No, Beijing Isn’t Withdrawing Support for North Korea

No, Beijing Isn’t Withdrawing Support for North Korea

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How has the dangerous personality cult that rules over North Korea survived in the modern world for so long? How has such a spiteful, sadistic and emotionally unstable regime been allowed to develop and maintain nuclear weapons? How has a government that proudly commits crimes against humanity—torturing and enslaving tens of thousands—maintained its power for so long?

Because mighty China has stood by the Kim dynasty for decades—like a big brother defending his dysfunctional, belligerent younger brother.

When North Korea has needed food and weaponry, China’s been happy to deliver. When the United Nations has tried punishing Pyongyang for illegal development of nuclear weapons, China’s been quick to veto the attempts. When North Korea has needed a trade partner willing to overlook its barbaric human rights abuses, China has eagerly swung its doors open for business. When North Korea needed a formal military ally, China—and only China—agreed in a formal alliance that it would protect the North.

But in recent years, a significant change seemed to be underway. Many Western analysts began joyously proclaiming that China had finally had enough. They said Beijing was tired of defending and supporting North Korea’s psychotic behavior:

  • China Losing Patience as North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S.,” said a 2013 Daily Tech headline.
  • China Kinda Hates North Korea,” War Is Boring wrote.
  • Chinese Annoyance With North Korea Bubbles to the Surface,” the New York Times said in December 2014.
  • Western onlookers were ecstatic. If China was withdrawing its support of the Kim dynasty, that would mean the collapse of that poisonous, diabolical regime. It would mean the world would be safe from at least one lunatic’s nuclear arsenal. It would mean the economic opening up of the rogue nation and the end of suffering and starvation for North Korea’s 25 million people.

    But the facts on the ground show that those joyous proclamations and glad tidings were hasty. The evidence shows that Beijing won’t be coming around to the West’s viewpoint any time soon, and it won’t withdraw its support of the Kim Dynasty.

    Here are a few instances of China’s ongoing support of the Kim dynasty:

  • Beijing is fueling the North’s military by secretly providing the Kim regime with large quantities of oil.
  • China is giving massive amounts of food aid to the North, even in stark violation of international principles which stipulate that food aid must go to deprived citizens rather than to the military and rulers.
  • The Chinese continue to shield North Korea from international efforts to investigate human rights violations in North Korea (or at least attempting to).
  • Beijing is exploiting North Korean slave laborers at North Korean-run work camps within China.
  • China is disregarding many UN resolutions that it opted not to veto.
  • Chinese authorities capture North Koreans who escape into China and repatriate them to Pyongyang where they are punished for fleeing by torture and death.
  • On July 1, China invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to come to Beijing in September to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War ii. (If he accepts, it will be Kim’s first time meeting another national leader since he took power in 2011.)
  • It’s true that Beijing and Pyongyang harbor some grievances against each other. It is true that the alliance has born some strains. And since North Korea’s belligerence often results in an accelerated Japanese remilitarization and closer Japan-South Korea military cooperation, it does partly work against China’s interests. But these grievances, strains and unwanted byproducts are overshadowed by the mutual necessity of the China-North Korea alliance.

    It is not hard to see why North Korea deeply needs China. But what does China gain from its near-unconditional support of the unruly and unstable North? How could the country with the largest economy in the world (on a purchasing power basis) benefit from a relationship with a backward basket-case nation like North Korea? Why would China sustain a regime that is not totally submissive to Beijing?

    First, Beijing uses North Korea as a buffer state to safeguard China from South Korea where 28,500 U.S. soldiers are stationed.

    Also, if the Kim regime collapsed, China would likely face a flood of North Korean refugees. Beijing wants to avoid such an expensive scenario so it props up the government.

    China also values North Korea as a massive distraction to the world. When the U.S. and other powers focus on Pyongyang’s egregious human rights abuses and illegal military activities, less attention is available to examine the same trends happening somewhat more quietly in China.

