Oh Lord, please show us how to confront a world with so much hate and open hostility towards one another. Please show us how to confront an increasingly anti-Christian world, even before the revealing of the dreaded Antichrist. The voice of Christianity, once larger than life, in this world and specifically in America, is almost nonexistent. It’s almost nonexistent in the public square by creating tremendous restrictions from openly proclaiming God’s truth in every area of society including social media, although lawlessness has full reign with almost no restrictions. The positive voice of Christianity on the news media is replaced with constant negative reporting, and the voice of hate and lawlessness is constantly aired. The encouraging voice of Christianity in public education is replaced with giving voice to other religions and promoting every perverted lifestyle; the sad result is unimaginable lawlessness in the face of our precious children. So, how do we confront this evil world? Legislating morality doesn’t work, boycotting doesn’t work, rioting in the streets doesn’t work, and even voting in the other political party doesn’t work. Only one thing will. We must learn how to share the simple Gospel and start acting like Christians by following Christ in His path to victory.
Let’s begin with how to follow Christ in His path to victory. Jesus Christ called people to a new life in Christ. Following the religious leaders of His day, as it is in any day, will not lead to a new life. Even having the correct religious beliefs won’t in themselves lead to a new life. Even following the letter of the law and the many religious standards will not in themselves lead to a new life. Only one thing will. Faith alone. Believing that Christ died for all of our sins and believing that He rose from the dead in three days to give us a new life in Christ. If we truly believe that, then we will gladly put off the old life through repentance, by dying to self, and by closing the door to the old life. If we truly believe that, then we will put on our new life in Christ by following His beautiful commandments. We will eagerly want to learn how to act like a Christian every moment of every day. Although this may appear difficult in the beginning, the more we grow up in Christ with the help of the indwelling Spirit, the easier it becomes bringing forth one blessing after another. This is the simple Gospel, which has tremendous power, the power of the Cross to convict the hardest heart.
We will discuss the three marks of a Christian, who confronts the evil world, but first, we need to understand that love motivates our behavior. Each of these marks is enveloped in a sincere agape love for others. That is, giving ourselves to others without expecting anything in return. The good news is this love comes directly from God, flowing through us to others. We simply cannot conjure up this love. It must come directly from God, or it is not true agape love. Although love is colorblind, it does recognize evil contrary to the color of the individual. When evil is recognized, then it is imperative to allow God’s love to flow unhindered through us. It is also essential to listen carefully to the indwelling Spirit and to act accordingly. If He gives us an open door to share the simple Gospel, praise God, go through it with boldness wrapped in love, but if not then bid your farewell and retreat immediately to safety. It is essential not to entertain their false teachings. The Bible says, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). Now, let’s discuss the marks of a Christian displayed every moment of every day, especially when we are out among those in the world.
The first mark of a Christian in confronting an evil world is allowing your joy to flood the souls of others. The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). We must actively demonstrate our joy to the fallen world. Although every true believer suffers with Christ and are deeply grieved for those who have been taken captive by Satan, we don’t agonize over the things of the world. Nor do we follow them in their pity-party of intense emotions over every unfortunate circumstance. It’s essential that we don’t follow the evil world in their anxiety, depression, and hatefulness. If necessary, withdraw from the eyes of the world and seek God in a private place. Allow the indwelling Spirit to counsel you through His anointed Word, and if necessary, seek private counsel from a mature believer. Put the joy back into your heart, so you can confront the evil world. Recall the joy of all that Christ has done for you, that you are no longer under the power of sin and the devil, and that Christ will never leave you or forsake you. Remember the great joy of having God’s Spirit dwelling in you giving you spiritual gifts and teaching you His beautiful truth. Let the evil world always see your sincere joy in the Lord wrapped in self-giving love. This will be a powerful witness to an evil world, causing them to ask you, “what makes you so different from the world.”
The second mark of a Christian in confronting an evil world is praise. Remember this when you are out among those in the world, God inhabits the praises of his people (See Psalms 22:3). Now, let me be very clear, this is not empty praise. This is sincere praise overflowing from your heart, a heart that is happy in the Lord. This is spontaneous praise as we are moved by the indwelling Spirit to praise the Lord for all of His bounty, His love, and His protection. This praise will recognize those little miracles throughout the day even when we are out among the heathen. As a child of God, I simply cannot hide my excitement when I recognize the power of God’s love as He moves heaven and earth to open the door for sharing the simple Gospel to snatch another person from the flames of eternal damnation. We can no more hide our praise in public than putting our light under a bushel (See Matthew 5:14-16). No, we are the light of the world, so we let it shine brightly in the evil world as we joyously praise God in words, songs, and instruments. Let everything praise the Lord. As you joyously praise God among the heathen this will be another powerful witness. They will want to know what makes you so different than the rest of the world.
Finally, when we go out among the heathen, we will be careful to let our third mark of a true believer be readily observed. Don’t ever hide your thankfulness, which is an anomaly to an evil world, which rarely expresses their thanks for anything. Typically, what you always hear among the heathen is constant complaining. Unfortunately, we also hear constant complaining among those who claim to know God. On the other hand, the Bible says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). We must trust God’s Providence for He can take the worst-case scenario and turn it into the most amazing blessing. Remember, this is a proving ground to get you ready for eternity. We all have problems, but Christians allow those problems to strengthen them and draw them ever closer to a loving God. We are even thankful when we learn from our mistakes as we seek God’s wisdom in the matter. Be thankful in all things trusting in God’s loving Providence. This too will be a powerful witness to an evil world that is always complaining about everything. Again, they will want to know what makes you so different. Dear children, when people start asking you that question, then you will know that you are confronting the evil world for Christ. This is a world that does not have much time left, so snatch as many as you can from the fires of eternal damnation, before it is too late.
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