Too often I start reading something thinking it will be encouraging, but find it filled with phrases like “post-Christian world,” or “Christianity’s decline.” I just read that apparently, I’m “living in the ruins of Christendom.” However, because Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” our faith and hope are not based on any ruin or decline we see in the communities and world around us. Other things may end up in ruins or in decline, but Christianity does not. It was not in decline on Good Friday and it is not in decline now.
In a recent post about the massive expansion of Christianity under Communist China, I wrote: “As Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 – ‘And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ This rock is the gospel of the kingdom of God, and not even a brutal regime like that of Chairman Mao could prevail against it.”
The best of the kingdom of God is always in the future, never in the past, which brings me to the Rewind Wednesday part of today’s post, from last November:
“Today, many will hear the good news of the kingdom of Jesus, and some may hear and be saved! Also today, none will be snatched out of His hand! (John 10:28)
True progress will be made today and every day.”
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A helpful reminder and interesting point about our language and the firmness of our ground for hope.
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Like Peter, we sink when we pay too much attention to the wind and waves, often not even realizing it. (Mt 14:30)