If only Betty were true …
Non-Sequitur adds their perspective to the facemask debate
If you want to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the protests and riots occurring today, read “Marxism, Postmodernism, and Critical Race Theory.” It is not the easiest to digest, but it will give you a much better understanding of what it taking place in our world and why.
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent, AKA “Two-Face” in The Dark Knight.
Injustice. Murder. Cries to defund the police. Protesters seize a section of Capitol Hill in Seattle. Rioting and looting are prevalent across the country. Politicians snipe at one another through social media. Each state has different rules and guidelines for reopening after COVID-19. People live in fear. Fake news in the media. Celebrities state their position on social issues. Leaders jockeying for position and power.
It feels like we have stepped out of the Way Back Machine to the days of the Judges where “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
O Lord of Hosts, please have mercy!
Before investing in a retirement fund, endorsing a political candidate, or taking a stand on a social issue, take the time to find out more detail. Rather than listen to sound bites and skim headlines, go deeper to truly understand what you getting involved in.
Before taking a stand, take the time to pray. Ask God for wisdom to know when to speak, when to stand, when to be silent. Pray for discernment.
When you do take a stand and speak up, be gracious. Share the love of Christ. If you are a Christ follower, remember that you represent the Savior and not merely your own opinion. And expect criticism from those who don’t like or agree with your thoughts.
This morning, my Bible reading took me to the book of Titus. I was impressed how timely and relevant Titus 3:1-7 is to our present circumstances.
1Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Verse 3 speaks of the world in which we live right now with injustice, murder, riots, looting, political infighting, and posturing.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
Verses 4-7 explain the answer to our problem—salvation through the power of God. Through Jesus Christ we can have forgiveness, new life, and hope.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Once we have been transformed by the sacrifice of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, then we can practice the instructions of verses 1-2.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
If we long for hope, if we desire to see change in our world, if we ache for righteousness and justice, we must share the transforming message of the gospel. It is only the power and the grace of God that can bring hope to a lost world. Rather than rail against politicians, rather than criticize looters, rather than wring our hands on the sidelines, Christ followers must speak up and boldly proclaim the hope-filled message that Jesus Christ can forgive our sins and change our world. It is only through Jesus that the world can be transformed, one heart at a time.
In the opening chapters of the Bible, we read that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created in the image of God. Even after sin entered the world and God judged the wickedness of humanity through the flood, humankind still bore the image of God.
In the closing chapters of the Bible, we read that heaven will be populated with people from every tribe, tongue, language, and nation. Every race, social class, gender, and nationality will gather to give praise and glory to God the Father.
In between the opening and closing chapters of the Bible, we read that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus came to give life and to give it abundantly. Christ followers are given the command to go into all the world to preach the gospel. We are to make disciples of every nation.
If God’s plan includes people from every race, language, and people group, then racism, injustice, rioting, looting, murder, greed, and inequality are evils designed by our enemy to devalue and destroy human life. These sins are evils that rob individuals and societies of hope. They divide cultures and races and set them against each other and their creator.
Like the prophets Daniel and Nehemiah, Christ followers should confess the sins of our nation. We should mourn injustice and the loss of human dignity. We should grieve for the loss of hope, peace, and purpose. We should repent of our pride, arrogance, and indifference.
As Christ followers, we should pray for peace. We should work for justice. We should strive for reconciliation. But we cannot stop there. At the same time, we must boldly proclaim the gospel. It is only through salvation in Jesus Christ that our world can change. It is only through a personal relationship with Jesus that lost people will regain hope and peace. The Great Commission calls us to make disciples. We can change the world one heart at a time.
Pray for peace and reconciliation. Share the message of hope and grace.