Keep Calm and Make Disciples

We turn on the TV and we are confronted with war, persecution, divorce, suicide, drunkenness, drugs, violence, murder, theft, gender confusion, sexual promiscuity, Supreme Court rulings on same sex marriage, and now the release of disgusting Planned Parenthood videos that pull back the curtain on the genocide that is happening in our nation.

Christians are told, “This is just politics. You should keep Christ away from it.” We see the depravity and we feel hopeless. In our hopelessness we might panic and think that we must truly live in a “Post-Christian World”. But is that true? Do we live in a Post- Christian world? How can we say we live in a Post-Christian world if nothing can stop the Gospel from spreading throughout the nations? When Nero slaughtered Christians and used them as torches to illuminate his evening garden parties, was that a Post- Christian world, or was it the beginning of God working out all things to the council of His will to bring Himself glory? It’s been over 2,000 years and despite all the persecution, nothing has stopped the progression of the Gospel. Nothing stopped numerous New Testament books from being written during the time of Nero. Rome is dead and gone, but the Gospel is still spreading across the nations.

It’s been over 2,000 years and despite all the persecution, nothing has stopped the progression of the Gospel.

You might say, “But things are getting worse, we use to have more morals.” Yes, people were more moralistic and patriotic back then, but moralism and patriotism do not save you. You can be moralistic all you want, be for prayer in schools, claim you are spiritual, and go to church every Sunday. It doesn’t mean you are in Christ. Satan and his demons are spiritual and know Jesus is Lord. You can go to church every Sunday and still go to hell. A.W. Tozer writes, “Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them.” The question is, when the chips are down and our culture clashes more with the church, who will be left standing for Christ? The church has wrongly reacted in two different ways:

  1. If you can’t beat them, join them. Time to sugar coat Jesus and make Him relevant.

  2. Build a massive fortress bubble with thick walls. Lock the doors and throw away the key. Nobody is getting in or out. Good luck! The world is going to hell in a hand basket.

Both are wrong views of the Gospel. If you want to bring honor to Christ you cannot camp out in a protective bubble and you can’t appease the culture hoping it will eat you last. The Bible gives us a correct view of our response.

This continual defiance against God is forcing Christians out of the comfortable bubble they once knew, which forces them to get out and boldly proclaim the Gospel.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

If we study all of human history we find that man has always been the same. Man has always tried to rebel and dethrone God. This continual defiance against God is forcing Christians out of the comfortable bubble they once knew, which forces them to get out and boldly proclaim the Gospel. It might appear as if all hope is lost, but it’s not. Christ sits on His throne and sovereignly rules. He has Satan on a tight leash. Even Satan has to ask God for permission. We need to stop talking as if we live in a post apocalyptic defeatist world...we don’t. The world can slander, beat, kill, make fun of Christians all they want, like they have been doing for 2,000 years, but Christ still wins. If God is not real and not on His throne what does the world have to fear, why all the hatred? All the hatred because His kingdom is growing amongst a sinful world, forcing Christians to engage the world with the Gospel truth, a truth that reveals the world’s sin, sin that demands repentance and recognition of a holy sovereign God.

It might appear as if all hope is lost, but it’s not. Christ sits on His throne and sovereignly rules. He has Satan on a tight leash.

Despite our Post-Christian World, technology has grown in ways our early church fathers couldn’t fathom, technology that could be utilized to get the Gospel out across the globe. What we need to do is engage the world...boldly. We need hardworking Christian Mothers & Fathers, doctors, teachers, athletes, scientists, writers, filmmakers, farmers, artists, experimenters, engineers, politicians, judges, cops, firefighters, construction workers, businessmen, and entrepreneurs all coming under the Lordship of Christ and taking dominion by transforming the world with the Gospel.

We will be hated, but Jesus was hated and nailed to the cross. What makes us think we are too good, or above that? We don’t bedazzle or sugarcoat the cross to make it more appealing. The cross was a symbol of execution. Jesus demands we pick up that bloody rugged cross, die to ourselves, and follow Him daily.

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 923

Spoiler alert!...Jesus wins! Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. It’s time we live in that and boldly transform the nations. Christianity was around before America was born and will be around after it fades away. Nations will rise and fall, but God remains. Sinful rebellion appears mighty and unstoppable right now...But it is fleeting, like dust and ash in the wind of God’s holiness, glory, justice, and grace. Because every knee will bow before Christ, Christ is on the right side of history. He is the everlasting truth. The culture thinks it runs the world and it is fooling itself. It’s goofing off in a world that God reigns over.

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10

Let this verse be our cry. Let us not be so eager to be zapped away from a hurting world that needs the Gospel. You were once blind but now you see, because of the light of Christ. Don’t hide that light. Be a shining example, a city on a hill that points to Christ and transforms the nations. Remain calm and make disciples.