In the midst of the confusion and chaos, recognize that you don’t need to know everything that is going on in the culture, nor can you control it. Remember however, that God knows, sees, and hates all that is an affront to His holiness.
I doubt that many readers will have any difficulty accepting the premise that we live in tumultuous times. Consider the contradictory claims surrounding the recent election:
“There was no Fraud!”
“Stop the Steal!”
How about claims related to COVID 19?
“Masks do not do any good.”
“Masks demonstrably reduce the spread of the virus.”
“Wearing a mask is a sign that you are “living in fear”.
“Wearing a mask is a fulfillment of the 6th commandment to protect life.”
The goal of this post is not to decide these issues, although I do have what I hope are Biblical and informed positions on them. Rather the goal is to point our hearts to our heavenly Father who defines truth and “with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”[i] In Psalm 11 David asks “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”[ii] In our culture, where truth lies slain in the streets and the media manipulates rather than informs, I suspect that you, like me, find yourself wondering “who can I believe?” In Psalm 11, David answers his own question in the following verse: “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LOD’s throne is in heaven’ his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man”. David reminds himself of who the LORD is, what the LORD does, and how the LORD acts. As followers of the LORD Jesus living in America see our culture disintegrating before us, we must do the same. Our living LORD Jesus is the one we can, and must believe. Remember:
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”[iii]
There are seven things in this list:
- A tongue
- A heart
- A witness
- One who sows discord