Published July 7, 2015
"In Whose Eyes?"
Society's morals, as you are no doubt painfully aware, are in free-fall. Recent court rulings and their aftermath have done nothing but encourage those who absolutely detest Christian values and beliefs. And, already, they're becoming increasingly bold and vocal about it, scorning and abusing Christians in no uncertain terms in the news media, on social media and at every other opportunity.
All of this got me thinking about how we, as Christians, are seen. There are two ways. First, as society sees me...
- I believe marriage is a God-ordained institution involving one man and one woman. So the world sees me as a "hater."
- I believe the Lord God created the heavens and the earth. The world says that obviously makes me "unscientific," "uneducated" and "ignorant."
- I believe life begins at conception and abortion is murder. So I'm seen by the politically correct as "anti-female." (Aren't half of aborted babies female? But I digress...)
- I believe the Bible is God's revealed Word to mankind. So the world condescendingly looks at me as obviously a "naive believer of fables and fairy tales."
- I believe God is in ultimate control of His creation. Thus, in the world's eyes, I'm a "denier."
- I believe God wants us to call Him "Father." So the world sees me as "sexist" and a "chauvinist."
- I believe we are to tell others about Christ. That, the world sees as obviously making me "offensive" and "harassing."
- I believe Christ is the only way to God. So society sees me with disdain as a "brainwashed bigot."
- I believe God's way is the only way. That is seen by the world as an example of being totally "intolerant."
- I believe God is love. That, strangely, makes me "hateful" in the world's eyes.
So that's what society thinks. And I used only a few of the relatively "nice" words that Christians are commonly called. You most likely could add to the list. Of course, it's to be expected. Christ told His followers, "If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..." (John 15:20b).
But, lest we let all of that get us down, we must remember there's something far more important than what society thinks. What's that? I'm much more concerned about how God sees me. In stark contrast to how the world sees us as Christians, in God's eyes....
- I've called upon the Lord to forgive my sins. So He sees me as forgiven.
- I've been redeemed through Christ's blood shed at Calvary. He sees me as saved.
- I acknowledge Him as Father, Creator God. He acknowledges me as His child.
- I believe Christ is returning. So He sees me as someone He will welcome to heaven to live eternally with Him.
I thank God every day that those truths are ultimately worth far more than any fallacious, derogatory epithets the world could possibly ever throw at me. Aren't you?
And there's the challenge. As Paul explained to King Agrippa, recalling God's words to him, he was called to preach the Gospel to the world, "to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me" (Acts 26:18).
Our challenge is to be such a light in this world that eyes will be opened to God's eternal truth, turning them "from darkness to light." That's the only ultimate solution to society's faulty perspectives. And anything we do toward that end will certainly be pleasing in God's eyes.
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