We live in a confused world. Has anyone else noticed? This past Friday California governor Jerry Brown signed a law stating that a child can have more than two parents. Both Massachusetts and California have passed legislation allowing transgender students in public schools to use restroom facilities and play on sex-segregated teams based on their gender of choice. Amid this gender confusion, the New York Times has recently informed us that dogs are people, too. Dogs are people?but are baby girls?
London-based The Guardian?s recent article supporting abortions for sex-selection makes us wonder if, at this particular cultural moment, dogs might be better off than babies. We could go on. According to Merriam-Webster, confusion is ?a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly.? Translation: we are confused. Confused about what it means to be a human. Confused about what it means to be a man or a woman. We are confused, and we?re moving rapidly forward in our confusion.
And sadly, in the midst of this confused culture, we the church often respond with just as much confusion. We react with anger, talking about losing the culture wars and about our disagreement with ?them? ? whether ?they? are the gay-rights lobby, the environmentalists, the liberals, or the conservatives. We act as though picket lines with ?God Hates Fags? signs, or so-called ?zingers? like, ?God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,? are an adequate and faithful response to the confusion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other extreme, in the name of relevance we rush to accept all that the world is currently accepting. We agree with a world wracked with the cancer of sin but convinced of its health, saying: ?If you think you?re fine just the way you are, who are we to disagree with you?? We can no longer be physicians of the soul because we have joined in the great lie that there is no disease.
Confusion. Confusion (often) in the church, confusion in the culture. ?But in the midst of all this, let me tell you why I am not fearful when I consider the future. I am not fearful because of the words of our Lord: ?I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it? (Matt 16:18). In these words, Christians have confidence in the midst of confusion.
Christ ? the one who conquered death and sin, the one who is seated at the right hand of God, the one to whom all the worship of heaven is given ? this Jesus Christ will build his church.
Christ will build ? living stone by living stone, regenerated heart by regenerated heart, amid confusion and error ? Christ will surely build his church.
Christ will build his church ? his bride and treasured possession, the congregation of the redeemed, his faithful witnesses here on earth ? Christ will build, purify, and sustain his imperfect yet glorious church.
Brothers and sisters, there are saddening events taking place around us. When confusion reigns, men and women and children suffer. Let us pray. Let us weep with those who weep. Let us love. ?But let us never despair. Christ will build his church. The light of the gospel shines brighter amid the darkness of disorder. The true Redeemer is revealed as all-sufficient only when false redeemers fail. Christ is building his church, and confusion cannot stop him.
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