Feeling fearful, terrified even, at what’s going on in the world? We live in evil, scary times. But in the midst of it all, God trusts us to show that his perfect love casts out fear. He waits to see us reach out with love, not draw away in fear. And to give and keep on giving, no matter the cost.
The world is falling apart before our very eyes. People from all walks of life and of all ages everywhere, are expressing fear, anguish, and even anger and hatred.
And much of what we see brings anger. Abortion with all stops pulled out. Child pornography. Slavery at an all-time high. Evil should make us angry. Angry enough to try to stop it, and do whatever we can to ease the pain, suffering, and confusion it causes.
Yet, these evil times are the church’s greatest hour.
Our past work in refugee camps brought this home to us. “Keep them out,” said many around us. “We can’t help them, we already have too many problems.” Often adding, “And what if…”
Yes, what if? What if terrorists come in their midst?
This reminds me of some of my all-time greatest heroes. The ten Boom family of Holland who hid Jews during WWII. And always with the threat of “what if” hanging over them.
What if one of them was a spy, a traitor, an informant?
It could cost them their lives, or at least send them to a concentration camp.
A pastor happened to visit them on the day someone from the underground was delivering a Jewish baby in need of a hiding place. But babies were the most dangerous to hide. One cry, and they’d all be caught.
They couldn’t keep that baby there. Their house was too public, too trafficked. “You live in the countryside,” they told the pastor. “You can take the baby!”
But the pastor was afraid. It could cost too much. “You could lose your lives for that baby,” he told them.
‘You say we could lose our lives for this child,’ Papa ten Boom (Capser) replied. ‘I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.’
I love history and its lessons, and have always wondered how an entire nation could go as far astray as Germany did during WWII. And I always pray that in such times I would have the courage and faith to stand against the tide, like the ten Boom family.
Casper ten Boom, like CT Studd, understood that God trusts us with his reputation.
He’s left us here in this evil, hate-filled world to be his hands and his feet. To react with faith, and not from our emotions. And to show the world who he is and what he is like.
The times we’re living are complex, dangerous, and fearful. I feel for world leaders and all in authority whose job is to protect and make wise decisions. But beyond praying for them to have wisdom there’s not much I can do in that regard.
But in this hour – how can we safeguard Christ’s reputation?
How can we be his hands, feet, and heart to the hurting and fearful? I don’t want to judge that pastor who went home without the little Jewish baby. Fear is a powerful weapon, and we never know how we’ll react until faced with the same situation.
But I would hope to react as Papa ten Boom did then, and when betrayed and arrested.
After arrest, they offered to free him because of his advanced age (85) — if only he wouldn’t hide any more Jews. But he replied, “If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door to anyone who knocks for help.” So he remained a prisoner. Imprisoned, yet one of the freest in all the nation.
May we be like the ten Boom family, willing to do right – at any cost.
Too much is at stake to do otherwise. God has entrusted us with his reputation. And that’s a stake too high to risk.