Maybe it’s because I read a lot of Christian blogs, maybe it’s because I try to keep up with the news and what is happening, primarily within American politics and maybe it’s because day to day life, the interaction between family members and acquaintances can too frequently be disheartening, leaves me with thoughts of just where in the heck are we going.
I find it hard to believe what I see when some “Christians” actually feel justified in saying things that should never come out of the mouth of a Christian. I find it hard to believe that the “Leader of the Free World” is showcased as representing Christian values and I also find it hard to believe how quickly we can step outside of our Christian values and chase after the idolization of self gratification, with no thought given to how this conflicts with spiritual realities.
These aren’t exactly lifting words of encouragement, are they? I’m sorry about that, I guess I’m doing a bit of venting. Bear with me, it gets better!
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so foreign to this world around me as I do now. I know that Jesus said there would be a falling away, where truth would be turned upside down and hearts would turn cold but there’s this internal part of me that says, surely we’re better than this! But the truth of the matter is, that left to our own internal guidance system, what we see happening is the fruit of our own endeavours, and it’s not pretty.
But it’s not all darkness, there are rays of light, there is the sureness of God’s Word and His presence and the goodness of God that I still see in some of His people. There is the consistency of peace that comes with communion with God in prayer. And I am so thankful for the presence of God that I do see in some of my Christian brothers and sisters. I am also thankful for the faithfulness of God’s love and the manifestations of His love, without consideration of return or reward, that is freely given, by some, to others.
We have a tendency to think of how educated we are, what humanity has learned, the progress that we’ve made, but there are so many aspects of our human nature that hasn’t changed. There’s still far too much hatred, unwillingness to truly listen, promotion of self at the expense of others, distrust, focus on self positioning for gain rather than the common good and just common greed. Inequality between the different races continues, different justice for different levels of society, disparity in education and opportunities, to name but a few. And we pride ourselves on being an “advanced” civilization.
I’ve mentioned that I now work part time as a security and access control guard on a military base in Canada. It crossed my mind the other day that I could be transported back in time and be doing the same thing back in the time of the Roman occupation of Israel shortly after Jesus ascended to Heaven. My personal freedoms might be somewhat diminished and my understanding of science, medicine and the universe wouldn’t be the same but aside from these “improvements” I now enjoy, not that much has really changed.
The Christian Gospel that turned the world upside down then, is still needed today, probably even more so. Jesus gave us a commission. While we draw breath, that should be our focus. Watch for opportunities, study to show yourself approved, keep your heart’s eye on Jesus. In the end, nothing else really matters, away back then and even more so now.
Grace and blessings!