The Sad Fate of Julian Assange

We aren’t taking scalps. The mission of exposing sin is not about the big named individuals we might bring down. That will surely happen, but it’s not the focus. Exposing sin is not about the sinners, but the sin. We want people to understand what God calls sin; who the sinners are is His concern, in that sense. We aren’t holding grudges.

Then again, nothing in this prevents us celebrating when some exposé catches lots of attention. Few of us would be called and equipped to do that kind of work. It typically requires doing things most of us wouldn’t do. This is how God works among those who don’t know Him, nor care about His purposes. Most of this is done with people motivated for all kinds of reasons, though typically self-promoting. Very few of them have even noble motives, never mind holy motives.

This is poetic justice, that the same kind of self serving motives that drove people to create such big and juicy secrets is what will bring those secrets out. As long as you and I give our Father the glory, we can stand back and enjoy the show.

It’s sad that Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame is persecuted and likely to die in custody. Sadder still is that he steadfastly rejects divine truth; Assange is an atheist. It’s not that we hate all atheists, but we pity them. There is nothing we can do to help Assange because he has chosen to belong to the Satan. Without a specific word from God, there is very little we can even pray about him. There is no covenant leverage to stand in the gap for him.

This is a major element in the gospel that most professing Christians don’t get: Covenant standing affects everything in the moral and spiritual realms. If you claim a shared covenant, I have vivid authority to pray on your behalf. If you claim the name of Christ, but don’t walk and talk the same gospel message, it reduces the leverage I have in praying on your behalf. If you deny Christ, you are part of the mindless herd and it requires a very specific burden from the Spirit to pray on your behalf. Seeing a real human need doesn’t change that.

It’s the issue of moral dominion. Unless my normal Kingdom service brings us together and God signals to me that you are within some measure of the domain He has granted me in this world, praying for you becomes a fairly random exercise. There’s no harm in lifting you up before the Lord, but there’s also precious little authority I can exercise on your behalf. There’s no conviction behind it without a move of the Spirit. I have no particular reason to expect my request is consistent with God’s plans.

The only other consideration is that of the Good Samaritan. Someone whose testimony of life is consistent with the covenant can be provisionally welcomed into covenant dominion, even if they ostensibly have no such claim. But even there, the real issue is searching your heart to discern the matter, and not letting formal procedures lock in everything. It’s a matter of the convictions and keeping an open heart on things.

Be aware that God can also use your convictions to close the door on someone. He has at times warned His prophets not to even pray for someone (Jeremiah 7:16, 14:11). That doesn’t prevent you exercising the same level of compassion we do for all of Creation, but if we do not make room for God to move quite firmly within our hearts either way, we are restricting His blessings on us.

Assange made his bed rejecting Christ and entangling himself in dark powers and secrets. His fate is sad, but this is not some kind of martyrdom.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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