As I read the letters to Timothy I am struck by Paul’s description of the condition of people in what the God Story terms the last days. It is chilling and strikingly accurate, don’t you think?
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
It would be short-sighted to think we are not highly impacted by the conditions around us. How do we cope as spiritual beings? How do we hold on to what is right?
Paul goes further:
“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Anything useful as you listen to this song?! Fight the fight – finish the course – keep the faith my friend!
These are difficult days.