Forgive me for the potential crudity in the title.
I began writing this just after a conversation with fellow believers who said if certain people won our next election in this country, we are “screwed”.
I could have added a bit more finesse to my phrasing, I suppose, but, as it still suits my feelings, I’ll let it sit.
I’ll tell you I started off this post weeks ago. I was in a flurry of furious thought, frankly, burrowing through headlong when I suddenly found myself unable to finish.
I think it was mostly for fear it would all just become a means to sputter the bitter anger I was so troubled by.
However, after a few weeks reflection, I feel like I can prayerfully explore these thoughts.
So, back to the beginning.
They said, “We’re screwed.”
And my first thought was, “No… no, we’re not. God is in control.”
I said as much.
I’m not sure if I was really heard or not, to be honest. When folks are on a roll, they don’t tend to want to be stopped in their tracks. And their track that day was to shake a fist at society.
My assertion was like an unwelcome gnat to be brushed off. 😏
It’s not that I’m in love with the deteriorating morals on display in our current cultural climate.
Nor that I don’t care what goes on in this nation.
I most emphatically do!
To say we’re “screwed” is to dismiss the One who is ultimately and always in control!
And I can’t rightly reconcile myself to that, no matter how much some of my fellow believers seem to want me to fall apart with them.
It isn’t that it’s easy or going to get any easier if the trend towards anything-but-Christ continues.
But, didn’t He warn us of this very thing in His word?
I’ve been in 1st and 2nd Timothy again recently, reading of the difficult times to come.
Lovers of self, lovers of money.
Boastful. Arrogant. Disobedient.
Ungrateful, unholy, profane.
Looking to have their ears tickled.
One need only glimpse at headlines or, dare I say, glance about the neighborhood to find these things.
Difficult times? We’re there.
We’re getting deeper and *spoiler alert* going to keep getting deeper all the time.
At least until Jesus comes back to take His own. (Come quickly, Lord Jesus!)
Now, it isn’t that we should just resign ourselves and sit back with folded hands watching the evil unfurl in front of us like the late, late movie we’re repulsed with yet can’t look away from.
God does ask us to stand up, workmen that need not be ashamed. We absolutely must be about the business of standing for Christ.
But, what should that standing look like? 🤔
For, He also says He’s not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
My amplified Bible actually says: “sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control.] ” 1 Tim. 1:7
I think, at times, we sacrifice the calm for the storm.
Namely, the storming of social media with our angry words, the storming of the streets with our shouting matches, the storming of government institutions in our frenzied attempts to bend policy to our will.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Jesus preached for us to go stomping about like the Hulk, smashing whatever’s in our way, so consumed with our righteous indignation we’ve swelled ourselves beyond recognition.
Now, yes, I hear someone out there bringing up the moneychangers Jesus rather firmly chased out of the temple.
He wasn’t necessarily calm then, was He?
No…but, He was always in control.
Not the anger controlling Him, as we are so prone to do.
Because, where Jesus went in there, took care of business, and moved on, we struggle much with that particular ability.
For, we as humanity have this nearly insatiable hunger to take something and gnaw on it.
Regurgitate. And gnaw some more. 😛
Forgetting often to reflect what we are chewing on and whether it was even beneficial in the first place.
We tend rather to assume if its flavor seems reminiscent of the “correct” side, it must be okay to have swishing around on our tongues, never knowing the sweetness of the Lord was never even there.
And so, we wind up choosing the bitter gall of whipping each other into a state of dark outrage instead.
We say things like, “We’re screwed.”, polluting ourselves with the claim it’s fact, dismissing all the while the purity and refreshing to be found in trusting the Lord, come what may.
I know I can’t change how others feel nor the lens they might be viewing our present circumstances from.
Only Jesus can do that.
So, the best I know to do is keep living and sharing His truth, no matter how many times it may be brushed aside.
And, of course, pray for the souls in need- both those tangled up in this self-serving world and those who don’t even realize the knots of anger they’re in.
May we be mindful of how we speak and where our trust lies, Lord.