At our community group last night we had a conversation about the current state of political affairs, and we discussed whether or not Christians are currently facing persecution. While it was going on I wondered as I often do when big issues like that are discussed, “What can I do about it?” There are things about our society and our country I am not happy about, and while I do vote when the time comes, I’m not sure what I could do in between elections that would help anything. Should I blog more about politics? Preach more about politics? Get back on Facebook and share posts from like-minded Americans? Protest? March? Agitate? Get angrier in general about what’s wrong in our country?
Perhaps I should, though I’m not convinced. However, Doug Wilson had a thought along these lines that I found helpful. I’ve included it below, and you can find it on his blog here: https://dougwils.com/the-church/at-your-post.html. I agree with Doug on many things, find him confounding and even infuriating in a few, but he almost always makes me think.
“In a time like ours, when everything seems in disarray and out of joint, many individual Christians wonder what they can do. Not only is the world outside corrupt, the world within the church seems hopelessly compromised. Faithful Christians tend to alternate between ‘not thinking about it’ and chafing under the futility of not having anything they can do. But there is always something we can do. We can stay at our post.
“When your master comes again and finds you, the rest of the servants’ quarters may be completely out of control. As he walks through his estate, may he find you right where he left you, doing your job. Others may have deserted. Others may have taken off. Others may be carousing. But you are there.ui
“‘Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes’ (Matthew 24:25-26). And an essential part of staying at your post is to worship the Lord every Lord’s Day. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”