In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. (Ps. 56:4)
“Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit,” the headlines on the news website said. “The pastor and his wife have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, California, home for a Bible study—unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.”
I was shocked, but at the same time I’ve seen it coming. Ridicule and downright hatred of traditional values and the peo- ple who hold them has been growing. Nativity scenes normally displayed during Christmas (now called “Winter Holidays” in some places to be politically correct) are being banned in vari- ous locations. The Ten Commandments have been banished from public buildings. Alternative lifestyles and couples living together before marriage have been promoted and accepted. In the media and on the Internet we hear and read stories of increasing violence and sexuality.
The story I read was chilling, and the prospect of further trouble and persecution was frightening. But later that night as I studied my Bible, God reminded me that He is in control.
No matter what is happening in our country and around the world, God wants us to maintain a healthy perspective on what we see and hear. Yes, we need to be informed and keep abreast of issues that are of great importance to people of faith. But over and over again throughout God’s Word, we are told not to worry. When we see national and world events appearing to unravel before our eyes, be encouraged. Luke 21:28 says, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!