During the month of October we’ve been talking about 3 results of actually trusting God (inspired by Isaiah Chapters 8 and 9)
- Not thinking like everyone else thinks.
- Not fearing what everyone else fears
- Fearing God, and trusting him to protect us.
It sounds simple, and to be honest, my first impulse is to think “EVERYONE should think like that!”. EVERYONE should fear God! EVERYONE should trust him instead of the failing governments, political parties, and leaders of our world. Let’s make some signs. Let’s start a “In God we Trust” Facebook page. Let’s buy some ad time. Let’s start a “don’t think like everyone else thinks-Trust God” bus tour. Let the campaign begin! Sounds promising…except…that’s not the way it works.
Trusting God has RARELY been a “majority opinion”. Although “I believe God exists” polls at nearly 90% in the US (and 100% in Hell), “I trust and follow God in all my decisions” is not going to win any (honest) opinion polls…even among the Sunday morning church crowd. The nation of Israel was (and is) a small nation surrounded by enourmous opposition. Jesus preached to tens of thousands, but on the opening day of the church in Jerusalem, only about 120 of his followers stayed and prayed.
It’s frustrating to back the “right” side and still be in the minority. (And no, that’s not a hidden reference to Ron Paul folks or Kurt Busch fans. :-) ) Jesus said it this way:
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Yet Jesus gave his life for EVERYONE.
That’s the power of the Good News of the Bible. ONE man, Jesus, started a movement of God-Trusters that has outlasted every empire, Nation/State, political party, social movement, corporation and Religion. Peacefully. As a “minority opinion”. That’s the power of God.
Which is why I still think everyone should trust him…even when they don’t.