Certainty in Uncertain Times
This is the first in a series addressing the perplexities and fears of this moment with the hope that we have in Christ – the sure and certain hope that there is joy in our future. I don’t know how many installments there will be. Looking ahead, there is more to say than you would want to read in once sitting, so I am breaking it down in to reasonable chunks for your encouragement. I have unapologetically appropriated the series title used by Pastor Sparley, because it fits the circumstances so well. However, don’t expect that I will cover the same topics as he did.
OUR CALLING IN FRIGHTENING TIMES
Dear fellow Christians: Once again the world is overcome with uncertainty. Once again, the world needs the hope that you have. We have all listened to the voices of unbelief these last few days, from those whose hope is in government (just not that party!), from those who party incessantly on spring break because in true postmodern fashion, “their truth” doesn’t include their mortality, from those who have “done the math” and see mass graves in the future, and from those who seek mainly to blame and to punish. But from whatever angle, unbelief sees only a dark, empty void. To them there is no horizon, no certain dawning of a joyful new day. For the unbeliever there is just death and the end of all things.
Every Christian has come from this hopelessness, even if as an infant, as Paul wrote, “At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:12, CSB)
Therefore, as Christians, our calling at this moment is to speak of our hope to the hopeless. Jesus calls us to this especially in Luke 21 when he speaks of the afflictions that He will visit on the earth in the last days, “There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, [my emphasis] and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:11, CSB) We are supposed to be ready for this opportunity! He tells us, “This will give you an opportunity to bear witness. … I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Luke 21:13–15, CSB)
Notice, these are the words of wisdom that He gives us. I’m sure that “Keep your distance,” “Wash your hands,” and “Don’t touch your face,” are wise in their own way, but the words of Christ are a greater wisdom, a more universal wisdom and a wisdom that give us CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES.
Next time: THREE CERTAINTIES of which we may be sure, and by which we may provide hope to our world.