What in the World Is Happening? – Part Thirty
Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
For months now, we have quarantined, masked, isolated, and medicated. The problems only increase. People have walked softly, striven to be politically correct, tried to re-write history, ignore our past, and create and impossible future. The problems only increase. The media has sold their stories, the politicians have made their cases, and churches, businesses, and an economy has all but shut down. The problems only increase. Even Christians are opposing one another. Some of self-justifying as they cry about their trials, while others are condemning them for trying to appear too spiritual. And the problems only increase.
What shall we do? Allow me to offer you God’s solution. It will require a commitment on your part. Remember, we’re looking at the Job scenario as a prophetic look at the 21st century church. In that scenario, each human character represents elements of the church. In that representation, Job and his three friends carry on the longest dialogue, and according to Elihu and God, that dialogue was, in reality, destructive to Job’s cause and useless as a solution. Sadly, many members of the 21st century church around the world are engaged in that same kind of activity. And social media has become one of the biggest stages on which the 21st century dialogue and interaction is taking place. It is visible in many other places, especially in churches, and we see it playing out even in politics. It is this constant bickering that is going on around the globe. So many voices are crying out their opinions without any foundational anchoring from a Biblical perspective. One cries for masks, and another condemns it. One cries for social distancing while another berates it. Some government elements demand restrictions on group size in church, while hundreds, and even thousands march in our streets, and violent forces seem to be using many there as a subterfuge for their plans.
In Job, the answer was sacrifice by Job’s friends for themselves and Job, and Job had to pray for his friends. When they did that, Job’s captivity was turned, and blessing replaces cursing. My friend, the same solution is what is needed today. If you use social media, us it to edify and minister grace, not as a platform for corrupt communication that divides and causes discord among the brethren, which, by the way, God hates. Stop debating against one another and start praying for one another. Speak what God says as opposed to what media and even government officials say. If God says it, that settles it. If the media reports it, it is likely to cause strife. The answer to the great turmoil in which the church finds itself entangled with the world is alive in the church NOW. Release it with the Word of God and actions the correspond.
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job