For Such a Time as This: Faithful Witness in a Chaotic Culture
In the confluence of COVID, BLM and an increasingly hostile political atmosphere, it may be tempting to throw our hands up in defeat. How will we ever "go back to normal" after a pandemic? How can we hope to heal racial divides and political tensions in our country and churches?
This is not the first time that the church has been asked to bear faithful witness to the gospel in the midst of apparent chaos. We may be intimidated, but we must set aside any self-preserving inclinations and step into the fray to bring God's justice, reconciliation and peace to our world. These difficult circumstances point us back to the fundamentals – to the essential Christian faith, to a life of true discipleship and disciple making, and to our identity as God's set-apart people. Our hope this year is to encourage leaders to get going, to find hope and opportunity in God's work in the world, and to seek where God is calling you right now.
As Mordecai said to Esther, "If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
The church was made for such a time as this.
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