Worry, faith, the cross

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. Colossians 2:2-4


All my Christian adult life I have seen and heard fine-sounding arguments that take aim at and set against Christianity. There was nothing new. I am sure you have heard some very persuasive arguments against Christianity in your life also. They are usually arguments that take issue with the behavior of Christians and not with Jesus Christ.


Now, however, we are facing new challenges in our culture for the first time in the history of our nation. You may see and experience some of the upheaval yourself. Perhaps you watch it unfold on TV. There really is no place for logic and reason. If you ask the wrong questions, you might be suspect and therefore complicit with the injustices of our society.


Whatever may or may not unfold in the course of 2020, whatever may become the philosophy of our day, it only matters for this life. Do not take your eyes off from the Savior. Paul laid it all out for us. Be encouraged in heart and united in love.


Christ does not hold us accountable for having a PhD in philosophy, but he does hold us accountable for our faith and obedience to him. Believe as the scriptures teach. When we keep striving in our faith in Christ, we gain the rich reward of his peace and understanding. There is an “a-ha” moment. By faith, we grow in wisdom and knowledge. We can never afford to stop or pause our faith and learning either.


The world around us may rage out of control. There may be rioting in the streets. There might even be trouble outside the front door of our house, but we belong body and soul to our faithful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. One hundred years from now, we won’t care about this world. We will be enjoying the unveiled mysteries of God in his presence.