Daniel Chapter 3—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—made their notable stand against idolatry but time has not eradicated the pressure that drove the “Hebrew boys” to defy political, social and religious powers. In 2018, those unseen forces are stronger than ever. 

Today, society mandates we accept lifestyles, gender classification and the reinterpretation of religious texts or risk losing our careers, being ostracized from social circles and worse.

It seems that in our supposed quest for tolerance, America has forgotten the very meaning of the word. 

As such, true believers are faced with a choice now like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were then. We can either bow, or hush our beliefs and conform with a seemingly overwhelming tide of evil, or we can stand up and proudly declare our faith in a risen Jesus Christ whose Word never changes despite the vagaries of the Supreme court and society as a whole. 

Thousands of other professed believers in Jehovah bowed that day. Only three had the courage to prove their faith was more than a profession.

What does this attitude of compromise produce?

  1. It prevents seekers from believing our testimony of Christ. Why should a sinner want to accept Christ if our choices identify us as lukewarm?
  2. It hurts God. We can imagine how proud the Father was of His three sons; men who wholeheartedly followed His word. He showed His pride by standing with them.
  3. It strengthens the power of darkness.  In reality, the conflict today is not about GLBTQ rights, political parties or church affiliation; it’s about faith versus doubt, God versus Satan.  When believers bow to the powers of evil, regardless of the situation, they lend support to the very thing they were meant to resist. 

When believers stand up for what is right, a miracle happens. We may be ostracized; the day may even come when we lose our lives. But truth is proven to be more than just words and, believe me my friends, that is worth any price. 

When believers stand for God, He always stands for them in their time of adversity. He may let things get really difficult—frankly  He let our heroes actually go to the fiery furnace—but when He moves, He moves.

Stand up for Christ. He stood up for you.

JP Robinson