What kind of world do we live in?
A world broken, beaten, battered, and belabored with tyranny and sin.
A world hopeless, reckless, loveless, and less than favorable.
A world of creeps, cowards, criminals, and countless lives lost by battle, abortion, and hate.
A world redeemed by Christ’s blood, loved by Christ’s mercy, and by grace through faith, a world that only Christ can free.
Jesus says, “[Father,] I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” –John 17:15-19
We are scared Dorothy, who like her, need truth to help us and others find the brain, heart, and courage to face the wizards and witches of our society. When pervasive wickedness goes uncontested, or when our voices only speak in low whispers and behind closed doors, should we really be surprised by what we’ve opened ourselves up to? Not that the scandalous deserve the scandalizing, but that it all should have been prevented in the first place. Why such tragedy?
Perhaps you don’t consider yourself capable. Dorothy didn’t either. Oz, a land of enchantment and possibility, had a clouded past with wickedness that many dismissed for the sake of prosperity. Dorothy soon found that only truth would do, that acting on truth wasn’t as glamorous but at least it wasn’t fiction. She had seen inaction wasn’t working; her fantasy’s were just that, the wizard couldn’t be trusted, and her companions along the way lacked the vigor necessary.
What’s a girl to do? She scrambles up water and casts it upon her wicked assailant. But in a land of reality, far from the fiction of Oz, concealed water guns won’t do. A silent citizenry won’t either. Has the house of common sense altogether been destroyed? Tussled by wind and transported to a land of emeralds? A fanciful place where the veneer will do and what lies beneath is as shallow as a man behind the curtain. How long must the show go on? Or can we go home? Can we return to Kansas common sense, simple reality?
Is it that we are so drawn to the colors of the rainbow, that we cannot see God’s promise for the demands of the LGBTQ? Are we so blinded by the road to freedom, that we give a pass to the true believers of Planned Parenthood? Are we so caught up in the glitz of life, that we cannot see the forest for the trees (or the trees that throw apples)? Evil is an open book hiding in plain sight and we think ourselves too clever to believe that could be true. Our foolishness needs a swift apple to the noggin. Do we really need the selling of baby parts, the murder of cops, the racial tension? Do we really need diversity that divides, intolerable tolerance, and dead infidels in the name of Allah? Do we need it, to get it, to figure out evil? No we certainly do not! Sadly, we are so similar to the people of Oz, when the going got tough…nobody did anything!
Truth be told, we could prepare ourselves by defending our person and families lawfully. We could make our voices heard and stand up to this world’s wayward wizards and wicked witches. We could do what is right in a world so wrong.
Honestly, truth be told, we could go home all along. If you click your heels three times you might go home in a dream. In the real world you’ll need to dig your heels in, by voice and veracity, to dismantle the dreamworld others are living in.
Be the brain, heart, and courage our culture so desperately needs. Be the faithful Christian God has appointed you to be, a bold and yet loving proclaimer of Jesus. Devote yourself to truth and teach your children. Be unwavering in your families with faith and fact. Grow in devotion to God in love and love your neighbor–the world. Yes, even to those who hate you. Being bold means actually caring for your enemies. It’s not a Christian tactic, it’s who you are in Christ. With Dorothy, we can both be justified in defending ourselves and sad when we have to. Think about it. Who seek lawsuits? Who incite violence? Who invite criminal intent? Only those who do not truly love.
Afterall, when the dust settles and the storms cease, we will all realize that no one is great and powerful. No one is good enough to save themselves or too bad that they can’t be saved. There is only Christ, mighty to save and who forgives our sins; our mindless egos, our heartless endeavors, and our cowardice in the face of evil.
Go in the peace of Christ, and sin no more.