The gospel shines brightest amidst the backdrop of darkness and sin! The last days are usually not the best days. A cloud of unbelief and darkness will come to rest over cities in the end times. Disbelief among the nations will increase. However, portals of God's glory will also come beaming down brighter than ever before on pockets of people in places who continue to be His Church. I am reminded at this point of one of my favorite movies, Independence Day. Major cities have a alien spacecraft hovering over them and at just the right time a beam of light comes lightning down on these metropolitan areas. This light represents the attack of the aliens right before it happens. In the same way, we see a dark cloud over our cities in the end days. However, I believe the Church will experience times of revival like never before as the end approaches! The gospel light will come beaming down on those found seeking His face!
Let's go back to the founding of our great nation. Times were tough for the early American settlers. They faced death, persecution, and criticism. However, they did not give in and say let's become complacent since The Lord's return must be drawing nigh. No, they dug in and became fighters for their faith and for their country. Where is that spirit in The Church today? The church continues to look like the world because all too many Christians have given up the fight. These kind of lukewarm Christians see no hope for the world and think the best thing to do is to either follow suit or isolate themselves. They look up waiting for a return instead of looking out to help their fellow man.
God has a different view and take on things. Yes, this postmodern - post-christian culture is a dark place in time. The mindset from many that absolute truth does not exist or the mindset that you can believe what you want or do what you want as long as you don't impose those beliefs on others does make reaching others for Christ a harder task. However, we as believers seek our encouragement from the One who gave us His written Word to communicate with us in times such as these. God says in Isaiah 59:1, "The Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear." God is keenly aware of what is happening on our planet and He is still in the saving business. His mission will prevail! One day, individuals from every tribe and language and people and nation will be worshipping God in His throne room!
This is why Jesus came to us and the reason He was sent. He came to live the life we couldn't live, to die the death we deserved to die, and to rise in victory over the enemies we could not conquer - sin and death. He died for all and this includes any kind of category you want to classify people in today! The postmodern soul needs to know Jesus has come to give them meaning and purpose in this life. Will you tell them today?