If you have woken up any day in the past couple of weeks and thought, I don’t recognize my world anymore, I completely understand…
Call me naïve.
Consider me sheltered.
And maybe even wonder if I have had my head in the sand…
But at the end of the day, I don’t recognize my world anymore.
I don’t understand how folks can be so full of hate that they shoot up churches. And it’s not like I haven’t personally experienced evil. To the contrary, I am well aware of how wicked and ugly people can be.
I don’t understand how and why folks can twist what is good and right into a perversion or caricature of what is intended.
I don’t understand how Christians can claim Christ and be hateful and spiteful—to each other and anybody else they find disagreement with.
So, if you are like me and hear yourself saying, I don’t recognize my world anymore…
I get it.
In my best 80’s Valley Girl imitation, I so totally get it, dude! Or dude-ette. Whatever the case may be.
Up is down.
Down is up.
Right is wrong.
Wrong is right.
I don’t recognize my world anymore.
To some degree or in certain situations or circumstances, maybe I am naïve or sheltered. Maybe my head has been firmly entrenched in sand. I am not really prepared to argue it one way or another.
However I got here, I don’t recognize my world anymore. But since we are doing the maybe dance… Maybe that’s a good thing.
Because as it looks and feels today, Christianity is on the wrong side of culture.
Out of step.
Behind the times.
Out of tune.
Or better yet, counter-culture.
Maybe we need to remember that because, well…
Maybe we have depended entirely too much on a government to provide the standard of what is good, right, and wholesome.
And maybe we have become entirely too comfortable with this world—too agreeable with a stance that doesn’t rock the boat or make some kind of a wave.
And maybe in all of our hand wringing when faced with the fact that the world’s values have never been that of the church, maybe we’ll remember we are here to share the eternal perspective of Jesus.
And maybe we have lost sight of the fact that this world is not our home.
And maybe we’ve forgotten that broken is broken and we are all broken in some form or fashion.
And in a maybe that might be the worst, maybe we have just simply loved ourselves more than others—and maybe in our own self-preoccupation, we have lost sight of that fact loving others isn’t always easy or pretty.
Finally, as we bring this maybe dance to a close, maybe we should quit saying maybe and remember the words of Jesus…
If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. (John 15:18–21 HCSB)
You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:11–14 HCSB)
No maybe to it.
Salt and light.
Love and hope.
Mercy and grace.
That’s our answer to a world we don’t understand anymore.
Les Ferguson, Jr.
Madison/ Ridgeland, MS