In recent dialogue with a friend, who happens to have grown children, she related to me a conversation she had with her daughter about politics, culture, and the world in which we now find ourselves. Her daughter told her mom, “I am just going to keep doing what I know to do. Love my husband, raise my kids to know Jesus, take care of my home.”
As a more challenging, world-shaker personality, I have often struggled with seeing my home as “sufficient” to fulfilling my mission. After all, we are called to take the Gospel to the furthest corners of the world. And yet…if I don’t do my home life well.. If my children aren’t the first ones I love well and disciple well, I don’t have any business reaching out for more daring missions.
Many believers are grieving right now over the state of our culture and the direction those in leadership wish to take our country. For years, we’ve rebelled against God’s definitions of love, marriage, family, gender, and truth. We have relinquished our kids on the alter of convenience and sold our family for the American dream. We’ve run away from sacrificial living and have picked up a microphone instead of a cross. We want to be liked. We want to be acclaimed and respected. We shrink away at the mere thought of rejection. And persecution? Oh, Lord, prepare us. When Jesus called His followers, that’s exactly what He called them too (John 15:18-25). We shouldn’t be surprised or afraid of the world’s hatred of us. He told us that it would hate us. In fact, if the world is in love with us, we may be hiding our light under a bushel or may not have had any light to begin with. That’s not to say that we go around clanging a gong of truth (I Cor. 13:1), but we need to recognize that to be His and walk the narrow path toward His Commission, we will receive distain from the world that walks the wide road.
“The man that takes up religion for the world will throw away religion for the world. What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”― John Bunyan, The Pilgrims Progress
As Christ’s ambassadors, we fight for truth, we plead for the defenseless, we help the helpless, and we declare justice.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
Herein lies the rub: we won’t always have the opportunity to enact God’s justice, His truth, His message of salvation in a free governmental system. The first-century church sure didn’t. The Romans oppressed and persecuted the Christians by taking their possessions and nearly taxing them to death. And then, to make matters even more grim, they wanted Christians wiped from the face of the earth and found creative and cruel ways to do just that.
But even if our country falls to anarchy or a Communistic dictatorship, we as Christians should not lose sight of our Great Commission. The commands don’t alter depending on the government above us. His rule and righteousness reigns over all.
Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Make no mistake, Satan is on a leash and our Sovereign Lord will pull back the strap whenever He wills. He “who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” Isaiah 40:23-24
This world rests secure in His hands. We haven’t fallen out. We haven’t rolled out of view. He’s got this. And since we know that He holds the future, we can move forward in joy and purpose, eyes to the Lord, love to the people, and jaw set to accomplish His mission.