Friday, October 07, 2005

A GREAT TIME TO BE ALIVE

As New York undergoes another scare, this time on it's subway system, I am reminded that things certainly have changed in our country. I remember as a kid staying out all day playing sports, eating at the closest parent's house and coming home just as it was getting dark. I remember when there were only three television stations to watch, the big three networks. One of the most exciting times as a child was the Friday night cartoon preview shows, where we learned what the new cartoons would be for Saturday mornings. I remember when an attack on our land was fantasy, sure maybe the Russians would try to nuke us, but we would get them before they could get us. Things have changed, you know that as well as I do. A day hardly goes by that we are not told in the news of a child being stolen, a young woman being raped and killed, the gay movement gaining ground. A part of this change in our culture is the realization we can be attacked, we have been attacked and you can be sure we will be attacked again.

The popular thing to do is long for those good old days. But I believe one of the greatest things that could be happening is exactly what is happening. Morality is low, culture is sick, and religious extremists want to kill us. Praise God! Now you might be thinking I have finally lost it, but stay with me. I praise God for this time in our lives because it is in times like these that faith grows and the gospel spreads. It is in the darkness that the light shines brightest. And it is in the times of persecution where faith is tested and proven.

We are not that far away from prison being the destination for those who will take a biblical stand on sexuality. We are not that far away from physical consequences, possibly even death being the price to be paid for being faithful to God and His Word. It is not too soon to check our faith and see that we are in the faith. It is not too soon to seek a deeper stronger relationship with our Father as the winds of trouble blow, and draw nearer our shores. Sure, the days are dark and perilous, but what a joy to know that God in His sovereignty has placed you and I in times like these to be His witness. What an awesome privilege to know that some of us might even have the honor of not only knowing Christ but also His sufferings! Things have changed a lot, or have they? In fact they have not changed as much as you might think. God has always called His people to give their all for Him. He has always called His people to shine in darkness. He has always called His people to live their faith out regardless of culture, time, or place.

The three networks are not the only stations anymore. Saturday morning cartoons are not that big of a deal anymore. It does not feel that safe anymore. But God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. What a great time to be alive!

blog you later,
pastor tom