The UN is considering a resolution that would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to access nuclear sites in Iran, considered to be potentially in violation of the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal) of 2015.
The resolution, if issued, would be the first resolution against Iran since 2012. To put it in context, the UN sanctioned Israel 18 times in 2019 alone (while the rest of the world garnered just 7). Almost no human rights resolutions were levied against heavy-handed countries such as China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, or Algeria.
So, this is a big step for the UN! To consider a resolution calling out Iran is very unusual.
While it is a positive sign that an evil regime may actually become the target of resolutions, the bigger picture is much more important. Evil in our world is all around us, nationally and internationally, and no amount of legislation by governments or the UN will solve the problem.
That’s because the problem is sin. Sinful man does evil things, and we are all sinners in need of God’s grace. When we see an evil regime, such as Iran, perpetuating their schemes, it should simply be a reminder to us that sin will destroy any person or nation who is unrepentant.
Yes, let’s pray for good things to happen in the UN (which might be a miracle in itself!), but let’s not forget the one true solution to the problem: repentance. Pray for repentance among world leaders. Pray for repentance among our nation’s leaders. Pray for repentance in the church. Pray for repentance in your own life.
The God of grace who longs to save us is also the God of justice who will ultimately judge those who reject Him. Seek His grace!