Chuck Terrill: Our God is bigger
Facebook can be pretty depressing.
Of a certainty, these are troubled times. The old spiritual is true, “Nobody knows the trouble I've seen.” Christians who speak often of all of the trouble they've seen are in danger of losing their testimony. Hopelessness and despair are unbecoming to believers. Fear is not greater than God! But social media has become a way to vent frustrations and fears to every person who will read your latest post.
Christians are loudly complaining over social media. We relay the worst of the news stories. We bemoan the state of the church. Our pulpits are being criticized with great regularity. We seem to be expecting the worst. We allow the words that we send out to the world to communicate defeat and fear.
In the world of social media, everything has become a threat. We moan loudly and write about atheists, homosexuals, Muslims, presidential candidates, illegal immigrants, inner-city schools, urban criminals and big government. There is much judgmental rhetoric. We become hypocrites to the cause of Christ when our social attitudes speak louder than our conviction to win the world to Christ.
The answer for our sin-sick world is found in winning the world to Christ. Jesus didn't leave a commission that said we should lead vendettas against those with differing viewpoints. He said that we should love our enemies and teach them about Him. What we see, though, is increasing condemnation of those we were called to save!
The social media posts of disciples are going to have to change. There is good news, it is called “the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Christians must begin to counter the “bad news” with positive posts that will assure others that the answer to all social difficulty is found in the Word of God.
Jesus is not out of touch. He created the world, healed the sick, and raised the dead. He is the Omnipresent God. He is Omniscient God. He is Omnipotent God. Despite the difficulties of our human lives, He is everywhere present, knows all things, and is all powerful. Why are the Facebook posts of Christians so full of fear and dread? Apparently, we have forgotten about Jesus.
No matter what we will face in the future, Our God is bigger. Our God is stronger. Our God is greater. Our God is awesome. Our God is mighty.
Let's put that on Facebook for the world to see.
“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 471-847-2460.