What Should We Do?

May 24, 2020

              Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives to defend our country and its freedoms, to humbly remember the brave men and women who had the courage to stand up for liberty and justice for all. 

          And yet sadly it seems that many are now willing to set aside those freedoms, to give up all that others gave the ultimate sacrifice to obtain.   And why?  Because they have lost the courage that once filled their hearts.  Because they have transferred their dependency on their Creator and Sustainer, Almighty God, to that of a world government that wants to become their god.  Because their faith in our Lord Jesus, and all He sacrificed for them so they could live eternally in heaven, has been replaced by faith in those who have sacrificed nothing (other than their souls), just so that they can continue to live on this earth without fear of imprisonment or worse.   But didn’t Jesus himself say, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”?  (Matthew 10:28).

          Does all of this sound like something out of a futuristic novel, news from a foreign country, or something a preacher standing on a street corner holding up a sign saying “The End is Near” might prophesy?  It might have a few months ago, but it no longer does.  Today it sounds more like a newspaper headline that somehow managed to slip through the cracks of Big Brother’s editing without being replaced by his propaganda.

          And yet, anyone who dares suggest that God has allowed current events to transpire, both as a wake-up call and as fulfillment of prophecy, is labeled a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or ‘religious fanatic’ or just a ‘total whack job’.   God is not sitting on a throne in heaven totally oblivious to what is going on among His people.  He has not surrendered His control.  He has not ceased to care.  He is acutely aware of all that is happening.  He is listening to the prayers of those who still love Him and want to live their lives in His service.  He has not forgotten us. 

          So what should we as Christians do?  How should we respond to those who are blindly intimidated into willful submission, as well as to those at the other end of the spectrum who encourage others to join in a forceful revolt?  

          Titus 3:1-2 says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”  First of all, God isn’t calling us to fight among ourselves.  He doesn’t want Democrats slamming Republicans and vice versa.  He doesn’t want us to make a mockery of government officials, no matter if we agree with them or not, by making disrespectful comments, cartoons, and memes.  And yet I see so many Christians stooping to this level.   Remember, we are working for the Kingdom of God, not the kingdoms of man, no matter how they might be labeled – capitalist, socialist, or communist.  Our first and foremost call is not to make the governments of this world conform to our image of how we think they should be run.  Our first and foremost call is to share the message of the Gospel, that the lost might come to Christ and be reborn in His image.  So remember, righteous anger is one thing (Jesus did rebuke the Pharisees, and He threw the moneychangers out of the temple), but it needs to be channeled properly with God’s direction and blessing.  Be sure to consider the message you are sending.  Are you shining a light in a dark world that need Jesus?  Or are you hiding your light under a bushel in order to participate in actions of which our Lord would not approve?  Do you remember when Peter cut off the ear of the servant of the High Priest that came to arrest Jesus?   What did Jesus do?  He healed the soldier and rebuked Peter! 

          I am not saying we are never to take action against evil, against tyranny, or in defense of our country, our church, or our freedoms.  Far from it!  What I am saying is that we must be certain to follow God’s leading, submit to HIS will, and ensure our actions are done out of love for God and for others.  God will only bless our efforts if they are done in complete alliance with His will.  It takes spiritual discernment to know when to speak and act, and when to remain quiet and pray.

          I’m sure many of you are already wondering where all of this will lead.  Will we all be required to submit to a vaccine?  Will it include a digital implant?  Will that be the mark of the beast?  Are we really approaching the final seven years?   Time will tell, but regardless the answer, we need not be filled with fear.  We need only trust in God and rely on His promises. “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’” (Hebrews 13:5).  “For we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  (Romans 8:28).   Do you love God?  Are you seeking to fulfill His purpose for your life?  Then, as Christ said, “Don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”  (Luke 12:32).

          And in closing, remember the apostle Paul’s instruction to the church in Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”   Now go forth, seeking to do His will, and you will be blessed.  Amen.

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