Breanna. Learning to love and be loved from the One who is Love.
Grace carried me here,
and by Grace I’ll carry on.
- Micah 6:8
There is a lot happening in Syria and Iraq currently, but I’m going to assume you mean the crisis with the Islamic extremist insurgent group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIS).
Most of the current conflict can be traced back to the Iraq War, al-Qaeda’s rise there, and the recent Syrian civil war that provided ISIS a base of operations. There is conflict between Iraqi Sunni’s and Iraqi Shia’s over political power. Ultimately, this is a war between Sunni’s and Shia’s. There is a lot of history behind that if you simply research it. Both sides feel wronged and want justice for their cause; ISIS is sustained by this in their efforts toward their ultimate goal, which is to establish a Sunni Islamic state in Iraq and fail the government; they want a caliphate. They currently have taken over and hold a large area of Iraq and Syria (about the size of Belgium). Their territorial gains in Iraq began in June, when they took over Mosul.
What most Americans have paid attention to is the violent murders and executions of children, Christians, and innocent civilians by ISIS. This includes the executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Iraqi minority groups are the ones who have suffered greatly at the hands of ISIS. “On August 6, ISIS took Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town. The town of 50,000 has had limited access to food, power, and water since, and some Christians have been given the “choice” to convert to Islam or be killed.” (Source). An ethno-religious minority, the Yazidis, were also captured and driven out of Sinjar (200,000 resident) by ISIS on August 3. They were being massacred as well for their faith, and now are trapped on a mountain without food or water. And 66,000 Syrian Kurds are pouring into Turkey as refugees.
There are a lot more aspects, events (etc) that are a part of this conflict, obviously. But the basic facts are there for those who haven’t been following what’s been happening, that’s the briefest overview I can give.
My heart breaks for all those affected by this conflict and those who have been killed. It’s heartbreaking. Especially the children who have been murdered… it’s wrong, it’s sick, it’s evil.
This conflict is not Islam, the ISIS, Iraq, or any other name, group, country, or face you could put on it. What’s truly happening is a spiritual war.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12).
” For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
The enemy will work in any way he can to kill, steal, and destroy; it’s what he does (John 10:10). But he is a defeated enemy. 1 John 3:8 literally says that “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." He did! Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death: "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." (Colossians 2:15) And then, Ephesians 1:20-22 says that when God raised Jesus from the dead, He "seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet.”
This is the reality for us a believers. “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14).
We should be praying earnestly.
Any if there is any way, get involved with helping practically. It’s our responsibility to do something and not sit back and simply let it emotionally upset us. Many of us, the only thing we can do is pray. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer. He hears our prayers and He will answer.
God is both merciful and just (Psalms 9:7-8, Psalms 146:7-9, Romans 12:19). We don’t need to fear ISIS or anything else happening; we need to put our hope in God and look to Him, and intercede on the behalf of those who are being affected by it. Stand in faith. Continue to exalt God over the circumstances.
My opinion doesn’t matter; the Word of God does. So that is what I look to in this, stand on, and believe. I know in the end, Jesus Christ reigns. He is the head over every authority and power, He is Lord and King, and He is greater than all this.
Take me on new adventures.
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