So much is going on right now, and there is so much to say about it. Seems our country is headed further and further towards hell every day. It’s a scary thing! It’s scary for Christians these days. We are no longer the majority. Everything we say offends people (the bible said it would). Everything we do is deemed “hateful” and “bigoted.” What is next for us? It’s a scary time to raise children. What will be left for them to grow up in? Will there be the same America we have loved for generations?
I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know in Whom I place my trust. Sin and wickedness are nothing new to our God. In the days of Noah, everyone did what was right in their own eyes. In the days of Jonah, Nineveh was one of the most wicked cities in the world. In the days of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah were home to some of the most infamous vile people in history.
Did those people silence the preaching of Noah? No. Did they stop Jonah from preaching the truth? No. Did Abraham run away and hide? Nope.
And we can’t either. Just like those and many men and women throughout the bible, we have a job to do. We must obey our God and live our lives for his glory. We must not hold our peace about what is right and what is wrong. We must tell the truth to people about what God says. That is the loving thing to do! And we have fallen down on the job for far too long.
Christians, we need to get back to being concerned about our own sin and getting it out of our lives. We need to get back be concerned about the lives of those around us. We need to be concerned about the will of God for our families, our churches, our cities, and our country. We need to be concerned about current issues and speak up!
However, we must not be consumed. Consumed with fear and anxiety. Consumed with doubt and apathy. Consumed with fighting and arguing. Consumed with ourselves and our lack of faith and our savior attitudes.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1 Timothy 1:7
It’s easy to do. Controversy is everywhere. It’s in our face every day. We need to be concerned with what is going on, but we must not be consumed.
Our God sees. Just as he saw those who were faithful to Him in bible times. He knows. He knows the wickedness all around us. In these times, we need to trust our God. We need to get on our knees and turn to Him in prayer and beg Him to do a work in us– his people– and then do a work in our country. We need to do what’s right in big things and in small so that when God looks down on us, he sees a remnant of people who are faithful to Him alone. Because, our actions the actions of God’s people are what will heal our land. We must do what we can do. We must do and speak and live what is right.
In the coming months, there will be a lot to see, there will be a lot to say, there will be a lot to do, but most of all there will be a lot to pray about. We must pour out our hearts before God and take Him at his words. Concerned always. Speaking up constantly. Doing right continually. Trusting daily. Voting when it is time! Never consumed, but praying without ceasing…
Our God will hear us.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
I’m so glad you wrote a post about current events Lauren! I’m glad you are not quiet about these issues. Thank you for reminding your readers, including myself, how it’s important to continue to trust in God even when He seems far from our society. Awesome post!
Hi great post, a post I think would help a lot of people dealing with bullying, or toxic treatment would be how to deal with toxic treatment from someone, it would be very helpful. You may or may not reply but could you do a post on that? It would be really helpful and I’d be very grateful, dealing with a lot right now from someone who is a believer but they have toxic ways of treating me boundaries are crossed often and if this person doesn’t get their own way guilt trips and manipulation is the thing they love to use against me, I look for any excuse to not go home.
Concerned, but not consumed is so, so true!! Thank you for being a voice as we need to encourage one another to love while standing strong in the Lord! Great to meet a fellow blogger!
I love how you expressed the need for balance so we are not consumed by the wickedness and violence in this world. The church needs to wake up and love the lost as we follow God–its the best battle plan we have.