Have you ever been talking to someone and they said something so profound that you just said to yourself “wow, that is really powerful?” I had one of those moments in a chat with a brother in Christ. His quote was, “We know about eschatology He will fix it. But we live in between the already and the not yet. Where the struggle stings.” Daryl Moore was spot on, we are caught between two worlds. How do we reconcile in our minds the fact that God will make all things right one day, when we live in the presence of constant struggles? Abraham said in speaking of God in Genesis 18:25, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham was talking about the impending judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. As a Christian, we know that one day God will set all things right. But we also know that that day is not here yet. Hence the struggle when we see issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, racism, and the like. It is in these times are faith is tested. But we must not lose hope, because the God we serve, the God of the Bible, both knows what is happening, and how it will turn out in the end. We cannot get so caught up in our past that we miss the progress that has been made in the present. But we also cannot get so caught up in looking to the future that we lose heart in light of our present circumstances. We must have as the apostle Paul said “steadfastness”, an unwavering commitment and faith in God.
The Bible clearly says in Romans that we are to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” As Christians, we are called to join our fellow humans in the struggle. We are not to stand afar off shouting some Christian cliches, that while they are true, are not helpful in the moment. We must live life with those who are hurting, and in living life with them point them to the answer. 2 Corinthians 5:18 is where Paul tells us that God has given us a ministry of reconciliation. We must admit the wrongs of mankind, help to work through the problems faced in this world, but in all things we must point people to Christ. In this world, there will always be classes of people, there will always be hatred and violence. That is because this world is broken. It was broken not at the colonization of America, the sexual revolution, or even the rise of feminism. This world was broken in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve willfully chose to rebel against God. It is that event that set the sails on the course of human history and has brought us to the place we are today. It was a heart problem that led Adam and Eve to sin, and it is a heart problem that drives the hatred, violence, and chaos of today. There are no human fixes for these problems, there is only the Divine fix, which is a new heart. It is the church’s responsibility to live out the truth of Scripture that in Christ there is no difference in people. The answer to the world’s problems is not a new justice system, it is not a new government. The answer is the cross of Jesus Christ. Only in Him can we be delivered from that which divides us and is killing us.
By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him