There is plenty of bad news in this day and age, such as the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that found a preacher guilty of a “hate crime” against homosexuals and the foolish decisions made by those who are in control of the world’s governments, but it’s not time to fret, worry, and fear.
It’s time, rather, to demonstrate that we are truly people of faith by obeying the Psalmist’s exhortation. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:1-4).
It’s time to lift up our eyes, knowing that our redemption draweth nigh. The homosexual rights agenda, the ecumenical movement that is devouring everything in its path, the globalism, Israel’s dilemma, all are major signs of the times. The hour is late; let’s be found with our lights burning and our loins girded for service.
It’s time to fear God rather than man, knowing that the fear of man bringeth a snare (Proverbs 29:25). It’s not time to hide and to shut our mouths in the face of man’s foolish politically correct thinking and his unrighteous laws. It’s time to say with Peter of old, “We ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29).
It’s time to redouble our commitment to obeying God and proclaiming His Word in this evil generation, knowing that “the world passeth away,” and Jesus warned that if we are ashamed of Him in this present generation, He will be ashamed of us in the next (Luke 9:26). Instead of wringing our hands at what is happening, let us trust God and continue to preach His Word, in season and out of season, like Daniel’s friends when threatened by the Babylonian king and like Daniel himself when threatened by the Persian emperor.
It’s time to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we go about God’s business. This was Jesus’ instruction as He sent His disciples out to preach (Matthew 10:16). Our commission is to preach the gospel to every person, and though the preaching of the gospel involves warning about sin and the wrath of God, as per Romans 1-3, we don’t see the apostles standing on the streets declaiming the “biggest” sins of the Roman Empire and holding up banners railing against homosexuals or abortionists or whatever. Paul’s way was to “reason with them out of the scriptures” (Acts 17:2). First and foremost we are to be witnesses of Christ. In his sermon on Mars Hill, in the midst of the wicked, idolatrous, morally-polluted Athens, Paul preached against sin but he didn’t rail against any particular group of sinners. Paul’s methodology in Acts 17:16-31 is an example for us today.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)