This past week, the Supreme Court made a decision that has caused many to become worried over the future and the state of America. There is a reason that I don’t watch much news: because I know how easy it can be to become depressed and lose sight of the fact that God is still the same yesterday, today, and forever. The fact is that we have been losing our freedom for a while. This is just another spoke taken out of our wheel. No matter what the world does, however, God hasn’t changed, and there is a reason we are here at this moment. Our job is to find out what our purpose is in this ever-changing, dark world. My Facebook page has been riddled with posts as people express their views on the ruling but the best one I read was from a pastor in California who summed up perfectly how I feel. With his permission, I would like to share it with you:
Wow, what a day can hold. There has been so much conversation and online chatter about the Supreme Court Decision today and it is to be expected. I have had several conversations about it already. Its my privilege as a pastor, and its a blessing. But personally, I find myself so blessed to be doing what I do every Friday: preparing Bible studies so that Gods people might be refreshed, refocused, and that they might continue to disciple one another while engaging our ever-changing culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will never change. Today a monumental decision has been made that will change our culture drastically in the near future. But Christian, what has changed really? The world will always be the world, and the church will always have work to do. In John 9:4-5 Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Lets pray to understand what it means to be the light of the world and passionately pursue that privilege until the Day comes when we will rest and be rewarded. Do not let your hearts be troubled, my friends, lets continue to be about the Fathers business.
We summed this up at church on Sunday in a similar way; look at what Daniel did in chapter 6, verse 10, after the king made a decree that nobody could pray to any God other than the king, Daniel went to his home and prayed… “as he did aforetime.” Yes, we can disagree with the decisions our government makes, but the bottom line is that the only way we are going to accomplish anything is if we do like Daniel did and keep doing the same things we have been doing in the past. If it was right to do it yesterday, then it is right to do it today, and no matter what happens, it will be right to do it tomorrow.
The word of God will never change although the opinions of our society has changed. This world is so turbulent as one day this is bad, then not-so-bad, and then it’s great! We ought to praise the Lord that we know what we believe and in Whom we believe.
It is pitiful to watch others build a foundation on quicksand. This is why we may express our anguish over this grievous time in history BUT we also rejoice that one day we will be with our Lord and Savior forever! We also can rejoice that He set aside a day for the sinner. Sounds cruel? Consider the wickedness and rejection of all that is Godly. If you think about that then the Day of Judgment sounds refreshing to me. Also something to marvel about…
Our heart aches because the world is blinded to the reality of all that God has done for us through Christ. What a travesty to reject such a wonderful Lord! While there is time we need focus on sharing the Gospel and redemption that the Lord provides. I can never stop thinking about how the Lord took my once wicked heart, forgave my sins, and cleansed me by His precious Blood. If He had not touched me then I too would have been without His saving grace. I keep this in mind in understanding the importance of sowing seeds to everyone I can reach. Christ gives the increase but He wants to use our mouths and hearts.
Sometimes it is hard to balance the thought that many people will face judgment but our Lord told us these things. He is just and right! Without His justification none of us will stand on That Day. It is important to plead with all those who will come to know the True and Living God. Let’s focus on what our Lord can/has do/done rather than what man has done.
When sin or unbelief or poor teaching make it hard to see Jesus, believers can grow discouraged, become weak in faith, and may begin to despair.
Thank you for this encouraging post. As a Christian mother of 4, I sometimes despair at the state of the world that my children will inherit. But then I am reminded that Christ has overcome the world and it gives me the strength to face another day.
I believe, as did so many 1’st and 2’nd Century church fathers that we will go through the tribulation. I ask myself daily if I will really act like Daniel in the face of the coming great persecution or will I tremble and stumble like Peter. We must rely on the Holy Spirit for strength.