Have you ever had an occasion in your life to defend your faith? To stand firm letting others know of your trust and hope in Jesus? It seems we do not often find ourselves in need of defending our faith and yet we as a people, we as a Church, share concern that the message of Jesus Christ is not being shared often enough in our world today. So what is up?
The secular world; the one that we live in, work in, recreate within, is often one that steers clear of religion and seems would rather forego standing up for our beliefs and err on the side of what we call political correctness. The secular world encourages us to make decisions based more on what we want for ourselves rather than what might be the best for all of God’s people. We live in an age of entitlement; we have the right to do what we want, when we want to, speak of others however we choose, without regard for how it might affect another person or the whole of society. We, as a society bought into this many years ago, not in one moment, rather over a period of time and perhaps even without realizing it, our consciences and our values have been affected.
This is a bit of what Jesus addresses in Luke’s Gospel today. Jesus warns of false prophets that will lead people on a path to destruction. He speaks of wars and insurrections, of how nations will rise up against one another. And he speaks of how we must trust that God will give us the strength to endure. At times it seems we are approaching this described time when the world as we know it will no longer exist. When nations will rise against nations, when there will be earthquakes and famines and plagues; a time when we, the faithful, will be called upon to give testimony that will result in people hating us for what we have to say. Yet the promises of Jesus are firm; he will grant us wisdom that we might choose the right words and in the process “not a hair on our heads will be destroyed.”
Jesus is not asking us to start a revolution or to right the world on our own. What he is teaching is for us to depend totally on him to be with us when the need arises to defend our faith. Are you ready? Do you trust God will give you all you need? Do you live your life in such a way that others will expect that you can defend your faith? Let us ready ourselves, being open to the promises that God will be with us and protect us. To be sure we must know that true strength will come from God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
In faith, hope and trust,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC