Published July 7, 2015

Paul's Epistle
"In Whose Eyes?"

Society's morals, as you are no doubt painfully aware, are in free-fall. Recent court rulings and their aftermath have done nothing but encourage those who absolutely detest Christian values and beliefs. And, already, they're becoming increasingly bold and vocal about it, scorning and abusing Christians in no uncertain terms in the news media, on social media and at every other opportunity.

All of this got me thinking about how we, as Christians, are seen. There are two ways.  First, as society sees me...

So that's what society thinks. And I used only a few of the relatively "nice" words that Christians are commonly called. You most likely could add to the list.  Of course, it's to be expected.  Christ told His followers, "If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..." (John 15:20b).

But, lest we let all of that get us down, we must remember there's something far more important than what society thinks.  What's that? I'm much more concerned about how God sees me. In stark contrast to how the world sees us as Christians, in God's eyes....

I thank God every day that those truths are ultimately worth far more than any fallacious, derogatory epithets the world could possibly ever throw at me. Aren't you?

And there's the challenge. As Paul explained to King Agrippa, recalling God's words to him, he was called to preach the Gospel to the world, "to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me" (Acts 26:18).

Our challenge is to be such a light in this world that eyes will be opened to God's eternal truth, turning them "from darkness to light." That's the only ultimate solution to society's faulty perspectives. And anything we do toward that end will certainly be pleasing in God's eyes.

- Paul

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