God’s blessings to all as, at long last, we return to spring.
It’s been busy this past weekend for the media as one group of elites after another has continued their attack and ridicule of our Christian faith. The talking heads of the media and entertainment (and I use that word loosely) industry persist in their open hostility of people of faith who acknowledge the “will of God” in how they make decisions and live their lives.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I saw a piece of supposed “art” that called into question the faith of the president’s press secretary, as well as her appearance. Even the former Secretary of State blamed her failed presidential bid on white women who do not think for themselves, but vote only on how husbands, bosses, and even sons required them to vote. These are the same women who believe in God, cling to their Bibles in fly over country, and try to live according to that Word. They have become traitors to their womanhood in her eyes.
What is sad is that none of this surprises me. Jesus told those who would follow Him two thousand years ago that people who believe and trust in God, His will and grace, who follow Jesus as disciples living God’s truth, and those who do not conform to the world’s standard of what is right and wrong, would be persecuted. Not might be or could be, but would be persecuted.
As Christians, we are engaged in a war against the forces of evil and the devil, who is very real. Too many Christians don’t like to hear such talk, but it is true. It makes them uncomfortable. And it should. I suspect it was uncomfortable for Jesus to suffer the cross, the crown of thorns, and worse, the ridicule and rejection of His people.
With Holy Week and the cross of Good Friday soon to be upon us, we need to steel ourselves for the attacks of those who will not submit to the will of God and believe in the power of the cross to save. Our faith is meant to challenge us as we confront the attitudes of a sinful world. However, we never face them alone, for God is with us always. We declare the Resurrection message of forgiveness and life in God’s grace through Jesus Christ our Lord. There are countless souls in need to hear God’s Word of truth and salvation. We are the ones called to share that message and, more importantly, live it, so they can see the power of God.
We are blessed and live in the light of Easter’s Resurrection glory. Let’s do our part to help others share in that joy. God bless!
Pastor Lee R. Harder