The protests seem to be never-ending. The marches against white nationalism and anti-Muslim semitism, for feminism and gun control are rampant today. Students in schools across America have taken part in organized walkouts against gun violence, and the teachers are walking out because of the silence they have received in a demand for higher wages. It seems like our beautiful country is against each other, each for his own, tearing one another down, never building up. It feels like love is gone.
I’m not going to get into a political debate on the Second Amendment or try to explain my complete abhorrence with white supremacy and “inappropriate” misconduct. That’s not why I decided to write this. My purpose in posting is to grab the attention of the Christian teens still holding fast to the Bible, few as though we seem to be.
Speaking from recent experience, it can be so easy to be caught up in the cultural phenomenons of the day. My advice to myself, and I hope you’ll consider it, too, is to be patient and wait to know all the facts. Stay informed. Don’t jump to conclusions. The world could use another level head these days. But it is so important to remain immersed in what’s happening. Believe me, I have to take a break from the news every now and then because it can get so depressing. Realistically, the stuff that is on the mainstream media is usually an isolated and rare event. That’s why it’s called newsworthy! But you have to know what is actually going on in order to be able to identify movements that are unbiblical and contradict God’s intent of nature and humankind.
You have to stay in the Word and keep a two-way relationship with God. The only way you will know what His desire is for His children is if you hear it straight from Him! No matter what you are facing, you will always be able to find a worldview or someone to tell you that anything is alright with God and along the lines of the Bible. Always. This is what makes the Bible appealing to most lukewarm Christians: it fits their mold. It adopts to what they want the Bible to be for them. Unfortunately for them, the Bible cannot mean one thing to one person and something completely different to another. God has promised that He does not change, so why would His words? Search the Bible with hunger and a desperate want to understand how He feels. He will show you. (James 1:5)
Sometimes the world can feel like it’s crashing and burning. Trust me, I’ve been there plenty of times. Turn the news off for a bit and sink into God’s word instead. Then, stay informed and be able to discern God’s will. You will keep your cool and be able to calmly analyze situations, unlike most today.
We are called to love as Christians. I know that seems like a cliché, but it’s true. Love begins with God (1 John 4:8) and flows to all that we do and all whom we encounter (1 Corinthians 16:14). We should be loving everyone around us, not necessarily what they are doing or what they love, but we need to love them because they are children of God, although even more so because they are lost. 1 John 4:8 seems to make sense of all that is happening around us. It feels like love is gone. Maybe it is? We have slowly drifted away from God as a nation and watered down His words. Those at the top, making the news and breaking headlines, have no love because they don’t have God. Cling to God and let all that you do be done in love. The world isn’t so bad as it seems, and every change begins with one small step. I challenge you to let the love of Christ shine in your life this week.