I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the world is a little crazy these days. The laws, morality, and ethics taught by the Bible are under a withering attack. This is nothing new, of course. Every generation has seen their faith tested. There have been times throughout history where the Church has been forced into hiding. Indeed, in many countries around the world, this is still the case today.
But after nearly a century of religious freedom in most of the Western world, this feels new to us. Unprecedented. We are seeing people rebel against God in very public and blatant ways. History is being rewritten to accommodate the sinful desires of a few whose sole purpose is to serve their own pleasures rather than those of God.
In dark times, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are feeling like this, remember there is indeed a light. Jesus Christ is still the light of the world (John 8:12). No matter how thick the darkness, His light will still shine. As His ambassadors, we are to reflect that light into our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Now is not the time to shirk our responsibilities to the Kingdom of God. While the weight of everything going on is heavy to bear, it is creating opportunities we’ve never seen before. People are desperate for hope and hungry for answers. We have the hope of the world and the answer to every question in Jesus Christ.
There is a temptation for Christians to become insular in the midst of so much pressure. We want to circle the wagons and protect our own. We do bear that responsibility, but our primary call is still to go into all the world preaching the good news of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). People have always needed our Savior, but pride and selfishness have kept them from seeking Him. There is still no shortage of pride and selfishness in our world, but we are seeing levels of desperation never seen in my lifetime. Suicide rates are skyrocketing. So many are losing jobs, careers, and direction. They are lost in every way and desperately need a Savior. How can we not share the hope of Jesus? We must not stay silent. We must point them to the light.
Perhaps you are the one beginning to lose hope. If you are a follower of Jesus, there is no need to despair. I understand times have been rough and disorienting. We’ve all experienced those feelings. Let me encourage you to remember what matters most. Life as you know it may have blown up, but Jesus is still the same. He has not left your side. He has not lost control. The arms of Jesus are still open for you. Don’t seek what you have lost in this world, seek only the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:31-34). Nothing else matters. Use these troubling days to drink deeper of God’s Word. Get to know His heart better than you ever have. He is the light at the end of the tunnel. When all is said and done, He will still be on the throne and we will worship in His presence.