Our world is changing at an ever increasing rate of speed. The population of the world has doubled in the last 50 years. The changes brought about in the last 10 years through technology (that massively powerful computer held in one’s hand) have made everything different. Even if you have chosen to opt out of parts of the data revolution, you can’t avoid it. In fact, you can either join or be washed along willy nilly. And then, atop this pile of shifting sand, we add a transient US and world population. Our neighbors are of various languages, religions, cultures and belief systems and they are changing constantly. Sometimes we think these changes are only happening here in our country, in our neighborhood, but in reality, most of the world is caught in the same high-speed-whirlpool of change.
What are we to do?
How can we sing the songs of our childhood in a land we hardly recognize?
Should we engage our fear? Dig our heels in and try to stop the world from shifting? Let our fear grow into full-fledged-hatred? Stick our heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening?
Who do we believe? What is presented as truth is different depending on which channel you turn on or which paper you read. Pictures are computer generated and we can’t tell if they are real or fake?
What are we to do? What are we to believe? Where do we go from here?
God’s world view hasn’t changed. God hasn’t changed.
God knew us yesterday and last year and before we were born and God knows us now and tomorrow and after we die. Whether we rise up or lie down, come or go, God is there and God knows.
He’s got the whole world, in his hands. He’s got the whole wide world, in his hands…
So what are we to do? How are we to act? How are we to respond to the world? To the changes?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this. Are we called to take a stand, to scream from the street corners? Are we called to duck and hide in our safe little corners of the world and avoid all conversations and people who might disrupt our peace? Do I just unfollow everyone who isn’t doing and saying just what I want to hear?
I can’t answer all of the questions, but I have an answer for, “What are we to do and how are we to act?”
The fruit of the spirit of God, is the proof in our lives that God’s Spirit lives within our hearts and minds. Galatians 5 tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
We are called to be kind and gentle. Every word, every action, every person, in every way, every minute…kind and gentle. I have to sit my heart down pretty regularly and say, “Jesus has been kind to you, gentle with you in your short comings and sin, gentle in correction, kind in presence and spirit…go out and share that with the world.”
My heart gets arrogant and rude and pushy and intolerant and out-of-control. That’s not the fruit of God’s Spirit, it’s human pride and a spirit of sinfulness. An afraid heart, is very likely to become an angry, impatient, judgmental, rash, angry heart. An afraid heart needs a good dose of faith in God. In God, in faith, fear can dissipate and be lost in trust.
A Christian worldview isn’t made up of a list of sins that are to be outlawed and human beings vilified. A Christian worldview isn’t a view of judgement and condemnation and dismissal and disrespect. A Christian worldview isn’t colored by fear, anger, hate or resentment.
A Christian worldview is based in the Holy Spirit and the fruit of that Spirit in our lives. A Christian worldview shades everything we see and think and do…with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.