Narrow vs Broad Path
The mainstream media and social media have been all the buzz the past few days trying to lay blame to the situation in Charlottsville. Let's blame President Trump, because after all, evil only entered the world after he was elected. Lets blame the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, lets blame Bernie Sanders. Lets blame the Police, or some old tired historical flag. Let's blame a chunk of granite erected to people who have been dead for decades. In fact, lets play the blame game, and never get around to blaming the real issue(s).
Man has pushed a liberal, all accommodating, immoral, unethical, unrighteous, "throw Jesus under the bus" agenda, until our society can't see the forest because there are so many trees in the way. At least that's my opinion. You can surely disagree if you wish.
As Christians, individually and collectively as the Church, like it or not, our message of the Bible is not winning the race. We are told to go into all the world and teach the Gospel, and I know, we are still doing that today. In the Church, we are doing so with as much effort as we were 50 years ago. We are doing it with TV's, Satellite, Internet and Social Media, many methods reaching millions of people daily that we could not reach 50 years ago. We are training and supporting preachers, sending Bibles, offering Bible correspondence courses, and doing anything feasible to reach people.
Individually, our lives are still lights shining in the darkness. John 1:5 tells us that the darkness has not overcome the light, yet there seems to be way more darkness in our world, and it's growing faster than the light. We know in the end, the light will prevail as will we, but meanwhile, mankind continues to run for the shadows.
Jesus' very own words tell us that we should “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matt 7:13-14
Today, with all the problems in this world, ultimately caused by sin and sinful desires, we need to be bolder than ever, busier than ever, living upright and Godly lives in front of everyone we know, and never giving up on our mission. Seeing the hatred, bigotry, violence, immorality and anti-christian sentiment around us, should only open our eyes more to the fact that people need the Lord.
We can preach, teach, and set the best of examples, and many, some even close to us, will chose to reject the Gospel message. Matthew 7 educates us to that fact. Yet, we never know, when that one person we help convict with the Gospel, turns out to the be one who will lead multitudes to Christ. Don't ever give up. Don't ever let the circumstances we see in this world, quench the fire that we have within us. Jesus still burns bright!