The nations are rocked almost daily by devastating earthquakes or other natural disasters that take lives, destroy homes and entire cities, separate families in death and shock the people to their very core.
Venezuela is collapsing under a socialist regime that has destroyed their economy and way of life and has left their people fighting and killing each other in desperation for the scarce food supplies.
The drums of war are beating across the globe as threats become bolder and bolder from nations who hold nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Our own nation is in the depths of degradation, moral depravity and corruption. I have never seen such hatred in America and it seems that our politicians are fanning the masses into civil war instead of seeking peace between those of differing viewpoints.
Terrorism and Christian persecution has come to our shores and grows bolder and more evident each day. Our governmental leaders are bought and paid for by the highest bidders, blatantly lie to the public with a smirk, live like royalty while the working class subsidizes their glamorous lifestyles with our hard-earned tax dollars. Then we march to the polls and vote for those who slaughter the innocent in the womb, throw our brave veterans under the bus, and spend our money to build infrastructure in other countries while our own bridges and roads crumble beneath us.
The world is obviously writhing in the prophesied birth pains and yet we refuse to turn to God. We refuse to humble ourselves before Him. Oh, when we have a disaster, we fall to our knees for one brief moment and when it passes we jump back up into our wicked and evil ways.
Our once glorious Christian nation that was brimming with patriotism and civic pride, cherished God, home and country has now embraced and celebrated that which God detests and violence fills our cities, our streets and our homes.
The Church that once stood squarely on scripture, has fallen into the false doctrine of easy believism and has experienced a great falling away of the faith. Fewer and fewer fill the pews on Sunday mornings to hear the true words of scripture, preferring the great auditoriums of mega-churches spewing their messages of “best life now” and “pray it and pay it.” Preachers that once were anointed with the Holy Spirit and preached that the only way to salvation and eternal life was through the shed blood of Jesus, repentance of sin and leaving the sinful life behind to follow Christ are now preaching an anything-goes, no-sin, hyper-grace false gospel.
But Jesus told us not to worry, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:6-8.
The world was a wicked place during the days of Noah before God destroyed the face of the earth with a flood. 2 Peter 2:5 tells us that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness.” What does a preacher of righteousness do? Well, obviously He preaches righteousness. Noah preached righteous living and following God to the wicked people living before the flood.
The world was a wicked place during the days of Lot. Living in the wicked city of Sodom, 2 Peter 2:8 tells us that Lot was a righteous man and who was “was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.”
This world is a wicked place today and growing more and more wicked by the moment. As Lot, I am tormented in my soul by the lawless deeds I see and hear. As Noah, I am telling everyone who will listen that we must turn to Jesus Christ, repent and turn from sin and engage in righteous living according to the tenets set forth in the Holy Bible. And I am not alone. There are many others who are crying out for the lost to come to salvation while the opportunity is available, while the door to salvation is still open.
Of course, we are mocked. Of course, we are the subjects of gossip. Of course, we are hated. But Jesus also told us to expect it. In Matthew 10:22, Jesus said, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” This same statement is also cited in Matthew 24:9, 24:13, Mark 13:13, Luke 21:17, John 15:18 and 15:19. If the Bible says something once, we better pay attention. What if it says the same thing over and over and over again? We should not be surprised that the world hates us.
And we aren’t just hated by the world, but many within our ranks hate us for speaking the truth of the gospel. Those sitting beside us in the pews detest our presence and want us gone. Jesus also told us this would happen in Matthew 10:36, “a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”
I am reminded of the beautiful Jewish queen, Esther. Though she knew there was a very good possibility that she would be killed for standing for righteousness and speaking the truth, she sought the wise counsel of her cousin Mordecai who told her, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
What about you? Are you standing boldly for the truth? Are you speaking out for righteousness? Is the name of Jesus Christ constantly on your lips?
If you are a sinner saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, you are child of the King. You are in a royal position, just as Esther. “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Be blessed today, my friends, and if I don’t meet you again here I hope to meet you over there!