Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to Respond to the Signs of Future Judgment all around Us

There is an insanity in America. People think we are protecting women by allowing babies in their wombs to be ripped apart. People think we are making social progress by redefining marriage to allow same sex unions that are incapable of bearing children and forming families. People think we can extinguish gender even though it is a biological and scientific impossibility, and thus we celebrate a former star athlete who is so confused that he thinks he is a woman. People have come to think socialism is a good idea even though we have fought a world war and a cold war against two socialist nations, and rejoiced when a wall came tumbling down that marked the end of socialist system that caused governments to act beastly. We have a population that is being devastated by drugs like heroin. We have a country that is threatened by terrorism, but picks this time in its history to let nearly anyone within its borders.

Why is all this happening to this nation? Why is the Lord Jesus Christ who rules sovereignly over heaven and earth allowing this chaos and death?

Jesus was once asked about the correct response to horrible sins and catastrophes:

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

The right response to the chaos and death in this world is to return in repentance and faith to the Lord in whom alone is life. In this world there is chaos and death and rebellion. We must choose life by choosing to live near the One who is life. Come to the Father, through the Son. Turn from sin and turn to Jesus, who suffered and died in your place to save you from death and bring you to life. Do not make the mistake of ignoring the warning signs of future judgment that are all around you and are urging you to repent and believe in God's beloved Son.

Man's fundamental problem is our alienation and estrangement from the triune God who made us. But through Jesus' death and resurrection we can return to live in fellowship with the Father and the Son. When we do we will live in life and love and true delight, a delight that will grow greater even in a world filled with chaos---a delight that will find its consummation in a new nation that will be free of all death, all chaos and judgment, and filled with God's glory and life forever.

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