So many people these days are drowning in fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the future. So, I want to remind you of a foundational piece of biblical truth and that is, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). Simply put, the Lord rules over every earthly rule and ruler. From the rising to falling of kings and kingdoms, God is sovereign over all.
However, part of His ruling over all is Him giving man over to his own rule. And this is where we get the idea behind free will. Man’s prerogative is to accept or reject God’s rule. And sadly, when we see man choosing his own plan, we see the devastation that follows. This willful rebellion against God is the pattern of human history. It is the basis of progressivism or progressive thought, where humans believe they can flourish apart from their Creator and His standard (Romans 1:20-25).
As a result, progressive thought driven by a degenerate heart (fallen man) produces a rebellious onslaught. But as believers, we are to not lose hope in spite of the perceived hopelessness around us. Because although “the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). That standard is Christ being lifted up (John 12:32).
Again, the standard is Christ and that is why the standard of Christ is in Christ we stand. As Christians, our identity and integrity are infused by Christ, not our color, class, or culture. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
This is not about choosing sides between the right or left, but rather, discerning the difference between right and wrong. Let us be more concerned with living righteous than proving we are right. You see, God calls us to defeat darkness not debate foolishness. And this is done by recognizing there is a war raging in the spiritual realm, and "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds..." (II Corinthians 10:4-5).
You see, this war is not won by ballots or bullets but by biblical boldness. There is nothing casual about Christianity. In fact, casual Christians will become causalities. So, let us fight the good fight by allowing the Word of God to be our battle cry. Let us choose Christ as the standard lifted high and lived out. "You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah" (Psalm 60:4).