I haven’t posted a blog in a couple of weeks. I’ve actually started some but before I could finish some other crazy thing would happen and I couldn’t get them finished. Just to run down the breaking news stories from the past few weeks:
- We have a world class male athlete who has decided he wants to be a woman and we are all supposed to accept that as normal and even celebrate it no matter or religious convictions;
- We watched in horror as a young man sat in church for an hour and then killed 9 people in a house of worship and our answer is to ban some flags instead of dealing with the root of the problem;
- We wake up to a jail break by 2 murderers with the help of a woman who actually believed one or both loved her;
- We listen to the Supreme Court make a law what they want it to be instead of adhering to the words that were actually written by Congress;
- We see ISIS coming up with all sorts of new ways to murder people and we wonder if anyone can stop a purely evil movement that seems to gain momentum every single day.
I could go on and on, but those are the big news items of the last few weeks. It seems that every time I started to write about one of those another one would blast into the news cycle out-sensationalizing the last story.
And I have a lot of snippy, snarky, sarcastic comments about every one of those news stories.
Maybe that’s why I haven’t posted anything.
That, and the fact that these stories are just plain depressing. One bad story is enough, but the enemy seems to be running rough shod over the earth right now and piling up death, destruction and chaos one layer at a time. And of course he likes to add to our personal lives some confusion and problems just for fun. The weight of our own issues plus the fear of what is happening in the world can make us feel like we are being smothered under a thousand blankets of confusion that satan is piling on top of us as we try to function each day.
But that’s only if you have a world view. For Christians with a Biblical view, the chaos thrown out by the enemy can be see for what it truly is. Evil. Demonic. Wrong, but confined to this world. I’ve quoted this verse numerous times in my blog, but it’s a truth we need to cling to when we feel like the world is spinning out of control:
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
That verse is a standard you can use when the world hurls its craziness in your direction. Does a story or issue cause confusion or peace? Just answer that and you’ll know who’s in the driver’s seat – Jesus or satan.
And so what do we do in this mad, mad world? One option I’ve considered frequently lately is to hide under my covers and pretend that all of this isn’t happening. And sadly, too many Christians have done just that. Another option is to come out swinging (i.e. my snippy and sarcastic responses to today’s top stories) but I’m pretty sure that won’t sway anyone to want to get to know Jesus better. I firmly believe though it is time for Christians to take a stand against the enemy before there’s nothing left to take a stand against. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy… (John 10:10)
And how do we do that? First, we must build a strong, personal relationship with the author of peace, the only One who can heal the hearts of the hurting, the lost, the confused.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
In other words, love God with everything you’ve got. I’ve learned that when I come to my senses and trade my panic over what is going on in the world for a focus on the Creator of the world my outlook totally changes, and then I’m in a better position to help others through their times of pain and confusion.
Turn your feelings of fear into power. Turn your thoughts of confusion into peace. Turn your outlook of hopelessness into hope with the only One who can do all of that for you – and more.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
That’s Jesus talking in the rest of John 10:10. What a contrast we find in that one verse. On which side of that verse do you want to be? It’s a choice we make every day, in every situation.
Stop being scared, confused, hopeless. Seek God with everything you’ve got, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)