(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
I’m not sure how this blog post will find you, dear reader, but I hope you are well. Allow me to share with you my current setting… I am sitting here at my laptop (a place I don’t get away from very often at the moment), around 8:00pm on a Wednesday evening. I’m looking out a small window, the sun setting in the West, of which I have an excellent view. A farmer just went by, I suppose he’s checking on how his crop is coming along before dark.
It’s quiet. It’s still. How I wish it could be always like this.
But life isn’t always like that, is it?
These days in which we live are dark and evil. It seems we have entered a deeper state of complacency in the American Church. We are living in a post Roe America, and though I would like to, I cannot explain my immense thankfulness to the degree I’d like. All I can say is praise the Lord for strong Supreme Court Justice’s who are willing to stand up for the truth!
I’m afraid we have a problem, however. There was much rejoicing on June 24th, 2022, when Roe V. Wade was overturned, but it sounds as though the applause has been hushed.
Of course, the political climate has not ceased to raise a ruckus, I’m simply sharing my observations about the Church.
We haven’t just been hushed about the overturn of Roe V. Wade, we have also been hushed about human trafficking, traditional marriage, Godly femininity, the expectations God has for Christian parents, social justice and woke ideologies that are infiltrating churches and schools, the rise of depression and anxiety especially amongst younger generations, etc.
You see, I’m afraid the true Christian life is not one you can live by keeping your head stuck in the sand.
Earlier today, I was reminded of a quote by Aragorn in The Lord of The Rings, when they are preparing to fight evil and defend the goodness they can. Aragorn inspires the fearful, but strong men standing alongside him in a desolate wasteland, where they have nowhere to retreat to, looking up at the tall, sturdy gates leading to Mordor. Behind which a vast army of horrible, terrifying creatures lie in wait. He says, “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight!”
As much as I would like to pat Christians on the back and tell them it’s perfectly fine to retreat when the days are dark and evil, I can’t. We may be living in a post Roe America, and praise the Lord for it, but it is in large part due to the five Justice’s that didn’t go stick their heads in the sand and ignore this crucial, heartbreaking, unlawful issue.
Now it is up to us to continue the fight, to advance the Kingdom, to be beacons of light in our little corners of the world.
Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
You may not feel like you’ve been given much. Maybe you feel as if you have absolutely nothing to work with in your corner. I know the feeling, and that’s exactly what the enemy wants you to believe. It stops you from fighting right where you are.
In the eloquent words of Ernest Hemingway, “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
May I ask you a question? Who else is going to fight where you are if you won’t? Let the goodness of the Lord you have experienced drive you to fight for more of it. Not for you alone to have, but for the ones coming after us.
As Christians, what we need to do is understand the state and the urgency of the battle we’re in, kick the devil in the teeth every day we get out of bed, and decide we won’t let him defeat us or mess with those around us.
A day may come when the courage of men fails, but it is not this day.
This day, we fight.
“Someday the Church can relax her guard, call her watchmen down from the wall and live in safety and peace; but not yet, not yet.” (A. W. Tozer)
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= In your corner of the world, what can you do to make a difference for the Kingdom?
= Is goodness and beauty worth protecting? Why?
= What are you going to do differently?