A large benefit of my faith in Christ, is that it helps me make sense of this world. As a follower of Jesus and his teachings, I realize a few critical points.
- I am a sinner, along with everyone in this world
- Our sin explains the evil things that happen in this world
- Without Christ, there is no hope for change in this world or the next.
- when I look at middle east conflicts (such as Israel/Gaza),
- when I look at corruption in politics, when I look at greed in business,
- when I look at perversion in the church,
- when I look at division and hatred between families members,
- when I look at hedonism in our entertainment
- when I look at slander and bias in our media and postings
- when I look at the darkness of my own heart
… my faith helps me digest and distill all the evil I see. My understanding of the significance and ongoing impact of the fall explains current events. It means I am not surprised when evil happens. Comprehending the gravity of the fall, elevates my appreciation of redemption. A study of history, shows me there is nothing new under the sun. Despite man trying to improve himself, he cannot. If my analysis stopped, there, I of all men would be most depressed. Surely, the correct response would be for me to indulge and eat, drink and be merry. This is the response that the majority of our society choose. I do wonder how they honestly answer the question ‘How is your faith working out for you’?
However, for me, this is the point where ‘Jesus’ kicks in. Unlike a temporary drug or experience, Jesus doesn’t numb the pain, He heals it. My only solution is to throw my hope on Christ and his finished work. In the words of the old hymn, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, than Jesus Blood and Righteousness. So if you ask, how is my faith working out for me; Let me say, that my faith brings clarity, understanding and direction to my life. The more evil I see in the world, the more my faith is strengthened in Jesus. I long for the day when evil is done away with and when my hope becomes sight. Until then, my faith and my hope is ‘working out for me’.