As we notice the events taking place all around us, the loss of jobs by the thousands every week, the fear gripping consumers and the unrest throughout the Earth, I can't help but notice as I ponder all this, how much of the present day church has been duped. At the same time as these trials unfold, I am experiencing some of the closest fellowship with my brothers and sisters that I have ever known.
This scripture comes to mind:
"Why has your heart carried you away, and why do your eyes flash, so that you vent your rage against God and pour out such words from your mouth?"
This scripture brings me to my point in this post. Because I believe the American Church has been taught incorrectly and bought a bag of goods so-to-speak, it rests on a shaky foundation. This judgment on America that we see being poured out will devastate those who's faith is built on sand. The Lord never promised us riches. He never promised that if we gave thousands to our church we would be millionaires. He never promised us that we would inherit a cosey life and remain out of the wake of judgement's ripple effect. His promise is that HE is our inheritance and that HE has covenanted with us by our faith to provide for us...be our God, our Comforter, our Savior.
This is the message that we have to give to the rest of the world. To those who don't yet know Him. That though they lose everything, though their dreams be dashed, though their hope seem trampled, we as followers of Christ have somethign far more priceless. We have the peace that surpasses all understanding. We have the loving God and Father of all creation. We have access to purpose and meaning and hope and joy.
But if we be built on the wrong foundation, where our comfort plus Jesus equals fulfillment, we will be in for a tragic surprise. My son was telling me the difference between tragedy and catastrophe. Catastrophe is when something happens that is devastating but is out of one's control. Tragedy is when devastation happens that is the result of a person's actions or beliefs. It would be tragic if as in the verse above (Job 15:12-13), we don't process what is going on around us and to us properly because of incorrect beliefs and faulty foundations, and we become bitter with God for letting us down, shake our fists, and shipwreck our faith.
Now is the time for God's people to arise to their true calling. God will take care of us. But we will not avoid suffering. We will comfort those with the same comfort we ourselves have been comforted with. I encourage you more than ever to draw close to a family of believers who can encourage you and walk with you and your loved ones. A family who will love and accept you and share your burdens with you as you share theirs.
As in the church of Acts, having all things in common, it may come to the place where we can support each other and help each other through the tough times. The family of God is a powerful thing. But through this deep love and commitment to Christ and one another, God will change lives like never before. It's not about the programs. It's not about the relevance, it's not about the outward facade and the gimmicks that will change our world. We are truly coming into a time when the people of God will be known by their love for one another. And this love will change America...once again.