Sexual rights trump religious rights in the UK: A judge has ruled it legal to deny parents the chance to foster children if they do not promote homosexuality.
When I read a news story like that, I wonder about the future. Will I be able to be Christian in public, or will the faithful be forced underground again? Of course the news story reports from across the pond, but the US has been following that same basic path for a while now. Perhaps it moves more slowly, but it is moving in that direction. Will every other right soon trump religious freedom?
Of course, it’s not just this. The world is a scary place right now. Follow the trends, and it looks like everything is falling apart. It’s so easy to worry.
And then God says, “Do not worry.”
Jesus instructed his disciples,
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
We so often forget that the future will also bring glory to God. What is coming will be for our good. That’s not just the events in our individual lives, but also the events of world history. Nothing will happen that he has not allowed to happen.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll achieve heaven on earth. That will not happen this side of judgment day. Sin still runs rampant.
But we need to remember: God is in control, and he works all things for the good of those that love him. Even the sin around us. And he does that so that we can sing his song. He keeps us in his hand so that we can join with the church triumphant in heaven. He will lose no sheep he has been given, so that we can give him glory.
The world is a scary place right now, but as we gaze into the future, wondering what lays ahead, we must remember: the future, too, brings glory to God.