    The most important reason of all was explained by Trumpet columnist Brad Macdonald in a 2009 article: “[T]he ultimate and most worrying reason Beijing sustains North Korea is that [the Kim dynasty’s] ideologies and ambitions align perfectly with China’s top global priority: undermining the United States! … China considers Pyongyang a tool with which it can challenge the U.S.”

    That “top global priority” also shows why China sometimes makes certain statements (and even takes token actions) that seem to indicate that Beijing is fed up with the Kim dynasty. These statements and actions should not be judged as true indications that Beijing is changing its stance on North Korea, but instead as theatrics performed for the U.S. and other Western powers. China reckons that by staging such theatrics it can armor itself from international criticism regarding its continuing support of the Kim dynasty. It also stages these performances in order to gain political concessions from the West in other matters.

    Despite the joyous proclamations and glad tidings in the West, China continues to keep the North Korean regime afloat. It continues to collude in many of Pyongyang’s illegal activities. And Beijing continues to pump enough capital into the regime to guarantee that it can preserve complete control over the people of North Korea. Despite the joyous proclamations, China isn’t withdrawing its support for the Kim dynasty.

    Trumpet Daily: Terror in Egypt, Fulfilled Prophecy—God’s Gift to You

    Trumpet Daily: Terror in Egypt, Fulfilled Prophecy—God’s Gift to You

    Did you know Egypt is in a ‘state of war’?

    Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on July 6.

    Tune in at every weekday at 7 a.m. CST to listen to the Trumpet Daily.

    Recent events in Egypt haven’t received much attention in the West. Many other world crises are unfolding that have taken the spotlight from Egypt. Last Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the nation was in a “state of war.” Unfolding today in Egypt are events that could have a huge prophetic impact on the Middle East. Join Trumpet columnist Brad MacDonald on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show as he takes an in-depth look at events in Egypt today and explains the importance they play in Bible prophecy.

    BIS Says No Lifeboats Left for Next Economic Crisis

    BIS Says No Lifeboats Left for Next Economic Crisis

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    The ‘recovery’ was built on confidence in central banks. But was that trust misplaced?

    When the 2008 global economic crisis hit, central banks saved the world—from an economic crisis they failed to detect or prevent and were in large part responsible for. But trust in central banks was high and total economic collapse was forestalled at the 11th hour.

    Yet now the Bank for International Settlement (bis), one of the world’s leading financial authorities, is warning that when the next crisis strikes central banks won’t be able to save the day again. The life preservers have all been used.

    The Telegraph called the bis report a “scatching critique of global monetary policy.”

    According to the bis, “[I]n some jurisdictions, monetary policy is already testing its outer limits, to the point of stretching the boundaries of the unthinkable” (emphasis added throughout).

    “[T]he policy mix has relied … on the very debt-fueled growth model that lay at the root of the crisis,” wrote the authors.

    As a result, “economic expansion is unbalanced, debt burdens and financial risks are still too high, productivity growth too low, and the room for maneuver in macroeconomic policy too limited.”

    The report’s authors argue that central banks like the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are out of options to deal with an economic crisis. Bankers incessantly cut interest rates to deal with crises, but this causes other bubbles to form. When the bubbles burst, banks respond by cutting rates further. New and bigger bubbles result. But today, rates are near zero—and actually negative in some countries. There is no more room to cut, warn the authors.

    Similarly, the world’s central banks have expanded their balance sheets to oceanic proportions. They have printed titanic boatloads of money to prevent government defaults and finance stimulus spending—and keep economies floating. But now the extra money and artificially manipulated interest rates appear to be acting like anchors.

    Policymakers are swimming in the dark with lead boots—and in shark-infested waters. There are no textbooks on navigating negative interest rate shoals. Never before has there been such a massive money squall.

    But the report may actually be too optimistic. After warning readers we could be drifting toward an economic maelstrom, the authors write: “Nothing is inevitable about this. The problems we face are man-made and can be solved by the wit of man.”

    Others are not so hopeful.

