The following is LORD's comment on Sodom and Gomorrah,
LORD : Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom : she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them, when I saw it. [Eze 16:49-50]
We read from the news that there are nearly two million Afghan refugees now, and every day they worry about : food, shelter, water, warmth, their children, .... How many of us really care for them ? (TV everyday promotes lavish and expensive food, and decadent music.)
Even in our own country, when we see moral decline (homosexuality, adultery, ... on the increase), how many of us really care?
LORD : Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come! Pass over to Calneh, and see; and thence go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, O you who put far away the evil day, and bring near the seat of violence ?
The press is the "eyes" of our society. Those in the reporting profession (newspapers, TV) should be "watchers" for our society, they should search for news, digest them, and present BOTH SIDES, so that everyone can form fair and true judgement with minimum effort. No, many of them have joined the Secret Alliance, or have bowed their knees to them, and dare not report the truth. They become tools of propaganda instead of whistle blowers.
Also those in churches (and, to a lesser extent, those who work in education and social services) have special responsibilities,
The following is LORD's comment on the prophets,
LORD : Because you have uttered delusions and seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, says the LORD GOD. My hand will be against the prophets who see delusive visions and who give lying divinations; they shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD GOD. Because, yea, because they have misled my people, saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace; and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets daub it with whitewash; say to those who daub it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, great hailstones will fall, and a stormy wind break out; and when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, 'Where is the daubing with which you daubed it?' Therefore thus says the LORD GOD : I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath; and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to destroy it. And I will break down the wall that you have daubed with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare; when it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it; and you shall know that I am the LORD. Thus will I spend my wrath upon the wall, and upon those who have daubed it with whitewash; and I will say to you, The wall is no more; nor those who daubed it, the prophets of Israel who prophesied concerning Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her, when there was no peace, says the LORD GOD. [Eze 13:8-16]
I am very sad that the news media in USA and in Western countries do not present the true picture to the public, and the public form wrong conclusions. They all believe than Bin Laden is the mastermind who planned such heinous attack, an attack carried out with extreme military precision and coordination (those who planned it must have good knowledge of air travel in USA, and must have lived and travelled freely in USA, and who have the money to fund the training of those in piloting jets - those training lessons are very expensive, and all these done with CIA, NSA (National Security Agency), and FBI in total ignorance. Those who planned this attack must have access to information, and good communication capabilities, and I doubt if Bin Laden has such. Moreover, USA government does not find out the truth from those terrorists caught live at Kennedy airport and at the other airport the day WTC and Pentagon were attacked.) And now USA and Britain are to attack Afghanistan, a country much like those countries after World World Two, with barely a house intact, and poor to the bone, and its people very much under-educated.
All the while the Moslems in Sudan, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, ... regard Bin Laden as one who truly understands the teachings in Islam, and hold Bin Laden a fatherly figure of Islam, much like we Christians esteem brother Paul (whose letters were collected into the New Testament).
Remember LORD's teaching : "You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; nor shall you bear witness in a suit, turning aside after a multitude, so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his suit." [Ex. 23:2-3] If you allow your Government to attack Afghanistan without proof and kill innocent people, you must share with the consequences.
Wu Siu Yan