Hopefully not being overdramatic . . . but I dare say that the forces of darkness are quite active on all fronts; not just in the social/cultural/political external realm, but up close to a person, trying on all sides to thwart, prevent, block, stymie etc., the retelling of God's glory and purposes--the feeding of the sheep . . . .
But for me, I will fight through it, so that in whatever humble, small corner salt and light are to be represented, THEY ARE . . . . Which is what we all must do . . . and WILL do . . . who BELIEVE!
Meanwhile, I want to talk some more about God's chosen people . . . .
I am more convinced than ever, due to ongoing experience, but especially from scripture, that God is COMPLETELY Sovereign . . . and that Jesus WILL and DOES save . . . to the utter end . . . ALL the lambs that He has been given by the Father. He is not a beggar, dependent on some supposed relatively "good" and autonomous "free will" of DEAD, SINFUL, GOD-HATING man. He is a conqueror! He is the perfect king and shepherd of the flock, and He came for His bride and will have her. Not just some of her. ALL of her! Victory. No defeat. Satan does not win a single soul that the Father created for fellowship with Him in Heaven . . . .
Now, one of the foremost things to understand in comprehending the whole plan, as far as humanly possible, is to get some notion of the GLORY OF GOD. Not just as an abstract, vague statement. But this is what it is ALL about, in the end. Glorifying God. However, we cannot impose OUR small, petty, self-centered ideas about what glory is or how and why God would want to do such a thing . . . .
First . . . we must get out of the way, realize it is not really about US, but about GOD and His infinite, majestic, I AM THAT I AM creative, personal glory . . . .
Then, from there, we can easier understand why it is that He designs a people---a Chosen people--for Himself, for that purpose . . . .