As we are crossing the bridge between 2017 and 2018 we are inheriting the world in distress, agonizing, and “groaning as in the pains of childbirth” (Romans 8:22). It looks as if a blanket of darkness is descending upon the earth.
But these are not the days to despair. God, who will not let his glory and throne be hijacked by anyone, is in control. Our future is not guaranteed either by the right-wing or by the left-wing ideologies, nor by charismatic leaders. Instead, these are the days when we are called to listen to the summons of Jesus: “Stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28.
Today, courageously we must reject all ethnic, religious and political nationalism, racism and ideological euphoria, if we are to discern with clarity what is good, honorable and righteous in the sight of God. The times are too serious and perilous that we should toy with the notion that a sugarcoated or mediocre religiosity would do the trick.
In fact, we must decide now to give our undivided loyalty to Jesus, and Jesus alone, and let all our values and actions spring up from there. As we are about to cross into the New Year may we pray together: ”Wake us up, Lord! Open our eyes, quicken our souls, renew our minds.“
In 2018 may we move forward with the determination of Jacob who, having wrestled with the Lord and people, declared: “Lord, I will not let you go unless you bless me!” Genesis 32:26. May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek Him with ever increasing urgency.
Wishing You and Your Families a rewarding and Christ-anchored New Year 2018!