The Axis of Evil: Combating the Threats to a Christ-Follower (16 of 16) by Jeff Lynn

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The Axis of Evil: Combating the Threats to a Christ-Follower (16 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
Jeff Lynn
1 Peter 5:5b-11
June 19, 2011

As I mentioned to you last week, our oldest son, Jared, is headed to the Navy.
Today is our last day with him before he heads off.
We are going to drive him to San Antonio, enjoy dinner together, and then drop him off at the hotel.

We've had almost 21 years with Jared, training him and investing in him in hopes that he will be stable and steadfast as he leaves our home.
Although through his life we have warned him of dangers and given him advice, in these last days we are sharing with him what we believe are some "closing comments."

It's much like when you get ready to take a trip.
Perhaps your mom or dad, husband or wife tell you to make sure you buckle your seatbelt, stop if you get sleepy, and make sure you are careful.

As we close out this letter of 1 Peter, it kind of feels like that's what Peter is doing here; giving them some last minute caveats.
In fact, one author said that these are "Fundamental Attitudes for Spiritual Maturity." (MacArthur, Anxious for Nothing, 52).

1 Peter 5:5b-11

In the 2002 State of the Union address, just months after the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, President George W. Bush gave a speech where he identified what he called the "Axis of Evil": Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

In that speech he said the following:

"States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil arming to threaten the peace of the world….they pose a grave and growing danger…"
George W. Bush
State of the Union Address 2002

The attack on the World Trade Center caused much instability in our earthly economy.
It rattled our nation knowing that we could now be attacked from the inside.
It alerted us to how we need to be tighter in our security at airports, etc.

While you may not agree with President Bush's assessment of the "axis of evil", there ARE t ...

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