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Surviving a Pre-Dawn Raid
By Ronald Gallagher

Church message imageChurch sponsors jul17"PRE-DAWN RAID” . . . That’s a pretty ominous sounding term, isn’t it? A "pre-dawn raid” sounds like something we’d hear in a report about a Black Ops mission to nab a terrorist leader. Hearing the term used to describe an action conducted against a personal attorney for the President of the United States is shocking. Whether you’re a Trump supporter or not and whether you see Robert Mueller as hero or villain, the action is troubling in many ways, and the full impact of the intrusive power of government agencies with unlimited prosecutorial power remains to be seen.

But debating that issue is not my intention here. Instead, there’s a personal perspective worth consideration. After all, prominent national figures aren’t the only ones subject to suddenly being thrown into life-altering circumstances at a point when it’s too late to do anything about it, and the "Suppose it was me” point of view is worth considering.

How would it feel to experience what happened to Michael Cohen? Suppose FBI agents suddenly, and without warning, swarmed into every private, supposedly protected, place we have? What if every piece of personal information, every scrap of paper, every digital file, every email, text, and idle click in the electronic history of our life had been seized and was being scrutinized by highly trained prosecutors? If they were searching for any shred of evidence that anything about us, our activities, contacts, or interactions might be construed as a violation of some kind of legal statute, how would we react? If, like me, you’d be freaking out. I have some news for you — some that’s not so good, but some that is priceless.

The bad news is that there’s a personal and comprehensive raid coming that is inescapable. The jurisdiction of the prosecuting authority is universal, and the objective is to sweep up everything our life represents — and it will include not only actions but motivation and intent. It will even unveil all the things we secretly longed for, lusted over, and dreamed about that we never got to do. Every word ever spoken will be captured, every action ever taken, every document ever generated, every activity ever experienced, every feeling ever felt, and every image ever viewed.

This "raid” we face will be much more intimidating than anything the FBI could accomplish, but unlike the President’s attorney, we have been given advance warning. God has chosen a time when He will invade our lives and gather up every scrap of evidence indicating who we are, what we’ve done or failed to do, every experience we ever had, and even our idle thoughts. He didn’t release the date and time or the procedural details, but His arrival at our door is inevitable and inescapable. Jesus said it this way:

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44 (NKJV)

Consider this intriguing scenario... Suppose Mr. Cohen had been able to secure an advance deal with the authorities in the event that a raid ever took place like the one last week. And suppose he was guaranteed that if anything even remotely suggested any questionable legal implications, it would be completely and eternally redacted and rendered inadmissible in any judicial proceeding. What if this agreement absolved him from any form of penalty and negative consequence from any and all previous and future infractions? What do you think it might be worth to him at this point?

Jesus offered this observation: "... If the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into” Matthew 24:43 (NKJV). That’s a "no-brainer” isn’t it? A planned break-in is bad news, but advance warning could change everything, especially if there was a way to disarm any possibility of damage or loss. That would transform fear and dread into celebration.

Jesus presents us with two pieces of news directly from the highest judicial authority in the universe--advance notice that a kind of "pre-dawn raid” has been approved targeting us personally, and the incredible offer of a plea deal with the prosecution before it happens. If we express remorse and plead guilty to every charge, there is One who offers Himself as a substitute and who will absorb the just consequences of even the smallest infractions and ensure that they’ll be removed forever.

The recent response to Syria’s recent chemical weapons attack adds yet another illustration of a devastating "predawn raid” and reminds us that life-altering, or life-ending, invasions can happen any day. The problem is that once God’s "pre-dawn raid” begins, His plea deal expires. I’d advise taking His offer "now.”

In addition to being an active writer, speaker, teacher, and blogger, Ron Gallagher serves in a variety of roles as a ministry consultant for local churches. His Biblical insights are coupled with down-to-earth humor, satire, and relevant stories, all aimed at promoting "right side up thinking in an upside down world.” Ron strives to apply God’s truth in a way that stimulates the mind, encourages the heart, and challenges the cultural norm.  Check out his blog, "Gallagher’s Pen” at

NEW BOOK . . . Ron’s new book, Right Side Up Thinking in an Upside Down World(sub-titled Looking at the World through the Lens of Biblical Truth), is now available on Amazon and through Lighthouse Bible Studies. Learn more about the book on his website using this .


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