1 Thessalonians 5:8-11 KJV
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
The Christian world is fairly reeling over the Supreme Court’s recent ruling over same sex marriage. Many are prophesying the next wave of persecution. Some are mourning the death of our nation. A few are pointing to the imminent coming of Jesus Christ. I am reminded that our Anabaptist forefathers preached that Christians should be wary of every government and focus instead on obedience to Jesus Christ.
Paul addressed the passage for our consideration to a group of believers who also saw the darkness of the days in which they lived and gave them these words of counsel:
Don’t get crazy, fearful or panic. Level headed people handle difficult situations much better than those who lose their minds during them.
Don’t get angry
God has not appointed us to wrath. There will come a time when God Himself will pour out His wrath. Ours is to reach out to attempt to rescue them, not to “help God” judge them.
Practice faith, love and hope
In other words, fight our fight with spiritual weapons. The weapons of our warfare are still not carnal and they are still mighty.
Comfort one another
There will be casualties and wounded in any warfare, even spiritual ones. Comfort each other when needed.
Edify one another
Build up believers.
- Encourage them
- Equip them
- Strengthen pray for, preach to and teach them
It is difficult to say just where all of this will lead.
- Perhaps to the coming of Christ
- Perhaps to a wave of persecution
- Perhaps to a return true Christian experience
What we can know is that nothing has happened to change God’s plan.
- Stay true
- Stay faithful and
- Stay in the battle for the Bible