The Invincible Church
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“…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18)
“At least five times…the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.” Not only do I like those words of G.K. Chesterton, I believe they remain pertinent today. There’s been a lot of recent speculation about the Church’s relevance—or lack thereof—in the world. Some are predicting that if the Church doesn’t start accommodating the culture and adapting new “normals,” her demise is imminent.
Don’t buy it.
Imitate the early church fathers who were imprisoned, stoned and crucified upside down and didn’t buy it. Those who were lit as human torches at Nero’s palace and didn’t buy it. Believers today who are suffering unimaginable persecution because of their faith and don’t buy it.
The Church is here to stay no matter what twenty-first century pundits think. And as long as the Church exists, we who are a part of it are called neither to condemn our culture nor accommodate it. We are called to preserve it. “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13). Do you know the privilege you’ve been given?
What a privilege to be part of the eternal, indomitable, invincible church!
Father, we thank you for calling us to be a part of your living, breathing body on the earth. We know we have messed up in representing you, but we are so grateful that you don’t give up on us. Forgive us and help us do a better job of reflecting your love and holiness to a world who needs to see you. Help us be salt and light for your glory. Amen.
Action Step: Recommit yourself to the work of the local church. Consider how you can let your light shine before all men, without compromising or condemning culture, that they may see your good works and give glory to the Father.