June 30, 2015 by Jack Wilkie
In the days following last week’s court ruling in favor of gay marriage, I’ve seen a lot of the defeatist attitude among Christians. It’s an attitude that reveals itself when the threat of Islam is brought up, too. While I believe we need to be realistic about what’s going on in the world and take action to defeat evil where we can, that doesn’t mean America’s downturn signals doom, despair, and hopelessness. I saw a number of Christians posting verses like these to their social media accounts over the last few days, and I really appreciate that attitude. Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
We can’t let ourselves be overwhelmed by the world, and we can’t let our worldly friends and family see Christians who are so earthly focused. Jesus’ kingdom was never of this world, and our hope is in a much higher victory than a political or military one. Here are two biblical truths we have to keep in mind in times like these.
This world is not our home: One thing I’ve heard rather frequently over the years is that maybe all this evil in America means Jesus is going to come back soon. While I can’t make a definitive claim because no one knows when He’ll return, it seems to show that we’ve given America a special place in God’s plan, that once America is done then God will be forced to come back. We have to keep in mind that America is just another of the many empires that have come and gone in world history, and God has brought each of them up and taken each of them down as He has seen fit. We must realize that America is another Rome or Babylon, and tying our fortunes or our trust in God to America’s success is short-sighted.
The other thing we must remember is that our many of our fellow Christians around the world today (and throughout the history of the church) have never had the luxury of living under America’s freedom, but they’ve remained faithful. We can’t be so spoiled to think that God will come in and save us from undergoing any hardship. We have to be prepared to serve Him in every situation, just like Paul talked about in Philippians 4. When we put our eyes on Christ and the gates of heaven, our primary concern for preserving our American way of life suddenly seems much more trivial.
The battle is over: No, I don’t mean the battle for morals in today’s culture or the battle for hearts and minds. I mean the eternal battle between Christ and Satan, good and evil, life and death. John used Jesus’ words to repeatedly remind His readers that no matter what the world does, how badly they persecute God’s people, and how sinful they become, we have nothing to fear. Rather, we should be rejoicing in our Savior’s victory and thanking Him that we’ve been given the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of it. In John 16:33 Jesus told His disciples, “Take courage; I have overcome the world.”
John reminded His readers of this fact in 1 John 4:4 – “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
That’s the news we have to constantly keep at the front of our minds. Jesus wins! And we have overcome the world through Him! One of the best ways to get our minds in the right place in any situation is to find relevant Scriptures and meditate on them to keep their teachings at the front of our minds. I think John 14:27 is incredibly relevant at this time. Let’s keep this mind on our hearts and go forth rejoicing in the victory that has already been secured!
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”