Election Day and the Progress of the Gospel

November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014 — if you haven’t voted, now’s the time. Election day for many of us has become a barometer of just how far our country has slipped. It seems that the more we vote, the more we are reminded that in our country the bad is viewed as good and the good as bad. The problem isn’t endemic to the good old US of A, it is found throughout the Western World. Christianity and it’s Judeo-Christian ethic is waning. Because of this, I often hear people predict that the time of our Savior’s return can’t be far off.

But here’s the thing: Christianity is booming throughout the Third World and other places. In China, where as recently as a generation ago there were only one million saints, today there are 90 million who name the name of Christ. This pattern is repeated throughout what we might call the back corners of the world. Literally, thousands are being converted every day. It is amazing how the church is exploding in other parts of the world. And, by the way, these new believers are morally conservative. Yep, good is good and bad is bad.

Other than Jerusalem and Rome, most of the locations mentioned in the New Testament are predominately Muslim today. I can imagine as Islam crept into the Near East that people said to each other that the return of Christ can’t be far off. Things were getting worse. You get my point. I believe that God is going to do great things over the next several centuries regardless of how bad they are here.

My grandmother expressed the hope that Jesus would return before she died. She hasn’t been with us now for decades. I know that many of us have this hope. After all, most of us want to avoid the valley of the shadow of death. Yet, based on the reality of the exploding church in other parts of the world, I think it is time for Debbie and me to start thinking about where to store our bodies until Jesus returns.

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