In Second Peter Chapter 3, Peter writes: “Understand that in the last days, scoffers will come following their own evil desires. They will say ‘Where is this coming He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
Well, the scoffers are coming forward. A national news anchor last week said a person would have to be delusional to believe anything in the Book of Revelation. Entertainers Bill Maher, Joy Bahar and Jeanine Garafalo questioned the sanity and intelligence of anyone who believes in the God of the bible.
Let’s face facts—those of us who truly believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God are increasingly considered to be ignorant, unenlightened—heck we are thought of as morons! We are mocked on television; in movies; in music; and even in government and education. So, what do we do about it?
First, accept what Jesus warned us in John 15:18: “When the world hates you, remember it hated me first.” Second, stop worrying about what non-believers think of us. When we stand before God, he will be our defender. Now I have to admit, a small part of me would like to see how people who reject God in favor of their own worldly intelligence defend themselves when they stand before Him. But I know that instead of feeling that way, what I really need to do is pray for them. Instead of feeling anger toward their arrogance, I need to pray that the Lord will do whatever is necessary to reach their cold hearts. After all, I too was lost just 12 short years ago. And the prayers of a faithful wife and many who knew me led me to a place where my heart was open to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
In these times when the world seems to be turning away from God, we have one of two choices as God’s people. We can ring our hands in fear—or we can decide to be a shining light for Him, no matter what the world thinks. Challenging times will bring out our true nature as Christians. Will we give in to fear and abandon God’s ways for the ways of the world? Or will we remain faithful to Him, no matter what this life brings?