Those pesky Chinese seem to have thought of everything. When I did a search to find out who said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness", I came up with a Chinese proverb. At least it hasn’t gone viral.
Maybe it should. What can we do as individuals to overcome the darkness we are facing?
The first thing I am going to suggest is hard to define simply. It will express itself different ways in different people. Begin by looking inward and getting your own self in order. I make my case from a Christian perspective. The Bible will be my resource book. The Bible has many themes and many things people disagree with but there are certain themes that go through the entire book.
For today I want to point out that God rewards the righteous. If you are a Calvinist don’t get too hung up on the issue of grace and works. You would need to be Biblically illiterate to miss the many times that God promises to look out for His own. It makes a difference how we live.
I read through the book of Proverbs every month. Let me look at the first few chapters and pick out some of the comments.
(Pro 1:33 KJV) But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
(Pro 2:8 KJV) He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
This one I like from the NASB. Somehow refreshed bones speaks to me.
(Pro 3:8 NAS77) It will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones.You get the idea. This is not a detailed doctrinal statement. It is a basic truth. God looks out after His own. Of course the Bible also promises persecution and such but even in that God promises to give a blessing.
(Pro 4:4 KJV) He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
So before you try to change the country, work on changing yourself. If God’s people will not be God’s people then the pagans among us will share His wrath with us. If you want to set the world on fire for liberty, keep your matches and tender dry, your spiritual claim to God’s benefits.
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