On the first weekend of June, Valerie, Youval and I ministered at the
Messianic congregation in Paris on Saturday and Christian Life Center on
Sunday, which turned out to be the same time that international leaders,
including George Bush, were also in Paris for the 60-year memorial of D-Day.
It is strategically urgent and important to pray for France; here are
Liberal Secular Humanism - There are roots of liberal secular humanism
in the French revolution of 1789, whose rallying call was "Liberty,
Equality and Fraternity." Those three values are correct from a biblical
viewpoint. The problem stems from the fact that the values were separated
from the "under God" theme that was found at least to some degree in the
American Revolution. So after 225 years of liberal secular humanism, the
French society has become one of the primary strongholds of that spirit
in the world.
La Belle France - One of the images of France is a woman clothed with a
long robe (the original statue of liberty is located on the Seine river
in Paris). The figure of this woman has either positive or negative
values, depending on how it is seen. (Revelation describes two
archetypal women figures, one divine - the glorified woman of chapter
12, and the other demonic - the great prostitute of chapter 17.) God's
calling for any nation, is to become a glorified bride. When that image
is warped by sin, it becomes a spirit of immorality and idolatry.
Interestingly, the best selling novel, "The Davinci Code," whose theme
is worshiping "female divinity," describes the center of that spirit as
Threat of Islamic Terror - Perhaps Bush's visit to Normandy was a
"wake-up" call to France. As more than 60 years ago, the French tried to
reconcile with the Nazi spirit through a negotiated settlement, so today
have they been deceived into trying to pacify the beast of Islamic
terrorism through concessions. Because France did not recognize the
need to fight in the earlier stages of World War II, it suffered much
greater losses. If France does not make a commitment to fight terror, it
is again heading toward great losses.
Islam and Evangelism - In addition to the threat of terror, there is
also the advance of the Islamic religion in France. Of liberal Western
nations, Islam has won more converts and settled more Islamic immigrants
in France than in any other country. This cannot be fought with guns,
but with prayer and evangelism. Among non-Arabic nations, France has one
of the lowest percentages of "born again" believers in the world. The
spreading of the gospel IS THE plan of God for this age. Pray for the
gospel to spread in France.
Heart for Reconciliation - God has gifted the French with an appreciation
for the cultures of others, and for reconciliation. This is a good value,
not a bad one. (Although the "rainbow" is seen by many as a New Age
symbol, it is originally a sign of Noah's covenant, representing the
beautiful harmony and diversity in different races and cultures.) May
France's calling to foster love between the nations come forward in
Francophone Potential - Almost 90 nations of the world have
French-speaking parts of their population. The potential for the gospel
and godly influence through these peoples is enormous! Pray for
international missions to spread through the Francophone world.
Arab Connection - There is a long history of French relationship with
the Arab nations. The potential for France to be a "bridge" nation for
the gospel to spread into the Islamic world is just as great as its
potential for Islam to spread into the European world through France. In
addition, there is a large Jewish population in France. More than any
other nation (excluding Israel), Arab and Jew live side by side in
France. As this has been a source of anti-Semitism, it can be an
opportunity for "rapprochement."
As a Jew, as a believer in Jesus, as an American, and as an Israeli, I have
had to overcome resentment toward France in order to understand God's heart
for this nation. As France once stood on the battle line between the spirits
of the "beast" and the "whore" in World War II, so does it stand on that
same battle line today. France is a key area in the spiritual war against
liberal secular humanism and against Islamic propaganda, terror. Like D-Day
60 years ago, we still need to fight that battle today.