Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Looking Ahead in Faith

The hypocrisy of some in the news media and in Hollywood is staggering. The fuss being made over the pregnancy of Governor Sarah Palin's daughter boggles the mind as late night talk show hosts line up to take cheap shots and political opportunists seize on the news to advance their own cause. As if any of them really care about pregnant unwed teenagers. This is the same crowd who believes that abortion is an 'answer' to the 'problem.' A 'problem' they are part of as active players in an entertainment industry that promotes immorality at almost every turn.

The truth is that all families must deal with problems and difficulties, even those who occupy the office of Governor. Life in this world is not easy and there is much brokenness. Magnifying the weaknesses and failures of others while glossing over similar foibles in themselves and their families proves nothing except that human beings are desperately wicked and need a Savior. The extravagant nature of the vitriol south of the border only illustrates the magnitude of the struggle and the deep divisions that exist in a society that is struggling to define itself in the face of a seriously eroded Christian consensus. Major worldviews are in collision and those on the inside understand that the stakes are high.

Today there is a quote attributed to Paul Harvey on the top of my Google mail box which says: "I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist." As I have been writing it occured to me that Harvey's thought is a good thought to consider at the end of this post. Although this world is sometimes dark, and its politics frustrating, no Christian should be pessimistic about the future because eventually we believe that Jesus will put all enemies under his feet. These are days when we need to proclaim and live out the gospel which gives hope to the broken and sinful if they take refuge in the forgiveness and mercy of God.

And here is another thought -- what preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones said many years ago is still true today, "The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the church needs to do is not to organize evangelical campaigns to attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life." Now there is something to ponder and therein lies the greatest challenge.

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