What can we do?
Thus far we have looked at the first two steps that every Christian needs to take in order to address a culture in chaos:
1. Keep your children close.
2. Beg God to bless your home.
In some ways, the third step is the most alarming step of all.
No one likes to hear that doom and gloom are on the horizon. No one enjoys hearing the alarm bells ring. However, it is only the fool who covers his head and goes back to sleep when the tornado approaches.
In 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV) we have this sobering promise, "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
For several generations we have basked in the security of Christian popularity. It has softened our resolve and procreated a Christian culture of weakness. The days of "eat, drink and be merry" are gone and I fear that many of us are not spiritually strong enough to face the coming challenges.
What can we do?!
Remember, compromise and convenience go hand in hand. Build spiritual muscle. Insist that your family prioritize their spiritual exercise (prayer, fasting, intense Bible study, meditation, memorization, association with spiritual people, serving others, etc.). Put your family on a spiritual diet. Conquer carnal obesity.
Re-prioritize the study of God's Word, the importance of the church family, and loyalty to Christ at all cost. That foundation of faith and a spiritual support group will be essential to your family's survival in the days to come. Start now by making family devotionals and church activities mandatory, non-negotiable, and a top priority.
Equip your family to make the most of coming conditions. It is a harsh new world. Those with the most knowledge of basic life skills will also have the most opportunity for evangelism.
Fathers, teach your sons how to hunt, fish, and raise their own meat. Teach them basic electrical, plumbing, and carpentry skills. As persecution heightens, these abilities will be in great demand. The evangelistic opportunities to help others and, in the process, introduce them to Christ will also be at a premium.
Mothers, teach your daughters to sew, garden, preserve food, and cook from scratch. As the need for basic survival skills increase, so will the opportunities for Christians to serve and, thereby, show others the love of Christ.
Americans have grown complacent. Many of the skills taught today will have little or no value in the future. The wisest of us all are those who are alert to the coming danger and have already started preparing for both physical and spiritual survival.
Avoid large concentrations of people.
Have a safe location to which your family can go in times of persecution.
Teach your family how to defend themselves. Christians are not called to be violent aggressors, but we are not called to be naive either.
Matthew 10:16-17, 22-23 (NIV)
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard.... You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another."
Romans 12:17-18 (NIV)
"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
Value life, especially the life of the aggressor, but remember, you are also called to protect the innocent and defend the weak.
With great intention, the Prince of Peace fashioned a whip and cleared the temple in John 2. In Luke 7, Jesus awarded great praise to a commander in the Roman army, yet He did so without even a hint of admonition that the Centurion should leave his military profession. In Matthew 23, Jesus launched a verbal barrage against the hypocrisy of His day and, in Luke 22, He instructed His followers to buy swords. Jesus is not a pacifist, yet He is the Prince of Peace.
We too must find the balance between "turn the other cheek" and "if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." (Luke 22:36, NIV)
Pray for wisdom!
It must be remembered that our physical survival is only important because it is a tool to bring others into spiritual security. This world is not our home and we must not become dooms day survivalists for any other reason than to have more time to bring the lost to Christ.
Prepare! Build spiritual muscle. Insist that your family prioritize their spiritual exercise (prayer, fasting, intense Bible study, meditation, memorization, association with spiritual people, serving others, etc.).
1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)
"So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."
Be ready to take full advantage of the coming opportunities. Prepare for persecution!
Next time we will look at the last two practical suggestions on our list. Between now and then, pray for the coming of the Lord, but until He gets here, never stop preparing to be useful.
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