Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary, recent expressed a favorable inclination toward Tim LaHaye’s overall perspective regarding end times. While not accepting, “any straightforward version of his end-times scenario,” Mouw made this revealing statement, “But it does increasingly feel to me like we are entering into a cultural ‘tribulation’ of sorts.” In the days after Father Jacques Hamel, a 85 year old French priest, was slaughtered at the altar by two jihadists, French philosopher, Pierre Manent, had this to say, “….amid the crumbling of Western civilization, which has begun, the supernatural character of the church will become, paradoxically more and more visible…..More clearly than ever the fate of all will depend on the ‘little flock’ of Christians.” I say “amen.”
I mention the above, because I find myself using the phrase, “the approaching storm clouds” in reference to the coming cultural tribulation. I spoke of the storm cl0uds in an announcement I made recently in church. Along with Judy and I, many in our church had experienced significant storm damage. The storm was disruptive, causing much stress. The unexpected nature of these storm is part of life in the northwoods. Jesus warned us about being aware of storm clouds. “You find it easy to forecast the weather – why can’t you read the signs of the times? (Matt 16:4 – Message)
Men, I ask you, “Are you ready?” Are you spiritual fit for what is coming? How aware are you of what is happening in our culture? As others have said, “the center is no longer holding.” With the disappearance of a Christian consensus, we are witnessing the erosion of our Christian freedoms and liberty. Who is informing your worldview? There are enough watchmen on the walls telling us to be prepared. For me this means, surrender to the Lord of history. He is in charge. I also want to be committed to that “small flock” that the French philosopher talked about.
The result of this collapse will bring about chaos in relationships. We are have lost the ability to live out the true nature of male and female relationships. Just this morning I read of a school district that is recommending principles and counselors no longer use the words boy or girl, but instead scholar or student. Think of the confusion this brings to the students. In the midst of this kind of relational chaos God’s intent for relationship still stands. “When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them ‘human'” (Gen 5:2-4). More then ever before our culture needs the witness and steady presence of men who are affirmed in their God given masculine soul. There will be men who will rise to the occasion.
In the midst of this relational chaos, stands Jesus, bringing the reign of his kingdom. He reminds us, “haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female” (Matt 19:4). Within his kingdom there is the evidence of “rightly ordering of relationships.” I personally don’t see how we can turn the chaos in relationships around. What is so desperately need are tangible expressions of believers living rightly ordered lives. They all belong to the “little flock.” Jesus tells us, “Don’t be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
So my advice to the wildmen of this blog. Do all in your strength to get your personal house in order, that is, your masculine soul. Then go about rightly ordering your relationships with your wife, children and your relationships within the church, where Jesus reigns.