I actually started writing this blog after the shootings in Orlando, but just couldn't find the right words. There's a lot of scary things happening in the world. At times it feels like things are getting worse and the end is near. It seems hopeless, bleak even. I see and hear Christians saying all of the time, "I hope Jesus comes back soon" or that they believe Jesus is coming back soon. Maybe He is, we don't know. The Bible states we will not know the day or the hour, not even the angels know when Jesus will return (Matthew 24:36). I won't pretend to be a Bible scholar, I'm nowhere even close to that, but again, we don't know when he's coming back. That means, there is STILL HOPE for the world and the state its in.
I feel like much of the time, this helpless feeling, that things will only get worse until Jesus comes back (and honestly it will) stuns us, immobilizes us, makes us stagnant. We feel that we can't be effective anymore. Maybe we won't come right out and say that, but subconsciously we do believe that, because we act that way. I know I've felt that. I've thought to myself, "why try? The world is just too far gone."
On top of that, our "connectedness" in social media escalates EVERYTHING. What we hear about through news and such is so controlled and then blown up so much because on top of a news story everyone reposts and shares so many varying view points and sides, it's hard to decifer what is truth (I do this too, and am basically doing so with this post). However if you say nothing, and go on posting about your cats you almost feel like you're ignoring the problem and being insensitive to the hurt that is happening. As a result, we are bombarded by evil and lies. I'm not saying it's wrong to have an opinion about things, but again, few people seek out truth about the situation before they do post about it. And then the lie is spread even more so. This is what satan wants from these evil situations. He wants us to either react in hate, or to not react at all and to just keep hoping Jesus will come back soon.
Things are bad, yes, but we forget how the world used to be. I can't help but think about World War 2 when millions of people were thoughtlessly murdered in the Holocaust and people were building bomb shelters in their backyards out of fear. I bet it seemed like the world was close to end. Or throughout history when it was acceptable for men to have tons of wives, rape was basically a reward for a battle well fought, people were brutally executed or tortured for the smallest of things and shown no mercy. I think about how people with mental disabilities were locked away because people didn't understand what was going on or how slavery was an accepted thing all over the world. There was no value for human life if you were not wealthy and if you thought differently you were basically cast out or executed for being a witch. This is not the first time that people have felt helpless or that the world was spiraling out of control.
I'm also not a history major, but there are some pretty awful things that have happened. Yes things are bad, but is it really and truly the worst it's ever been? Honestly, I don't know. I don't know when God will deam the world bad enough for His return. I know that some believe that He has already come back a second time (I honestly feel like it would be much worse if this were true). It feels chaotic at times, but we have to remember that He does truly hold the world in His hands (Job 12:10). And that's hard to understand, it really is. That's what makes faith, faith: trusting and believing in what we cannot see.
I say all of that to make the point that, we have to keep doing the work. We can't be discouraged by all the negativity, but be motivated by it. The good things aren't as interesting to read, but there are good things happening every day, all around us, and I want to be part of it. Yes, emailing or writing your legislature is a good thing, but ultimately nothing will change if we aren't actively and intentionally trying to reach people for God's kingdom. And in all honesty, no, things aren't going to get better. There is sin in the world, and will continue to be until Jesus does decide to come back. He calls us to take action, to spread His love AND His truth, not to sit by just waiting for His return.
Here are several verses I reference in times of uncertainty and fear-
Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Isaiah 45:6-7- That people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Isaiah 41:10-13 (the message) - Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold— real losers.Those who worked against you will end up empty-handed— nothing to show for their lives.When you go out looking for your old adversaries you won’t find them—Not a trace of your old enemies, not even a memory. That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’
Matthew 6:34 -Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
John 16:33 - I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Genesis 15:20 - As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.