Sometimes you read a Bible passage and something stands out, something you haven’t seen before. That’s how it was with me when I read Luke Chapter 4 a few weeks ago.
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
I live in a Christian world with Christian family and Christian friends and I forget that Satan has a measure of authority. It’s Satan’s world. More than once in the New Testament we are told that this world order would grow worse and worse yet we are filled with consternation when it happens. We long for days past where Christianity was the prevailing religion. Yet even in those days people who considered themselves devout Christians engaged in acts that were anything but Christian. You can begin with slavery and go on from there. All along it has been, and continues to be, Satan’s world.
So here’s a thought that I guess has been growing in me over a number of years. Here’s a thought for your consideration.
Maybe we are not called to preserve our standard of living. Maybe we are not called to protect our freedoms or democracy or our country or our way of life. Maybe we are not called to, dare I say it, restore Christian values and Christian morality. Because it we do those things we are only trying to fix Satan’s world. It’s still Satan’s world.
So it comes down to this. Maybe our mission is not to change the world. Maybe our mission is to save as many as we can from the world.
P.S. I feel compelled to add something here. I can see where some would think I am saying that we cease fighting against abortion, cease working through the political process to stave off the changes we see coming about. I am not saying that. We all should do what we can do and follow as the Holy Spirit leads us individually. I suppose I’m talking more about priorities here. I can’t see anything good coming out of the direction we are heading. So maybe it’s time to be filling the ark so to speak. The Bible talks about snatching some from the fire. Well heck, I wound up the same place again, didn’t I?