"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Have you ever asked yourself, “What has this world come to?” As I reflect on my upbringing, I remember right and wrong being more black and white, with a few obvious exceptions. In today’s multicultural, multi-faith world, with its ever-evolving values, right and wrong are no longer black and white – they are discouraging and divisive shades of grey. Amidst growing oppression, many believers struggle to discern the grey and live an uncompromised godly life.
Almost daily, culture challenges believers to compromise their traditional values to accommodate social, judicial, and moral reform. In the name of social equality and justice, authorities pressure and punish believers into submission. Jesus warned that we “will have trouble” because His kingdom is counter-cultural. Despite what may be a dilemma, He encourages us to “take heart” because He overcame the world. So how do we triumphantly navigate complex cultural and moral issues without compromising our faith?
In today’s world, believers need an infallible moral compass to ensure they don’t surrender to popular opinion. Respected Pastor, John Piper, concludes, “When justice is divorced from morality, when rights of individuals are separated from right and wrong, the only definition you have left for justice is the right for every individual to do as he pleases...the end of that road is anarchy and barbarism” (excerpt from sermon). In the end, we may not avert social and moral deprivation, but by remaining steadfast, in His name, Word, and peace, we shall surely overcome the world and see His justice prevail.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to discern Your voice and will amidst the chaos of an ever changing world. Align my will your Will. Protect me from the lures and snares of this world that attempt to compromise Your Word. May Your Spirit direct, empower, and equip me, strengthening my perseverance and resolve to overcome the world. Amen.
Prayerfully read John 16:33 and 1 John 5:3-5. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you align your values with Scripture. As you pray, write down the insights the Spirit gives you and commit to living by God’s truth daily.