The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 NIV)
As I was having dinner with friends one night the conversation turned to politics and the moral and spiritual decline of our country. A friend sat at the table with such sorrow in her expression, commanding the conversation and the attention of those at the table with her. Her concerns about the persecution of the modern church, social depravity, and political corruption had taken their toll, replacing her joy with sadness and depression.
Listening to her lament the existing state of affairs in America I wondered, have we Christians become so caught up in our lives that we have become complacent, uninformed, and passive regarding the things happening in our world? Perhaps. I'll be the first to admit that I don't follow current events and legislatiion as closely as I should.
The stark reality is that we live in a world that has lost its moral compass and is spiraling toward a destructive end. We have an enemy who is the father of lies and fear, who will stop at nothing to distract Christians and strip away every shred of joy we possess. We become so captivated and alarmed by news of terrorism, failing financial markets, and end-time prophecies that we lose sight of the God who is still in control of our lives and has promised us an eternal happily-ever-after.
As Christians we need to be involved in the fight for all that we know to be right, but we also need to be aware that Satan can and will use every weapon in his arsenal to defeat us and steal our joy so that no one will ever see the light of Christ in us and have the hope of salvation. I don't want to lose my joy -- ever. I will not live in fear because God's perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Instead, I am determined to live out the remainder of my days, proclaiming his Word of truth, encouraging others on the journey and sharing the hope of salvation. We each need to reflect God's love and shine his light in our dark world so that others may see, believe, and receive the love and salvation of his Son.
After all, "The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord ; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:1, 13-14 NIV).
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