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They say "God isn't fixing this"...
They say "God isn't fixing this"...
Sometimes we are tempted to despair when bad things happen. The media mocks Christians for praying during recent terrorist strikes. They say "God isn't fixing this". As Christians, do we believe them, do we ignore them or do we think something completely different?
As the unbelieving mock us, the truth is, the answer lies in their own beliefs. They believe in human free will and the supremacy of human reasoning through evolution. However, only part of that is true. We have free will given to us by God, and that is why #1 Christians pray for peace for the families of the victims, guidance, healing, wisdom, for people to be brought to faith in Christ as Lord, etc; not for a "fix for the problem"; #2 why God isn't going to "fix things" according to the way we think it should be fixed; and #3 why, in a way, God is fixing this problem in the grand plan of things.
We are called to pray in all circumstances, even urged to pray constantly (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes, we don't know what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (see Romans 8:26-27). With that said, the unbelieving will relate to prayer in their own way, not necessarily in the way Christians actually pray. Some think that prayer is an endless dotcom warehouse of genie wishes and laundry lists of things wanted or needed waiting to be distributed when asked. When the dotcom warehouse of genie wishes and laundry lists aren't fulfilled, they suppose that simply, God isn't there. What they don't realize is that God is not a genie in a lamp waiting to grant every wish. There is more to prayer than just asking for things. It's a communication mechanism between God and us; just like we'd talk to a friend sitting next to us. Naturally there is more to it and we must remember to give God the glory, but that's the basic idea. When the unbelieving see us praying, given their perception of prayer, they mock, jeer and even persecute us.
The Persecution of Christians
Persecution is part of Christianity. However, in America, persecution is something we holler in times like these, when in the rest of the world persecution is an underground church, beatings, jail, exclusion from society and even death. Is what we are beginning to experience now in America persecution? Yes. But it is also minor persecution compared to what our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world experience. However, as our society continues to disintegrate and move away from the things of God, the more serious the persecution will be, like it is elsewhere in the world. When that will be depends on the degradation of our society. There will be a day when the church will be forced underground. There will be a day when Americans truly understand what persecution entails.
During our tenure here in America, Christians have had a safe haven to practice what we wanted. The longer that safe haven lasts, the further removed from the original effects of the persecution - which drove us here in the first place - have on us. We become numb to what our ancestors endured, thus, bringing about the circumstances we reside in now. The founding fathers of America fled here because they were wanting to separate from the Church of England. Nowadays, people simply want to separate themselves from anything having to do with God at all. Oh my friends, persecution is coming. What we hear coming from the Middle East about Christians being tortured and killed for their faith will become a living reality here. The time frame is not set, however the destination is. Read through the End Times prophecies in Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Revelation and other places. You'll find a scary story that has yet to unfold. The best I can do is to encourage you to do as Paul encourages in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
& Hebrews 12:1-4,
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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Run the race my friends. Christ endured to the point of shedding blood for our sins. Endure, for we still have breath in our lungs to live another day, preach another day, save souls another day. God is indeed fixing the problem; it just isn't quite being fixed like the unbelieving think.
The Unbelieving Say...
By now, we know the unbelieving say "God isn't fixing this". However, for the Christian, the answer is much, much different.
God has taken care of it through the blood of Christ. Christ endured persecution, torture and a crucifixion in order to pay for our sins. He then defeated it all by rising from the dead and ascending to the mighty right hand of Father God Almighty whose name is to be praised forever. God has indeed taken care of the whole sin problem, which by the way, is the whole problem to begin with. "God isn't fixing this" is only a surface issue. The real issue is human sinfulness.
God is taking care of this by comforting us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. This is really what we are praying for. Comfort. God has given humans free will and because of that, some people choose sinful actions that hurt others deeply. God walks with us through our pain, comforting us the whole way. Not only does He comfort us, but He weaves and works things together to benefit us who believe (see Romans 8:28-30).
God will take care of it by coming again. The world will continue to fall into sin deeper and the results will get much worse. However, Christ is coming again, this time to take back control and finish the plan. Those who believe will be with Christ forever in Paradise. Those who do not believe will be relegated to an eternity without God.
God is fixing the entire issue, past, present, and future. Sometimes our feeble humanity just can't see the forest for the trees. As Christians, we can't ignore the unbelieving, but we also can't listen and take to heart what they say either. Our response needs to be biblical, loving, and truth-filled. Through everything, our job is to preach the Good News of the Gospel so God can save souls. Be encouraged brothers and sisters. The world will get worse, but we have a Mighty God who is much, much bigger. Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33), and to that we simply say, Hallelujah!