I feel it is safe to say that we are living in a remarkably volatile time. We see daily that the world is becoming more secular and pagan in every aspect of everything it does. It glorifies evil as good and good it decries as evil. It celebrates sin as the proper and healthy way to live and behave. It places sinful lifestyles on the throne and says we all should bow to them.
This should not surprise us. This is what has been happening all along, it is just more known now because of social media and all the devices that can film and upload. But that is just a part of why it should not be surprising. I say a part of why because if it wasn’t for the main reason, the people behind the devices and social media would not be pushing sin like they do.
In speaking of the main reason, I am talking about Satan and his minions. Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2). The whole world is under the “power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). We battle against principalities and powers and not flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12). Satan masquerades around as an angel of light deceiving many and leading others in deceit to deceive us (2 Cor. 11:13-15). He is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He will tempt us and draw us and lead us into bad decisions that have fatal and world-changing effects (Gen. 3:1-6; Matt. 4:1-11). This was seen with Adam and Eve in Genesis three.
I will say we are not going to make a decision that affects as many as the decision they made did. But we may very well be guided into bad decisions that affect many people. It is clear that we are under attack from a more powerful being than we may think. He just uses social media and other outlets and platforms to get disunity, divisiveness, and hate going.
This is why we must stand firm when the world is shaky. The world is shaky because they have placed their faith in something false, fake, and foolish. They have bought the lies of Satan and they spew them everywhere. This is why they attack all believers. They cannot stand the truth. They do not want to hear solid faithful truth. They want to live in a way that is pleasurable to them. They will attack us and hate us, but this is okay. It is because Paul told us, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).
What’s worse is Paul did not stop there he continued saying, “while evil people and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). Christ told the disciples, and us too, that “If the world hates you, know it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
The world hates us because we are not like the world. We are different and we are seeking to fulfill the ministry of reconciliation we have been given (2 Cor. 5:17-21). It is because of this ministry why we must stand firm and proclaim Christ to all mankind. They need to hear this message and have the opportunity to believe.
When we do this, we may very well be as Paul was: standing alone. Paul stood alone at his first defense all deserted him, but he asks that it not be counted against them. He was alone and still is seeking reconciliation because he was not alone. No, he said, “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…” (2 Tim. 4:16-17). This is true for you and me in this world today. The Lord is with us all who have believed and are saved. We have Him as our strength and courage.
This is comfort and peace in a world gone mad. We can rest in the Lord and know He has us and is with us. We can also rely on Him to make retribution against those who have decided to go the way of the devil. All those who are evil and shaking up the world that seem to be prospering and doing so well, will one day be dealt with.
Psalm 73:18-20 gives us a picture of this when it says that God has set them in slippery places, and cast them down, they will be destroyed in a moment, utterly swept away, and that God will despise their form. This is what will happen to those who are shaking up the world. But for those who stand firm in this shaky world they will receive prizes and rewards (e.g., 1 Cor. 3:14; 2 Tim. 4:8). So we must stand firm in this shaky world because if we do not, who will?