“We’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we every do. We’ve got to get out of this place. Girl there’s a better life for me and you” – The Animals 1965.
That song was emblematic of the mindset many American serviceman had sweltering in the jungles of Vietnam. Our troops found themselves in a third world country, fighting a war they were not allowed to win. Many were drafted right out of high school and didn’t have any idea why they were in Southeast Asia. They just wanted to finish their mandatory tour of duty and get out of the bush.
Many Christians look at life in the 21st century as a mandatory tour of duty. They abhor the corruption, degradation and progressive ungodliness which surrounds them. Those fortunate enough to have lived in what was still considered a Christian nation, find the implosion of post-Christian America almost too much to bear. For many, rapture watch has become a favorite pastime.
They avoid the evolving culture, vicious politics and changing worldly events as much as possible. Outside of church and work, they rely on smart phones, DVD players and computers systems to fill their minds with non-threatening information. With the displacement of unnecessary worries, they live in their cozy Christian bubble awaiting the return of Jesus.
The resurrected beginnings of Christianity inspired our 1st century brethren to accept any sacrifice, endure any hardship, and face any trial for the sake of the gospel. Unfortunately, many of their 21st century brethren lost that inspiration and forgot who they represent. Christians are ambassadors of the living God; called to proclaim his will to the world! Before ascending into heaven, the Lord gave his representatives firm instructions.
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Christians were not given the command to mope or complain. Nor were ever instructed to avoid unbelievers or shun society. They were instructed to teach everyone everything Jesus taught. Unlike the draftees of the Vietnam War, Christians joined this mighty army. Biblical troops should know why they joined God’s army, and know we already won!
Christians are commanded to proclaim Christ every waking hour; not necessarily by voice, but by our presence. The glory of God should be evident to everyone encountered. Since darkness flees from light, people accustomed to darkness will never feel comfortable in the presence of illuminated godly men and women. However, fake light illuminates nothing. Unbelievers can spot a counterfeit Christian quicker than a bank teller can cast aside fake money. If the true light of Christ resides in us, our light will always shine!
So, if our light doesn’t shine, how will they see? If we tune out the lost and hide in Christian bubbles, how can we fulfill the Great Commission? If our ancestors suffered for the gospel, why shouldn’t we? Are we more precious to Jesus than they were? Are we too busy to pave the path for future generations?
If we fail to perform our ambassadorial work for Christ, we have immediately become ambassadors of Satan. The devil loves isolated self-centered Christians lavished in comfortable ignorance. What if no one attempted to reach us for Christ? We’d be on our way to hell. God said go! So pop that Christian bubble and go to your assigned battlefield.