To be kind and indulgent, one could concede and understand why the Church (militant or dormant) in years past, could “afford” or allow itself to not really be in tune with world affairs, because after 2 world wars and in spite of many calamities, dangers and real challenges seen since, we were after all faring under pretty “good weather”.
But now since the booms and busts and all-round crisis the world has known since roughly Y2K /2000, the rise of major problems facing us 360 degrees, mean we have entered a period of “heavy weather” and we have to brace and prepare ourselves for what is to come.
This means that we are probably in for tough times worldwide; in the past, crisis were limited to a nation or region, now things go global at light speed; some economists say that we are in for a “ … of a roller-coaster ride”; the elite keep claiming to have answers to our problems , when most of the time, they are probably only reading the map and conjuring solutions as they go.
But at least Christians know that, what the Bible announces will occur. That is why I believe the Church (militant and dormant) cannot “afford” or allow itself anymore to not be in tune with world affairs, because it really concerns us as well as everyone else; moreover, our own interests are our also at stake! That might wake up a few!
Jeremiah 29:7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.
Surely our God is still on his throne and in control, he knows the end from the beginning and has a plan ready for this world and his Church, but he faces a series of serious dilemmas; he are but a few:
a) part or all of his Church is more interested in its future rapture than in serving the world.
b) when the Church accepts to really live in this world, it often compromises with it.
c) when the Church decides to serve, it often just serves itself and does so outside of God’s order.
d) when the Church decides to serve the world, it often also does so outside of God’s ways and order.
e) God loves this dying world more than his Church does and wants to bless it through her (back to a).
That is a big problem for any boss! To want to serve his clients through his employees who only think of their next holiday! A bit harsh, but not untrue!
This is why, I believe, we find ourselves in this world in more ways than one, in a very important transition period, in which a new order will emerge in the world (which will not be the Christians’ first choice at all); it is a transition that concerns us all and which we will have to face.
There’s a inter (intra)-checking and inter (intra)-balancing of powers earthly (worldly) and heavenly (light and darkness), which are clashing because there is a claim and a rush to power until the climax of history, the end of the age is reached.
And they will yet clash to finally bring about what God has sovereignly designed since creation days, the ever growing emergence of his Kingdom on earth for all to see. But this might well look and feel like the moving and shaking of tectonic plates.
Psalm 46:1-6 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;mThough its waters roar and foam,though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.