    “I suspect in the next year or two we will see some kind of major, major problems in the world financial markets,” warned famed investor Jim Rogers just days prior to the bis report. “I suspect … it will cause central banks to panic. … By 2016, I am sure we will all be moaning and groaning because there is going to come a time when there is not much central banks can do, when they have lost all credibility, when governments have lost all credibility. They will print and spend and borrow. But there comes a time when people are just going to say, we don’t want to play this game anymore, and at that point, that is when the world has a serious, serious problem because there is nothing to rescue us.”

    In some of his most dramatic language yet, Rogers describes the turmoil he sees coming. “We may conceivably survive one more big financial problem … a collapse. … If we do, if they come up with something to save us this next time around, the time after that, boy, there is nothing they can do then.

    “I suspect the next economic collapse will be the one they cannot deal with, but if somehow they are miracle workers, be very, very careful and worried about 2022-2023. The debt game may be up, if it is not up this time around.”

    Here is what is so worrying.

    There is no major country in the world that has less debt today than it had in 2008. The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has more than quintupled. Things are getting much worse. Countries talk about austerity, but they all have higher debts. They will all have higher debts next year.

    The world is focusing on Greece’s debt. But there are many other potential whirlpools. Last week the United States territory of Puerto Rico said that it was bankrupt. Detroit went bankrupt not long ago. Chicago could be next. Or Los Angeles. Ripple effects are spreading through domestic debt markets.

    Earlier this month the Congressional Budget Office released a frightening report on America’s staggering federal debt, which has doubled over the past seven years. It warns that, within a decade, interest payments could drown the economy. If action isn’t taken immediately, America could face a debt vortex, say the report’s authors. But America is stuck in an election cycle.

    It seems that debt levels are destined to surge. And as Greece, Puerto Rico and Detroit know, so will the odds of economic disaster. There could be multiple economic Fukushimas lurking along the coasts.

    “[This is] going to affect the lives of every single individual in the U.S. and many in the world,” Gerald Flurry warned on June 18. “We have to deal with this quickly, but at this time that debt just keeps soaring. … And we’re doing little or nothing to stop it to remedy the problem.”

    Mr. Flurry continued: “[W]e have also been telling you close to 50 years that the entire financial structure and system of the Western world was going to collapse, and … that’s prophesied in your Bible.”

    The next financial crisis is going to be big, and according to the bis, there are no more life jackets left. Confidence in the U.S.-centric global economic system is sinking. Trust in bankers may completely break with the next downturn. If it does, it will have dramatic effects. To find out the biggest one, watch this analysis by Gerald Flurry.

    Germany and Russia Back to Business as Usual

    Germany and Russia Back to Business as Usual

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    Yet more signs that the two are working together

    Is the cold war between the West and Russia over Ukraine finished? For the United States certainly not. But Germany, and therefore much of the European Union, are returning to business as usual.

    On June 22, the EU voted to extend sanctions against Russia. Yet in other areas, the relations between Germany and Russia are improving.

    The biggest sign of this is the Nord Stream gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. That’s an important story in its own right—read Robert Morley’s article “Gazprom’s Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany” if you’ve not done so already. The two countries have teamed up on a project that allows Russia to cut off gas to any Central or Eastern European country it wants to, while keeping its lucrative contracts with Western European customers intact.

    This is far more than merely a business deal. Anything of this magnitude would have been discussed, and almost certainly approved, by the German government. In fact, it appears European governments may have done some serious behind-the-scenes maneuverings to make this happen.

    Austria’s omv energy conglomerate has an important part in this deal. On June 3, it announced that Rainer Seele would be the new ceo. He officially started July 1. omv was once a key player in one of the pipelines designed to bypass Russia. But Seele is known to be pro-Russia. He is president of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce and has “good and close contacts with Russia and Gazprom” as Austria’s Die Presse newspaper puts it. On the same day that his position in omv was announced, he was visiting Gazprom’s headquarters. The Nord Stream pipeline is just one of several important deals with Russia that he is considering.

    The Austrian state owns almost a third of omv. It wouldn’t have been hard for it to get together with a few more stakeholders to put in place the new ceo. More likely than not, the Austrian government just pushed its most important oil company in a new, pro-Russian direction. The new pipeline, therefore, is a clear sign that several European governments are open to business with Russia.

