This From Lawless Minds
While my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith were making this hideous statue go viral with shares and comments, I posted a picture similar to the one below. I intended to steer attention away from the demonic circus and shift the narrative back to the King of Kings.
I'm not impressed by sinners or Satan
The statue that was placed outside the United Nations headquarters in New York is the embodiment of paganism and lawlessness. The unveiling didn't shock me as much as it agitated my spirit to see the product of ignorance and rebellion on full display. I hate wickedness in every high place, especially among those who have no conscience and no will to repent. Corrupt international leaders made my nation look completely foolish in front of the world and the hosts of heaven. If America wanted to communicate how much it defies God, this idol definitely sent Him the message.
This obvious distraction sent the Christian community into convulsions for several weeks with many believing this was a "sign of the end-times." Well, of course it is. "In the last days," the apostle Paul said, "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:2-4; NKJV).
Paul also said, of those who suppress truth with wickedness, "[T]hey knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles" (Rom. 1:21-23; NLT).
Thus, the statue is entirely conceivable in our current culture.
I am thankful to everyone - Christian or not! - who successfully protested for the statue to be removed from its perch. Of course, the official narrative now is that the exhibit was always meant to be short-term. According to the Christian Post, "Initial reports suggested that the sculpture was removed from the Visitor's Plaza in late December due to complaints from the public. [However, a] spokesman for the secretary-general explained that the display was temporary and was removed as scheduled."
The Post also said, "The sculpture, donated by the government of Oaxaca, Mexico, and created by artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles, is likely not the harbinger of the apocalypse some Christians presume." Seriously? Have these artists ever read the Bible, and if so, why was the beast of Daniel's vision and John's Revelation their inspiration? Even if you're untrained in biblical prophecy, you can see both prophets were using limited knowledge and earthly language to describe things they didn't fully understand. And do I even need to mention the beast is not a literal creature? Only those far from God, and on mission for the devil, would take prophetic things and turn them into something profane.
Whatever excuse the UN's public relations team gives is fine, I'm just glad the hideous thing is gone. My prayer for its removal was answered quickly and I was ready for the headline in the Post. I am still concerned, however, that the end-time "hype" is what most Christians will remember about this moment. For some, this situation wasn't enough to bring them to their knees and put a true 2 Chronicles 7:14 cry in their heart. Unfortunately, we will likely see things get much worse before mass repentance ensues. Join me in continual intercession for America to be restored to righteousness in the sight of the Lord.
Focus on this, not that
I appreciated how quickly Christians banded together to expose and pray against the presence of the "beast of Revelation" in New York. Even more so, let this same fervor and tenacity drive all who profess faith in Christ to seek His will above all else, live righteously, and evangelize the lost according to His Commission (see Matt. 28:19-20).
While believers should absolutely learn to discern signs of the end-times, we should be looking for the Return of Christ, not the rise of the Antichrist. A preoccupation with the latter can develop into unhealthy spiritual habits, such as "doomsday prepping," listening to conspiracy theories and false prophets, and losing an appetite for the divine things of God. None of this is to say we shouldn't plan for the future, but we must war against our flesh and the enemy's schemes of deception. What's written in Scripture must come to pass, and even though "things are lining up perfectly," the end comes only when the Father says so and not a minute before. In the meantime, those born of the Spirit must occupy with the authority they've been given to push back against any demonic agendas (see Luke 19:11-13).
Matthew 24 is an excellent passage of Scripture to study since it shines light on the dark situations we're facing in the 21st century. The word of God does not change, so it ought to be our true source of news and the one thing we don't go a day without reading. And since not even the Son of God knows the final hour of the final day (see Matt. 24:36), it is sufficient for us to cease speculating, stop listening to those who boast in "secret" knowledge, and be determined to fix our eyes on the Eastern sky.