What Are We To Do?
by Brittany Velasquez
These days our nation reels from one dark spectrum to another. Social media explodes with dogmatic opinions, frightened questions, and sorrowful attitudes. Social justice warriors raise their banners on multiple fronts, proclaiming their constitutional rights. Where does this leave you and me? Is there a place for Anabaptist ladies in this convoluted landscape?
A few days ago, I deleted the Facebook app from my smartphone because I found it to be distracting and discouraging, especially with the news media splashing society’s ills everywhere. This morning I logged on just to see what had happened in the short time I was absent. I scrolled for a while and then finally stopped because I could feel my blood pressure rising and my heart growing weary.
So often in these situations I mentally spar over and over, solidifying my point of view, but then as time passes and my blood pressure resumes its normal rate I realize yet again several important facts.
First, we live in a fallen world, and from the moment Eve took the first bite we became depraved human beings. Nothing can or will save us from ourselves except for the perfect love of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that He was willing to die a gruesome death so that you and I could have true freedom.
Second, our present, physical circumstances are not the whole picture. We are simply here for a season. Let’s not allow ourselves to become burdened with the ever-changing whims of the world. Human leaders will rise and fall, people will continue to make decisions that go against our personal principles, but these are not the issues we should be fighting against. God’s Word is quite clear on this. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) Does this mean we hunker down in our homes and ignore the messiness of the world? Certainly not. To be the salt and light that Jesus calls us to be requires us to get down to the nitty gritty sometimes. That means doing hard things like leaving your family to do mission work in a foreign part of the world or fighting for an unborn child’s life in a crisis pregnancy center. Yes, be passionate. Stand up for what is Truth, but don’t be distracted with things that have no eternal value.
Third, who am I to angrily decry the sins of others when the beam in my own eye is so huge I can hardly see around it? I shouldn’t fuss about what is going on in the world when I have my own sin issues to take care of.
So what is the answer to all of this? How can we as Anabaptist ladies do our part against all this ugliness? What are we to do?
I submit to you that it all begins with us. Here are just a few ways we can fight against the principalities and powers that surround us.
Have we found our identity in Jesus Christ? Until we have become so saturated and fulfilled by our relationship with Christ we will continue be plagued by the oscillating opinions of the world. Don’t forget Whose you are. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26) Obviously we continue to have human natures and as such there will be times when the cares of the world press down and bruise our souls, but never lose your grip on the hand of your heavenly Father.
Are we daily practicing the Golden Rule? When sticky situations arise how do we respond? Are we treating the people around us as we want to be treated? “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
Are we being kind? A little kindness goes a long way to paving the corridor to a person’s heart. A kind act manifests itself in so many different ways, whether it’s holding the door for someone or taking time to help a person in need. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
These three points are not new information and certainly are not even the tip of the iceberg, but perhaps they will remind us to search our hearts. Sadly, we will not eliminate violent and selfish behavior, but just maybe we will shine a light so brightly that the people around us will know that we are Christ’s people without us even needing to speak a word. Will these things make life perfect? Certainly not. Will your blood pressure rise the next time you log onto Facebook? Quite possibly, but you have the tools to combat the darkness. Use them because they will make a difference.
As you continue to journey this bumpy road of Life remember what Jesus told the disciples. “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Those words were true two thousand years ago and they are still true today.