The world in which we live today is fraught with all kinds of problems and we are having to deal with more than our fathers and grandfathers ever dreamed of. Every direction in which we turn seems to hold new and threatening surprises for people in these days. The economy is a source of a great deal of anxiety for many people with the stock market bouncing around the way it does, and the general direction of the bounce has been downward. Many people who had quite a nest egg are finding that their finances are squeezed tighter than ever. Others who have investments and who have been depending on them for retirement are now having to work jobs until things, hopefully, rebound somewhat. These are stressful times where the economy is concerned.
Now, we find that our safety in our own country is not as secure as it once was. Since September 11, 2001 things have changed drastically. The news media is constantly talking about the threat against our country and Americans abroad. We have given so much to the world and yet we are the most hated by many countries. The threat from Islamic militants is a real one not only here but in other countries as well. Every day we are bombarded with news about probable strikes and attacks. We are told to be careful and to have contingency plans in case certain things happen. The stress builds in the lives of people and it is affecting the way we think and act within our own country.
In addition to the things already mentioned, it seems that our own society is coming apart at the seams. We are now coping with a generation raised on heavy metal music, rebellion and drugs. Illicit sex is sold to the public on television and on the movie screen and we wonder why our young people think things which were formally unspeakable are now things which they should not be denied. The general moral climate of America is at a new low and it seems to be heading even lower as the base instincts of a degenerate society are being fed even more of the poison which has already caused a titanic shift in who we are and how we conduct ourselves.
BUT, there is one thing which does not change. There is one constant in society to which our people can go for peace and assurance. The Church, which is the spiritual Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism which has the answers for the problems in society. It is ultimately the place to which most people finally turn for guidance and comfort. Even people who have never given God a turn in life will want to go to the church for comfort when death comes. They want a Man of God to say a few words of comfort. They ultimately want to think that the message of salvation proclaimed by the church applies to them and their loved ones. The Church is the only institution on the earth with the proper answers for life. No other institution or organization deals with eternal life. No one else has the message the church has. Wall Street deals with money. The American Bar Association deals with the law. The courts deal with dispensing justice. Medical institutions deal with keeping people healthy, but NO ONE else but the Church deals with the eternal life factor, and this is the most important factor of all.
When frustration and anxiety come and when the pressure and stresses of life come to bear, no one can offer the comfort, peace, solitude, assurance and love that the Church has to offer. A sinful world will look everywhere for the answers to life except the place God has designed to help them. People will trust a little pill in a bottle to calm their lives more than they will trust Jesus who can completely straighten them out and bring true peace. Just remember, when life’s burdens and frustrations come to bear on you, there is a place that cares. The people who make up the church are the ones a person can depend on for help. The Lord of the Church is the one they can look to for salvation and true peace. Commit your life to Jesus Christ, God’s answer to our human condition. Hold the church high. Lift her up. Invest your life in the Spiritual Body of Christ, the Church, and you will find that there is peace in the midst of this storm we call the human experience.
May God Bless You Today.
Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 48 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 30 of those years. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com