What Do You Expect?

Over the last several days, there has been a lot of reaction to legislation in New York, as well as, a proposed piece of legislation in Virginia. We should rightly be outraged by these travesties. They simply reveal how far America is slipping into depravity, and just how little we actually value human life. My heart is broken over all of this. I found myself becoming infuriated with the whole thing. But then, I had a question pop into my head. It was the Holy Spirit reminding me of something. The question was this, why are you expecting the lost to act like the saved?

You see, unsaved people and saved people have two different worldviews. We look at things from an entirely different perspective. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man (unsaved) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” As a Christian, we only see things properly because the Spirit reveals them to us. It is equally important for us to remember, that before God saved us, we viewed the world the same way and thought the same way that unsaved people do. It is only by the grace of God that we have been saved, and it is only by the Spirit of God that we understand right from wrong according to God. So, what can we do?

  • Pray. I know it may seem obvious to say pray, but we need to be reminded of what our first response to any situation should be. We need to pray that the Spirit would convict the world of sin, that Satan would no longer be able to blind their eyes to the truth, and that the lost would see their need for Jesus. We could end abortion, homelessness, poverty, disease, etc. but if we don’t pray and actively share the Gospel, the world is still lost.
  • Speak the Truth. Now is the time for Christians to stand firmly on the Bible. Remember, an unsaved person doesn’t know what God has revealed to us. Therefore, it is our job to share it with them. The big thing we as Christians must remember to do is to share that truth in love (see Eph. 4:15). We don’t want to ignore the truth, we don’t want to sugar coat the truth, nor do we want to turn people away from the truth because of our methods. Remember this, the message will always be offensive to an unsaved person, but as the messenger we cannot be offensive in our delivery.
  • Participate in the Process. We need more truly born-again believers in branches of government. It is one of the only ways that our voices will be heard in Richmond and in Washington. We cannot sit back in our churches and lament the condition and direction of our Commonwealth and our nation, all the while sitting back and not being a part of the solution. One of the rights granted to us is the right to participate in the process. One of the reasons that so many radical activist groups have having such success at the state and national level is that their people are mobilized to their cause. We need to realize that we are afforded the same privileges.

I don’t know how all of this is going to turn out. But I do know that God is giving His children an opportunity to shine the light of the Gospel into the darkness of our world. The one remaining question is, will we shine our light or will we continue to sit in the darkness, complaining about how dark it is?

Pastor Justin

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