    Another sign of improving relations was the strong European attendance at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum on June 18 to 20. Billed as Russia’s version of the Davos forum in Switzerland, it typically attracts highfliers from around the world, especially in the energy industry. Last year, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the West discouraged its businessmen from attending. For America, that continued this year. Only 12 chief executives from American companies attended—and even that was billed as a high turnout.

    For Europe, it was different. “The attendance list, which includes oil giants BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, suggests that European companies are growing increasingly anxious to return to business as usual,” wrote Germany’s Deutche Welle. It also shows that European governments aren’t pressuring their businessmen to boycott the summit the same way America is.

    Finally, Russia’s handling of the Greece crisis indicates that, behind the scenes, relations with Germany are pretty good. Russia bowed out of the whole situation on June 30. “This is Greece’s problem,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “(It’s a matter) of Greece’s relations with its creditors, it’s not a matter for us.”

    Russia isn’t exactly flooded with spare cash right now, so using the euro crisis to buy an ally in Greece would have been a challenge. But Russia could have made the Greek negotiations much harder just by keeping that option on the table, even if it had no intention of following through. By publicly ruling it out, it has strengthened Germany’s negotiating position.

    Why would Russia be playing nice just weeks after Europe extended its sanctions?

    The oil pipeline could well be a big part of it. That’s a big win for Russia. It can safely assume that the European sanctions are a temporary measure that will remain in place for only a year or two. A longer term threat is Europe’s “third energy package”—a piece of European legislation that aims to reduce the EU’s reliance on Russian oil and gas and halt Russia’s takeover of Europe’s energy infrastructure.

    Germany’s pipeline deal destroys the moral force of the third energy package. The pipeline is only legal because of a technicality—the third energy package only covers infrastructure on European land. The entirety of Nord Stream is under the sea.

    Several poorer European nations have been chafing under the energy package. They are struggling financially, and Russia is eager to buy their energy assets or pay them good money in order to build new pipelines on their territory. These nations will be even less likely to listen to lectures from Europe after Germany has made a similar deal with Russia. The Atlantic Sentinel wrote, “The deal … opens up those countries that have taken the hardest line with Greece to charges of hypocrisy.” If Germany’s pipeline goes through, then it will deal a serious blow to Europe’s push for energy independence.

    Europe think tank Bruegel notes under one scenario that “the proposals are thus intended to create political cleavages within the EU, at a moment when the EU is toughening its stance against Russia due to the Ukraine crisis.”

    “In such a scenario, this waltz of pipelines thus represents a new chapter in Russia’s enduring divide and rule strategy vis-à-vis the EU energy market,” it concludes.

    But if Germany is working with Russia again, why allow the sanctions? Germany has a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, it has a lot to gain from Russia. But if it goes too far in that direction, it will lose the trust of Central and Eastern European nations, such as Poland or the Baltics, that are looking to Germany for protection.

    So don’t expect a public make-up scene with German Chancellor Angela Merkel hugging Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of the world’s media. Instead, look for quiet deals deprived of publicity.

    The German Institute for International and Security Affairs, a think tank that provides advice to the German parliament and government, recommended exactly this path back in May. Working in “strategic concert” with Russia would be “unacceptable to many of the Russia-critical and traditionally pro-Atlantic member states in eastern and northern Europe,” it wrote. Opposing Russia would mean Europe must “bear high costs” and be willing “to remain engaged even in the face of massive disruption and to act in resolute unanimity.” Furthermore it would “minimize possibilities for cooperation.”

    Instead, it recommend a policy of “cooperative confrontation.” This strategy would aim to “decouple certain areas—in the first place energy and international and global security—from conflicts of interest over ‘shared neighborhoods.’” In other words, Germany should work with Russia on energy and security and leave the conflict in Ukraine to one side. To this end, the European Union should work “to restore good relations.”

    This is exactly the course Germany is now taking. For more on Germany’s relationship with Russia, read our article “Another Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact?

