I know that I said that I was wrapping things up yesterday, but I had to write one more thing about cultural tension. This week I thought a lot about the cultural tension that continues to grow in our country and about the tension that continues to grow globally. As I was doing so, I was reminded and I hope other Christians that are reading this are reminded of the answer.
There may be times for politics. There may be times for war. There may be times for debate. There may be times for forgetting about these issues and enjoying the moment. But, these things should all serve the work of pointing people to the answer; Jesus.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 starts off one of the most famous chapters of the Bible with the statement "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."
What stands out to me most about that verse is that there is a season for every matter UNDER Heaven. But the things of Heaven do not have a season. They are eternal, they are the purpose. They are IT.
According to the Bible (Romans 1), we believe that everyone longs for fulfillment, satisfaction and goodness. The Bible and observation teaches us that people seek to find that good in things other than God; A system, a religion, a lifestyle, an image that can all give a temporary answer to the tension we face culturally and globally.
When we as believers begin to place too much value in these things, our goal begins to shift towards behavior modification instead of helping others to see the answer. While there may be a right and wrong regarding things such as homosexuality, abortion, war and more.....the goal of believers should not be getting people to agree with us and to do what we deem is good; the goal should be to help them to find the one who is good. Based on what He had to say, if their pursuit of Him is genuine, Jesus will do some needed work in their lives.
I am not saying to ignore the issues and avoid truth. I am saying that truth exists because of Jesus, that goodness exists because of Jesus. If we are striving for, arguing about, or fighting for the right morality without really working to help people find Jesus.....we have lost sight of what is truly good.
“And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. (Matthew 19:16-17a)
I hope that we are living for and leading others to see that Jesus is the answer to whom there is not just a season.