In Matthew 24, Christ talks about the end of times and the wickedness that will prevail. In verses 12-13 it says, “Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” These are very interesting comments from Christ when you compare them to what is happening today. They talk about false prophets, people who will deceive you, wars, and rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes. Then He mentions how those who believe in Him will be persecuted and hated, many turning away from the ways of the Lord.
I am not one who will tell you the end of times is at hand, but let’s look at what is happening today. There are groups like the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) who works hard to take religion out of our schools and government. We are a nation built under God, and we should be angry when people want to take God out of the pledge, prayer from our schools, Christ out of Christmas, and think it is OK to run cartoons depicting Jesus, the Mother Mary or the Pope in a negative way. There are many areas of doctrine I disagree with the Muslims on, but they get angry when someone messes with their religious leaders. We should be outraged when people try to persecute our faith.
There is an increase in wickedness in our society and so many of our church leaders are preaching what people want to hear, rather than challenging them. If they were preaching the truth, there would be an uproar of indignation to this wrong in our world, and there would be much less poverty.
Few in modern history have made the impact on society as Martin Luther King. He did not condemn people nor did he tell people they were going to hell as so many modern Christians easily express. Many Christians sit in church and think they have the right to criticize others because they have sins different than their own. Jesus spent as much time with tax collectors, sinners, and prostitutes as He did with the early Christians. He showed love, shared God’s direction, and He alone is the only one that can judge others. We need to follow the example of Dr. King and of course that of our Lord Jesus Christ to make a difference in this world. We must not be timid but most certainly not judgmental.
We are called to love others and show love for the Lord through our service to the less fortunate. Christ calls us to take action, and it is just as much a sin to do nothing as it is to sin through our words and evil deeds. When we see someone in need and we do not take care of that need, we have grown cold like Christ warned. When we see wrong in our community, we need to do what ever it is God is calling us to do. With as many people as there are in this country claiming to be Christian, we should be able to have an impact.
How can we sit in church week after week and not take action to show love in our communities or even toward the downtrodden within our own church. If we do, this is exactly what Christ was talking about when He said most would grow cold. Show love during these times when there is so much evil around us because as the verse above says, it is those who stand firm that will be saved. Taking action to show love is not just for the religious fanatics, but it is fundamental to what God says we should be doing if we want to share in His eternal glory.
Steve Childers is the author of Catholic or Protestant: What our Churches Should Be Teaching. Visit www.CatholicOrProtestant.com
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