Apologists from Acts 17, David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi were arrested in Dearborn, MI at an Arab Festival for allegedly inciting a riot and disturbing the peace. They were escorted off the grounds of the event and then summarily had their video cameras taken from them. Now, the video is here after being returned.
Does this look like a riot to you? Confusion? Swelling crowds?
While we certainly must reserve final judgment until having all the facts, one thing from this video of the arrest is clear – there will be much legal action against this clear violation of basic civil rights. Welcome to the new Amerika Comardes. Pray for these men. Pray for justice. Pray for our land.
From the preaching of the text in Revelation 19, verses 17 – 21:
The graciousness of God’s love, even in merely not casting us away into darkness immediately, only becomes amazing in front of a canvas of understood evil. His purposed affections towards mankind are made ever beautiful only when displayed before a backdrop of hopelessness… before a canvas of coming wrath and right judgment.
The Babylonian mural galleries, where snapshots and paintings dishonor the imago dei, capture and promote our vanity, rebellion and utter helplessness. This exhibit provides a vivid outline of worldliness for the light of grace to reveal. Without the contrasting balance of shade and tone and scaled character, God’s love becomes mere duty and the gospel’s radiant purity and shalom becomes simply another option on a religious Ferris wheel; carrying off visitors in pretty circles and lights.
However, the cross of Christ envelopes the darkness and destroys death and hopelessness for it is the Father’s decreed desire to save His people for His own glory and pleasure.
It is the truth of this display of judgment, the truth of this carnage, the truth of this destruction, the truth of righteous repayment; the truth of awaiting birds of prey… it is the truth of a real hell and just punishment that should reinforce for us the need to speak the Words of Life to all men from every nation, tribe and tongue…to speak them loudly and to speak them well, to speak them often, to tell the world of its fate, to call all men to repentance and pray that the Spirit opens their blind eyes.
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