What world is this?

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Paris.

Russia.

Turkey.

Bangladesh.

Bagdad.

Hillary or Trump?

Police officers hated.

Gay men killed.

Women raped.

Children dead.

What world is this?

Our world is groaning. It is longing for the restoration of perfection and unity with its creator. We are in the pains of childbirth waiting, hoping, praying for this to end. This world is filled with corrupt politics, war, death, hatred, and so much more. What world is this?

Times like today, it seems like even prayers are not enough to save our nation. It doesn’t seem worth it to try and have a conversation about abortion or gay marriage or immigration because our words will be bitten, chopped up, and spit back out into new words before we even get a chance to defend ourselves. In this day and age, we no longer feel free to speak. What world is this?

Why even try to give Christians a good name? What is our purpose or our mission? Can we actually make a difference, or is society to hostile towards us? Is it even worth it to build relationships and slowly bring people to Christ? Our nation will be overthrown by then. What world is this?

I’ll tell you what world this is. Dear Christian, stop worrying. This is a world where “there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1). This is a world that we are not apart of. This is a world that isn’t supposed to like Christians. To be sure, it is always important to be Christ-like and loving towards others, but being Christ-like does not always mean being nice and tolerant. Jesus was not skipping around playing patty-cake with the people whose tables he flipped in the temple. He was angry. Righteously angry. And he was persecuted for it.

The Bible tells us countless times that we will be persecuted. In fact, Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-14,16 that,

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”

So let us rejoice! These times are troubling, there is not doubt. There is much fear and sadness and grief. There is loss and loneliness and uncertainty. But what can we say? God has gone before us. He has gone before gay marriage, Donald Trump, and ISIS. He has seen the end of the world, and He has crushed Satan under His foot. He knows that we will suffer, that we are suffering. Our tears and our cries are not lost to Him.

Rest. Rest in the knowledge that you are not serving a God who cannot handle your worries. You are not praying to a God who is scrambling around without a plan for this world. The God that you are putting your faith in is bigger than governing authorities or war or death.

“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).

So let us have peace. Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying. Don’t lose heart. But have peace in your eternal future. Rest in His perfection today.

What world is this? This is a world conquered. A world conquered by the power of the God that you serve. And one day, when trumpets sound and the dead ascend, we will no longer know a world filled with war, death, ISIS, famine, and pain. We will know a world made perfect, and it will be so, so good (Genesis 1:4).

 

 

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