November 12

Luke 21:5-9

“And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.’” vs. 8

The gospel of Luke was likely written in the midst of what might be called apocalyptic times. Horrendous things were happening! Roman armies had been summoned to put down a Jewish rebellion and had devastated the country from one end to the other. Jerusalem was in ruins and the temple had been destroyed. In that context Luke recounts Jesus’ words about the end times and his warnings about those who would take advantage of the confusion for their own advantage. We know what that’s like! There are so many divisive voices clamoring for our attention in these troubling times. Some are suggesting that the separation of church and state should be put aside in favor of a Christian Nationalism that would codify a rigid traditional morality across the land. Others are caught up in embracing the multitude of conspiracy theories that are sowing confusion among believers and unbelievers alike. A few have become convinced that democracy itself is being threatened, that the principles that have guided us for so long are now ineffective, that what we need is strong leaders with unlimited powers. Jesus advised his disciples to remain faithful to him and his mission–and it worked! The Church survived the devastation and Roman rule came to an end. There is amazing power in the good news of the gospel–and that power is ours today!

Thought for the Day: What’s my biggest fear for the future?

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