“……Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
It all seems to be broken, seven billion people and counting walk the face of this earth yet the number of people complaining of loneliness is on the increase.
It’s the information age yet many haven’t a clue what is happening outside their own cocoon. If it’s not on one of their favourite websites, or happening to one of their friends on Facebook or to someone they follow on Twitter, then please accept their apologies but they just didn’t know the shop at the top of the street got burgled two nights ago.
We thought we had conquered war but alas we continue to be inundated with wars and rumours of wars…..Okay some of it is civil unrest, people fighting to overthrow a stable government which in their opinion has passed its sell-by-date, only for a more draconian and anti-people regime to be installed. And some people are just spoiling for a fight, you may think you are safely on the other side of the world, but if you mention the name of their god in a way they don’t find complimentary, then you might just wake up to a burnt embassy and rioters protesting your remarks, video or what have you.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t subscribe to derogatory remarks about other faiths or their beliefs, what I don’t understand is how violence will re-enforce the fact that a particular religion is peace loving and accommodating.
It’s a bit like student mentality, where the protesting students burn down the science laboratory and one of their hostels because they don’t want the government to raise tuition fees or hostel fees, or cut bursaries or one thing or another. What happens when the flames go out? The government swiftly raises the fees in question and the students now lack a science laboratory and many of them have nowhere to live, possibly they will be levied for damages. Some call such actions ‘herd mentality’ but I’m not going to go there.
There’s this thing called human rights and I’m all for it, some of the rights are as follows:
- the right to legal recourse when rights have been violated, even if the violator was acting in an official capacity
- the right to life
- the right to liberty and freedom of movement
- the right to equality before the law
- the right to presumption of innocence till proven guilty
- the right to appeal a conviction
- the right to be recognized as a person before the law
- the right to privacy and protection of that privacy by law
- freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
- freedom of opinion and expression
- freedom of assembly and association
- Etc. etc……….
There’s also the ‘rights of a child’ which must of necessity be accorded every child and we have a collective responsibility to ensure each child is accorded his or her rights.
But I truly begin to wonder whether society isn’t just a little broken when criminals are allowed to walk the streets of a nation undisturbed and in fact have their stay funded by tax payers on the grounds of ‘human rights’. Whereas innocent and law abiding people are deported on very flimsy excuses such as ‘their stay hasn’t been regularised’ even though they just recently finished serving that same country in Afghanistan.
I cannot but wonder aloud when one worker is ordered to remove his or her cross as it may offend while another is allowed to where a burka to the work place in the name of freedom of religion…….Maybe it has become an animal farm where some animals are more equal than others and some have more rights than others, I must say I’m still wondering…….
I think it’s time to ditch the ostrich mentality; it’s time to call a spade a spade! Christians are the one’s receiving the raw end of the stick and that is because their number one enemy the god of this world is on a rampage. He knows the end is close and he wants to cause maximum damage. He wants to drag Christians in the mud and make us look stupid. He wants to intimidate us. But collectively we shall not succumb to his antics.
Our God is real, He is alive and He’s the real deal, the way, the only way, the truth, the only truth and the life, the only source of eternal life.
The bible says we have the ministry of reconciliation and it’s up to us to bring real peace, love, hope and joy to a dying, hurting world.
A broken suffering world is hurting, nothing seems to be working. The economies of the world’s wealthiest nations are failing, foods supplies aren’t going round, oil and energy supplies are drying up and peace just seems to elude so many.
The stage is being set for that ‘man of perdition’ to be revealed. But before the church is taken out of the way we need to give one last ‘push’, we need to pray until something happens. We need to preach the Word; we need to lift high the name of our Saviour!
Yes, things may seemingly be broken, but there is one who can put a broken egg back together.
His name is Jesus; He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, he is the one who was, who is, and who is to come. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever, He never changes but He has the ultimate ability to change things.
The onus is on us to let the world know Jesus cares, and not only does He care He will do something about our situations if we allow Him to. He will take us and remould us and make us whole again. He’ll give us back hope, peace, tranquillity and a reason to live.
God will never give up on us and we must never give up on Him and His ability to save a lost and dying world. Let us take His message of love and declare it loud and clear. There is a way out of this rot, there is a way out of this mess, there is a way out of the dark situations not matter how bad they may be….. Jesus is the way!
May we be worthy messengers!
Catch you soon, LolaA