American believers have, for the most part, enjoyed a ‘good life’ where the fruits of freedom to worship, work, plan and save grounded us in ‘One Nation Under God’. The ‘good life’, often entangled in this world, gave birth to ungodly prosperity ministries and carnal churches. However, the bad thing about a good life in an ungodly world is the inevitable upheaval of misplanted roots. Since, “…Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin...” and “…the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” this is not the place to invest our heart and trust.
Americans and believers alike are alarmed by the powerful forays that are, through destruction, forcing change. A country that was built and cultivated over hundreds of years is seemingly toppling before our eyes. But it was toppling all along….
We lost all fear of ‘controversy with God.’ What was sanctioned in secret has come to utter fruition in the daylight – toppled statues, ruined icons, wanton cultural destruction.
‘Successful’ Christians are now scrambling to secure their lives here, especially with the growing threat of socialism… “Should I cash in my 401K?…Put my money in a safe?…But will there be a ‘cashless society’?…Should we buy property?”
Self-preservation is the most natural instinct within us – who doesn’t want to live and preserve a good life? The only problem facing the believer though is the prevailing word of God that exhorts us to “pick up our cross” and follow Christ, “to live is Christ and to die is gain”, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” This call of separation unto God is an ongoing call from Genesis to Revelation, as is the rebuke against ‘friendship with the world’ and its entanglements.
I challenge myself in this: maybe God is calling us to set our hearts upon and actually live according to His word,
“…godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that….take hold of the life that is truly life.“ (I Timothy 6 excerpts)
These social, political, and moral upheavals pose great challenges for believers but also great opportunities to live out our faith as God intends – to believe and stand on His word, to express the glory and faithfulness of God, to be content…strengthening our hearts with the reality of Christ’s promised and soon return.
Believers are called out in every time and place of world history and with that call comes the power of God to live out our faith and fulfill His purposes for our short time here.
Lord, help us walk in and live through Your word in greater measure, proclaiming Your truth and faithfulness as this dark world readies for Judgment Day.