Aggressive intolerance

History has seen the repeated aggression of nations, ethnicities and misguided religious zealots seeking to overpower and eliminate others of different race, religion, ethnicity and nationality.

From the warfare between the Canaanite nations, the treacherous empires of Assyria and Babylon, the Greek and Roman conquests, down to the more recent history of the brutal regimes of Nazism, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin, aggressive intolerance and a ruthless desire to dominate has left millions of innocent victims in its wake.

Peruse the world situation today and one soon realises that the problem is not going away. We can still see too many intolerant national or religious leaders on the world stage bullying and threatening others.

When is it all going to stop?

Contrary to the claims of some, God is by no means indifferent to the suffering of the innocent and the aggressive intolerance of national and religious leaders. God's anger is raging and His judgement is coming to bring justice.

The prophet Isaiah also saw this problem in his own day and spoke of the day when God will finally deal with the temporal injustice and inhumanity of man to man, nation to nation and between different faith groups. It will be a day when the playing field is changed completely, in fact, replaced by a whole new ball game, the new heaven and the new earth.

Hear the Word of God from Isaiah 34:1-4 (NIV):

"Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it! The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree."

May God grant us the same righteous anger against aggressive intolerance, the boldness to counter it as we are able, and the perseverance to wait patiently for the day of the Lord.

Yours in Christ.

Peter Rogers

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