HAS GOD LEFT?
Guess who’s not around any more, according to the world! Apparently, God!
“How can you say that?”
He was sidelined in our constitution. We are now a ‘secular’ state. He’s no longer allowed in our schools (and there’s plenty of evidence for that!). Our young people’s behaviour is hard on the heels of their American counterparts who kicked God out decades ago.
He’s not in the mass media. Read a fashion magazine or a ‘scandal rag’. People take the gifts and talents He gives and the resources He pours into their lives and use them to magnify themselves.
God is absent from most of our TV programmes. His name is only mentioned as a swear word, His holy standards are ignored, and wickedness is paraded on our TV screens in the name of ‘entertainment.’
Because we shut Him out of our constitution, did He leave? Because we shut Him out of our schools and courts and public life, did He leave? Not according to the Scriptures. The government may reject Him, the media ignore Him and the world side-line Him but He did not leave.
We have the promise of Jesus that He will never leave us. He lives in His church. He has elected to make us His dwelling place. The church may be ailing but it’s not dead. The world may act as though God does not exist, but Jesus is alive and at work in His church.
The newspapers are full of bad news. The church is full of good news. I heard recently in a sermon from Bethel Church in Redding, California, that many of the Olympic athletes who took part in the recent Beijing Olympics are believers. The Kenyan marathon gold medallist gave his life to Jesus after winning the gold medal. Several of the swimmers are believers. There are 70 Jewish rabbis in New York who have turned to the Lord. The most influential rabbi in the United States who died at the age of 105, confessed that Jesus Christ is the Messiah in a letter he left to be read one year after his death. The son of the leader of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization, is a believer and is preaching the gospel.
Where is Jesus? He has never left us. He is in us by His Spirit and He is building His church. He is perfecting His bride for His coming and He is revealing Himself to the world through you and me. In spite of the hostility we encounter, let’s take heart. He may not be welcome in our country but no-on can shut Him out of our hearts!
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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