Not only is fear or anxiety a common response to everything happening in our culture, but there is another seemingly common response for Bible-believing Christians who watch a culture turn not only from Christ, specifically, but also turn away from Christian principles and foundations for society, something many of us may struggle with– What is this other common response we have? Contempt.
If it’s true, that sometimes Christians hate the world…how did it come to this? How could followers of Jesus ever feel contempt for the world, the very ones we’re called to love and reach with the Gospel? I think there’s one main answer to that question:
We hate the world because we forget. We get frustrated or let anger consume us because we forget! We forget that we are no different from the world without the grace of God! It’s only because of Christ that we can understand truth, what He has laid out for us in Scripture.
If I’m honest, I think many of us have developed a self-righteous attitude toward the people around us, inside and outside the church. We think, “Man, they just don’t get it. I get it. Politics, culture, right and wrong. They’re over there, good luck to them, hopefully one day they’ll get out of that. They just don’t get it. But I get it. I’m more intelligent.”
We must get off of our self-righteous high horses, remember that we were floundering about like scared little children in a pitch black room. We were searching for a door or a wall or anything at all, but we were helplessly lost. We were blind and unable to do anything to save ourselves. Then God reached in and pulled us from the darkness (Col. 1:13).
To take credit for any of it, or to say that we understand the world somehow on our own accord or because of our own intelligence, is to forget the Cross. I implore you, don’t forget the Cross. The only reason we’re no longer blind is because Christ has removed the veil from our faces. 2 Cor. 3:16-18-
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Once again, in case we forget who actually made this happen, the last part of this passage makes it clear: “This comes from the Lord.”
Remember your lostness. Remember your salvation, and the God who accomplished it. The only way we’ll ever be able to have the Great Commission in mind with the world is when we realize that the only reason we’re not with the world is because of the very Gospel we have to share with them.
This is an adjusted excerpt from a message given at Raintree Community Church on May 22nd, 2016. For a full audio recording and manuscript, click HERE.