I know I just posted last night but after reading today's news I just had to speak my mind. My heart is so heavy and I'm beginning to think that maybe I should stop reading or listening to the news because it's all bad! This world is such a desperate mess, so sin sick, so lost and it makes my heart ache to my very core. I want to do something about it but then I read the prophecies of the end times and I know these things must happen before Jesus can return. But the anguish it causes, especially to the children, makes me so sad.
In Luke 17 the Bible speaks of things being the same as they were in the days of Noah, when Jesus returns for the 2nd time. In the days of Noah the world was full of sin, murder, adultery, homosexuality, immorality of all kinds to the point that God felt He had no other option but to destroy everyone but Noah and his family. This world we live in today is no different than when Noah was faced with the monumental task of constructing the ark.
Children are being murdered by their parents both before and after birth. It seems like I see a new story each day of some family member who went crazy and killed his/her family before taking their own life. The children!?! I can't even begin to imagine pointing a gun at a child, an infant, and pulling the trigger! I don't understand it.
Our planet is certainly in the throes of cataclysmic changes- catastrophic earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding, freezing, drought, and tornadoes. We've corrupted and destroyed this once beautiful place God gave us to be stewards of. We were supposed to take care of the Earth, not pollute, pillage, and gut it. Animals are becoming extinct at an unprecedented rate; these beautiful creatures God put here to share the planet with us. How can we, humans in general, be so callous?
But Jesus says, when he tells His deciples what to watch for in Matthew 24:
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,a’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Such things must happen.
So do we fight against the false prophets? Do we object to the wars? Do we fight the legalizing of homosexual marriage? Or do we simply let this world go to Satan's children and bide our time until Jesus returns?
I, personally, feel like I need to fight, if only so that those on the fence will see they have a choice. I don't want to hide quietly away with the knowledge that I am saved and will go to spend eternity with Jesus when there are so many lost out there. Like so many evil people who want to die and take as many with them as they can, I want to live eternally and take as many with me as I can! I want to know that when Jesus returns for us, my children, parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends will be there too. I want to know that my neighbors, my children's friends, the cashier at the grocery store who always looks so sad, the teller at the bank, and the sheriff of my little town will find Jesus before it's too late!
What needs to happen is for the Christians, the true children of God who reside in this world, to stand up and fight back! We need to show the next generation that there is something more than profanity laced music and TV, drugs, sex, and violence for them to cling to. We need to stand up for Jesus and take back the nation that was founded on Biblical principals so that those who are lost can see the light and be saved.