“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
There is another tsunami of rage sweeping your way. Lately, it feels like we live and breathe in a sea of outrage, disgust, fury, and offense. Serious people are not permitted to be tranquil, optimistic, or content. It’s normative to be mad at the world: it’s expected. Even when you must offer a bit of praise for someone or something noble or virtuous, it must be qualified. Nothing’s that good anymore.
That’s the world we inhabit today. And that’s the Establishment Jesus has empowered us to overcome. Our Gospel is supernatural. We can shine like lights in the darkness. You and I are The Resistance, and we’re not nearly the first. Paul coached resistance in the 1st Century: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” (Romans 12:2; The Message)
Here’s how we resist:
Don’t be swept away in the rip current of outrage. Anger is rooted in fear. Confess Christ and cast your fears to the winds. Your Father cares for you.
Walk away from the angry demonstrators. The culture of complaint and criticism keep us ever focused on negatives. Find a place where God is positively working and join him there, and with passion.
Don’t be another #Me Too! Others can hurt you, but only you can make yourself a victim. Break out of your prison of the past and walk boldly into a future of hope and joy. Leave the shame and powerlessness behind you.
Stop drinking the poison Kool-Aid. Read the Bible more and best-selling fiction less. Stop watching TV shows you know are profane and inflammatory, no matter how you’ve rationalized it as acceptable because everybody’s watching it. Turn off news programs that stir up indignation just to keep you watching rather than praying.
Dare to be noble and compassionate. In Christ, we have the capacity to concentrate on powerful ideas that are true, noble, excellent, commendable, lovely, and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)
Meet God in worship and take an outcast with you. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re only deployed here on hostile soil for a while. We don’t have time to be dragged down by the aggravated, earthbound people around us. They don’t understand that the names and faces change with each generation, but the system always stays the same. That corrupted system is called The World.
That’s what we resist: the deadly system, not the politicians and power players, all interchangeable. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Don’t let outrage and irritation leave you powerless.
Lift up the Cross.