THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE END TIMES - 2
Today’s gospel: Luke 21:12-19
Jesus continues to tell us what will happen in the end times.
As we are already in the end times, we can see that indeed
these dreadful events are already upon us. And things are
getting worse, especially for those who seek to live out their
all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors because
of my name.” (v.12). Pro-lifers praying peacefully at
abortion centers have been cursed, assaulted, intimidated,
and even arrested, some of them eventually being convicted
in courts and sent to prison. Christian service providers,
such as those owning B&Bs, or wedding photographers, or
adoption agencies, have been sued for not servicing homosexual
couples, and have had to pay hefty fines. Parents who homeschool
their children because they do not want them to go to liberal
schools that promote reproductive health have been arrested
and have had their children forcibly taken away from them,
to be raised by the state.
will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives,
and friends, and they will put some of you to death.”
(v.16). Jesus already said that his coming would cause division
even among family members. Indeed, those who are pro-choice
are very much antagonistic to those who are pro-life, no matter
if they are kin or neighbors or close friends. Those closest
to us have been blinded by the reproductive health ideology.
The time will come when they will be the ones to report us
to the police or to the courts, because of some violations
of hate speech laws that are intended to prevent us from speaking
about homosexual immorality. They may not yet be putting us
to death, but a time of severe persecution is coming. The
state will continue to assault religious freedom and coerce
and force Christians to violate their consciences. More oppressive
laws will be passed. But since some Christians will still
not give in, then persecution to the point of putting Christians
to death, as it once was, will happen.
will be hated by all because of my name” (v.17). The
secular humanist world, dominated by liberal homosexualist
forces, hates authentic Christians most of all. The evil forces
in the world are out to destroy everything that is of God,
and at the core of that are faith, family and life. Standing
in the way of the diabolical forces is the only strong institution
left fighting, the holy Roman Catholic Church. Thus the full
force of the enemy will be directed at practicing Christians,
and especially at the Catholic Church.
What then are we to do?
we always look at the bright side. Being arrested and arraigned
before secular authorities “will lead to your giving
testimony.” (v.13). It will give us the opportunity
to witness to a secular audience. It will give us the opportunity
to proclaim the gospel. We will be speaking to those who precisely
are in darkness and who need to hear the good news of Jesus.
we are not to be afraid, and in fact are to know that the
Lord is with us, He who is all-powerful, just and loving.
We are not to be intimidated. We are not to worry what is
to happen. Jesus himself assures us, “Remember, you
are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall
give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will
be powerless to resist or refute.” (v.14-15). Jesus
will be with us. Jesus will guide us and give us wisdom. Jesus
will empower us. Of course, our wise words and powerful refutation
can enrage them even more. But we leave the fruit and the
consequences up to God.
we are to be confident that we are under God’s divine
protection, that “not a hair on your head will be destroyed.”
(v.18). Solomon in his wisdom had said about Adonijah, “If
he proves worthy, not a hair of his shall fall to the ground.
But if evil is found in him, he shall die.” (1 Kgs 1:52).
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown in the fiery furnace
but “not a hair of their heads had been singed”
(Dn 3:94). Jesus, in encouraging courage under persecution,
says, “Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid” (Mt 10:30-31a). If we live according
to God’s ways, if we do not conform to the evil around
us, then God is there to protect us. Still, God might allow
us to suffer the consequences of human evil, but in the end
we will be preserved, if only for eternal life.
we are to persevere. God wants us to endure--to purify us,
to strengthen us, to test us, to fortify our witness. The
fight will be long, hard and bloody. But with Jesus we already
have the victory. But to experience that victory, we need
to see the battle to the end. Some unfortunately give up when
salvation is just around the corner. For us, we are to constantly
plod forward, enduring all hardship and suffering, knowing
that the Lord is with us. “By your perseverance you
will secure your lives.” (v.19).
Onward to the New Evangelization!