The mind boggles at the sheer arrogance and backwardness of so many of our political leaders. Yet these forces are seeing many victories at the higher levels of societies—governments, huge NGOs, multinational organizations. They have the money and the power, without a doubt.
But they do not have God, and God will not sit idly by as He is mocked and rejected. Throughout Scripture and into the modern era His preference is to work through His faithful ones, to call them to repentance and conversion in order to align them with His will. Yet it is foolish to think that He is watching all of these turns of events with indifference.
In fact, He has made it clear that none of this is new, and that He is not simply watching. From Psalm 73:
For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs; their bodies are sound and sleek. They are not in trouble as other men are; they are not stricken like other men. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out with fatness, their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore the people turn and praise them; and find no fault in them.
But what does Our Lord say to those who feel that “all day long I have been stricken, and chastened every morning”?
[U]ntil I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end. Truly thou dost set them in slippery places; thou dost make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes, on awaking you despise their phantoms.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. For lo, those who are far from thee shall perish; thou dost put an end to those who are false to thee. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.
Brothers and sisters, we tell the truth in love because we want even those we oppose to come to the Truth. But we cannot despair over what seems like their victories, for we know God is at work as well. We continue to pray and listen, to be joyful and lift one another up. Thank you for praying for me! Know that you are in my prayers as well, together with the prayers of HLI’s network of missionaries around the world.