What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.
Alone… not always physically, but mostly unpopular… an invited wall-flower.
Mocked and scoffed at, put down if ever to speak up.
Liberalism shoved in the face, humanism bubbles all about… people laughing and smiling at the idolatry of modern times and lustfully searching to grab hold.
Alone… sometimes physically.
Having faith in 2017 is tough. Just the last three years will prove to you the direction of the country we live in and the pace of the world. Lies, moral issues, sanctity of most everything, terror, death, and mockery. Sometimes people who follow The Way are truly following it alone amongst their family or their friends.
I have many Christian friends and family, but the more and more we progress into humanism, the more and more I am defriended and unacknowledged as a contributing member of some branch of the family tree.
These are the lonely days… the days I wake up to dreary skies and silent air. I wander through my house reaching for a wake-up and thinking about what to pray for as I face the day. I pour my coffee as I think about what words of God I talk to my children about this day that will hopefully be hidden in their hearts until death. I flip through social media in the stillness of early morning hoping to find a light of hope somewhere, somehow…
But… loneliness. People laughing at my prudeness, mocking my Jesus, scoffing at God’s commanding love. People assuming I am indoctrinating my children into falsities or old-fashioned ways that will never get them forward into their civilization.
I would be a liar if I said that the thought of me shrugging my shoulders and saying, oh, well, I give up has never crossed my mind. I would also be a liar if I didn’t admit to having some truly, Godly friends and family who have lifted me up even if it’s just through a little tidbit on social media. I would also be a liar if I said that I never seek any kind of validation of me doing what is right. Unpopular, but right.
I remember this…
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I may live in the world, but I am never a member of it…
We were warned that this path would become quite narrow. We were warned that in the end we would find ourselves divided. We were warned to hold steadfast to God’s Promise through His Son.
Psalm 34: 18 should be imprinted on my soul so I don’t forget the words written…
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
When loneliness creeps in, I need to remember God’s Word. I need to strive to remember that He will never leave me. Even when I am alone, He is always there. No matter how many tears I shed, He is always there. No matter how many people close the door, His door is always open… and better yet, His arms are always open.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So as friends and family turn their backs on me, I will keep on my path, for He will keep them straight. I will take ahold of my children and lead them home the best way that I know how. We will hold our heads high not out of pride, but out of the fact we belong to eternity, and not to the world.