My friend, may I ask you a question? Would our forefathers have been stunned by what is going on today in this country? How could the day ever come when families themselves were being assaulted by the very government sworn to protect them?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
“For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.” It is a thought you hear much bandied about these days as America continues its slow march toward political and cultural polarization; life verses death, faith verses secularism, creation verses evolution, godly stewardship verses environmentalism, and spirituality verses humanism.
For anyone who does not think that this is a great struggle, far surpassing the cataclysm of revolution, civil rebellion, and world war, they need only look around them. Our courts are burdened with one monumental civil case after another from whether or not the Ten Commandments can be displayed publicly to the rights of parents to be notified if a minor wishes to have an abortion.There is a battle raging in our federal district courts that promises to unleash a torrent of “new law;” much of which will not go unnoticed as many of these decisions will be very polarizing. Our forefathers would have been stunned by what is going on today in this country. How could the day ever come when families themselves were being assaulted by the very government sworn to protect them.
Here’s a story. “The story is told of a farmer in a Midwestern state who had a strong disdain for ‘religious’ things. As he plowed his field on Sunday morning, he would shake his fist at the church people who passed by on their way to worship. October came and the farmer had his finest crop ever--the best in the entire county. When the harvest was complete, he placed an advertisement in the local paper which belittled the Christians for their faith in God. Near the end of his diatribe he wrote, ‘Faith in God must not mean much if someone like me can prosper.’ The response from the Christians in the community was quiet and polite. In the next edition of the town paper, a small ad appeared. It read simply, ‘God doesn’t always settle His accounts in October.’ (William E. Brown in Making Sense of Your Faith.)
These folks just didn’t sit by doing nothing.They put the advertisement in the paper reminding the farmer that God is never mocked and that He is always in control. In His time, He will act. In our time we must anticipate that acting and become instruments of His will. Certainly Christians never walk away from evil. Then we are, as Burke stated, allowing it to happen. Nevertheless, Christians never lose sight of the fact that God has put everything under Jesus’ feet. He will be glorified through His Son no matter what evil the world and the devil concoct. Jesus will win out no matter what. He can’t fail. His victory over sin is complete and He rules over this world, evil and all. We are his instruments of peace during these times of great tumult. We must never stand idly by and watch evil succeed. We must always be willing to celebrate our Savior’s victory by placing ourselves in social and political positions that glorify that power. Strike a blow for true freedom. Glorify the Father in Christ by serving as His voice amid the tumult of evil that most certainly confronts us during these days of conflict in our country. Do, but do so without gain or prestige. To God be the glory!
Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, You are a God of change. You are constantly shaping and molding Your creation through the power of Your Word, Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Lord, when we balk at change in our lives. We are creatures of such habit and often refuse to change even when goodness lies just around the corner. You glorify Yourself in the power of the gospel which is able to change us from sinners to saints. We praise you O Lord. In Jesus name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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