This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23
While my family and I have been forging through these strange times relatively unscathed, I have been bothered by one thing.
Some believers seem to be more focused on criticizing our governor and his mandates regarding Covid-19, than on maintaining a testimony of grace, temperance, wisdom, and hope among the community.
During a shopping trip last week, my daughter and I noted signs in many people’s yards declaring, “PRITZKER SUCKS.”
While we are blessed to live in a free country in which we are able to voice our opinions, peaceably assemble, and otherwise stand up for our beliefs, I feel that it’s wrong to attack others personally.
I should stand up for my conservative Biblical values. I should speak against sin. I should put my beliefs into action.
And, I ought to obey God, rather than men (Acts 5:29).
But I cannot, in good conscience, waste time on soap-box rhetoric, or allow bitterness and anger toward the governor, or about this entire situation, to take root in my heart and overflow into what I say and do.
Did Christ rail against the injustices of the Roman empire against the Jews?
Does the Bible say that dragging our political leaders through the mud is ever justified?
I have been trying to seek out what is good and hopeful during these trying times.
I wonder, what is God trying to do through this situation, in America, and in my own heart?
How can I use these times to encourage others?
How can I spread hope, especially the hope of the gospel?
I have more time these days, so I can pray more.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
I can listen to and learn from all sorts of online sermons and Bible studies.
I can be a cheerful – not fearful – presence when I venture out into the community, and I can still pass out tracts.
I can rejoice in the increase in new believers among those who have turned to online ministries because they longed to connect with God.
And, I can hold onto the certain hope of eternal life with Christ, and the promise of his return.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. – J. R. R. Tolkien
How are you holding onto hope during a time of so much negativity? I welcome your comments.