The culture and our faith are colliding… and the airbags aren’t deploying!
Maybe the Church doesn’t need padding just now. Could we be getting a bit of ‘edge’ to our faith? If so, good! We were never intended to pass through this world with little or no friction. Our lifestyles are supposed to grate against those who serve another king.
Satan’s kingdom isn’t meant to comfort us. We are to be profoundly discomforted by it. The greed, reckless ambition, selfishness, and ‘fist in God’s face’ should bother us at the deepest level of our being.
Aren’t we supposed to be radically different from the masses around us? Aren’t we called to something higher than comfort and fortified security? Isn’t the silenced cries of a million aborted babies a year supposed to bother our sleep?
Is God pleased with us when our entire spiritual experience occurs on an occasional Sunday morning for an hour and a half? Or would it please Him more if we willingly rolled up our sleeves and committed ourselves to building his Kingdom?
And this isn’t even a call to faithful church attendance. It’s a reality check to discover who really has our hearts. What we see, hear and witness must call on our discernment. (And as a child of God, you have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.) What you now do with that information becomes your Kingdom assignment. Because although the battle is the Lord’s, we are to play a role in its victory.
This is not the time for fear or sidestepping. Instead, it’s the greatest time for we who believe in God’s love and plan for this world to enter into the fray. Great victories await us in the days ahead.
Don’t spend time wondering if God is at work or going to work – He’s already working. Let Him plug you into his plans.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God,
so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10,11
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary,
they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments
and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:4,5