John 16:4-33; 2 Chronicles 24; Psalm 81
As Christians look at the world around us, we see many things changing. Here in the United States, while we are not undergoing persecution, we see a society that seems to be slowly turning against us. As we see that happening, we should ask ourselves how God wants us to react to the changing situation. I think the natural reaction is to lash out and pronounce judgment upon society. Many Christians already have done that.
I think Jesus warned us of such times when He talked to the disciples in the upper room. “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:” (John 16:7-8) Our job is to leave that judgment to the Counselor – the Holy Spirit. He has a way of working on hearts that we don’t have. He has the job of convicting the world and bringing guilt.
If that’s the Holy Spirit’s job, what are we called to do? We are called to pray for our society. We are called to show the love of God to those caught in their own webs of sin. I would venture to say that more people have come to Christ because Christians showed the love and compassion of God to them than have come to Christ because Christians pronounced the judgment of God against society. My job is to love others with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will join me in showing that love to others.
Lord, it would be so easy to condemn society. Help me to love the people in society and show them Your grace and forgiveness. Transform society one person at a time.