Posted by Brad Quiring on July 8, 2015
Things are getting better! Just read the news.
Okay, things are NOT getting better. As Christians we lament over what is happening in our world. Often we are shocked by what goes on around us. We wonder if there is any good or if good can even come out of this.
I’ve got some bad news, directly from the Bible:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV)
Things will get worse! It is inevitable. People who do not have faith in Jesus, who do not believe in God and who reject the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives will act like people who do not have faith in Jesus, do not believe in God and who reject the Holy Spirit’s work. Why should we be surprised? People who are unregenerate will act like unregenerate people.
“17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:17 - 21 NIV)
How should true followers of Jesus react to what we see and hear going on around us? Some have been extremely vocal, rude, loud and even threatening toward those who are not following God’s direction for marriage, behaviour, sexuality, education, honesty and relationships. This is outright disobedience on the part of true followers of Christ.
First of all we are to be humble in all our dealings with those who choose a lifestyle contrary to God:
“5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5, 6 NIV)
Our conversation, even when expressing opposition in a debate must be full of grace. We must also know how to answer everyone, meaning we have to be informed as to what the Bible says so we don’t come across as ignorant about our own faith.It is shameful when Christians use Scripture out of context or inappropriately when talking about the Truth of God. We MUST tell the truth and we MUST warn of the consequences, but we must do so firmly and with the attitude of love, for we are to love our neighbours as ourselves.
Second, we must not worry. This trend in our world and country has been continuing since the Garden of Eden.There are ebbs and flows, but the downward spiral of “civilization” will continue until Jesus comes back to this earth. He will eventually set things in place. It is not our job to overcome the world, because he has already done it and will put things right. Do not worry, rather have hope placed in Jesus and do good in His name.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth.”
Let’s be salt that adds flavour and purity to a world that is increasingly corrupt and runs along a bland, lifeless journey to destruction. Jesus died for all sinners, of which we were included, so that no one would have to pay for their sins. Rather, by believing in Jesus, one can have eternal life through Christ because of God’s great love.