The world of America seems to be imploding all around us. From the executive office of the commander-in-chief and the halls of Congress, to the courtrooms and offices of local government and the city streets, the chaos of brokenness cries out.
Hearts hurt from the loss of loved ones. The chasm between law enforcement and civilians seems to grow deeper with each passing day. Social media provides a platform of information, often fanning the flames of whatever is on the horizon. Opinions run rampant and many times over, words are spoken behind the veil of a digital screen, bringing more hurt and more pain.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take in the fun of the fictional storyline of Captain America. I am not necessarily a “super heroes” kind of girl, and I must admit my movie viewing always yields a careful scanning from beginning to end, looking for a nugget of truth to share with those in my circle of influence. Captain America did not disappoint. As the movie ended, one quote continued to play in my mind.
Compromise when you can and when you can’t, stand strong.
God chose a moment of entertainment to remind me of the role His grace and justice play in our lives. He also reminded me to embrace these attributes in my life.
Our culture provides a myriad of grace required moments. The times when opinion or preference don’t really matter, we issue grace. Other times when choosing forgiveness restores a right relationship or dying to self, allows someone else to shine, grace has spoken.
The culture in turn provides choices to stand strong in the truth of the Gospel. Just as the grace of The One True God comes without hesitation, so does His justice. Not a social justice as coined by our culture, but a justice restoring His great name in the midst of a fallen world. A justice
revealing His Son Jesus as the One who brings true reconciliation. A justice allowing the transforming power of His Holy Spirit to reign in the heart and flow out into the culture.
The God of the Universe sits on the throne, giving a watchful eye over all He has made. He stands strong in the truth of Who He is as Creator and His order of right is immovable. He will not be mocked and in His time, He will bring light to the blanket of darkness ruling the day.
We are called to grace, and we are called to stand strong, holding fast to the truth of the Scriptures, and living out the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus, showing the glory of God, in our family, our neighborhood, and our nation, that the world might know.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14