How often do you hear the news and feel rather helpless to do anything about it?
There are wars and rumors of wars; it has always been like that and apparently will be until Jesus Christ returns in glory. It is tempting to just become apathetic; to say “it does not matter” or “I can’t do anything about it, so why not get on with my own life”. We just move into willful ignorance or even complacency. Another option is to move into despair as we watch helplessly as events move toward their disastrous conclusions.
This is the mode of many of us who have discernment and see what is happening but are not in a position of power to do anything about it. For instance, all it takes is keeping up with the news to know of the growing threat of Iran’s nuclear program to Israel. All you need is a minimal knowledge of household finance to know that piling up trillions of dollars of national debt in the long run can lead nowhere good. Or we watch what is happening to our children and grandchildren in an increasingly anti- Christian and nihilistic culture and ask “Can we really do anything about it?” These movements are so huge, so vast and complex that what really can you do about it? Thus we are led either to blissful ignorance, complacency or despair.
Yet we are not helpless! And we are not powerless! Those are the lies of Satan or of our culture that keep us on the sidelines, out of our role as Christians in the great drama of advancing the Kingdom of God. It is the purpose of Discerning the Times, to help us discern the times, that is, what God is doing in the world to advance His Kingdom, so that we may, according to our diverse callings and spheres of activities, cooperate with God in shaping history.