A preacher has been fined for quoting the Levitical Law, a minister who denies God's existence still wants to be a minister - and doesn't appreciate being told he's not Christian, a college ministry is being kicked off campus due to the requirement that its leaders be Christians, the Presbyterian branch has decided to redefine marriage, the East is buried under snow, the West in in extreme drought conditions, California has one year of water reserves left, and the universe is going to implode in 3... 2... 1.
Some days I look at all the news that flashes across my desktop and think, 'Wow, it can't get much worse.' Then it does. It gets worse. Unbelievably, people find a way to make it worse. Legislation gets passed or a judge redefines the law, the very underpinning of our moral society gets removed or replaced and things get worse. At times like that, part of me wants to throw up my hands and declare, "I quit!" then promptly pack my bags, move out to the country, and live "off the grid" in my own little cocoon of no internet, no "noise," no people shooting each other, no pastors getting arrested for preaching the Bible, no country that has seemingly lost its way and is hurtling down a path of destruction. Just me, the land, my LORD, and wide open spaces.
But sense returns. I am not an ostrich and I cannot bury my head in the sand. Time is short and I have been given a job to do. As a matter of fact, we all have. Go, declare, preach, and teach. WE have been commissioned by the Lord on high to tell the world about the goodness, grace, and hope of the Gospel. WE have been commissioned to reach out to the lost. There are so many people wandering in our little spheres of life and we largely walk around willingly ignorant of their existence. But the Lord said to go to ALL the world. That means everyone. Your next door neighbor and coworker. The homeless person you pass every day going to work and the Muslim who frequents the newly built mosque down the block.
Individual churches can only do so much, but that should not stop us individually from doing more. My church doesn't have a supported deaf ministry, but for the longest time we had a faithful servant who volunteered her Sunday mornings to ensure the deaf had a place to "hear" the word that was preached. We don't have a homeless ministry, but another lady has brought opportunities to the church body to help with a ministry that does reach out to that community. Individual churches can't do it all, but we as a body of Christ have been charged with doing exactly that - going, reaching, teaching, and preaching to ALL the world. Unless we start doing our part to impact the small sphere of influence the Lord has given us, this hopeless world will only grow more devoid of hope and there will soon come a time when our heads might as well be buried in the sand because we won't be here to do anything about it.