Awaiting A Savior

Posted on February 13, 2021

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By David Ettinger

No Turning Back
The United States has turned a corner and is not turning back. Our nation – as demonstrated by our government and the laws it enacts – has rejected God, the Bible, and biblical morality. God may not be dead, but He is of no avail to an ever-growing number of Americans. Christianity will come under ever more assault, and believers in the years ahead will feel the weight of it.

Despite this, we must determine right now to stand for Christ and His Word no matter what comes our way. And much will come our way, as Scripture warns us:

  • “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me [Jesus] before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world … the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
  • “And you will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
  • “Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9).

This has always been the reality since the beginning of the Church, and it has played itself out differently in different regions of the world during different eras. Here in America, Christians and Christianity have lived persecution-free. This, however, is changing fast. As we draw nearer to the end of the age, our nation’s restraints regarding its hatred of Christianity will be steadily eroding. Christian hatred will become more deliberate and evident, with no effort to conceal it.

It has been this way in other countries for centuries, and will become this way here.

What to Do
There is no use debating this truth. Even if things don’t deteriorate quite to the levels I described, it is foolish to deny that a sizable level of Christian persecution is heading our way, and when it hits, it’s going to hit hard. When this happens, what are Christians to do?

First, fight hatred with love: “Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Second, preach Christ: “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Third, be about the Lord’s business: “And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’” (Mark 16:15).

Fourth, stop getting caught up in the gunk that has nothing to do with eternity: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).

Fifth, because we are “not of the world” (John 5:19), we are to be looking elsewhere: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

This last one can go a long way in helping you to persevere. Don’t let the evil of this world dishearten you. Rather, take comfort in what awaits. Remember that Jesus Christ is coming back, and when He does, He “will transform the body of our lowly condition into conformity with His glorious body, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:21).

May we be found faithful in telling the world about the glorious Savior we are eagerly awaiting, that they, too, will join us in our eager and hopeful waiting!