It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of …
Coming off of a patriotic week, it’s only right that we would check our own commitment to the things that will make a real difference in our country. A year ago, author and social critic, Os Guinness, told us it was an exciting time to live because America was at a crisis greater than any since the Civil War. The exciting part is that you and I have what the country needs now more than ever, and I am sure this is even more true a year later. What the country needs is:
2. True freedom
3. Love for those who are different
4. A prayer connection with God
Truth. This is the age of fake news, and when anyone can call anything fake, it immediately calls into question what the truth is. True news becomes my news; everyone else has fake news. Postmodernism destroyed the notion of absolute truth and made truth personal. So it’s my truth versus your truth, and no wonder we are a culture so divided. There is no truth outside of ourselves to appeal to — no way to come together.
This is why it is so important to remind others of the truth we know and believe. This is truth that is true for all humanity. It’s truth for the planet. The ultimate problem with mankind is that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, we need a savior, and God has provided one in Jesus. Through faith in Him, we can be forgiven and find the strength and the power to become new men and women in Christ — people who love and forgive and spread the good news of the gospel like Jesus did.
Secondly, we understand true freedom. The world thinks of freedom as freedom from something — freedom from anything that constrains me. This kind of freedom leads to anarchy where everyone is right in their own eyes. True freedom is freedom to something — freedom to love; freedom to commit ourselves to Christ; freedom to be devoted to, meditate on, and follow God’s laws the way David did. If there is any from in our freedom, it would be freedom from self. Freedom to discipline ourselves to see others as more important than ourselves. Imagine what a different place the world would be if more people exercised these freedoms.
And then there is love, and not just love, but specifically love for those who are different. Os pointed out that in the Old Testament Torah, loving your neighbor is mentioned once; loving the stranger is mentioned 35 times. God knew what kind of difference this would make in the world.
Love is extremely important right now when everything and everyone is so divisive. We need to learn to love, especially those who are different from us, and those who would be considered our enemies. Jesus said it was no big deal to love those who love us back. Even the unbelieving and the pagan do that. But we will show that we are of our Father in heaven if we love our enemies.
And finally, have a prayer connection with God. We need be praying people. Here’s where we salute our Prayer Warriors, not that they are doing our jobs for us, but that they are performing a vital function for these times. They are completely devoted to what the world needs now. Please pray for them and make good use of them for your own needs and the needs of those around you.
Yes, these are exciting times, and it’s exciting to discover that we are on target. We are already committed to the things that will make the most difference in our world.