In The Midst of Perilous Times


Andy Robison

Please consider the following quote:

"We are indeed in the midst of perilous times. I have but little to say of world conditions and of the problems that confront us as a result of the war. The church of the Lord knows that it must continue, regardless of things material or things worldly in their nature. Involved as we are, it certainly seems that our attention ought to be the more earnestly centered upon things of spiritual importance."

How true! Partisan politics do not diminish the verity of this statement. We are in the midst of perilous times. Agree or not on how it is being waged, one must admit there is an enemy that seeks the harm of westernized countries, especially America. Fear looms more than it did a decade ago. Though courage compensates, peril plagues the people.

Further truth is elucidated in the quote's follow-up observation. Whatever the world condition, whatever material concerns may be, whatever occupies the time and resources of man's physical nature, spiritual considerations should always be foremost. While this is not more true in time of peril (God wants us serving Him in good times and bad), it is more apparent. When life's uncertainty of the body shouts to waken the complacent, the alert cries for attention to the soul. In times of peace and prosperity, few may look to the Lord. When one doubts the day-by-day extension of his life, and/or the far-reaching plans of his existence, he is more likely to look beyond the temporary to the eternal.

This lesson Paul noted in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9: "For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead." Paul learned by his persecutions that human existence was not to be trusted; rather, the Creator of humans was.

The church needs to continue about the business of spreading the gospel during perilous times. The Christian's battle is not with carnal weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4) but with knowledge and persuasiveness (2 Corinthians 10:5; 5:11). The only hope for the world is still Jesus Christ. If the church lays down her spiritual arms of knowledge, truth, and loving zeal for the lost, from whence will the only real answer to man's troubles be sounded? Indeed, as per the quote above, "... it certainly seems that our attention ought to be the more earnestly centered upon things of spiritual importance."

Would you like to know who made the quote? The gospel preacher N.B. Hardeman spoke these words in November of 1942. [N.B. Hardeman, Hardeman's Tabernacle Sermons (Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 1976): Vol. V: 116.]

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