By Elizabeth Prata
There is no doubt that lately in the United States, things are getting more negative. Lawsuits, lockdowns, fires, riots, apostasy, false teachers, and so on. Things have been worse in countries before, think; Britain in WWII. Things have been worse for the church before: Think Spanish Inquisition. But here in the U.S. our circumstances have been continually blessed since almost our inception as a nation.
Lately though, the level of sin has increased so much it is hard to even look at Twitter, where only the headlines are shown, never mind the entire news story. John MacArthur made a great point this week.
“The slide is greased, and it’s rapidly going downhill at a warp-speed,” MacArthur continued. “And to try to intervene at some point and say, ‘That’s enough,’ you’d have to start a long time ago. This is just the next small step in the disintegration of an entire nation that has no conscience.”Daily Wire: The Slide is Greased
In a recent sermon titled The Inescapable Corruption of Sin, he said the nation is so far gone it’s like a man that jumped off a 40 story building and began thinking about how to change his trajectory or the end result of his actions halfway down.
Things are rough and it hurts. But it makes me think of teenagers. You know when a teen has graduated from high school but hasn’t left for college? That in-between time? It is a huge transition, and it puts a strain on the family. It’s a tense transition. Bickering and fights break out daily, sometimes by the minute.
Why does this happen? Normally families love their children, and treat them with respect and love and care. But the fighting and tension during this period of imminent change is so prevalent and common, that Psychology Today wrote about it.
The weeks before my own child left for college were filled with battles that seemed to come from nowhere and enveloped our entire household. If he wasn’t arguing with me about something, he was butting heads with his dad; and if he wasn’t fighting with either of us, he was furious that we had somehow misunderstood something he said or were acting like he was a stupid child and always telling him what to do.Source
Just when I was feeling that I would be very happy to see him go, he said, “You know what this is about, don’t you? It’s so that it won’t hurt you so much when I leave.” I had to laugh. He was right, of course. Fortunately, I had the good sense not to insist that it might be doing the same thing for him.Source
It’s an actual phenomenon. The fighting helps the parents and kids let go, and makes parting easier.
I got to wondering if it is the same with Christians. Certainly, seeing the level of visible sin these days is grossing me out and making me want to leave all this behind even more. Maybe the Lord is using the fighting and riots and evil to help us put our eyes more firmly on Him and to release attachment to the place where we live, and make us long for the place we are going to even more.
It’s a thought.
Lord? Soon come…please.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)Source
I strongly recommend the sermon by John MacArthur The Inescapable Corruption of Sin. STRONGLY
Steve Lawson, 3-min video clip: I want to be with Jesus