The King James translation of the Bible uses the term confusion of faces to translate the original Hebrew words that mean quite literally the ‘confusion of faces’. The term is a little difficult but the application is relevant. It is right now relevant.
Confusion in Egypt & the Muslim World
I have been watching the developing anarchy in Egypt. There is nothing like riots in the street to get our attention. At least the riots are not here, but still, I am forced to think through ‘What is the meaning of this?’ Also, it is not only Egypt that is facing insurrection. With three Muslim governments in a state of siege by their own citizens we have to wonder if there is a pattern here. Is it happenstance that Muslim people are rebelling in three countries at once or is there common cause for their discontent?
One of the worries nagging at thinking Christians in the west is the sense of the on-coming Muslim hordes. I know, the left, the humanists, are happy to be in league with the Muslim crowd, but many of us do not agree with that sentiment. That is likely fuel for another blog so I will stop that line of discussion here. But, the concern that the Muslim religion is fast gaining in the west is of vital concern to conservative Christian believers. We have read the histories of Muslim abuse, torture, slavery, and oppression brought on our brethren over the centuries. We are not pleased to see those things coming here. We do not want to live under their Shariah law. Of course, we American Christians do not want to live under Biblical law either, which is another blog waiting to be typed.
Confusion of Morals in the West
The ‘confusion of faces’ (Jeremiah 7:19, Daniel 9:7) is a term that describes the inability of a people to discern what morals to pursue, literally which god (God) to follow (every type of idol has a different face). The Biblical God allows no representation of Himself but the metaphor still holds (it’s a metaphor remember). I have been concerned that Christians here suffer a ‘confusion of faces’ as we increasingly live out the values of the enemies of our God. However, the enemies of the church outside our borders also are in confusion. They live and die under a miscellany of Caliphs and dictators who abuse them daily. They are weary of oppression but do not know where to turn. All of the faces they can see or imagine are faces of wicked corruption. They are groping for Truth but too blind to find it. They need the enlightening of the Holy Spirit Who will shine His light on their faces at His appointed time. Meanwhile, they are distracted, fighting among themselves. They are in confusion because God has, as yet, left them in confusion. The Muslim peoples and religion are not destined for permanent success. Christ and His church are advancing His kingdom. Nothing can stop the progress of the church. Our confusion of faces will fade, but the unrepentant will stumble endlessly in the dark until God enlightens them. Victory is in Christ alone. It is His face we seek. History does not end in confusion.
Don Schanzenbach 2-7-11