It’s been quiet here. Quiet is good.
One thing that’s not quiet, though, are the thoughts that swirl within my head. I’ve been contemplating so many current events that are shocking, disturbing, but true. Reflecting on this crazy world we live in and wondering what it means for us, and for our children. Wondering why the church is silent, inactive, or altogether wishy-washy on social issues like homosexuality, feminism, and abortion “rights.” We sit around our dinner table and talk of the news of the day. We see our young children digesting what is happening in the world and we talk about the Christian response to what we see and hear. We think about what it means to be the “called-out ones” yet know how to engage this diverse culture we live in.
Over the last few years, I feel like I am watching our country change drastically before my very eyes, and the change isn’t good. There is a growing hostility toward Christianity that is undeniable. Thank God that for now we are still able to worship our God in the way we please. The American churches are becoming weaker every day. Among the so-called “Christian community” there is a willingness to fit in, to go-along, to be a “hip” Christian, and to conform to the world. Are we not called to be separate? We certainly are. But it doesn’t feel good; it feels better to belong, to blend in, to go with the flow. We rejoice in know from scripture that God always preserves a remnant of His people.
Do you feel assured that wild violence and civil unrest won’t happen here? American history books try to tell us that while our ancestors lived in trying days, the human race has somehow evolved and it can’t happen in this “great country. Have you paid attention to the news abroad? Do you know of the murders and executions of our Christian brethren in countries far across the ocean? It is sad, but because of our wealth and abundance, we Americans have become senseless and dull. It is true that for many years God has spared our country from the turmoil so many other countries are facing. I wonder how many more grace years we have left.
So depressing, I know. But the good news is that in this month where we focus on giving thanks, I can count one million and more ways the Lord has blessed me.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16-18
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