    Trumpet Hour: How to Save Race Relations, the Greece Crisis, Puerto Rico, and more

    The Trumpet Hour is a new radio program on Writers for discuss the most important news and why it’s important to you. This episode’s discussion includes:

  • How the heartrending response of the Charleston Church shooting victims show how to save race relations.
  • Where the Greece crisis is leading.
  • How China crossed another of President Obama’s red lines
  • What the terrorist attack in France really means.
  • The terrorist attacks in Sinai
  • And the other debt crisis no one is talking about.
  • This episode aired on July 3. Tune in at every Wednesday at 8 a.m. cst or Friday at 4 p.m. cst to listen to the Trumpet Hour.

    How to Solve America’s Race Problems

    How to Solve America’s Race Problems

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    The people of Charleston, South Carolina, showed the world the only way to have peace among the races.

    Race relations in America are in crisis and the Charleston church shooting didn’t help. It is quite a dangerous, destructive problem.

    What is the solution? How do we solve race relations in the United States?

    We were shown how in Charleston, South Carolina. There a white racist psychopath, Dylann Roof, killed nine black people—and in terms of race relations, the response of the victims to the church shooting is one of the most amazing stories in American history.

    The members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and the relatives of the victims of that church shooting showed the whole world the solution to our race-relations crisis—if only people would pay attention.

    A Christian Example

    Mark Berman wrote this in his June 19 Washington Post article “‘I Forgive You.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims address Dylann Roof”:

    The relatives of people slain inside the historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this week were able to speak directly to the accused gunman Friday at his first court appearance.One by one, those who chose to speak at a bond hearing did not turn to anger. Instead, while he remained impassive, they offered him forgiveness and said they were praying for his soul, even as they described the pain of their losses.

    These people offered this murderer forgiveness. That is amazing. Why don’t more people do that? We should, if we are Christians, because that is what Christ did.

    When Jesus Christ was crucified, as people were putting Him to death—killing Him for our sins—He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

    That is really the same spirit that the friends and families of those who were murdered in Charleston had!

    “I forgive you,” Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, said at the hearing, her voice breaking with emotion. “You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her again. I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul.”

    You can listen to her in this video:

    That is impressive! How many attitudes do you see like that? These people’s words came right out of the Bible, from the very words of Christ.

    Felicia Sanders spoke about her son, Tywanza Sanders, who was killed.”We welcomed you Wednesday night in our Bible study with welcome arms,” said Felicia Sanders, her voice trembling. “Tywanza Sanders was my son. But Tywanza Sanders was my hero. Tywanza was my hero. … May God have mercy on you.” …Others, like a relative of Myra Thompson, echoed the forgiving sentiment, calling on Roof to repent.”I acknowledge that I am very angry,” said the sister of DePayne Middleton-Doctor. “But one thing that DePayne always enjoined in our family … is she taught me that we are the family that love built. We have no room for hating, so we have to forgive. I pray God on your soul” [emphasis mine].

    That is a striking example of biblical conduct. There is no room for hate—because the Bible says hate is murder! (e.g. 1 John 3:15; Leviticus 19:17-18; Matthew 5:21-22). How many Christians really believe that?

    Response from a relative of a Charleston church shooting victim.

    This example should have been held up for the whole nation to follow. It should have filled the airwaves after that terrible event. This is a lesson and an example for all of us in a way of life that can really solve our problems!

    Do we want to solve our problems? We ought to think about this example and keep it on center stage for a long, long time—if we really want good race relations, and we want peace between the races.

    Sadly, just the reverse happened. Instead, the media and national leaders immediately put the focus on the Confederate flag. That became the main media story, and the really important story of what happened and how those victims responded simply slipped into obscurity. Apparently we have just about moved on now.

    If we don’t learn from this lesson, we are all going to suffer in a way that people can’t even imagine.

    But if we want racial peace in this nation, it is critical that we understand why Charleston did not become a Ferguson or a Baltimore. We need to know why the riots and looting and destruction didn’t happen there like in those other cities.

    There isa waythat leads to peace. Whether we realize it or not, this is the only spirit that will ever solve our race relations. It is what true Christians are commanded to do, by Christ Himself!

