Ok. so most people have heard the news. Lehman Brothers (no relation to me) filed for bankruptcy. The Dow had the biggest drop in 7 years. CNN seems to be running 24/7 coverage of 3 things: presidential campaign, the declining economy, and hurricanes.
Now here is my point: things are going to get very very very tough for a lot of people. Some people are going to lose their jobs. Some people are going to struggle to make ends meat. Some people are going to lose their houses and have their world turned upside-down by the economy or by the weather. These are all very bad things.
For you Christians out there: these things should not effect your faith. The bad economy is going to lead to more and more people being very tight with their posessions. Giving is going to go down at your church. People are going to give less to charities.
It seems that, too often, we think that our faith is going to hit a rough patch when “things” aren’t going to be easy. Sure, maybe the candidate we want won’t be president. Maybe we’ll have to rebuild our house after the wind tears it down. Maybe we’ll have to tell our kids they can’t have the newest/coolest clothes this year.
But when tough things happen, we must remember to cling to Jesus. It is in those tough times that God can show up in HUGE ways.
remember when China kicked out all the missionaries? oh no, how will the Chinese learn about Jesus? how can God’s work be done when faith isn’t made easy? Missionaries get kicked out and what happens….?
BANG. BOOM. KA-POW.
Christianity EXPLODED in China. Underground churches seem to do better evangelism than mega-churches? Really? Lots and Lots of chinese Christians are dieing because of their faith. How did they learn the bible? What worship songs did they sing?
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~James 1:2-3~
times may be tough. life may get hard in certain areas. some people are really going to struggle. and faith can EXPLODE