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Sunday, May 15, 2016

“As Confusion Reigns...This Is Our Time”

Are you surprised by what’s happening in our country today?

Confusion is everywhere. Our government is bitterly divided. Our political leaders insult and degrade each other. People are angry, scared. There’s too much instability -- jobs, debt, health costs, Isis. Why is the suicide rate up? Why are we debating over who uses what public bathroom? It’s madness.

Confusion – it’s everywhere.

Moses told us about it. He said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life” (Dt 30:19). He said if we don’t, if we turn our backs on God, confusion inevitably comes upon the land (Dt 28:20). We lose our moral compass.

We slip into Sodom.

The ancient sayings become true of us: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Jud 17:26) and, again, people “do what ought not to be done” (Rom 1:28). Is it possible the Lord has handed us over, because of our rebellion, to the lusts of our hearts (Rom 1:24, 26)? Is this, diagnostically, why the confusions have come?  

How has the abnormal suddenly become normal?

Everyone knows what happened on 9.11. But what about 6.26? On this date, in 2015, the U. S. Supreme Court decided to legislate a new morality in our land. They re-defined marriage with no consideration of God or what He, in His infinite wisdom and goodness, set forth from the beginning as His moral, His truth. We’ve defied Him. Our morality, not His, now governs our land.

This post 6.26 world – it’s all our children will ever know.

We’ve defied Him before. Our Supreme Court decided in January 1973 when life begins. Who knows this but God? Of course, confusion reigns. Isn’t this what happens to any culture that forsakes God, mocks His laws, and marginalizes those who stand with Him? If we oppose Him, will He not oppose us?

And yet, at the same time, His compassion is uncontainable: “For God so loved the world” (Jn 3:16). Yes, He loves us. It’s why He sent His Son. It’s why our Lord came into the black night of this world. He knows our rebellion. He came to save us from it. And when He does save us, what does He do with us?

He sends us back into that black night (Jn 20:21).

He sent the first Christians into the Roman Empire. Why? To change the government? To protest injustice? To introduce new legislation? Perhaps all good and right to do. But that’s not what He said or did. He sent His Church to be His witnesses.

He sent them to the dark as light. The churches in Revelation were called “lampstands” in Asia Minor, a land of confusion and immoralities. Their message, like Moses, “choose life” now thundered with the glories of the Risen Lord who is “the life” (Jn 12:25).

Is this not true of us today?

We have the same mandate. We’re to “make disciples.” We’re to start in our own homes. If we teach our children the morals of the kingdom before they meet the King Himself, we’ll lose them. They won’t understand. We’ve got to help them meet Jesus first and then, like us, become His disciples too.

So together, by the Holy Spirit, His Church might be His light in our land.

This confusion – will it get worse?

Maybe. But are we afraid of it? Our Lord is sending us out as “sheep in the midst of wolves” (Mt 10:16) to a culture spinning in madness and rebellion. This is our time. We are the Lord’s compassion for this culture. It’s time to let Him shine through us like never before. We have a message. We have a Savior. Our God is not a God of confusion, but peace, and we have peace to give in Jesus.

O Church, dearest Christians, this is our time.

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John 15:1-11, the Vine and the branches. "Is He everything to you?