    Blessed Are the Peacemakers

    “Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us.” That is what the minister, Norvel Goff, told the “packed, multiracial congregation” of this church at its first service after that grisly attack, according to journalist Jonah Goldberg.

    People expected to see what they saw in Ferguson and Baltimore—but these people responded in spirit the way Christ did! They followed His example, and they broughtpeaceto Charleston!

    Here is one of the major doctrines of this church, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (ame): “The ame Church has never strayed from the course charted by Richard Allen. The church is wedded to the spiritual doctrine of ‘God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Man our Brother.’”

    That is the truth of the Bible! We all came from Adam and Eve—we are all brothers. But a lot of people don’t like that doctrine because they don’t like what Jesus Christ taught! And that is why He was killed! People want to hate other people, and kill other people. They killed the Son of God—and He forgave them. Without forgiveness, not one of us would have an opportunity to receive eternal life.

    The motto of this church is, “God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit our Comforter, humankind our family.” Humankind really is all one family. Yet so many people do not recognize that truth.

    In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). This is part of the Beatitudes—the beautiful attitudes that Christ gave, which are at the very heart of Christianity. He said blessed are the people who make peace! They shall be called the children of God. If you are not a peacemaker—if you make war instead—then you are not called children of God by Jesus Christ.

    Response from a relative of a Charleston church shooting victim.

    Making peace is a beautiful attitude. Doing everything you can to make peace—not war, not riots, but peace!

    This is why what the ame Church did is so critical in American history. How many times have you seen such an attitude that really shows how to have peace? And how important is peace in our nation!

    Racial Harmony

    In its first service after the massacre, the ame Church’s minister said, “Some wanted to divide the race—black and white and brown—but no weapon formed against us shall prosper.” How different that is from the approach we often see! And look how it works! This approach works, and the other doesn’t.

    Then this congregation sang these words about God: “You are the source of my strength, you are the strength of my life.” Not other people, not the mob or anything else—God is the source of their strength, the strength of their lives. That is biblical! God will give you strength and power and might if you trust Him.

    “The congregation gave the loudest standing ovation of the morning after Mr. Goff thanked law enforcement, particularly poignant at a time when the relationship between blacks and the police remains strained nationwide,” the New York Times reported. This minister thanked the police. How does that compare with what we usually see?

    Jonah Goldberg also wrote, “Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media—and the accused gunman, who’d singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration.”

    Goldberg reported of “tens of thousands of South Carolinians, white and black, marching in unity across the Ravenel Bridge on Sunday night.” They were all walking together, in harmony, in spite of this terrible violence. The whole nation should follow their example.

    You can see why Charleston has such good race relations. Because the people think like the people in this church!

    A House Divided

    Dylann Roof singled out this community because of its good race relations. His murderous rampage shows that there are evil forces in this world—forces that don’t want peace in America or anywhere else.

    Do you really recognize what is behind that? 2 Corinthians 4:4 reveals that the god of this world is Satan the devil. Though he is invisible, he is worshiped in this world. That is why we can’t have peace! The devil hates peace! He and his demons have been cast to this Earth and are now confined here and using violence, hate and murder to destroy America (Revelation 12:9-12).

    Christ made this amazing prophecy: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). This is America’s future if it remains divided: It will come to desolation!

    This world is full of nations waiting to pounce on the United States and destroy it. Russia and China and radical Islamists are gobbling up neighboring territory right now. They are eager to see America fall. And when they look here and see race problems, riots, chaos and anarchy, they see a very vulnerable nation! Do you think they wouldn’t attack America if it is divided, full of people hating each other and tearing each other apart? History cries aloud that they absolutely will! There are many nations that would love to see America’s demise!

    If America continues down the course it is taking, it is inviting its own downfall. If we keep stirring up hatred, it will consume us.

    Jesus Christ said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Again, that sounds like the people in Charleston.

    The way these people responded would bring peace to America! The other way—the way we have been seeing so much—brings riots and race wars. How else can it end?

    Like it or not, there is only one solution to America’s race crisis, and we must go to the Bible to find it. In Charleston we were given an example that shows that it works! What a monumental lesson. It is a lesson that America needs to learn—and quickly.