Perilous times have come, not because of the complicity of evil men, but because of the complacency of good men. Rather than confronting evil in our day, many have resorted to avoidance and even denial of what is going on.
The times of greatest darkness have always been the times of greatest opportunity. Look around you. What could you do to make a difference in our day?
A friend of mine wants to start a clothes closet for those in need. Another friend of mine is shipping gospel tracts all over the world to schools and child-care facilities. One friend is constantly looking for single moms she can encourage and with whom she can share the compassion and love of Christ.
Years ago, when I lived in England, I visited a church in Leicestershire and read a memorial tablet that had been placed there. It read: “In the year 1653, when all sacred things throughout the nation were either demolished or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, founded this church, whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in the worst times and hoped them in the most calamitous.”
A hasty reading of English history will show how turbulent the times were. The king had just been executed in a civil war; the country was torn by strife and dissension; the atmosphere was tense with hate; and the outlook for a united nation was dark indeed. At that time Sir Robert Shirley decided to do something constructive. He built a church.
The worst times demanded the best deeds. If we are disturbed — as we ought to be — over the conditions in our own day, we need to throw our influence and our energies on the side of the forces making for righteousness and moral stability.
I am not advocating social activism; I am advocating personal evangelism. The only way to change our world is one soul at a time. We must take the light and truth of the gospel into a lost and dying world…while there is still time.
God left us here to tell the world about Jesus. We are the fuel for the flame of evangelism. We are the only wick for the light of Hope. Will you burn for Jesus? Will you supply fuel for the flame of God? Will you be the light of Jesus to the world?
We can’t do more, but we certainly can’t afford to do less!