Heeding the Times from Harry Antonides' Desk

How to Persevere and Live

How to persevere and live faithfully in a culture marked by a neopagan mindset and life style? The first thing always to keep in mind is that the Triune God who made the world and everything in it will not allow the Evil One to destroy his creation. His Kingdom of righteousness and justice has come and is coming despite all the forces arrayed against it. Meanwhile, in the ongoing battle between the kingdom of light and darkness, all Christ-followers are called to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6). Though things sometimes appear dark and hopeless, we are moving toward the future in which all things in heaven and on earth will be made new.

In contemplating our place and task in the world here and now, we need to guard against two extremes: an overzealous, triumphalist outlook that is bound to end in disillusionment, as well as a cynical, world-weary sense of futility. Two practical things must be foremost in our minds and efforts. One, to combat our sense of powerlessness, we must ask God to fill us with his spirit of power and wisdom so that we do not rely on our own strength and abilities. Two, to overcome our sense of loneliness and discouragement, we must seek the fellowship of other Christians, not only in a church setting but also in our professions and other non-church activities. Always remember the words of the teacher:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.
—Proverbs 3: 5-6, The Message

This article originally appeared in Comment magazine, a journal founded by Harry Antonides. Find all of Harry’s pieces, and thousands more, at http://www.cardus.ca/comment