|NASHVILLE (BP) -- The church survived Election Day, along with lots of things -- taxes, the threat of hurricanes and tornadoes, international tumult, pornography and, uh, Big Bird, among them.
It's not "big news" that the church -- encompassing followers of Christ locally, nationally and globally -- survived. But it is good news.
The apostle Peter, in the Bible's New Testament, tells Christians: "… you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. … Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us" (1 Peter 2:9,11-12).
Whether your chosen candidate won or lost the presidential election, it is reasonable that you are concerned for the future of America.
Yet, for Christians, it is all the more reasonable -- imperative, actually -- to be concerned for the church, especially its witness in the culture. Ultimately, the church's fate is in God's hands, but in so many ways, we carry a great responsibility for helping empty souls to see, to yearn for and to embrace a vibrant faith.
Note a few phrases from the 1 Peter passage about following Jesus Christ:
-- Christians have been called "out of darkness into His wonderful light."
There truly is something wonderful about faith. But before a Christian can optimally convey it to others, he or she must be convinced that it is the most winsome, most important experience known to mankind.
-- Christians are "aliens and strangers in this world."
Granted, Christians are like most folks -- we go to work, our children go to school, we have unique personalities, yet faith in Christ connects us to the supernatural God of the universe and to an eternal, joyous citizenship with Him on earth and, ultimately, in heaven. Continued...