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Doubling Down During Difficult Times

“If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited. Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter. If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,” won’t he who weighs hearts consider it? Won’t he who protects your life know? Won’t he repay a person according to his work?” Proverbs 24:10-12 CSB


These are indeed difficult times. Difficult for everyone in the economy because of the policies of a corrupt and godless government. Difficult are these times for Christians because it is unpopular to identify with Jesus and hold fast to His commands. Difficulty will increase as long as good men do nothing. How small is our strength in these times compared to the Church’s founding, where the hostility was much greater? How small is our strength compared to our brothers and sisters in Asia, the Middle East, and most of Africa who have suffered for decades for identifying with Jesus and His Church where His Church has been declared illegal and where the governments keep most in sustenance living? What should we do? Everyone who denies Jesus is Lord rejects God the Father and places their soul on the road to eternal condemnation. We are to rescue everyone on the road to death by sharing the gospel, which is the power of salvation for everyone who believes in it. When times are difficult, the Church is to double down on our mission of making disciples until all people are obedient followers of Jesus. This kind of living will lead to greater short-term difficulty, long-term betterment of society, and eternal reward for the faithful. We are not ignorant of who follows Jesus, particularly when we clearly identify with Jesus because we love Him most and first.

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