For people of faith, it can seem like things in our culture are going downhill in every conceivable way. We see inflation that makes it hard to afford things that are important to us – whether that means necessities like groceries, or special events like a family trip to the beach. We see injustice and the unraveling of our civil liberties – whether that means Christians being shouted down on college campuses or ethnic minorities living with the double worry of inadequate and/or unsafe law enforcement. We see kids at risk in heartbreaking ways, brutal wars overseas, security threats, and domestic issues that have no easy solution.
And in the middle of all of that, we see divides growing in politics, on social media, and even in the church. The prospect of reasonable solutions seems to diminish as anger, personal attacks, and even hatred rises. It would be so easy to lose hope.
All those concerns are very real. But so is our great God. As Jesus put it, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” (John 5:17, NLT)
I want to share a powerful glimpse of the truth that God is working, via what happened last weekend at Harvard University. I think it’s so important that I am postponing my usual equipping blog this week to share this encouragement instead. First, a little background.