A Christian begins with the conclusion that a good God will restore creation to its original design, and sees all history as proceeding toward that end.
God's desire is to use our powerlessness to send us fleeing back to him. Evil wants it to send us reeling to rely on ourselves with even greater intensity. We unwittingly follow evil's plan when we attempt to escape our powerlessness through martyrdom, rebellion, or disengagement.
In contrast to many a preacher today, Jesus knew that "love your enemies" didn't mean "don't make any."
William Sloane Coffin
Thursday, February 28, 2013
So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
'Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we'll be alright
So lead me back, turn south from that place
And close my eyes to my recent disgrace
'Cause you know my call
And we'll share my all
And our children come and they will hear me roar
These lyrics from Mumford and Sons have owned me for the past week. It seems that many I have talked to in recent days are battling so much darkness, as we all are. Darkness both within and without...sin, the results of the fall, death, decay...all lead us to groan for the redemption of our lives and our world. The hope in these words of the promise that in Christ we will be alright, that the new heavens and new earth of Revelation will be a reality for us who hope in Christ! As we battle the darkness and wage war against sin, we must cling to the light of the gospel for our present and coming salvation!