We've had some difficult and disappointing days in the past week or so. Our country continues to be on alert for the terroristic threats which have become common. The presidential primary arguments and accusations have started heating up. Racial unrest is on the increase. Let me mention just one more thing, and that is the decision of the highest court in our land to allow same-sex marriage.
I really appreciated the words of the preacher this past Sunday who pointed out to us that courts can rule on just about anything and often it decides things which are contrary to the traditional Christian values we have held all our lives. Those values have been threatened and from some viewpoints, have dealt morality a death blow. None of that changes God's truth on the subject of marriage.
But all the bad things happening open many doors for Christians to make their stand on the Biblical truths which we hold dear. My reading and research into the news accounts cause me to shake my head in disbelief, but let's look at some opportunities, too.
First of all, we have the chance to demonstrate our love for others, even those with whom we disagree, to an ever growing extent. While Bible truth has been trampled by those who would like nothing more than the elimination of Christian values, it's time for us to look beyond the words and actions which go against Christianity, and find that love Jesus called us to have in loving others as ourselves.
That can be so difficult for me sometimes, to actually love the sinner while hating his sin, but I am sure glad Jesus was willing to do that for me, and in so doing, continues to show me I should be as loving as he is. In showing this kind of love toward my neighbors I continue to learn how much our Lord has loved us, even though we sin and disappoint him frequently. The Bible still says, "while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us."
My other observation during these troubling times, carries my thoughts to the safety of my family and friends, and the safety of our country. Things around the world seem to be going downhill in a hurry and I would be untruthful if I said those things didn't have me concerned. As I think about the threats and how things seemingly change for the worse, I try to think of ways we can avoid being causalities to all the unrest.
It's then I remember my vows of committing my life to God, and the lives of my children and grandchildren, and my closest friends and acquaintances. In times like these, we all need a good dose of renewed commitment to the Lord. We must never forget, as committed people, we are believing God loves us, cares for our well-being, and more than ever, we need to place our trust in Him. HE is in control.
Talk to God in prayer today about our country, asking him to be our strength and our hope. He loves you and has promised to be with you always.