Gone are the days when we worshiped in peace, when the law of the Lord was the standard for the United States. In these days, those which love the evil increasingly hate the good, and feel no compunctions about raging against the people of God.
It is all too easy to succumb to the temptation to fight fire with fire, insult with insult, memes with memes. They sneer at me, I vilify them. They mock me, I ridicule them.
Increasingly there are laws put into place which are designed to muzzle the word of God, lest sinners feel convicted and turn from their sins. It is politically incorrect to define sins, or be so insensitive as to point them out.
Increasingly we are told to keep our faith a private thing, a weak thing, to be trotted out in muted praise and impotent faith on Sunday, then tucked away the rest of the week lest we offend our co-workers, our families, the media, the atheist, the nation…
We must own up to the fact that we are hated. We must be aware of the fact that there are those who seek to harm us, to destroy us, because we dare to proclaim a living Christ and the joy of a righteous life. Where they call for death, we call for life. Where they call for war, we call for peace. Where they strike out, we turn the other cheek.
Most of all we must stand up to the times, open our eyes, and know it is our calling to love our enemies, to shower them with blessings, and to bombard heaven with prayers on their behalf, that they may not be eternally destroyed.