We would all have to agree that there is evil in this world. I know that is not the most encouraging way to begin a weekly email but there is an important point that needs to be made that we cannot overlook. This week, as every week, there have been evil things that have happened in our communities and cities and nation and in the world. There have been murders and rapes and theft and corrupt business deals and on and on.
Living in this world and hearing of these things as we are flooded with the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we grow tired and weary of hearing it. We can even become insensitive to what is going on around us. We might get discouraged and have thoughts of giving up. Even as believers we might ask, “What’s the use? Nothing happens, nothing changes and things get worse every day and every year.”
I was recently made aware of the ongoing invasion of evil ideas that is going on in our culture as I attended a public meeting in which the topic of “abstinence” (referring to youth sexual behavior) was discussed. I sat—and prayed—as I got a fresh glimpse of the lies that have so filled the minds of many in our society. It was a picture of an ever deepening acceptance of depravity. In fact, the concept of depravity or anything that the Bible calls sin is getting lost under the guise of “tolerance and acceptance.” And those who take a stand for Biblical values are marginalized, mocked and even accused of doing evil. This sounds like Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
This should not surprise us. I know we grieve over what is happening in our society and we should. But we live in an evil world. Our Enemy Satan is in opposition to all that is godly, all that is Biblical, all who are believers. We can expect that we are going to face opposition. Jesus reminded His disciples about this in John 15:18-27. If you have a minute, please read that passage. It would fit the headlines of today regarding believers. As Jesus said, John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Now, we should not be discouraged when we see the evil in our world. God has us here at this exact time in history to be salt and light. He has us here to tell the good news. He has us here to witness of the life transforming power of Jesus Christ. We are here by divine appointment.
Let us make sure that we are truly redeeming the time and using every opportunity to share Christ. Do not be afraid or ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can speak with clarity and compassion, in love and in truth. Your testimony for Christ can and should be verbal and in your lifestyle.
Be the light that scatters the darkness! And remember, Romans 11:1–5:
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?
“Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”
But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
That is a potent reminder for us!
I look forward to worshipping together with you this Sunday. We will be blessed to hear from one of our missionary families who have been actively engaged in scattering the darkness. Chris Seawright and his family will be with us.
We will also be honoring all the Dads in our service for Father’s Day.
And would you take a few minutes between now and Sunday to pray for our church services and for me as well.
Dr. Wynne Kimbrough is the editor of this resource.
Some of the articles are written by him while others are found and shared with permission from the original authors. Some of of these authors wish to remain anonymous.