Summer time and the livin’ is hardly easy: global and national politics and events have reached another crazy, murderous, and unpredictable state happening at a quotidian rate. A national election for the American presidency will undoubtedly tax our resolve, tolerance, and patience, within the ensuing months as insanity may continue to invade our semblance of peace and equanimity, until we may have decided that we have reached our limit of that tolerance and possibly exclaim that we have had more than enough.
Summer time is still the season, however, for far less stressful and strained conditions—it is still the season for watermelons, water parks, and particularly weddings. Our younger daughter experienced the bliss and bravery of saying her “I do’s” just last week in a beautiful and memorable Christian ceremony. But we are sincerely trusting that she will cross the finish line with her marriage intact, especially in light of the unfortunate divorce rate of church-goers, which is synonymous with the rate of that of non-church-goers, another sign of societal declension.
The exertion, then, of maintaining an emotional and spiritual equilibrium when confronted by the insane versus the sane, the sorrowful versus the sanguine, and the bizarre versus the biblical poses an acute challenge for any astute and alert believer. For as much as any young bride and groom cannot predict the future of their marital status, we, likewise, cannot trust nor predict our future to our own finite, frail, and fallible understanding.
Our limited understanding, though, is all the more frustrated and unnerved because we yet yearn for the yesteryear of the sane, sanguine, and for the most part biblically-based society. We still cannot get over the fact that maybe we can no longer be assured of a better and improved future for our children and grandchildren. Like a snake subtly and slyly wending itself in so many areas of our society and even in churches advocating a seemingly alien and unbiblical gospel, we have been bitten by the sad and head-shaking reality that we have arrived at the point where Isaiah had aptly warned us about: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter…
Perhaps, then, it is more than time for us to prepare for eternity in earnest and to reclaim our pilgrim status. Lest we forget: we reside in a transient home, which should be devoid of all attachment. William Wordsworth, an eighteenth-century Romantic poet, encapsulated it well even three centuries ago when he wrote: The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; little we see in Nature that is ours…for this, for everything, we are out of tune; it moves us not….
The message then is that we should be far more moved and motivated by the infinite, the omnipotent, the unseen, and the infallible and less frazzled and flummoxed by the tangible, the temporal, and the threatening, regardless of how heart-breaking and hellish our world becomes. This ever-increasing tension recoiling around the conflict between good and evil is not ours alone to fight and to withstand against, for good will have the final word and it will eventually win out. In that should remain our comfort, courage, and concerted effort not to become weary in well-doing but to recognize that the government is still upon His shoulder and only He is capable of righting all wrongs and in His timing, He will finally and correctly define good and evil.
The late Francis Schaeffer, in his classic book, How Should We Then Live and as summarized by Jake Cole stated it this way: Our modern culture is on the same slippery slope that the ancient Roman culture was and that the common man can be manipulated by the powerful if our culture does not look to the Christian worldview as the antidote.
Fair enough warning and as believers we would be wise to heed it, even while we ready and dress ourselves in regal and bridal garments as we wait for the appearance of the ultimate Bridegroom. In the interim, however, we must refuse to be overcome or overwhelmed by a society gone mad but will still be overjoyed to know that as we continue on in our sojourn, He will be our unparalleled fortitude at all times. Thus, when we become ill, He will be our healer; when we face sorrow, He will be our comforter; when we are in discord, He will be our mediator; when we stray, He will be our guide; when we are in need, He will be our provider and when we become weary and depressed, He will be our encourager. Therefore, we will then have learned the one supreme spiritual truth worth knowing—that in this life and in the life to come, He will have proven indeed to be far more than enough…..