May 17: 12 Iyar
It was on this day in 1949 that the state of Israel was admitted to the United Nations as it’s 59th member. Since then the United Nations has continued to issue declaration after declaration against Israel, condemning the Jewish state for a myriad of offenses, all at the behest of Israel’s enemies. This begs this question: Why be part of an organization that hates you and seeks destruction? (This same argument could be applied to the United States and our relationship with the UN.) Yet, Israel continues to be a part of this group – “Why?”
Israel and, to a large degree, all of God’s people have long been affected by what we’ll call “Babylonian syndrome.” That is, we want to be like everybody else because we want everyone else to like us. By the way, that is a philosophy that flies in the face of what we’re told to do. We are to be a light unto them, whether they like us or not.
The scarlet-clothed woman in Revelation 17 has an epithet written in her forehead which says, “Mystery, Babylon the Great; the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.” The fact that this is written in her forehead suggests that it has something to do with her mind or, better yet, way of thinking. She goes into the world with a Babylonian mindset and commits fornication with the kings of the earth. Later in Revelation 17, those same kings that she wanted to like her, end up killing her.
In other words, when you try to make “nice” with your enemy just to fit in, the end result is almost always tragic. Typically, your enemy will use you, then turn on you and, eventually, destroy you. Where God’s people are concerned, Messiah put it this way:
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)
Again, the point here is why would someone regarded as clean try to fit in with those who are considered unclean? Why give something regarded as “holy” to those who have no regard for it? We must remember that mingling the incorruptible seed with another seed is something the Creator has sternly warned us to avoid. Trying to be like everyone else only puts us in a vulnerable position because the Creator has told His people that He will not allow this to stand.
“What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’ As I live, says the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.” (Ezekiel 20:32-33)
Sooner or later, His people must realize that it makes better sense to come out and be separate from the nations than it is to be like the nations. We cannot be a light to them if we are acting like them. We need to be like Him and be liked by Him – that’s what is going to count in the end.