Christians, Please Stop Lamenting

Posted on March 18, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Too Much Handwringing
Yes, things are bad and getting worse. The very fabric of the United States is tearing at every seam. Deception, dishonesty, violence, corruption, rampant immorality, and depravity are rising to dizzying heights.

None of this should surprise Bible-believing Christians. Yes, it is tragic to witness, but there is enough in the Bible to tell us that this is quite natural – read Romans Chapter 1 and 2 Timothy Chapter 3.

But also read Romans 8:37: “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” What are “these things”? Verse 35 tells us: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”

There is much lamenting and handwringing among Christians about our corrupt government and declining culture. Yet, U.S. Christians are not experiencing persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or the sword – though these things could be coming.

But even if we were, Paul tells us we “overwhelmingly conquer” these things through Christ. The traditional wording for this, as per the King James, is “more than conquerors.” Yet, to hear Christians “lament” – which is a nice word for “whine” – you’d think we were tragic losers.

The Proper Attitude
So, in such deteriorating times, what should be the attitude of Christians? As usual, we need to turn to the Bible; and as further usual, we need to look at the apostle Paul.

Paul was alive when Roman Emperor Nero began his persecution of Christianity. As a result, Paul was imprisoned. How did he handle his imprisonment? Did he say how terrible life was for believers and demand the Roman government be replaced? No. He accepted the situation as a natural offshoot of a Satan-run world, and turned his hardships into victories:

Now I want you to know … that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brothers and sisters, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear (Philippians 1:12-14).

Paul’s imprisonment made it possible for the Gospel to spread to places it would not normally have gone – in this case, the praetorian, the palace of the Roman governor.

Unfortunately, this situation led to others preaching the Gospel in an insincere fashion (vv. 15-17). But rather than lament, Paul embraced: “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice” (v. 18).

Opportunities
The bottom line is that Paul saw every attack upon Christianity as an opportunity to spread the Gospel – and so should American Christians!

It is not our job to obsess over the “stolen” Presidential Election and the “Covid-19 conspiracy,” ranting and raving and supporting such theories on social media. And though our culture truly is collapsing – particularly in the matter of all things “trans” – we are to view such things as opportunities to share the Gospel.

Is the pandemic a worldwide conspiracy? Was the U.S. Presidential Election stolen? I don’t believe so, but even if both are true, what of it, Christian? That’s for others to deal with. Our responsibility is to use every situation – good and bad – as opportunities to share Christ.

We must look at the collapse of our nation not with lamentation, but with hope ­– “that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed.”

May God give His children the strength to forge on in triumph during these challenging days!