Times are changing for believers in America. Gone are the days of apathetic, cozy, “at ease” Christianity. The lukewarm church will soon be confronted with a clear choice: either we are with Him, or against Him; either we are lovers of the world, or lovers of God. There is no more room for “in-between” Christianity, no more fence riding. This isn’t a dismal prospect, it’s a purifying one. It’s not a hopeless situation, but one that should cause us to redirect our hope. Our hope is Christ and He is the light of the world.
As the world gets darker, the light of His truth within us can only shine brighter. This will inevitably lead to more persecution. As we undoubtedly gain true enemies by standing for the cross of Christ, what should our response be? The same as Christians who have gone before us. We answer to a higher call, the one to love and not hate. Our Father in Heaven causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust. He is good to both the godly and the sinner, even though He remains “angry with the wicked every day.” It is possible to maintain righteous anger, yet love. But it isn’t something that can be produced through our own nature. Our nature has us gravitating to either extreme: love or hate. It forces us into corners where we either out mercy, or expand upon grace.
The Gospel of Christ transforms us and can transform others. But if we walk in the flesh, we walk and live without distinction. We look and act the same as everyone else when we make enemies. We hope for retribution and cast dreams of vengeance upon our foes. This is not Christ’s way, for vengeance is His and He alone will repay. That day of reckoning is coming. So let us hope, pray and live in such a way, so that our enemies might see the day of repentance before it’s eternally too late.