Encouragement in a Post-Christian World
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|New Testament||Revelation 8-9||Revelation 10-11||Revelation 12||Revelation 13||Revelation 14||Revelation 15-16||Revelation 17|
|Old Testament||Song of Songs 1-4||Song of Songs 5-8|
|1 Kings 11|
|Ecclesiastes 2-4||Ecclesiastes 5-7||Ecclesiastes 8-10|
The world we live in today can seem overwhelming, troubling and even a little frightening. According to modern Christian theologians, we are living in a world that has rejected and even forgotten the beliefs of Christianity, a post-Christian world. Generation Z is said to be the first post-Christian generation. The news is filled with devastating events, and many of the world’s nations are entering into troubling times. By all appearances, there is no need for Christ or the message of the gospel.
As Christians, it can be easy for us to become discouraged about this. If we speak up and stand for Truth, we receive a backlash of anger and sometimes even hatred from our friends, family, and even the mainstream media. If we aren’t careful, we can allow fear of a negative response, to keep us from being witnesses for Christ.
In Revelation, we are given a description of what will happen to a world that has given up God. As the end times occur, all of creation will be affected. The seven trumpets tell us how the waters, the heavens, the land, and the people will all be struck. Later our reading talks about the bowls of judgement that will be unleashed.
The Scriptures describe a world that has reached a point where God unleashes His judgement. People are no longer worshipping God; they have turned their back on Him completely and have turned to pray to the “image of the beast”.
Amid all the overwhelming and frightening events that will happen, God gives hope. In Revelation 14:6-7 John describes for us a scene that perfectly shows God’s love towards us “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” As the world is in its darkest hour, with everyone turning their backs on Him, God gives another chance for people to return to Him.
As I read this, I couldn’t help but be encouraged to continue sharing the gospel with people. We may be living in a post-Christian world. We may receive negative backlash for sharing the gospel with people, but if God is willing to give the world another chance, we should be prepared to do whatever it takes to share.
The reason why can be seen in Revelation 14:14-16 John writes, “14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” God gives people another chance to come to Him, and people respond.
When you read through Revelation and about all that will happen, be encouraged. The world at its worst has a harvest to be received, and that leads me to be confident that our post-Christian hostile world has a harvest to be reaped. There are people who need another chance to hear the Good News.