Something that's come to the forefront of my attention recently is just how much the world needs to see and experience the love of Jesus. There are a lot of things happening in the world right now, from controversial politicians to the refugee crisis to gun control issues to the sex trafficking epidemic and so on and so on, and it seems that there is just so much darkness surrounding us, making it easy to understand why people might be feeling a little — or a lot — hopeless. And hopelessness, in a way, is like a disease. It infects and spreads and wears people down, bit by bit until they can hardly see the light and goodness that are present in the world.
And living in the time that we do means, I think, that there's just a lot of confusion about who God is. Is he cruel, judgmental, full of wrath, and if so, is that why the world is so dark and hard and evil? Or is He loving, kind, and full of grace, because if that's true, where is that on display? Plenty of people grow up or grew up in some form of the Church, learning about God and about Jesus. Many "know" the basics, yet have chosen not to believe, and I really think that a choice like that — to not believe — may be two-fold: they see evil in the world, and can't bring themselves to believe in a God who would allow it (or "cause it" — another topic for another day); and/or they don't see God amongst the people who claim Him... which is a very huge and very real problem.Read More