No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:37-39 NIV
Why is it that we Christians are so pessimistic about the culture? We shake our heads in disgust and walk around with our shoulders heavy with defeat. We look the same as everyone else, just settling for the cultural brokenness and enduring. We justify our position as if there is nothing we can do about the so-called “progress” our culture holds as truth.
I think to Numbers 13 when God sends spies into the promised land to give His people a glance at what is ahead of them. I’m not saying by any means that the United States is the Promised Land, but look at Caleb and Joshua, their attitudes feel familiar; discouraged, overwhelmed and defeated. The land that they were sent to investigate was inhabited by giants; the culture was brutal and violent. They went back and told everyone that it was a suicide mission, that they would never be able to defeat these giants that inhabited the land.
The thing that they forgot is that God knew all that and He wasn’t confused or frightened. God didn’t expect His people to be naïve; He expected them to be confident. God was on their side. God is on our side.
Like the Jewish people, God doesn’t want us to pretend the giants we face aren’t there, but he wants us to trust in His transforming power. He wants us to change our view, to look from our knowledge of who He is not what is in front of us. What if instead of being so down-trodden about the cultural giants we face, we began to believe Romans 8:37-38 as truth.
Father, please help me to see Your possibilities and Your plans for my family, community, and country. I no longer want to be defeated by the state of my nation and the perverse culture that is being looked at as progress. I long to see it from Your perspective, to see hope where there is none, healing where sickness reigns, and your truth where lies and distortion are sold as real truth.