“And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.” – Matthew 24:6
North Korea’s recent claim of successfully testing a hydrogen bomb put the US military on high alert in the region. Though doubt was raised as to the legitimacy of this latest provocative move on the part of Pyongyang, it brings to mind our progressive march towards highly sensitive, tense global events that makes the geo-political climate highly vulnerable.
Today (Jan. 14th), the morning was shocked with horrific news of new terrorist violence in Jakarta killing multiple innocents. Yesterday (Jan. 13th) brought devastating news regarding a suicide bombing in Turkey that targeted German nationals. The collapse of the Canadian dollar, further reduction of oil prices, and further economic collapse across the world may not lead (at least not yet perhaps) to a total breakdown but should certainly heighten our awareness and prompt our vigilance.
God’s church exists in this climate and environment. We are not meant to be harbingers of doom and gloom but to be ambassadors of Christ to a world that’s descending into the dark. We may not have a direct role to play in averting these global incidents, but as children of God, we are called to be ambassadors in a spiritual realm where the struggle is intense and the consequences are eternal.
Let us represent Christ well, heed the urgency of the gospel, and keep proclaiming the offer of peace and reconciliation to the temporal world tethering on the path of eternal destruction…while we still have time.