Are we showing others the way to Christ?
I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more I find myself looking back to the past with growing fondness. The world didn’t seem so complicated back then. Everything seemed much simpler. TV only had 3 channels and they went off the air for a few hours every day. There were no cell phones, no texts and no tweets. Social media meant saying hello to your neighbor when you saw them and politics was rarely mentioned. Oh, for the good old days!!
Then, the more I think about those times, reality begins to set in. I begin to remember the conflicts and riots of the 1960’s. The shooting down of college students. The police dogs attacking people who were simply walking across a bridge in Alabama. How the Kennedy’s were gunned down for their political beliefs, and how our nation was being ripped apart by the Viet Nam war.
Simpler times? I don’t think so. If anything, those days were more volatile than today. It’s as if we, as a nation, haven’t learned much over the past six decades. We are still fighting the same old battles with the same old tactics. The only thing that’s changed is the faces of the participants.
There’s nothing new in what I am saying here, either. Just open your Bible and you will see how people of every age have had to grapple with sinfulness of humanity – how oppressors oppress until they are deposed then the oppressed become the oppressors. It’s the same old story, as old as history itself, repeated over and over again throughout all times. And now we are seeing it played out again in the streets of our cities. What can we do?
In my opinion, the solution is not to throw up our hands in despair, but rather to fold them in prayer. It is time for us to look to God for direction; to seek God’s help in creating a new future – one that would look more like the world that Jesus talked about in his teachings and sermons. He called that world the kingdom of God. Maybe it’s time we took another look at the kingdom principles Jesus espoused and align, or perhaps realign, ourselves with them. We each have a role to play in the solving the world’s problems and it begins with self-examination. Are we part of the solution or part of the problem? Are we showing others the way to Christ or are we blocking the view? These are some of the things we as the church of Jesus Christ need to grapple with as we pursue a better world.