In Luke 21, Jesus predicts the destruction of Jerusalem, and then the scope of his prophecy moves to global proportions with "men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (vv 26-27). While the world is filled with fear, what does Jesus say his followers should do? "Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (v 28). I don't know when the end will come, but the troubles we see are signs that it is drawing near. We should not be filled with fear and foreboding, but we must look up in expectation that victory of Christ is nearing.

"Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. Your testimonies are my delight, they are my counselors" (Psalm 119 [118]:23-24). Many Christians are dismayed that government and cultural powers are growing more anti-Christian, but this is nothing new for the people of God. The answer is to be immersed in God's Word and being conformed to his truth. His kingdom is not of this world, and neither should our hope be in this world.

Jesus said, "Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 10:21-22). Although it is good for Christians to want to influence the culture and see the laws of our nation conform to the law that God has revealed, we should not be surprised when the world violently opposes us. Western civilization has moved from the Christendom of the Middle Ages to an anti-Christian secularism of modernity. For a while, we thought we could get along by compromise, but we are seeing that the anti-Christians are not interested in compromise. Therefore, we must bravely stand firm and proclaim the truth, putting our hope in the promises of God that His kingdom will endure forever.

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