Standing Sure In a Crumbling World

imageOriginally written in 2014, I’m re-posting this in memory of the innocent lives lost in France on Thursday.

World Events

Let’s get real for a moment, shall we? The world seems to be coming apart at the seams right now. Russia and Ukraine are fighting; Israel and Hamas are fighting; ISIS is trying to take over the world; airplanes are crashing or being blown out of the sky; new diseases are popping up everywhere; and more former Disney child stars are choosing to cry out, “I don’t want to be a role model!” while exposing their bare behinds.

Face it, the world is going to hell in a hand basket and Toto has already jumped.

But seriously, as bad as the world is, it’s not like we have Nero for a president. Oh, but wait! America isn’t the only country in the world, you know, and Christians are being killed as often today as they were in the first and second centuries (along with anyone who refuses to yell “Allah Akbar!” as he beheads his sister).

Life Goes On

But even as we look around at a world in turmoil, does that mean we must forget about living? Sure, the temptation might be to down a bottle of Prozac and curl up in a ball, all the while waiting for the first warhead to hit your town.

However, kingdoms rise and fall and nations come and go, yet children still need moms and dads, strangers still need a kind word, and the way we live is still important.

As a matter of fact, right before another group of people’s world was about to be turned upside down, Jesus Christ gave some timeless instruction on living from a hillside (The full text can be found in Matthew, chapters 5-7). His words still apply today. Below are a few excerpts:

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” 

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” 

Jesus then concluded his sermon with the following encouragement…

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25

Though the world might be falling apart, we don’t have to. 

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5 responses to “Standing Sure In a Crumbling World

  1. Awesome post, my friend. We have to remember just where our focus needs to remain. Satan loves us to get distracted by events around us. When we are worried about US, we forget there are others whose need is far greater than our own…that being their need to hear the Gospel and be saved.

    This was the greatest single line I have seen in a blog post in forever by the way.
    “Face it, the world is going to hell in a hand basket and Toto has already jumped.”

  2. And Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
    We must continue to do this, even in the most dire of circumstances.

  3. Hello Anthony,
    The world is changing right before our eyes in our day in the Western developed nations. There is lots of propaganda around us as well. The status quo of our society is requiring a ‘go along’ attitude from people. Don’t think about it, don’t question, and don’t disagree. Conformity is ‘dictated’ from all sides. Even Christians are conforming to these demands because they are responding to that which has the greatest influence and impact for their immediate lives. God’s influence in believers lives has diminished because they are being taught that keeping God’s word is an option for them. The church is in fact helping Christians to conform to the world (generally speaking). No, we don’t have to ‘crumble’ but without Truth it will be very difficult to stand.

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