We cannot right every wrong; we should not try.
The fundamental mistake made by Crusaders of every stripe is relying on their reason as the voice of God. Reason is inherently hostile to God; it is the very essence of fallen human nature resisting divine revelation. The best we can do with human reason is chain it in slavery to the heart.
For example, most of you know that I have prophetically condemned the US government’s involvement in Syria. I’ve said from the start that the conflict there was provoked and funded by the US. It’s a very poorly kept secret that ISIS was created, staffed and funded by the US government, and al-Qaeda before that. Both are involved in the revolt in Syria. The US has been caught using helicopters to ferry ISIS commanders to safety when their strongholds collapse, sometimes under US military fire. It’s insane, but it’s how our government does things, and I’ve said it’s morally evil all the way around. I don’t have to know the secret motivations for wasting resources and slaughtering innocent people; the evil is self-manifest, as are the lies used to cover it up.
Still, there is no way on this earth that anyone with actual authority is going to listen to my prophetic warning. They are faithful servants of their deities, and part of their religion is to confuse things so that people of good conscience are told that Jehovah is behind the government’s actions. And a significant portion of those people of good conscience buy into the lies. I am utterly certain they are wrong, but I’m also utterly certain I’m in no position to get them to listen. We have ample history of human public opinion swayed by propaganda so that we have no excuse for imagining that we can fight the system. That is, if we imagine we can also sway public opinion by some kind of counter-campaign, we are deluded about how God works.
“Narrow is the path the leads to life, and few are they who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). By the way, the “life” in that passage refers to shalom and all the blessings God provides. God has demonstrated amply through the example of Israel that you cannot march a whole nation up the narrow path of moral discernment. In any given context, the majority will take the broad path to destruction. There may be brief periods when a sufficient portion will be tolerable to God and He will bless them mightily, but it won’t last long. Further, as moral entropy sets in, the masses get worse and worse, farther and farther from the truth. There will always be a righteous remnant, a small group who cannot ignore the voice of the Spirit, but holiness across a mass population is a pipe-dream.
So if my nation were to somehow ask me to participate directly in supporting military operations in Syria, I would take it seriously as an opportunity to shine His light into the darkness. By being there as an example of sanity in the midst of madness, perhaps I can bring redemption to lives far away from the typical exposure to shalom. It’s not a question of accomplishments as humans measure such things, but a moment to shine divine glory in the few little things I can do in such a setting.
As I’ve said in the past, I would willingly infiltrate so that the gospel message goes into all the world, shining His light into the darkest corners. I already know I can’t turn the world away from the path to Hell, but I can help a few individuals find the true path to Heaven.
My hands aren’t that big, but they do hold something from God’s treasury.