If you haven’t heard of the recent events that have been occurring in the world especially in America over the last few weeks you must be living under a rock or own no type of media technology. Racial tensions in America are at an all time high. Hate has taken over the hearts of many people on both sides to the point that people are now violently protesting their hate in the streets. The news coverage looks like it has gone back 100 years in history. There are those who claim to be Christian and yet run around the streets preaching hate – this has no place in my bible or my faith!! I am saddened to think that these people have either forgotten who Christ is or never truly knew Him.
So with all of this going on how do we continue to love and be the salt and light Jesus has called us to be?
Firstly, I believe we must open scripture and read what it says about the times we are living in. Christians continue to ask why is this happening but we must remember that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I believe we are living in a time where everything goes, the moral degradation of society is higher than ever and people have become their own gods and moral authority.
Timothy an apostle of Christ writes;
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Judging from this one scripture and many more that are like it, it’s fair to say some of whats happening in the world is not a huge surprise. With the absence of Christ and morality at an all time low people do not know where to turn or who to look to.
This is where we come in as Christians. It may seem scary and uncertain but we must remember we have a God who is control of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Before the foundations of the world He knew what was to happen. We must not worry or be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7), we are children of the most high and we will be protected though all of this.
We must also remember the warning Matthew gives when he says;
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
This verse is speaking to believers NOT unbelievers. Reading it literally shakes me up inside. Many, not a few, MANY hearts will grow cold. This means the majority of Christians. This is a very important scriptural warning because it can only mean one thing, it’s only going to get worse and if we are not reading the word everyday and basking in the presence of God and asking the Holy Spirit to help us in all that we do we may fall through the cracks.
Through all that is happening it is critical we continue to walk in love and remember no matter how bad it gets we know who wins in the end and it truly will be a glorious victory.
So I would like to encourage you to stay strong, be prayerful and keep loving each other after all, that is what we are all called to do. Remember who you are in Christ – you are a Child of God, you are unbreakable and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Be empowered. Be encouraged. Step out in Love and be the light in the dark.
Lots of love xx