Christian or of the World, we all face pain everyday. What makes the difference?
Christianity [rests] on the recognition of pain. – G. K. Chesterton, The Illustrated London News (1 Nov 1930)
Yes, the world is in pain. God knows the world is in pain. Its no secret. Christian or of the World, we all face pain everyday. Even the bible speaks of this. Those of us who profess to be Christian, do we know where that is?
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23)
We put ourselves there. God did not cause the pain. We did. We cause it to ourselves and we cause it to others. God is offering not a temporary quick fix or something wrong to give us the illusion that things are better – Out of love He gives us THE answer!
Christ and His Kingdom and a new spirit – one of strength to bear up under the trials of this world aided with the Holy Spirit – not drugs or the temporary pleasure of sin. That. That is what gives us hope. The kind of hope we are supposed to be showing to others. The kind of hope that says: Yes! you can make it without doing something sinful in this world, without drugs and pleasures!
Brothers? Sisters? Where is that hope you and I are supposed to evidence? The object of that Hope – heaven- we do not yet see and for good reason.
“24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” (Romans 8:24)
We are to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), reflecting our Master, Christ. Not trembling and in fear of the world. We are little children pointing the way with light in the darkness. Fear and tremble before God, but not the world.
Get people wanting to go to heaven. Do you? Or do you want to exhaust yourself trying to make this dying, going to be destroyed world, your temporary Eden pursuing constant entertainment and conveniences?
Because that is what too many are doing. Let us instead take the hope that God offers and show it to the world so that they know there is something stronger and better, something which feeds and sustains us better than our sins.
“The Secularists laboriously explain that martyrdoms do not prove a faith to be true, as if anybody was ever such a fool as to suppose that they did. What they did prove, or, rather, strongly suggest, was that something had entered human psychology which was stronger than strong pain. If a young girl, scourged and bleeding to death, saw nothing but a crown descending on her from God, the first mental step was not that her philosophy was correct, but that she was certainly feeding on something.” – G. K. Chesterton, All Things Considered (1908)