BROTHER THOMAS BLOG

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Responding To The Current Situation.....

ALL is not bleak, however. . . . 

I find it helpful to keep a broader perspective in mind where it would seem, in this country and the other "western democracies" everything is so rapidly falling apart and being subverted.  The Gospel thrives under persecution and the Spirit is strong when stripped away of lethargic, mind and heart-warping materialism.  The "church"--the body of believers--is exploding in China where it was attempted to be stamped out completely.  I heard a report the other day that China will be a country with the largest Christian population in the world in less than 2 decades!  And these aren't tepid, "your best life now" "genie-Jesus" lukewarm Christians, but thirsting, hungry, sold out, on-fire-for-Jesus Christians who love and revere The Word, willing to sacrifice all for the Truth.  Africa too is surging with fresh Christian energy, rapidly growing and transforming those dark regions where murderous Marxist or Islamic regimes not so long ago terrorized the populations.  The selfless, courageous dedication of previous missionary efforts is now bearing wondrous fruit all over the continent.  Same in Russia and in swaths of Eastern Europe once so severely repressed by Godless communism.  So, too in Vietnam, Korea and South America. . . .

The efforts to crush, outlaw, vilify, destroy Christianity in the West, especially now in America will not succeed.  God allows it in order to bring judgment upon a lawless, rebellious people and to cut off the false converts from the authentic sheep.  The "church" in America NEEDS a drastic cleaning up, winnowing and sifting.

Meanwhile, yes it is sometimes overwhelming to be amidst the overt, targeted destruction of so much that is good--which has been good in our society, based on God's revealed truth as it was exemplified in civil and governmental operations and structure.  A certain righteous indignation is natural and a lashing out--if not in action, at least in mind and expression.  There is the temptation to see the destroyers as worse, more evil people than ourselves; to accuse them while thinking ourselves better. 
Self-righteousness springs quick and hard. . . .

But this can be just as swiftly dealt with when we remember that, no, we are no better . . . only better off. . . . "There but for the grace of God" . . . we would be too.  Why can WE See where others are so blind and deluded?  Not because we are better or more spiritually apt . . . but ONLY because by God's own sovereign pleasure . . . HE has deigned to open our eyes and cause us to be witnesses to His truth.  There is nothing to boast of in ourselves. 

Remembering this helps assuage the indignancy arising within as we watch and are subject to the spreading evil madness infecting a society under judgment. . . .

What is to be done?  The same thing that should have been being done all along--which, if it had been done . . .  by more people, we would not be in this awful predicament!  That is . . . to live and spread the Gospel!  Believers should be examples of Christian virtue and be putting the Lord's commands into active service on a daily basis. 

What would change the current, malevolent political situation?  If more people believed and followed God's Word!  THIS would change everything.  Unless people (politicians, civil servants, celebrities, artists etc.) are under the yoke of Jesus (even if they agree politically, morally) they are yet under the yoke of the evil one.  "Who is not for Me, is against Me."  You cannot serve two masters. . . .

Changing the "system" won't ultimately change anything.  It will always slide back in the direction of its reprobate, degenerate leaders.  But if leaders and the influential love God, love Truth--are submitted to Jesus--THEN the system will reflect it and real change and restoration will happen.

We should be striving to live genuine Christian lives, showing by example the Lord we love and serve . . . and seeking to make more disciples of the only One who saves and is perfect.

This, ABOVE ALL, should be supreme in our response to the current, disheartening situation. . . .

Brother Thomas ©2013

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