Faith and Worship – May 2016

May 2016

Perhaps you’ve had that experience while visiting an amusement park or perhaps the State Fair when, after exiting a particular ride, you felt as if your head was spinning. Maybe you even wished you hadn’t eaten that last hot dog or funnel cake. You were feeling pretty good beforehand – but after that ride you felt sick and nauseated.

Many Christ followers are feeling the same way these days, and they’ve been nowhere near an amusement park. Witnessing the things we’ve seen over the past few months in our nation has indeed sickened and nauseated many Bible-believing Christians. In the past 10 months, we’ve seen marriage redefined by our U.S. Supreme Court – a departure from God’s Word and thousands of years of world history that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Now we’re being told that men should be allowed to enter women’s restrooms and showers if they feel they “identify” more with the women than men. This notion would be laughable if it didn’t have such serious implications. In the eyes of many throughout our nation, North Carolina has become a laughingstock.

Then there’s an all-out attack against anything “Christian.” Banning prayer, banning Bibles, banning the 10 commandments, banning nativity displays at Christmas, and attempting to remove “In God we trust” and “under God” from our money and the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag – none of us knows where it will all end!

But this we do know: These days have been foretold in Scripture. As heartbreaking as it is, these developments should not surprise us. Many things will yet happen that we have no control over. As someone has observed, “We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control what happens in us.”

Anger, bitterness, hatred or abandonment of our Christian values is not the correct response. There are certain things that Scripture tells us WILL come to pass in the last days, and there’s nothing any of us can do to stop those things.

But remember, “our citizenship is in heaven.” We are pilgrims and strangers here. The words of hymn-writer William Bradbury serve us well at this juncture, when what we see going on all around us makes little sense:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

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Ron Brisson has been in ministry for 35 years, including the past 18 as Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Rolesville.