Forging On in Christ

Posted on August 3, 2019

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By David Ettinger

Getting Worse
Attitudes toward Christians in the West are getting worse. More and more we are becoming the enemy of liberal, progressive society, our ancient and antiquated belief in our fairy-tale God a scourge to a culture ever in the process of glorifying its own human magnificence.

As the ills of society escalate because it has chosen to reject God, the blame will increasingly fall on Christians, whose Bible we live by is the moral and spiritual antithesis to everything the culture holds dear. We have already seen this happening in California. (Read my blog: “Religious Community Blamed for LGBT Suicides.”)

Please don’t be deceived into thinking that society will miraculously see the light, and that a wave of Christian salvation will saturate the West. I’m at a loss to comprehend how otherwise strong, levelheaded, and truly God-fearing believers can hold such a view.

Far from it, however, is the much more logical scenario that we are drawing very near to the end of this era of human history, and that the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth to usher in His righteous kingdom is nearing reality. The prophecies of the Old Testament and the Books of Matthew and Revelation will soon begin the early stages of fulfillment.

We’re Not the First
In the meantime, as our society crumbles and we become more the target of hatred and acrimony, please remember that we are not the first generation of Christians to experience the heat of religious contempt, nor are we anywhere near our predecessors and current third-world brothers and sisters in level of oppression.

Throughout the history of Christianity, followers of the Lord Jesus have been slaughtered and tortured by the millions, and it is still going on today in such nations as North Korea, China, Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Pakistan, and many more. And, of course, you can read the accounts of the faithful in Hebrews Chapter 11, and what happed to some of them.

Christians in the West cannot even compare by way of persecution to those mentioned above, and rather than lamenting the world in which we live, we can choose to feel a sense of anticipation that all which is occurring today is drawing us closer to the return of our Lord and Savior.

Keep Forging On
In the meantime, let us strengthen our resolve and forge on in Christ in these ever-darkening days.

Let us remember the glorious words of Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

The “cloud of witnesses” referred to is the faithful saints of Chapter 11. The writer of Hebrews is telling us that their willingness to suffer and die for Christ should be our rallying cry to forge on for Christ. We in the West have it so much better than they; shouldn’t we be willing to share with them in their suffering?

So let us not be hindered by sin or the distractions of this world from following Christ with all of hearts, minds, spirits, and emotions. Instead, let us run the race that our Lord has entered us in, and let us determine to reach the finish line! Keep forging on, Christian, and fix your eyes upon Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) who is waiting at the finish line to greet us when the race has been completed!