Sunday Faith Blog

keep calm

The following is a message I have written in my head a thousand times….Metaxis, as usual, puts it so well that I wanted to unashamedly post his article here and I hope you are blessed by it:

By Eric Metaxis  

Is the state of the culture freaking you out? Well, it doesn’t have to. Here’s some encouragement. 

It was 1939, just before the outbreak of what would come to be known as the Second World War. Hitler was on the move, the dominoes were starting to fall. The British government, facing what Winston Churchill would soon call “an ordeal of the most grievous kind,” needed to bolster the people’s flagging spirits. So it began producing a series of propaganda posters.

One of them, with a bold, red background, was to be used only in the event of an invasion. That invasion never came, and so the poster was never used. But the slogan on it has lived on, and it has particular relevance to our day.

The message: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I like that.

Now let’s face it, American society, while not facing an immediate existential threat, nevertheless faces cultural decay that is a direct result of our lamentable rejection of the Judeo-Christian worldview.

Whether it’s the redefinition of marriage; continuing attacks on religious liberty; the relentless push to undermine human dignity and the protection of the unborn; fears for what’s ahead politically in this momentous election year; or whether it’s concerns about ISIS or Iran that are keeping you up at night; the fact is, “Keep Calm and Carry On” is an appropriate watchword at this moment in American history.

Now of course as followers of the Lord Jesus we must keep calm and carry on. It’s our duty. If this moment has taught us anything, it’s that cultural power is fleeting. In the old days, calling yourself a Christian was a sure route to respectability, whatever you believed in your heart.

While that’s still true in some quarters, now lots more people look on matters of faith with a jaundiced eye, and growing numbers of them aren’t even interested in the old American ideal of religious tolerance. Yet for all these unhappy and undeniable trends, we’re still called—you guessed it—to keep calm and carry on. We must keep standing for righteousness, come what may. God remains on His throne.

We know the end of the story. We’re Christians and are called to act like Christians, whatever happens between now and then.

One of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who in his own way fought the Nazis, counseled not withdrawal but engagement in a fallen world. “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies,” Bonhoeffer said in “Life Together.” “At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work.”

And what is our work as exiles in post-Christian America? I’m glad you asked!

While we must always be open to God’s specific calling in our lives, let me suggest that we all recommit ourselves to some essentials of our own “life together,” wherever our culture happens to be. The culture may be changing at warp speed, but our duty does not.

First, let’s commit ourselves anew to biblical faithfulness. That means discovering what the Word teaches and holding onto that, no matter what.

Second, let’s display the beauty of the good news in word and deed, in evangelism and in acts of compassion—“in the thick of our foes.” We may not be able to argue our neighbors into the kingdom, but there is no law against inviting them.

And, finally, let’s recommit to prayer. As the Lord told the exiles in Babylon, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Or, I might add, “Keep calm and carry on!”

Have a HAPPY SUNDAY!   I’m excited to say this is the first Sunday since our church merger and I’m looking forward to having 100 more people with us…mostly in their Twenties;  great energy!  Always a good message and inspiring music!  We are truly blessed.

So are you.  Pay attention and notice….you’ll be surprised!

Love, Z

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13 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. bunkerville says:

    Thanks so much for the inspirational post. Have a wonderful Sunday Z. Keep in mind that which is important is the message for the day.

  2. bocopro says:

    Well, back in the mid 50s one of my high-school civics teachers told us that successful nations share certain fundamental traits, among which are

    a clearly defined and enforced border
    a common language
    common customs and traditions
    a system of universal laws
    a common religion.

    I’d like to see someone try to convince me that we have any ONE of those today. By “common religion” I mean Christianity in its various forms because except for the occasional extremist or loon, its adherents are tolerant of all other belief systems and get along well with each other.

  3. ala Bocopro, we Have been invaded.
    We will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them in the fields.
    We will fight them in the pulpits, the media and the courtroom also.
    We will keep calm and carry on.

  4. John M. Berger says:

    @bocopro,
    EXCELLENT POINTS!
    Contemporary America seems about as antithetical to these as it can get!

  5. geeez2014 says:

    Nancy Reagan has passed away at 94 yrs of age. From the coverage, it looks like she was more important to world peace than her husband…but she might have been in that she apparently talked him into running again after he’d lost and had decided against it. So, we have a LOT to thank her for…that, and bringing glamour and dignity to the White House. May she rest in peace.

  6. Mal says:

    I remember in the early 60’s when Russia sent a ship with nuke bombs to give to Castro in Cuba. Everyone was nervous, but JFK calmed everyone, telling us not to worry and to “carry on”, which we did. So what happened? We called their bluff. Russians turned back in humiliation.

  7. Silverfiddle says:

    Nice post. Keep calm and carry on is all we can do sometimes.

    Most importantly, from your post:

    “We must keep standing for righteousness, come what may. God remains on His throne.”

  8. geeez2014 says:

    Mal..”Bay of Pigs,” right? You say so wisely “We called their bluff. Russians turned back in humiliation.”

    Asking what might happen today with the same scenario could be an excellent blog conversation….I hate to hear the responses, however.

    SF, thanks…GOD REMAINS ON HIS THRONE is everything, isn’t it.

  9. geeez2014 says:

    Lots of Nancy Reagan coverage today…I was just reading an article that included “Reagan had a reputation as her husband’s greatest protector, whether regarding publicity or public policy, but she won public admiration as she took on the role of caregiver as he faced the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the last 10 years of his life.”

    “BUT”? What do they mean “BUT”…? Shouldn’t it read “AND”? Or did she only gain public admiration after the Alzheimer’s? See my point?

    There’s a photo of them accompanying that article I saw….Ronald, Nancy, and two of their tiny children at the time. They’re the only ones in the photo. BUT, the caption says “Family portrait of American actor Ronald Reagan wearing a polka-dot scarf and two tone shoes with his wife American actor Nancy Davis”
    They have to mention his clothing to identify which one Reagan IS? Ya, “polka dot scarf and two tone shoes ” are nasty TODAY but they were fine then….but the inference is there, right?

  10. Imp says:

    Bay of pigs was the failed invasion of Cuba by Cuban patriots.

  11. geeez2014 says:

    Thanks, Imp…odd, because they say JFK was a nervous wreck about the Bay of Pigs…I’d have thought JFK’s nerves would have been FAR more jangled about NUKES than Cuban patriots invading Cuba.

  12. Mal says:

    Yeah, Z, the Bay of Pigs was something different. JFK was 42 when he ran for president, which I believe was the youngest up to that time to run. I remember them running cartoons of him in diapers, but he was a PT Boat captain during WW ll and had sustained an injury to his back and was in constant pain. The Democrats of that era were totally different than today, for sure.

  13. Kid says:

    Yes, we must always be calm by realizing that the only things we can do for change are those oipportunities presented to us and those we can make for ourselves. Which usually isn’t much.

    MAL, yes JFK was a sex maniac but he was an American, and maybe some would argue competence of having his boat sliced in half by a Japanese ship, he swam out into the traffic lane form the island every night with a light trying to let friendly forces know where he and his men were. I dare say J.f.Kerry would have done no such thing in that situation.

    Regards the Reagan’s, this was the last time we had real class in the White House Or in post government service.

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